As the West Goes to War, Crafting Peace Today


Calcutta Research Group

Date and time:

25th April 2022 - 7:00 PM (IST)/3:30 PM (CET)

As Europe, broadly the West, goes to war and the media grimly predicts a third world war, this panel discussion asks pertinent questions about the meaning of this war for the working people of the world and in particular the rest of the world. The ‘third’ world or the ‘global south’ has historically been crucial in the construction of Europe as the dominant and civilized other. What are the geopolitical implications of the present war in Europe for the rest of the world? How does this war hinder the prospect of global peace and people’s security? What is the impact of the war on food security, energy security, and in general security of nations? Is there any necessity for the weaker and smaller nations and the working people to take side in the war? Must they support military alliances? Is this war, which includes weaponised policies of economic sanctions and discriminatory policies of protection of refugees, essential to save “democracy”? What, in fact, will be the definition of peace in this context? How can we articulate the politics of peace in this time?

The speakers of the panel discussion are :

Professor Marcello Musto, Professor of Sociological Theory, York University, Toronto.

Professor Sandro Mezzadra, Professor of Political Philosophy, University of Bologna, Italy.

Professor Ranabir Samaddar, Distinguished Chair in Migration and Forced Migration Studies, Calcutta Research Group, India.

Professor Paula Banerjee, Professor and Head in South and South-East Asian Studies, University of Calcutta & Calcutta Research Group, India will moderate the panel discussion.