CPERN 2020 Mid-Term Workshop – itinerary

What’s Next? Critical Political Economy at the End of Neoliberalism?

 CPERN mid-term workshop – Call for Papers HERE

Friday 19 – Saturday 20 June 2020

Zoom – and streamed to our Facebook page

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For some, the rise of a populist-nativist political turn represents the end of neoliberalism. Certainly, the period of neoliberal growth has come to an end. This raises the question: what’s next, and what will the (next) crisis of neoliberalism look like? This depends as much on current developments as it does on what has happened in the past. These crisis tendencies are many. Whilst economic growth in many Western countries has come to a standstill, climate disasters have intensified in large parts of the globe, geopolitical tensions have peaked, and millions of lives have been disrupted by everyday crises of social reproduction and racialised violence. These are not isolated events; they are interconnected and mutually reinforcing.

It is, therefore, a matter of urgency for Critical Political Economy to theorize and chart the current conjuncture of global capitalism as the neoliberal period appears to be coming to an end, to explain where we are headed and to point towards social, economic and ecological alternatives. In short, we need to understand what crises we are in, what crises are still ahead of us, and what we can do to resolve and pre-empt them. We need a critical political economy for the end of neoliberalism.

Itinerary

Friday 19 June

9.00                       Welcome and introductions

9.15 – 11.00        The end of neoliberalism?

  • Jana Bacevic (University of Cambridge)

What was neoliberalism and what comes next? A political economy of predicting the end

  • Galip L. Yalman (Middle East Technical University)

Crisis of What? Crisis in or of Neoliberalism? A Brief Encounter with the Debate on the Authoritarian Turn

  • Muireann O’Dwyer (University of Warwick)

The Crisis of the Neoliberal Legitimacy Model? A Feminist Analysis

  •  Sara Swerdlyk (Central European University)

Neoliberalism at the crossroads of class and citizenship: A view from East-Central Europe

  • Ian Bruff (University of Manchester)

Methods for the End(s) of Neoliberalism

 BREAK

11.15 – 12.45      Neoliberal capitalism in flux

Panel 1:               

  • Michael Tyrala (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

Rise of the Offshore-Industrial Complex and Its Impact on the Growing Squeeze on the Average Worldwide Rate of Profit

  • Patrick Gallagher (National University of Ireland Maynooth)

Financialisation and Social Democracy: Mortgage Market Reform and its Unintended Outcomes 

  • Gera Iraci (University of Buenos Aires)

Spatilities of Crisis in Argentina. Global Production Networks, Labour Process and the Critique of Capitalism

  • Elma Demir

Global Labor

 

Panel 2:  

  • Saori Shibata (Leiden University)

Digitization as a non-solution: exacerbating Japan’s dysfunctional wage-labor nexus

  • Michael Byrne (University College Dublin)

The political economy of the private rental sector: conceptualizing the ‘residential rent relation’

  • Dylan Cassar (University of Edinburgh)

Unintended consequences: Quantitative easing and central bank legitimacy

  •  Vanessa Bilancetti (UniNettuno University)

How to study the commodification of social services following a gender perspectives

 

12.45-1.45           LUNCH BREAK

 

1.45-3.15              The production and reproduction of exclusions in neoliberalism

Panel 1:               

  • Felix Hernandez-Fernandez (Queen Mary, University of London)

Ordoliberal Social Policy and the Reproduction of Moral Orders Through the Restoration of Property

  • Paul Lewis (University of Birmingham)

Unpacking theories of wealth generation and distribution

  • Bilge Serin (University of Glasgow)

Producing Exclusionary Urban Space as a Mainstream Neoliberal Practice: The Case of Private Neighbourhoods

  • Stephen Gaffney (National University of Ireland, Galway)

Guaranteeing what? European youth unemployment policy during the Great Recession and its contestation in Ireland

 

Panel 2:               

  • Yunus Arican (European University Institute)

Capitalism After Crisis:   Varieties of Recombinant Neoliberalism in Hungary and Turkey

  • Paul McFadden (University of York)

Bodies predicated in the corporeal economy

  • Magnus Ryner (Kings College London)

From Iron Cage to Universal Contradiction? The Political Economy of German Statecraft under Conditions of ‘Minimal’ American Hegemony

  • Daniel Lopez (Brussels School of International Studies of the University of Kent)

Too much crises but not enough social transformation: an introduction of the hegemonic vehicles

  •  Ricardo Noronha (Instituto de História Contemporânea)

Putting Socialism in a drawer: the ’77-80 Economic Plan’ and the first Stand-by Agreement with the IMF

 

3.30 – 5.00           Authoritarian neoliberalism at the end of neoliberalism?

