Comparing (covid) capitalisms: forefronting crises, conflicts and contradictions in critical political economy

The next CPERN workshop in the series: A Critical Political Economy of Covid Capitalism (every final Thursday of the month, 5pm (British Summer Time)/6pm (Central European Summer Time)

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Comparing (covid) capitalisms: forefronting crises, conflicts and contradictions in critical political economy

Thursday, 27 May 5pm (British Summer Time)/6pm (Central European Summer Time)

commentators:

Ian Bruff (University of Manchester)
Reecia Orzeck (Illinois State University)
Jana Bacevic (Durham University)

Register here: https://bham-ac-uk.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcof-2uqz8uE9Y4Esc13KYENpdjnWFo10Qx

Text: Ian Bruff (2021) ‘The politics of comparing capitalisms’, Environment and Planning A: Economy and Spacehttps://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0308518X21997125

Format (derived from our highly successful project – the Critical European Studies workshop):

In order to foster a constructive debate, each workshop starts with a brief introduction of the theme and the pre-selected text used to kick-start the discussion followed by a few select expert commentators discussing and enhancing the perspectives developed in the core text from the angle of their own research/activism and in the context of current struggles. This is followed by a workshop-type discussion instead of the conference-style Q&A, in order to collectively advance knowledge, understanding and analysis of the themes raised in the workshop and develop shared ideas for action.

Initial contributions are limited to 5 minutes per commentator.

Text: Ian Bruff (2021) ‘The politics of comparing capitalisms’, Environment and Planning A: Economy and Spacehttps://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0308518X21997125

commentators:

Ian Bruff (University of Manchester)
Reecia Orzeck (Illinois State University)
Jana Bacevic (Durham University)

We look forward to seeing you there!

Neoliberal transformations and the state, before and after Covid

The next CPERN workshop in the series: A Critical Political Economy of Covid Capitalism (every final Thursday of the month, 5pm (British Summer Time)/6pm (Central European Summer Time)

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Neoliberal transformations and the state, before and after Covid

Thursday, 29 April 5pm (British Summer Time)/6pm (Central European Summer Time)

commentators:

Adriano Cozzolino (University of Campania “L. VanvitellI”)
Davide Monaco (University of Manchester)
Aleksandra Piletić (University of Amsterdam)

Register here (incl. link to the text): https://bham-ac-uk.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIpc-qrrD4tGtN5BHBbQvmBvZp5RjZx__SM

Format (derived from our highly successful project – the Critical European Studies workshop):

In order to foster a constructive debate, each workshop starts with a brief introduction of the theme and the pre-selected text used to kick-start the discussion followed by a few select expert commentators discussing and enhancing the perspectives developed in the core text from the angle of their own research/activism and in the context of current struggles. This is followed by a workshop-type discussion instead of the conference-style Q&A, in order to collectively advance knowledge, understanding and analysis of the themes raised in the workshop and develop shared ideas for action.

Initial contributions are limited to 5 minutes per commentator.

Text: Adriano Cozzolino, 2021, Neoliberal Transformations of the Italian State: Understanding the Roots of the Crises.

commentators:

Adriano Cozzolino (University of Campania “L. VanvitellI”)
Davide Monaco (University of Manchester)
Aleksandra Piletić (University of Amsterdam)

We look forward to seeing you there!

A critical political economy of disruption and resistance

The next CPERN workshop in the series: A Critical Political Economy of Covid Capitalism (every final Thursday of the month, 5pm GMT)

People take part in a march against the government of Colombian President Ivan Duque during a national strike, in Cali on November 27, 2019.

A critical political economy of disruption and resistance

Thursday, 25 March 5pm (GMT)/6pm (CET)

commentators:

Alke Jenss (Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institut)
Clemence Fourton (Sciences Po Lille)
Nikolai Huke (University of Kiel)
Alona Lyasheva (Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv)

Register here: https://bham-ac-uk.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwvce2tpzouG910oh1wTvIx0gPWUaAOOUKW  

Format (derived from our highly successful project – the Critical European Studies workshop):

In order to foster a constructive debate, each workshop starts with a brief introduction of the theme and the pre-selected text used to kick-start the discussion followed by a few select expert commentators discussing and enhancing the perspectives developed in the core text from the angle of their own research/activism and in the context of current struggles. This is followed by a workshop-type discussion instead of the conference-style Q&A, in order to collectively advance knowledge, understanding and analysis of the themes raised in the workshop and develop shared ideas for action.

