Congress Program

BIEN Congress 2014 will be preceded by a pre-conference day on 26th June 2014 for the 13th North America Basic Income Guarantee (NABIG) Congress, a joint meeting of the Basic Income Canada Network and the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network. The NABIG Day features a keynote lecture by Dr. Anna Reid, MD, past president of the Canadian Medical Association.

Friday June 27

8.00am: registration

9.15am: welcome

Sheila Regehr, Chair of BICN
Karl Widerquist, Co-chair of BIEN

9.30am – 10.15am: OPENING LECTURE

Ms. Alicia Bárcena Ibarra, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
“Compacts for Equality: Towards a Sustainable Future”
Chair: Prof. Jim Mulvale, University of Manitoba, BICN & BIEN
Lecture sponsored by the Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba

10.15am: Refreshments

10.45am – 12.00pm: CONCURRENT SESSIONS A

Panel A1: Financing the Basic Income Guarantee

Chair: Geoff Crocker, Technology Market Strategies UK

  1. “Basic Income, Crypto-Money and Money of the Commons: Towards a Financing of Basic Income”
    Andrea Fumagali, University of Pavia & BIN Italia
  2. “Public Banking and the Citizen’s Dividend”
    Jack Wagner, Public Banking Institute
  3. “Fiscal Feasibility for Basic Income in Indonesia”
    Sugeng Bahagijo, International NGO Forum On Indonesian Development (INFID)
    Mickael Hoelman, Tifa Foundation
    Justinus Prastowo, Perkumpulan Prakarsa, Indonesia

Panel A2: The Legal Protection of Basic Income I

Chair: Sheila Regehr, BICN

  1. “Basic Income for Keeps: A Constitutional Solution for a Political Problem?”
    Leticia Morales, McGill University
  2. “Basic Income and the Tension Between Constitutionalism and Democracy”
    José Luis Rey Pérez, Universidad Pontificia Comillas
  3. “Economic Justice: Social Inclusion as a Constitutional Principle”
    Colleen Sheppard, McGill University

Panel A3: Basic Income in Asia: Reflections from Japan

Chair: Toru Yamamori, Doshisha University

  1. “New Public and Debates on Basic Income in Japan under the New LDP Reign”
    Hiroya Hirano, Mejiro University, Tokyo
  2. “The Reform of Japanese Public Assistance and Possibilities for Basic Income”
    Kaori Katada, Hosei University
  3. “Some Aspects of the Japanese Debate on Basic Income Guarantee”
    Tadashi Okanouchi, Hosei University

Panel A4: ROUNDTABLE – Julia Maskivker’s Self-Realization and Justice: A Liberal-Perfectionist Defense of the Right to Freedom from Employment

Chair: Michael Howard, University of Maine

  1. Victor Muniz-Fraticelli, McGill University
  2. Lucas Stanczyk, MIT
  3. Julia Maskivker, Rollins College

12.00pm – 1.30pm: Lunch

1.30pm – 2.45pm: CONCURRENT SESSIONS B

Panel B1: ROUNDTABLE – Thomas Picketty’s Capital in the 21st Century

Chair: Borja Barragué, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

  1. George Grantham, McGill University
  2. Harry Dahms, University of Tennessee
  3. Ruben LoVuolo, Centro Interdisciplinario para el Estudio de las Políticas Públicas (CIEPP)

Panel B2: The Legal Protection of Basic Income II

Chair: Jason Murphy, Elms College

  1. “Right to Subsistence and Floors and Ceilings: Contemporary Justifications of Basic Income from Jeffersonian and Robbespierran Republicanism”
    Bru Lain, University of Barcelona
  2. “The Great Legal Transformation: From Speenhamland to Hartz IV and Beyond— An Account of the Emergence of Human Dignity in Law and of its Political Potential”
    Télémaque Masson, University of Exeter
  3. “Cooking Up a Storm: Legal Rationales for Guaranteed Income”
    Lorna Turnbull, University of Manitoba
    Jim Mulvale, University of Manitoba

