- 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.
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 email@example.com
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 deadline for proposals is April 1st, 2017. All other deadline dates are stated in the Electronic Proposal Form.
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
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
European Sociological Association 11th Conference – Torino, 28-31 August 2013 – ‘Crisis, Critique and Change’
Call for Papers, Critical Political Economy Research Network (RN06) – DL 1 February 2013
WHOSE CRISIS, WHOSE CRITIQUE AND WHOSE CHANGE?
The recent years have, in the eyes of many, been characterised by a multiplicity of crises, the growth in significance of critiques of the current state of affairs, and increasing demands for change. However, the uneven impact of crises, the concentration of voices of critique in only parts of society and the world, and the very different demands for change that have been articulated, force critical political economy scholars to ask the question ‘Whose crisis, whose critique and whose change?’
This observation has many aspects to it. For example, apart from the initial shock in late 2008, many of those towards the top of different societies have suffered very little (if any) decline in wealth and incomes over the last few years. Moreover, the critiques have come from the radical Right as much as from more progressive currents of thought such as the Occupy, Indignados and other movements. Finally, very real change may be taking place, but in Europe for example it is often in the form of brutal and authoritarian structural adjustment programmes, social and political polarisation/conflict and a more general crisis of everyday living for the majority of the population (e.g. the rise in bankruptcies, evictions and imprisonments related to debt, the reductions of salaries, social rights and entitlements).
For this reason we are interested in hosting a wide range of topics in our sessions that are linked to the above themes. For instance, this could include the sharp growth of precarious labour and insecurity, the rise of state authoritarianism, the question of resistance and dissent from all sides of the political and social spectrum, the crises of welfare states and everyday living, and so on. More broadly, this could also include the crises and continuities in ‘living dead’ neoliberalism, the evolution of Eurozone governance, the possibilities for more progressive ‘models of capitalism’ in the future, the lessons that can be learned from the ‘pink tide’ in Latin America, the Arab uprisings, etc..
We are interested in all of the above plus more. As such, we seek contributions from those 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 number of countries and backgrounds.
We invite submission of papers and panel proposals for our open sessions – please see the instructions below and in the general CfP in the attachment. Moreover, at the Torino conference we have two joint sessions with other ESA networks. If you are interested in participating in these joint sessions, please indicate this on your submission.
RN06 JOINT SESSION WITH RN08 DISASTER, CONFLICT AND SOCIAL CRISIS
The Eurozone Crisis as an Opportunity: Structural Changes within the Member States of the Eurozone and the European Union
(Chair: Laura Horn (RN06) and Nikos Petropoulos (RN08) )
This joint panel with RN08 invites submissions on the theme of ‘The Eurozone Crisis as an Opportunity: Structural Changes within the Member States of the Eurozone and the European Union’. The focus will be on the structural – economic, political, and social changes – within the member states themselves. Special emphasis will be on the states that have especially been affected by the debt crisis and have taken part of the ECB/IMF/EU bail-out mechanism (e.g. Ireland, Portugal, Greece) or have received loans from EU/ECB to support their bank system (e.g. Spain). Papers may also focus on structural changes, if any, within the ‘solvent’ states of the Eurozone and the European Union (Germany, Finland, Holland, Austria, the Czech Republic). Priority will be given to comparative empirical and critical analysis.
RN06 JOINT SESSION WITH RN18 SOCIOLOGY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA RESEARCH
Critical Political Economy of the Media and Communication in Times of Capitalist Crisis and Change
(Chair: Ian Bruff (RN06) and Christian Fuchs (RN18))
This joint panel with RN18 invites submissions on the theme of ‘Critical Political Economy of the Media and Communication in Times of Capitalist Crisis and Change’. Abstract submissions could, for example, focus on the role of media and communication in critical political economy approaches to the crisis, the role of critical political economy approaches in the sociology of communications and the media, or indeed any other aspects of topics and issues linked to this theme. In other words, this joint session focuses on the intersection of Critical Political Economy and the Sociology of the Media and Communication. It is interested in contributions that focus on one or more of the following questions:
- Which approaches that are based on Marx, Critical Political Economy, or Marxism are there today for understanding the current crisis and ongoing changes?
