CPERN (RN06) CfP at the 13th ESA conference

Call for Papers – Resisting Capitalism in, under and beyond Authoritarian Neoliberalism – Radical Praxis, Real democracy and (Prefigurative) Alternatives in the 21st Century’
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The Critical Political Economy Research Network (CPERN/ RN06) is inviting paper and panel submissions for its sessions at the 13th European Sociological Association (ESA) Conference in Athens, 29 August to 1 September 2017.

Capitalism has been resilient to various crises and contradictions, including the current global crisis. At the same time, ever more cracks are opening up, pointing to avenues of resistance and alternatives to capitalism. We interrogate the mechanisms and processes that facilitate the reproduction of the continued accumulation of capital: reproductive labour, inequalities of class, gender, race and ethnicity, capitalist competition and technological innovations, the ubiquitous role of debt, the disciplinary role of the judicial and administrative state apparatus and in particular, coercive state practices that suppress and marginalise anti-capitalist oppositional forces.
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We are keen to receive paper proposals which focus on the analysis and critique of features of capitalism and anti-capitalist resistance. Some of the topics we would like to invite abstracts in are:
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  • Capitalist spheres of production, trade and finance
  • Authoritarian neoliberalism, coercion and the disciplining of labour
  • The role of trade unions, social movements and new Left political parties/platforms
  • Anarchism, feminism, new materialism and Marxism – Building alternatives from horizontal escapes
  • The materialities of ecological challenges– The political economy of migration and human trafficking
  • Damaged lives, intensified precarisation and the rise of inequalities
  • Reclaiming the Caliban and the Witch: social reproduction as a source of value-creation

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 authors
Abstracts should not exceed 250 words. Abstracts must be submitted online to the submission platform, see below. Abstracts sent by email cannot be accepted. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed and selected for presentation by the Research Network; the letter of notification will be sent by the conference software system in April 2017.
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New Abstract submission deadline : 15 February 2017.
Conference website and abstract submission platform: http://www.europeansociology.org/conferences/13th-conference-2017/
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If you have further questions regarding this call, the conference or the Critical Political Economy Research Network, feel free to contact monica.clualosada@utrgv.edu or a.wigger@fm.ru.nl.
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Do not hesitate to share the call with colleagues and students who might not be part of the CPERN community yet!

CPERN & IIPPE Call for Papers and Activist Proposals: The Political Economy of Inequalities and Instabilities in the 21st Century

7th Annual Conference in Political Economy – “The Political Economy of Inequalities and Instabilities in the 21st Century”

Berlin School of Economics and Law, Berlin, September 13-15, 2017.

Organised by International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy (IIPPE), Critical Political Economy Research Network (CPERN) & Berlin Institute for International Political Economy (IPE)

CPERN is co-organising this conference. If you have any questions about submitting panels or papers to a CPERN stream contact Phoebe Moore p.moore@mdx.ac.uk

IIPPE, CPERN and IPE call for general submissions for the Conference but particularly welcome those on its core themes of inequalities and instabilities, which will be the focus for the plenary sessions. Proposals for presentations will, however, be considered on all aspects of political economy. New participants committed to political economy, interdisciplinarity, history of economic thought, critique of mainstream economics, and/or their application to policy analysis and activism are encouraged to submit an abstract.

Submissions may be made as (a) proposals for individual papers (b) proposals for panels (c) proposals for streams of panels (d) proposals on activism. CPERN is looking particularly for papers and panels on the themes of inequality and instability in the areas of critical global political economy, as explained further in the Electronic Proposal Form.

To submit a proposal, please go to this Electronic Proposal Form, and follow the instructions carefully. (Copy and paste the link into your Internet browser if not working with a click:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfvn0ZIEGLNtGtCck-WJvhLbTtm0kZkzAmKTNb9yxUjDrjtng/viewform)

The extended deadline for proposals is 8 April 2017 at 23.59. All other deadline dates are stated in the Electronic Proposal Form.

For general information about IIPPE, its Working Groups, and the Conference, click here. For general information about CPERN, click here. For general information about IPE, click here.

We look forward to an outstanding IIPPE/CPERN/IPE Conference in Berlin.