Panel B3: Basic Income in Asia: Reflections from Korea

Chair: Andrea Fumagali, University of Pavia & BIN Italia

  1. “Basic Income for Precarious Workers in Korea” (BIEN2014_Hoon)
    Kang Nam Hoon, Hanshin University
  2. “Reconstructing Labor and Basic Income: Is Basic Income Indispensable to Form the Precariat as a Class?”
    No-Wan Kwack, University of Seoul
  3. “Basic Income and the Precarious Life of the Youth”
    Smila Youhyung Park, Basic Income Youth Network
    Juon Kim, Basic Income Youth Network

Panel B4: Basic Income and Democracy I

Chair: Johanna Perkiö, University of Tampere

  1. “Basic Income Within Contemporary Spanish Protest Cycles: Constituent Proposals for the Democratization of (Re)productive Life”
    David Casassas, University of Barcelona
    Edgar Manjarín, University of Barcelona
  2. “The Unconditional Basic Income and Anarchism: Re-Envisioning Social Policy”
    Shawn Cassiman, University of Dayton
  3. “After Occupy: Economic Democracy in the 21st Century”
    Tom Malleson, University of York

2.45pm – 4.00pm: CONCURRENT SESSIONS C

Panel C1: Basic Income and the Sustainable Society

Chair: Jonathan Brun

  1. “The Role of a Universal Basic Income in Creating Greater Policy Synergy Between Economic, Environmental and Social Policy Goals”
    Greg Marston, Queensland University of Technology
    Jennifer Mays, Queensland University of Technology
  2. “Basic Income Between Economic Growth and Degrowth”
    Tobias Krall, Independent
  3. “Unconditional Basic Income and Sustainability: From Predation To Symbiosis”
    Orlando Figueiredo, Party for Animals and Nature, Portugal
    Roberto Merril, University of Minho

Panel C2: Food Security in Canada By Building an Income Floor

Chair: Valerie Tarasuk, University of Toronto

  1. Herbert Emery, University of Calgary
    “Impact of the Guaranteed Annual Income on Household Food Insecurity in Canada”
  2. Craig Gundersen, University of Illinois
    “The Effect of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the U.S. on Food Insecurity: Possible Implications for Canada”
  3. Lynn McIntyre, University of Calgary
    “A Policy Framing Analysis of Interventions for the Reduction of Food Insecurity in Canada”

Panel C3: From Conditional Cash Transfers to Basic Income?

Chair: Pablo Yanes,  Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

  1. “The Conditionalities of the Bolsa Família: Its Conservative Face and Limitations to Implement the Citizenship Basic Income in Brazil” (BIEN2014_Ozanira)
    Maria Ozanira da Silva e Silva, Universidade Federal do Maranhão
  2. “Ten Years of the Bolsa Família Program and the Perspective of the Citizen’s Basic Income in Brazil” (BIEN2014_Suplicy)
    Senator Eduardo Suplicy, Brasil

Panel C4: Basic Income and Democracy II

Chair: Malcolm Torry, Citizen’s Income Trust

  1. “The Importance of Re-democratizing the Political Process: Basic Income as a Means to Ensure Equal Influence to All Citizens”
    Borja Barragué, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  2. “How Basic Income Will Transform Active Citizenship? A Scenario of Political Participation beyond Delegation” (BIEN2014_Gajewska)
    Katarzyna Gajewska, Independent
  3. “The Alienable, the Inalienable, and the Actually Democratic Society”
    Elliot Sperber, Independent

4.00pm: Refreshments

4.30pm – 6.00pm: PLENARY ROUNDTABLE I

Ms. Renana Jhabvala, Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) and Prof. Guy Standing, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
“Piloting Basic Income in India: Towards Transformation?”