Panel 1:               

  • Aleksandra Piletić (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

Theorizing urban authoritarian neoliberalisms

  • Clara Camps Calvet (University of Barcelona) and Mònica Clua-Losada (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley)

Conceptualising institutional disobedience in a context of authoritarian neoliberalism: The Catalan case

  • Tayfun Mertan (Bogazici University)

A Case of Authoritarian Neoliberal Ruling from Turkey: “Running the State as a Company”

  • Jie Guo (Guangzhou Institute of Geography) and Hans Gebhardt (Heidelberg University)

Transformation of Old Industrial Cities under Authoritarian Neoliberalism and the Tradition of Administrative Centralism, Lanzhou, China

 

Panel 2:               

  • Adriano Cozzolino (Università della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli)

Authoritarianism and the crisis of the liberal order. Conceptual reflections

  • Malte Laub (Kings College London)

The Simultaneous Policification of Welfare and Welfarisation of the Police

  • Christina Gerantoni

Neoliberalism in Crisis: What are borders and police really here for?

 

5.15- 6.45            Roundtable: Critical political economy in a time of (too) many crises

Lead participants:

Owen Worth (University of Limerick)

Andy Storey (University College Dublin)

Clemence Fourton (Universite Paris-8)

Anouk Colombani

David Bailey (University of Birmingham)

Yuliya Yurchenko (University of Greenwich)

 

Saturday 20 June

9.30 – 11.00 A    Is the EU still neoliberal?

  • Roy Cobby (Kings College London)

The Liberal Illusions of the European Union’s Competition and Digital Policy: The BayerMonsanto Merger

  • Joerg Nowak and Roland Erne

Transnational Trade Union Action and the EU’s New Economic Governance Regime

  • Vincenzo Maccarrone (University College Dublin)

The new European economic governance and its impact on industrial relations: the case of Ireland

  • Gábor Scheiring (Bocconi University)

Varieties of dependency, varieties of illiberalism: the crisis of democracy in East-Central Europe

  • Roland Erne, Darragh Golden, and Imre Szabó (University College Dublin)

Commodification of public services through the EU’s New Economic Governance regime: EU policy interventions in the water and transport sector in Germany, Italy, Ireland and Romania

 

9.30 – 11.00 B     Development, dependency, postcolonialism

  • Sanja Petkovska

A dialogue between postcolonialism and postsocialism in relation to the theses on uneven and combined development

  • Anwar Hossen (University of Dhaka)

Neoliberalism, Development, and Community Dispossession in Bangladesh

  • Ilja Viktorov and  Alexander Abramov (Stockholm University)

State-led Financial Capitalism and Emergence of Collateralized Finance in Russia

  • Swantje Hoeft (University of Vienna)

Re-imagining Capitalism through a new Social Contract? A corpus-linguistic Critical Discourse Analysis of Narrations of Taxation, Development and the future of Social Justice

 

BREAK

 

11.15 – 12.45      Conflict and care in neoliberal capitalism

Panel 1:                Conflict, militarisation, and illiberalism in the neoliberal era

  • Jasmine Chorley Foster (University of Toronto)

Critical political economy of soldiering work

  • William Muchono (Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University)

Streets as Conflict Zones in Urban Zimbabwe

  • Davide Monaco (University of Manchester)

The rise of anti-establishment and far-right forces in Italy after the crisis: a postneoliberal trajectory?

  • Reijer Hendrikse (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

The Rise of Neo-Illiberalism

 

Panel 2:                Does neoliberalism care?

  • Costanza Galanti (University College Dublin)

Profiting and free-riding on health and social care across borders. Transnational pressures for commodification, de-familialisation and re-familialisation of care under European economic governance

  • Stefano Ba’ (Leeds Trinity University)

Precarious work, gender and race: class struggle and care-work

  • Irit Harboun and Irit Keynan (College of Management, Rishon LeZion)

Can neoliberal practices in education improve equality and civil status of minorities?

