CPERN (RN06) CfP at the 13th ESA conference

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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!