Chair: Dr. Kelly Ernst, BICN & The BIG Push

Roundtable sponsored by CRÉUM, University of Montreal

6.30pm: RECEPTION in Thomson House

Saturday June 28

8.30am: registration

9.00am – 10.15am: CONCURRENT SESSIONS D

Panel D1: Basic Income and the Financial Crisis

Chair: Guy Standing, SOAS

  1. “Basic Income – A Unique Solution to the Global Financial Crisis”
    Geoff Crocker, Technology Market Strategies UK
  2. “Income Transfers During Crisis: Lessons for Europe from the Latin American Experience”
    Rubén LoVuolo, Centro Interdisciplinario para el Estudio de las Políticas Públicas (CIEPP)

Panel D2: Gender Perspectives on Basic Income I

Chair: Elise Desaulniers

  1. “Basic Income (Re)Democratizes Emotions: From Emotional Capitalism to Emotional Democracy”
    Popho E.S. Bark-Yi, Hanshin University
  2. “Ending Sexualized Racism of Prostitution, Advancing Women’s Economic Security”
    Sarah Meghan Mah, Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution
  3. “Reducing Violence against Women through Women’s Economic Security: a Feminist Justification for a Guaranteed Livable Income”
    Katie Streibel, Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter

Panel D3: Basic Income and Economic Participation I

Chair: Karl Widerquist, Georgetown University, Qatar

  1. “Universal Basic Income and the Reciprocity Principle: The Free-rider Problem”
    Alexandre Chabot-Bertrand, University of Montreal
  2. “Working Under a Basic Income: A Game-Theoretical Approach to the Crazy-Lazy Challenge”
    Jordi Tena, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona
    José Antonio Noguera, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona
  3. “Taking Back Risk and Credit to Spread the Gift of Trust: Arnaud Dandieu’s Anti-Utilitarian Case for Basic Income”
    Christian Roy, Centre international de formation européenne

Panel D4: The Politics of Basic Income I

Chair: Jenna van Draanen, UCLA

  1. “Basic income in a Small Town: Preliminary Findings on the Effects on Crime and Violence, Labor Market Participation, and Stigma”
    David Calnitsky, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  2. “A Feminist Vision for Basic Income in 1970s Britain: What We Can Learn from Really Existed Activism for Democratizing the Economy”
    Toru Yamamori, Doshisha University

Panel D5: NABIG – Basic Income in North-America I

Chair: Kelly Ernst, BICN

  1. “Tenure for All! A Basic Income as Promoter of Truth-Seeking and Self-Development”
    Jason Murphy, Elms College
  2. “The BIG Push: A New Campaign for an Expanded System of Basic Income in Canada”
    Rob Rainer, The BIG Push
    Chandra Pasma, The BIG Push
  3. “The Basic Income Imperative: An Idea Whose Time is Now”
    Steven Shafarman, USBIG

10.15: Refreshments

10.45am – 12.00pm: CONCURRENT SESSIONS E

Panel E1: Basic Income and Employment I

Chair: José Luis Rey Pérez, Universidad Pontificia Comillas

  1. “Replacing Unemployment Benefit with Basic Income”
    Jim Jin, University of St. Andrews
    Felix FitzRoy, University of St. Andrews
  2. “Imagined and real barriers to adequate minimum income protection”
    Ive Marx, University of Antwerp
    Sarah Marchall, University of Antwerp
  3. “Reconstruction of the Labour Society by the Basic Income Guarantee”
    Geum Min, Korean Basic Income Network

Panel E2: Gender Perspectives on Basic Income II

Chair: Leticia Morales, McGill University

  1. “Universal Income, Women’s Liberation and Neutopian Thought” (BIEN2014_Hubbard)
    Libby Hubbard, Independent
  2. “Equality Requires the Restructuring of Care Work and Employment”
    Jennifer Nedelsky, University of Toronto
  3. “Basic Income and Gender Equality Proposal” (BIEN2014_Regehr)
    Sheila Regehr, BICN