The Conference Organising Committee,

Al Campbell, Trevor Evans, Niels Hahn, Phoebe Moore, Alfredo Saad Filho

Third Critical European Studies (CES) workshop, University of Greenwich (UK), 18-19 June

The workshop follows previous CES workshops held at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona (2015) and at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2014), put together with the support of CPERN scholars. This year, additional support is generously provided by AkE/AkG,  BISA-IPEG and Greenwich University Business School. The workshop provides a forum for scholars and activists to meet and discuss critical theoretical and empirical perspectives on the configuration of European capitalism, the EU and political resistance. This year’s workshop will focus on Europe’s many crises (economic, social, political, ecological, geopolitical) and their consequences, as well as the potential and challenges for resistance, particularly through education and academia. The themes discussed will include forms of dispossession and punitive mechanisms under neoliberalism; challenges to class compromises and social reproduction; and the crises of Europe understood in relation to ‘the rest of the world’, for instance focusing on the migrants’ crisis.

The workshop is open to all scholars and activists interested in critical perspectives on European issues. It is free of charge but registration is required. See the full programme below.

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Call for Papers – Mid-term conference: (Conflicting) Political Ontologies and Implications for Transformative Action

CPERN in collaboration with the Institute of Labour Studies, Ljubljana:  (Conflicting) Political Ontologies and Implications for Transformative Action  

27-28th of May 2016, Department of Sociology, University of Ljubljana

Ontology is often overlooked in discussions about political thought and action. Several emerging debates reflect different and conflicting positions that are often either assumed, invisible or intentionally opaque. Breaking down the apparent barriers between philosophy and theory and theory and action, we welcome discussions on ontologies of power and transformative action. Critical realists have long demanded that ontology be taken seriously and have encouraged discussions on how ‘reality’ conditions action. New materialist and anti- and post-capitalist debates tease out the assumptions across Marxism and poststructuralism, and demand new ways of thinking about specific thought formations, ethical and moral frameworks. The current crisis has forced us to think, explore, and practice multiple ways of organising, resisting and building prefigurative practices. Understanding ontology not only as a philosophical standpoint but also as a myriad of calls for action will allow us to understand how people organise and what motivates us to do so/prevents us from doing so, and to initiate new ways of communicating and reflecting on our own ontological praxis.

We are keen to receive paper proposals which focus on exploring political and social ontologies for transformative action. Some of the topics we would like to invite in particular are:

  • Ontologies of capitalist spheres of production, trade and finance
  • Ontologies of praxis in trade unions, social movements and new Left political parties/platforms
  • Anarchism, feminism, new materialism and Marxism – ontological friends or foes?
  • The materialities of ecological challenges
  • The political economy of migration and human trafficking
  • Building tomorrow’s future today (with yesterday’s historical conditions) – Prefigurative practice and its relationship to time, space and capitalism
  • Damaged lives, intensified precarisation and horizontalist escapes
  • Reclaiming the Caliban and the Witch: social reproduction as a source of value-creation  

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CPERN (RN06) at the 12th ESA Conference

Critical Political Economy Research Network (RN06) @ the 12th Conference of European Sociological Association, Prague, 25-28 August 2015.

The programme for the CPERN sessions at the ESA conference in Prague is available. We’re delighted that the network has attracted such an exciting range of papers, and triggered such interesting discussions throughout the conference.

The CPERN business meeting also took place in Prague on Wednesday 26 August.

**Deadline Extended** CfP: Re-Imagining Class – Materialities of Resistance, State Power and the Commons | 2015 ESA conference

**New Deadline: 15th February**

The Critical Political Economy research network is inviting paper and panel submissions for our sessions on ‘Re-Imagining Class – Materialities of Resistance, State Power and the Commons’ at the 2015 ESA conference in Prague, 25-28 August.

Please find the CfP below. Deadline for submissions is 15 February 2015.

We hope that you will find this Call interesting – please also share with colleagues and students who might not be part of the CPERN community yet! We welcome the submission of individual papers, but also panel suggestions.

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

Many thanks and all best wishes,

The CPERN board: Angela Wigger, Mònica Clua Losada, Jamie Jordan, Andrew Morton and Laura Horn

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