Initial contributions are limited to 5 minutes per commentator.

Text:

Alke Jenss (2021) ‘Disrupting the Rhythms of Violence: Anti‐port Protests in the City of Buenaventura’, Global Policy. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1758-5899.12878

commentators:

Alke Jenss (Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institut)
Clemence Fourton (Sciences Po Lille)
Nikolai Huke (University of Kiel)
Alona Lyasheva (Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv)

We look forward to seeing you there!

A critical political economy of the European Union under covid capitalism

The next CPERN workshop in the series: A Critical Political Economy of Covid Capitalism (every final Thursday of the month, 5pm GMT)

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A critical political economy of the European Union under covid capitalism

Thursday, 25 February 5pm (GMT)/6pm (CET)

commentators:

Laura Horn (Roskilde University)

Muireann O’Dwyer (University of St. Andrews)

Etienne Schneider (University Vienna)

Register here:https://bham-ac-uk.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEqf-mrqj0iHtWsMc_lSkwVXeZWuh124ii- 

Format (derived from our highly successful project – the Critical European Studies workshop):

In order to foster a constructive debate, each workshop starts with a brief introduction of the theme and the pre-selected text used to kick-start the discussion followed by a few select expert commentators discussing and enhancing the perspectives developed in the core text from the angle of their own research/activism and in the context of current struggles. This is followed by a workshop-type discussion instead of the conference-style Q&A, in order to collectively advance knowledge, understanding and analysis of the themes raised in the workshop and develop shared ideas for action.

Initial contributions are limited to 5 minutes per commentator.

Text: Angela Wigger and Laura Horn, 2021, ‘Lobbying in the EU: How Much Power for Big Business? Still influential after all these years – corporate interests in the EU’, in H. Zimmerman and A. Dur (eds), Key Controversies in European Integration 3e, (Palgrave).

commentators:

Laura Horn (Roskilde University)

Muireann O’Dwyer (University of St. Andrews)

Etienne Schneider (University Vienna)

We look forward to seeing you there!

CPERN statement on UK HE redundancies

We in the Critical Political Economy Research Network note the ongoing attempts to use the Covid-19 pandemic as an opportunity by callous University managers seeking to cut costs and further undermine the UK higher education system.

Job insecurity and under-funding for those who work in universities clearly undermines the invaluable research and education which they do. To treat a pandemic as an opportunity to provide less support for these social necessities is, we agree, despicable and impossible to fathom.

We are obviously especially concerned at rumoured moves to ‘defund’ or ‘move away from’ specific research areas that are transversal to disciplines, such as political economy

CPERN opposes redundancies for anyone working in higher education, whether for research reasons or other restructuring reasons.

We are living through what will undoubtedly be the biggest change to our national and global political economies within living memory. Public and private debt, trading relations, investment, public expenditure, environmental and labour market regulation, health care, work-life balance, housing, employment relations, global economic management, monetary policy, technological change, and global sustainable development, are each fundamental to political economy, to name just a few of our areas of study. Knowledge in each of these areas will be crucial to our collective, society-wide and planetary wellbeing in the years ahead.

We wonder which of these crucial areas of research and knowledge university managers seek to defund or move away from? And why? Based on which rationalisation?

Only an ill-considered process of mismanagement could result in the kinds of poor decisions that university managers seem determined to make, with seemingly no awareness of their universally negative results. This is clearly yet another symptom of the decline of the UK’s neoliberal and morally-bankrupt model of political economy, which is in urgent need of more study and transformation, rather than its de-funding.

Any recovery from this pandemic will also require a vibrant Critical Political Economy. It is on this goal that we as a network focus.

CPERN Board
2 February 2021

A Critical Political Economy of the Populist Right, After Trump?

This is to announce the new CPERN workshop series: A Critical Political Economy of Covid Capitalism

every final Thursday of the month, 5pm GMT

These will be participatory workshops, advancing CPERN’s goals during the pandemic:

To critique existing structures of social inequality (including but not limited to class-, sex-, gender- and race-based forms of oppression), but also to provide a forum for the development and discussion of multiple visions for alternative futures, and to contribute actively to the politicisation and resilience of social struggles within and beyond academia.