Panel E3: Basic Income and Economic Participation II

Chair: Timothy Roscoe Carter

  1. “Prehistoric Myths in Modern Political Philosophy and the Case For Basic Income”
    Karl Widerquist, Georgetown University, Qatar
  2. “Limiting Economical Instrumental Action: Basic Income in a Habermasian Perspective” (BIEN2014_Murra)
    Emanuele Murra, Università del Salento
  3. “Economic liberalism is Authoritarian Because It Forces Us To Economic “Independence””
    Robert Ulmer, Netzwerk Grundeinkommen

Panel E4: The Politics of Basic Income II

Chair: Eleni Bakopanos, BICN

  1. “Modernization, Financial Sustainability and Adequacy: Is the Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) a Step on the Road to a Basic Income Scheme?”
    Greg Marston, Queensland University of Technology
    Jennifer Mays, Queensland University of Technology
  2. “The Basic Income Paradox: Over-focusing on Basic Income Without Tackling the Larger Context May Undermine Efforts to Re-democratize the Economy”
    Kelly Ernst, Basic Income Canada Network
  3. “Solving Current Social Problems: How the First Steps Towards an Unconditional Basic Income Can Contribute to a Better Life Today”
    Ingmar Kumpmann, Netzwerk Grundeinkommen

Panel E5: NABIG – Basic Income in North-America II

Chair: Carole Pateman, UCLA

  1. “Support and Inclusion for All Manitobans: Steps Toward A Provincial Guaranteed Income Scheme”
    Sid Frankel, University of Manitoba
    Jim Mulvale, University of Manitoba
  2. “Which Way Forward for a Basic Income in the United States—Expand the EITC or Social Security?”
    Almaz Zelleke, New York University

12.00pm – 1.30pm: Lunch

1.30pm – 2.15pm: NABIG LECTURE

Prof. Joe Soss, University of Minnesota
“Disciplining the Poor, Downsizing Democracy? Why We Need a Basic Income Guarantee”

Chair: Dr. Almaz Zelleke, New York University & BIEN

Lecture co-sponsored by BICN and USBIG

2.15pm – 3.30pm: CONCURRENT SESSIONS F

Panel F1: Basic Income and Employment II

Chair: Annie Miller, Citizens Income Trust

  1. “Re-democratizing the Economy: Realizing a Basic Income Guarantee Through Universal Human Capital Accounts”
    Enrique Guerra, Barry University
  2. “The False Promises of Work: How a Basic Income Can Help to Renew Modern Work”
    Chandra Pasma, The BIG Push
  3. “Kaleckian perspective on Basic Income Guarantee. East-Central European Reflections”
    Maciej Szlinder, Adam Mickiewicz University

Panel F2: Basic Income and Migration

Chair: Philippe Van Parijs, Catholic University of Louvain

  1. “Social Protection, Basic Income and Migration”
    Myron Frankman, Centre for International Sustainable Development Law
  2. “A Carrot, Not a Stick: Examining the Potential Role of Basic Income in US Immigration Policy” (BIEN2014_Howard)
    Michael Howard, University of Maine
    Robert Glover, University of Maine

Panel F3: Basic Income and Economic Participation III

Chair: Bru Lain, University of Barcelona

  1. “The EBay Argument for BIG: Inverted Marxism and State Capital”
    Mark Walker, New Mexico State University
  2. “The Economic Duties of Citizenship”
    Lucas Stanczyk, MIT
  3. “Ecological Society, Democracy and Basic Income for All: A Critique and Transformation of Daly”
    Jeong-Im Kwon, Han Shin University

Panel F4: The Politics of Basic Income III

Chair: Almaz Zelleke, New York University

  1. “Framing Theory and Basic Income”
    Johanna Perkiö, University of Tampere
  2. “A Basic Income Is Feasible: But What Do We Mean By Feasible?” (BIEN2014_Torry)
    Malcolm Torry, London School of Economics & Citizen’s Income Trust
  3. “Bootstrapping Basic Income? On the Political Feasibility of BIG”
    Jurgen De Wispelaere, McGill University