  •  Vicky Kluzik (University of Aberdeen)

Beyond ‘Uberisation’: digital platforms and the crisis of care

 

12.45 – 1.45         LUNCH BREAK

 

1.45 – 3.15           Ecological harm in neoliberalism

Panel 1:               

  • Chris Hesketh (Oxford Brookes University)

Indigenous environmentalism in the age of extractivism

  • Yuliya Yurchenko (University of Greenwich)

Humans, nature, and dialectical materialism

  • Johannes Jäger and Lukas Schmidt (University of Applied Sciences BFI Vienna)

Neoliberal finance and socio-ecological transformation

  • Ayse Sargin (University of Essex)

Political Economy of Hydropower Generation and Local Anti-Hydropower Resistance in Neoliberal Turkey

 

Panel 2:               

  • Melahat Sahin-Dikmen (University of Westminster)

Gender and the ecological transformation of the built-environment

  • Tom Haines-Doran (University of Leeds)

The Financialisation of Car Dependency

  • Oscar Berglund (University of Brisol) and Daniel Schmidt

Extinction Rebellion: Breaking the Law to Save the World

 

BREAK

 

3.30 – 5.00           Resisting neoliberal crisis

Panel 1:

  • Nicholas Kiersey (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley)

Neoliberal Rationalities, Capitalist Crises?: Revisiting Foucauldian Political Economy in the Context of European Austerity

  • Bernd Bonfert (Radboud University and Roskilde University)

European housing activism: transnational organic intellectuals in the struggle for self-determined living space

  • Madelaine Moore (Kassel University)

Liquid Gold? Understanding the contested materiality of water through social reproduction theory

  • Mary Naughton (University College Dublin)

The 2019 nurses strike- politicisation of caring

 

Panel 2:

  • Sebastian Möller (University of Bremen) & Maria Behrens (University of Wuppertal)

Social Protection vs. Progressive Couter-movements: Mapping Contestation in Trade and Finance

  • Viktoriia Muliavka (Polish Academy of Sciences)

Protest Participation in Europe and Resistance to Neoliberalism: Complexity of Grievances, Resources and Opportunities

  • Alona Liasheva

‘Silent’ protest in Ukrainian cities: observations of everyday class struggle

  • Eleonore Perrin (University of Liverpool)

Worker co-operatives in Northern Ireland: beyond sectarianism and neoliberalism?

 

BREAK

 

5.15 – 6.45           Imagining utopia(s) after neoliberalism

  • Marie Moran (University College Dublin)

An Equality Framework for 21st Century Socialism

  • Damian McIlroy (Queen’s University)

Confronting Capitalism and Climate Breakdown: The Necessity of an Eco-Marxist Critical Theory for the 21st Century and the Shape of Radical Trade Union Agency for Just Transition

  • Nicolas Dvoskin (Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt)

Income redistribution, social policy and social utopias in 21st century Latin America

  • Katharine I. Ransom (California Institute of Integral Studies)

An Economic Analysis of Matristic Societies as an Alternative Socio-Economic System to Current Capitalism: A Radical Contribution to Marxist Feminist Theory

6.45                        Thanks, reflections, goodbye (END)

The CPERN Board

David Bailey, Bernd Bonfert, Alona Lyasheva, Owen Worth, Yuliya Yurchenko

The Critical Political Economy Research Network is Research Network 06 of the European Sociological Association.

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Critical Political Economy early career scholar writing workshop

Thursday 18 June 2020 – Critical Political Economy early career scholar writing workshop

Supported by Conference of Socialist Economists/Capital and Class

University of Limerick

On the day before the 2020 CPERN workshop we will be holding a writing workshop for early career scholars (PhD students and recently completed PhDs). This will be an opportunity for those working on attempts to secure their first publication. Participants will be paired with a more established scholar in the field of critical political economy, in order to receive detailed feedback with the goal of facilitating the writing and publication process.

The workshop is supported by the Conference of Socialist Economists, which publishes the journal, Capital and Class, and which can provide limited funding to support travel and accommodation. 

If you are interested in attending, please send a brief note detailing the paper you are currently working on (1 paragraph), outlining what stage in your academic career you are currently in (1 paragraph max), and what publications (if any) you already have to date. Email to: cpern@criticalpoliticaleconomy.net by 31 January 2020.

 

 

CPERN 2020 Mid-Term Workshop

Unfortunately, we have had to make the decision to cancel the physical version of the CPERN mid-term workshop that was due to be held in Limerick (19-20 June 2020). We cannot predict what the situation will be in June.

Instead, and given that it seems even more pressing that we continue to discuss the end times of neoliberalism, we will move the entire workshop online.

More details to follows shortly.

 

What’s Next? Critical Political Economy at the End of Neoliberalism?

 CPERN mid-term workshop – Call for Papers [now closed]

Friday 19 – Saturday 20 June 2020

University of Limerick, Ireland

For some, the rise of a populist-nativist political turn represents the end of neoliberalism. Certainly, the period of neoliberal growth has come to an end. This raises the question: what’s next, and what will the (next) crisis of neoliberalism look like? This depends as much on current developments as it does on what has happened in the past. These crisis tendencies are many. Whilst economic growth in many Western countries has come to a standstill, climate disasters have intensified in large parts of the globe, geopolitical tensions have peaked, and millions of lives have been disrupted by everyday crises of social reproduction and racialised violence. These are not isolated events; they are interconnected and mutually reinforcing.

