This is the final post in our special series of conference abstracts. I know… But don’t worry. The day is nigh upon us. You will be able, this very Friday, to experience the papers in full and glorious [at least] 4D and participate in discussion!
If you haven’t already, you can (I hope… still) get your free tickets here. And don’t forget, you can also look up the other abstracts — if you’ve not already read them — in the Recent Posts bar on the right hand side of this page.
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But before all that… Here’s the final abstract. Bringing proceedings of this revolutionary day-school to a close will be Michael Simpson (Goldsmiths, University of London) with a rabble-rousing paper entitled:
Of Minotaurs and Macroeconomics: Greek Myth and Common Currency
This is his take on it:
“As the limitations of the Eurozone, qua currency union, have been revealed in the economic distress of Greece, and in the political stand-off between ‘the Troika’ (EC, IMF, ECB) and the Greek government in 2015, Greek myth has been widely deployed as a common currency for representing these crises. The locus classicus of this exchange has been Yanis Varoufakis’s book The Global Minotaur: America, Europe and the Future of the Global Economy. Yet Varoufakis’s book goes far beyond the political crisis between the European currency union and the Greek government in 2015, and the overall economic crisis in Greece, to develop an historical argument about the genesis of the global financial crisis of 2008. This paper takes the occasion to explore the possibilities for Greek myth and tragedy within a recharged and shared discourse of political economy.”
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