Panel F5: NABIG – Basic Income in North-America III

Chair: Rob Rainer, The BIG Push

  1. “The One Minute Case for a Basic Income” (BIEN2014_Carter)
    Timothy Roscoe Carter, Independent
  2. “Between Radical Reform and the Societal Rationalization of the Economy:  Basic Income in North America”
    Harry Dahms, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
  3. “Calgary’s Crisis Fund: Measuring its Strengths and Limits to Increasing Participation and Preventing Deepened Poverty” (BIEN2014_Vall)
    Charla Vall, United Way of Calgary and Area

3.30pm: Refreshments

4.00pm – 5.30pm: PLENARY ROUNDTABLE II

Mr. Enno Schmidt (Swiss Basic Income Initiative) and Mr. Stanislas Jourdan (European Citizens Initiative)
“Basic Income on the Agenda: What Role for Citizen Initiatives?”

Commentary by Prof. Philippe Van Parijs, Catholic University of Louvain & BIEN
Chair: Ms. Barb Jacobson, Basic Income UK & Unconditional Basic Income Europe

Roundtable sponsored by BIEN

Sunday June 29

9.00am – 10.15am: CONCURRENT SESSIONS G

Panel G1: The Economic Case for a Basic Income

Chair: Pablo Yanes,  Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

  1. “Demand-side Economics and Its Consequences: The National Dividend” (BIEN2014_Miller)
    Edward Miller
  2. “Utility, Theory and Theorem: The Economic Case for a Basic Income”
    Annie Miller, Citizens Income Trust

Panel G2: ROUNDTABLE –  Solidarity Within Precarity

Chair: Ann Withorn, University of Massachusetts Boston

  1. Asher Dvir-Djerassi, Hampshire College
  2. Yulia Rashchupkina, University of Massachusetts Boston
  3. Sarah Hogue, Bridgewater State University

Panel G3: Basic Income Against Inequality?

Chair: Myron Frankman, McGill University

  1. “Will I Do Better Than My Parents? Mobility Across the Income Distribution and the BIG”
    Jim Bryan, Manhattanville College
  2. “Indigenous Rights and the Alaska Model for Basic Income Guarantee”
    Tadashi Okanouchi, Hosei University
  3. “Real Freedom for the Filthy Rich, Precariousness for the Rest of Us: Why We Must Fight for a Basic Income” (BIEN2014_Tomlinson)
    John Tomlinson, Queensland University of Technology

Panel G4: Rethinking the Welfare State

Chair: David Casassas, University of Barcelona

  1. “A Political Economy Perspective on Basic Income and Democratisation”
    Louise Haagh, University of York
  2. “The Philosophy of Welfare States in Europe Reassessed”
    José Luis Rey Pérez, Universidad Pontificia Comillas
  3. “Lessons from Sweden: Solidarity, the Welfare State, and Basic Income”
    Almaz Zelleke, New York University

10.15am: Refreshments

10.45am – 11.30am: CLOSING LECTURE

Prof. Roberto Gargarella, Universidad de Buenos Aires
“Basic Income and the Constitution”

Chair: Jurgen De Wispelaere, McGill University & BICN

Lecture sponsored by the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism

11.30am – 12.00pm: Closing Reflections & Announcements

Philippe Van Parijs, Chair BIEN International Advisory Board
Louise Haagh, BIEN Regional Coordinator
Jurgen De Wispelaere, BICN & Co-chair BIEN Congress 2014
Kelly Ernst, BICN & Co-chair BIEN Congress 2014

12.00pm- 1.30pm: Lunch

1.30pm – 3.00pm: BIEN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The agenda to the BIEN General Assembly can be viewed in the following link.

BIEN General Assembly Agenda