A one-day conference to discuss the contribution and ideas of Peter Gowan (1946-2009), author of The Global Gamble: Washington’s Faustian Bid for World Dominance, founding editor of Labour Focus on Eastern Europe, long-standing editor of New Left Review, and Professor of International Relations at London Metropolitan University.
Saturday 12 June, 10am to 3pm
at School of Oriental and African Studies, Room G2
Agenda:10.00 – 12.30 Introduction: Tariq Ali Session 1: Eastern Europe Speakers: Gus Fagan, Marko Bojcun, Catherine Samary 12.30 – 1.30 lunch 1.30 – 3.00 Session 2: Imperialism and American Grand Strategy Speakers: Gilbert Achcar, Ellen Meiksins Wood, Susan Watkins 3.00 – 3.30 coffee break 3.30 – 5.00 Session 3: The Dollar-Wall St Regime Speakers: Robin Blackburn, Robert Wade, Alex Callinicos 5.00 – 5.30 Mike Newman: Peter Gowan as an educator
Awarding of the Peter Gowan Prize
The Conference is sponsored by Debatte: Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe and Historical Materialism.
His last work A Calculus of Power: Grand Strategy in the Twenty-First Century will be published in August 2010. In this wide-ranging and incisive collection, Peter Gowan traces the contours of the world order that emerged after the end of the Cold War and assesses its prospects in the light of the global economic downturn.
Peter Gowan is also one of the contributors for the forthcoming title edited by Martin Konings, A Great Credit Crash, which draws on some of the most prominent radical analysts of the system, from Walden Bello to Leo Panitch, to give a deeper and more convincing reading of the crisis than the majority of accounts to date.
Read the blog post on Peter Gowan’s death here, with links to obituaries and his final piece for the New Left Review.
Read Tariq Ali’s article on Peter in the New Left Review here.