And also to give us a chance to continue our debates and discussions despite being limited to Zoom…

First workshop: A Critical Political Economy of the Populist Right, After Trump?

28 January 5pm (GMT)Register here: https://bham-ac-uk.zoom.us/…/tZ0rcO2tqjkvH9NZt…

Format (derived from our highly successful project – the Critical European Studies workshop):

Morbid Symptoms

In order to foster a constructive debate, each workshop starts with a brief introduction of the theme and the pre-selected text used to kick-start the discussion followed by a few select expert commentators discussing and enhancing the perspectives developed in the core text from the angle of their own research/activism and in the context of current struggles. This is followed by a workshop-type discussion instead of the conference-style Q&A, in order to collectively advance knowledge, understanding and analysis of the themes raised in the workshop and develop shared ideas for action.

Initial contributions are limited to 5 minutes per commentator.

Text: Owen Worth, Morbid Symptoms: The Global Rise of the Far-Right (introduction chapter)

commentators:

Owen Worth (University of Limerick)

Mònica Clua-Losada (University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley)

Yuliya Yurchenko (University of Greenwhich)

The event will be followed by drinks + comradely conversation

We look forward to seeing you there!

Covid Capitalism: advancing critical political economy, accelerating progressive alternatives

Call for Papers – deadline: 15 February 2021

Abstract submission is OPEN!

Submit your abstract via ConfTool 2021: https://www.conftool.pro/esa2021/

The next Critical Political Economy Research Network (CPERN) event will be the CPERN (RN06) stream at the European Sociological Association Conference 2021.

Covid Capitalism: advancing critical political economy, accelerating progressive alternatives (RN06)

European Sociological Association (ESA) Conference in Barcelona, 31 August – 3 September 2021, Barcelona.

The contradictory and destructive tendencies of capitalism have landed the world in the Covid-19 pandemic and saddled it with the worst recession in living memory. More than ever, we need a critical political economy that can both ask questions of, and provide answers to, global capitalism’s doomed project for humanity; while also addressing the failure of conventional social sciences to grasp the complexity of our global crises.

This catastrophic fiasco of productivist capitalism is set against (and reinforces) the backdrop of our broken planetary metabolism.

Global capitalism’s contradictions are now evident to all. They already invoke political, social and economic reactions – albeit in sometimes contradictory forms. From proposals for a Green New Deal to Extinction Rebellion, Black Lives Matter, and the Women’s Strike.

In academic and political spheres, alternative epistemologies and praxes are sought, with desperation, frustration and zeal. To transform (re)production processes, we require a rethinking of our economic models. We need alternative models of care to the racialized, sexed, gendered, and classed provisions that crumbled under the COVID context.

Overlapping forms of poverty and indebtedness – including of time, digital resources, fuel, transport, and finance – have combined with unemployment and a lack of healthcare to define a world that can be either won or lost. We see opportunities for both our empancipatory visions and for a far right politics of hate.

It is in this historic opportunity that we seek a critical political economy that will accelerate the momentum of progressive movements and contribute towards the production of an ecosocialist world built on principles of deep sustainability – economic, social and environmental. And in doing so, negate the productivism of capitalism and its intrinsically racialized, sexed and gendered discrimination.

We especially (but not exclusively) invite abstracts on:

  • Theorising Covid capitalism
  • Capitalism and the climate crises
  • Are we there yet? The Greatest Recession to come?
  • Understanding the financial rescue(s), the lack thereof, and the impact of “QE infinity”
  • Alternative epistemologies for alternative political economies
  • Dissent and resistance under Covid Capitalism
  • Gender, sex, care and the household during and after “the lockdown”
  • Isolation, psychological health crisis, cities/slums
  • Transforming production and globalised exploitation
  • Beyond a Global South and North

We are interested in all of the above plus more, and wish for the conference to cover a wide range of topics. As such, we seek contributions from scholars and activists with an interest in political economy research, regardless of their disciplinary affiliation and whether they are in academia or not. We also hope to attract a diverse range of participants, from a variety of countries and backgrounds.

Notes for contributors

Deadline for submissions: 15 February 2021

Abstract submission is OPEN!

Submit your abstract via ConfTool 2021: https://www.conftool.pro/esa2021/

If you have any questions regarding this Call, or the conference in general, feel free to contact d.j.bailey@bham.ac.uk or yy04@gre.ac.uk

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