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MEASURING THE CONTRIBUTION OF DISSIDENT SCHOLARSHIP

The American Journal of Economics and Sociology

Call for Papers
Measuring the Contribution of Dissident Scholarship
A Special Issue of the American Journal of Economics and Sociology

Peer review provides the foundation for academic research, and yet peer review and esteem can potentially be a self-reinforcing process.  Common training in a dominant paradigm can make academics prone to group-think.  The self-referential tendency is exacerbated in the social sciences and humanities where theories are evaluated based on interpretations of events and experiments cannot be used to explode shared fallacies. Non-mainstream economics alleges that this self-referential potential has been realized, and further that conventional metrics of quality scholarship based on citations and reputation essentially assume and fail to demonstrate the superior quality of the mainstream.

The failure of conventional measures to demonstrate the superiority of mainstream economics does not prove the comparable worth of non-mainstream economics. Documentation of mainstream economics’ flaws protected by self-referential peer review and demonstration of the value of non-mainstream economics has proved elusive, perhaps due to the extent of circularity.  This special issue solicits innovative attempts to assess the contribution of non-mainstream economics and economists.  Subjective evaluation by non-mainstream economists of the value of their research seems hopelessly self-serving, indicating the need for new metrics to measure the contribution of dissidents relative to the mainstream. Papers employing a wide range of methods are encouraged, including historical and contemporary case studies, quantitative approaches, and comparison of economics literature and other literatures.

Authors interested in submitting a paper are encouraged to contact the Guest Editor. Papers should be submitted to the AJES website, by February 15, 2012.

Guest Editor: Daniel Sutter, University of Texas – Pan American: dssutter@utpa.edu or dan@danielsutter.com

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Socialism and Hope

SOCIALIST STUDIES: SPECIAL SECTION ON ROSA LUXEMBURG

Vol.6, No.2 (2010)
Table of Contents
SS/ES 6(2)

Editorial
‘I Class Struggle’: French Exceptionalism and Challenges for Socialist Studies
Elaine Coburn

Interview
‘You Are Here’: an interview with Dorothy E. Smith
William K Carroll

Special Section
Rosa Luxemburg’s Political Economy: Contributions to Contemporary Political Theory and Practice
Elaine Coburn

Social Classes in the Process of Capitalist Landnahme: On the Relevance of Secondary Exploitation
Klaus Dörre

Accumulation, Imperialism, and Pre-Capitalist Formations: Luxemburg and Marx on the non-Western World
Peter Hudis

Rosa Luxemburg’s ‘Accumulation of Capital’: New Perspectives on Capitalist Development and American Hegemony
Ingo Schmidt

Rosa Luxemburg’s Reform or Revolution in the Twenty-first Century
Helen C Scott

The current relevance of Rosa Luxemburg’s thought
Estrella Trincado

Research Note: Rosa Luxemburg and the Global Violence of Capitalism
Paul LeBlanc

Review Essays

Honour Songs and Indigenous Resistance
Deborah Simmons

Book Reviews
Various Authors

Socialist Studies: http://www.socialiststudies.ca/

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Rosa Luxemburg

Karl Marx

MARX AND PHILOSOPHY SOCIETY EIGHTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Saturday 4 June 2011, Institute of Education, University of London

‘Marx and Aristotle’

Main speakers:
Jon Pike (Open University)
Tony Burns (Nottingham)
Scott Meikle (Glasgow)

The Marx and Philosophy Society aims to encourage scholarly engagement with, and creative development of, the philosophical and foundational aspects of Marx’s work. The society welcomes contributions from any philosophical or political position.

Papers on any topic consonant with the general aims of the Society (not necessarily on the specific conference theme) are invited from postgraduate students for a panel at the conference. Papers should be planned to last for approximately 20 minutes. Please submit abstracts of up to 300 words by 25th February 2011 to David Marjoribanks at dm275@kent.ac.uk.

Website: http://www.marxandphilosophy.org.uk

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Sociology

AFRICAN-CENTERED SOCIOLOGY

Call for Papers

Special Issue of Critical Sociology

Critical Sociology (http://crs.sagepub.com) invites papers for a special edition on African-centered / Africana Sociology. Africana Sociology critically investigates and interrogates the social worlds of people of African descent from African-centered theoretical and/or methodological perspectives. This special edition seeks articles that address the major issues of identity, education, health, criminal justice, sexuality/gender, methodology, racism/oppression, religion/spirituality and intellectual history.