- What is the role of the media and communication in these approaches?
- What is the role of Critical Political Economy, Marx, and Marxism in the Sociology of the Media and Communication?
- What is the role and value of Marx today for understanding crisis, change, capitalism, communication, and critique?
INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMISSIONS
Authors are invited to submit their abstract either to the general session (open) or any specific session. Please submit each abstract only to one session. After abstract evaluation, coordinators will have the chance to transfer papers between sessions where applicable.
Abstracts should not exceed 1750 characters (including spaces, approximately 250 words). Each paper session will have the duration of 1.5 hours. Normally sessions will include 4 papers.
Abstracts can only be submitted online no later than 1st of February 2013 to the conference website http://www.esa11thconference.eu. Abstracts sent by email cannot be accepted.
The information requested during abstract submission include: 1) name(s), affiliation(s) and email of all the author(s); 2) contact details of presenting author (postal address, and telephone in addition to email); 3) title of proposed presentation; 4) up to 4 keywords (optional).
Submitting authors will receive an email of acknowledgement of successful submission receipt. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed and selected for presentation by the relevant Research Network or Research Stream; the letter of notification will be sent by the conference software system in early April 2013. Each author cannot submit more than two abstracts (as first author).
Abstract submission deadline: 1 February 2013
Abstract submission platform: http://www.esa11thconference.eu
CALL FOR PAPERS – SESSIONS ORGANISED BY THE CRITICAL POLITICAL ECONOMY RESEARCH NETWORK OF THE EUROPEAN SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION AT THE 10TH ESA CONFERENCE, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, 7-10 SEPTEMBER 2011 – https://criticalpoliticaleconomy.net/ http://www.esa10thconference.com/index.php
Conference theme: ‘Social relations in turbulent times’. Critical Political Economy sessions theme: ‘Varieties of capitalism in crisis?’
The continued fall-out from the economic crisis has led to continuous debate about the impact of this systemic shock to the world economy. For instance, evidence could be amassed to support or refute the argument that it has had a significant impact on the future of capitalist diversity. On the one hand, it has generated common systemic pressures everywhere – the most salient being the recurrent fiscal crises of different national states – but on the other, there have been important differences in the national responses to the crisis – compare for example Germany and the United States.
In the field of political economy, a much-discussed approach has been the varieties of capitalism literature. Conceived here as wider than just the paradigmatic Varieties of Capitalism framework and inclusive of a general institutionalist orientation when studying national political economies, a weakness in this work has been the low priority placed on the wider social relations which institutions are inevitably part of. Therefore, although much progress has been made in the past 15 years, the ability of the varieties of capitalism literature to account for the developments of the past few years – and thus its more general explanatory capacity – is open to question.
As such, the phrase ‘Varieties of capitalism in crisis?’ has two distinct but connected meanings. For this reason, the CPE RN is interested in receiving abstracts which consider the evolution of empirical capitalisms – we expect our sessions to focus on but not be exclusively concerned with Europe, be it at the national, regional or supranational level – and/or conceptual issues related to the study of capitalist diversity. We seek contributions from scholars with an interest in political economy research, whatever their disciplinary affiliation (sociology, political science, economics, geography, anthropology, ethnology, development studies, area studies, history, etc.). Hence we aim to attract a diverse range of junior and senior researchers, from postgraduate students to professors.
Paper proposals can be submitted through the abstract submission platform on the ESA website: http://www.esa10thconference.com/submission.php – we are RN06.
Deadline for submission is 25 February 2011!
NETWORK OVERVIEW: The network was established in 2005 as a platform to promote and facilitate research aimed at understanding recent transformations of capitalism and capitalist societies in the European Union and Europe. Its purpose is to reassert political economy perspectives in European social science, and to promote critical and emancipatory scholarship. We are avowedly interdisciplinary in our outlook, and seek to bring together researchers employing a range of critical political economy perspectives.