It is, therefore, a matter of urgency for Critical Political Economy to theorize and chart the current conjuncture of global capitalism as the neoliberal period appears to be coming to an end, to explain where we are headed and to point towards social, economic and ecological alternatives. In short, we need to understand what crises we are in, what crises are still ahead of us, and what we can do to resolve and pre-empt them. We need a critical political economy for the end of neoliberalism.

Conventional economics is unable to answer these questions. It has tried, and failed, to grasp the extent of capitalism and its crises, due largely to its inability (and often unwillingness) to consider or conceptualise capitalist relations in their fullest sense. Yet, capitalism cannot be understood without grasping the fundamental dynamics which constitute it: economic accumulation, social reproduction, environmental extraction, and forced dispossession based on gender, race and nationality (amongst other categories). The often compartmentalised ontologies, methodologies and resulting epistemologies of mainstream social sciences prevent scholars from capturing this complexity. We are left without an understanding of the causes, dynamics and implications of the multiple contemporary crises of capitalism.

We invite scholars and activists from across the field of critical political economy to contribute to the next CPERN mid-term workshop, where we will consider: What’s Next? Critical Political Economy at the End of Neoliberalism?

We are especially keen for papers that address the following themes:

  • The crisis of neoliberalism: Are we seeing a crisis of (authoritarian) neoliberalism? What is driving this crisis? How should we conceptualise these crisis tendencies? What changes do they prompt? To what extent is this leading to a further erosion of democracy and a consolidation of authoritarianism? To what extent, and with what effect, are we witnessing the end of neoliberalism, and what is the post-neoliberal trajectory?
  • Economic policy at the end of neoliberalism. ‘Normal’ economic policy seems to have ended. Ultra-loose monetary policy seemingly has no end in sight. Public debt is both problematised and accepted as necessary. New innovations in industrial policy, a Green New Deal, and suggestions of a return to redistribution, all appear to be on the agenda. All of this raises the question of what economic policy looks like at the end of neoliberalism.
  • Environmental crisis: How does capitalism affect our planet? What are the implications of the destruction of our eco-systems? What do alternatives to unsustainable growth look like? Can environmental crises transcend capitalism?
  • The role (and crisis) of social reproduction: How do we understand social reproduction in our current end times of neoliberalism? Critical political economy has often neglected the sphere of social reproduction, but lately has begun to pay great attention. Why? And how successful have we been?
  • Exclusions/otherings: What are the gendered and racialized dimensions of contemporary global capitalism? How have neoliberal pressures towards individual competition and self-optimization altered people’s mental well-being? What impact does austerity have on the availability of care?
  • Resistance and Alternatives: How, if at all, are both resistance and everyday struggles for survival putting neoliberalism at risk? How, if at all, can social struggle, resistance, and/or social movements play a part in shaping the post-neoliberal future?

We are interested in all of the above, and more, and wish for the workshop to cover a wide range of topics. We welcome scholars and activists with an interest in critical political economy, from a variety of countries, social backgrounds, and disciplinary affiliations, regardless of whether they are in academia or not. We are particularly committed to promoting the participation of PhD students, early career scholars, and activists. Limited funds will be available for scholars and activists in precarious situations (who cannot get other sources of funding) to support travel and accommodation costs. Please inform us if you may require help with funding when you send us your abstract.

There is no fee for attending the workshop. The conference language will be English.

Abstracts of around 250 words should be submitted to cpern@criticalpoliticaleconomy.net by 31 January 2020.

We hope that you will find this Call interesting – please also share with colleagues and students who might not yet be part of the CPERN community!

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding this Call, or the conference in general.

Many thanks,

The CPERN Board

David Bailey, Bernd Bonfert, Alona Lyasheva, Owen Worth, Yuliya Yurchenko

The Critical Political Economy Research Network is Research Network 06 of the European Sociological Association.

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Studying capitalist dystopias, and avenues for change

We live in dystopian times. The crisis of global capitalism is revealing itself in the most uncompromising fashion. Quantitative easing – the one ‘solution’ to the last crisis – has only re-inflated the global financial bubble, and created the prospect for the next impending crisis to be greater than witnessed heretofore. Government bonds across the industrialized world are either approaching, or already at, negative interest rates. Financial investors, aware of the next big recession, are betting against long term economic growth, for up to the next thirty years. Something is clearly amiss!

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