Despite the fact that this special issue is targeted at a sociological audience, we wish to encourage papers that have sociological import in the areas delineated below written by sociologists and others, recognizing that critical African-centered perspectives may be interdisciplinary and/or multidisciplinary in nature.

Suggested topics include (but are not limited to) the following:
· The rationale for African-centered Sociology
· Definitions and conceptual models/orientations in African-centered Sociology
· History of the development of African-centered Sociology
· African-centered Sociology in literature
· The relationship between African spirituality/philosophy and African-centered Sociology
· Media images and Africana identity
· Sexuality and sexism in Africana communities from an African-centered perspective
· The training of Africa-centered sociologists
· The social viability of African-centered Sociology

We also welcome book review essays of recent and new publications within the domain of African-centered/Africana Sociology (contact cs_reviews@sagepub.co.uk for more information).

The selection criteria will involve: relevance to theme, clarity of paper, intellectual significance, and originality. Please send a 250 word abstract by July 1st to Dr. Nikitah Okembe-RA Imani, with full paper expected by September 1st. Solicited manuscripts (approximately 10,000 words) must be submitted to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/critical-sociology (further instructions will follow with the notification that your abstract has been accepted).

Contact:

Dr. Nikitah Okember-RA Imani, Special Issue Editor
Email: imanino@jmu.edu

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Professor David Fasenfest
Department of Sociology
Editor, Critical Sociology
http://crs.sagepub.com
Series Editor, Studies in Critical Social Sciences
http://www.brill.nl/scss

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Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde

FIFTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE AND FESTIVAL ON GLOBAL CULT FILM TRADITIONS

Call for Papers
The 5th International Conference and Festival on Global Cult Film Traditions Presents:

Cine-Excess V: Subverting the Senses: The Politics and Aesthetics of Excess

The Cine-Excess Cult Film Conference and Festival brings together leading international scholars and critics with global cult filmmakers. Cine-Excess comprises of a 3 day conference alongside plenary talks, filmmaker interviews and 5-7 UK theatrical premieres of up and coming cult releases.  The event also features its own dedicated DVD label, with recent releases including the official UK Blu-ray release of Dario Argento’s Suspiria (1977).  A new director’s cut of Cannibal Holocaust (1979) is currently being completed in conjunction with Shameless Films for release in Summer 2011.

Previous guests of honour to the annual Cine-Excess event have included John Landis (An American Werewolf in London, The Blues Brothers, Trading Places), Roger Corman (The Masque of the Red Death, The Little Shop of Horrors, The Intruder, The Wild Angels, Bloody Mama), Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator, King of the Ants, Stuck) and Brian Yuzna (Society, Beyond Re-Animator, The Dentist), Dario Argento (Deep Red, Suspiria, Inferno) and Joe Dante (The Howling, Gremlins, The Hole.) Our keynotes have included Sir Christopher Frayling (Head of the Arts Council), Professor Mark Jancovich (University of East Anglia), Professor Martin Barker (University of Wales, Aberystwyth), Matt Hills (University of Cardiff), Professor Jeffrey Sconce (Northwestern University), Professor Chris Jenks (Brunel University) and Professor Richard Dyer (Kings College, London.)

Papers from Cine-Excess III are currently being developed into the book Screening the Undead to be published by I.B. Tauris.  A Cine-Excess Journal is also under development and will publish further papers from the forthcoming conference.

Cine-Excess V focuses on the theme of the controversial cult image in its political, historical and aesthetic contexts. With the resurgence of critical interest in the 1980s ‘video nasties’, as well as whole new generation of films being subject to official state control, the cult image is now becoming a crucial index between the censor and the censored. In order to investigate this further, Cine-Excess V will consider global case-studies of the controversial cult image, looking at both their political and aesthetic particularities. The event will consider the cult image in a broad remit, focusing on a range of cult media and technologies, including film, television, games, comics, and digital media. Proposals are welcomed on, but not limited to, the following topics and areas:

* Rediscovering the Horrific Real: The Resurgence of ‘Realist’ horror cinema

* Red, White and Grue-some: New Generations of US Splatter

* Realm of the Censored: Case-Studies of the Censored Image

* Trans-European Excess: Cult Controversies from the New Europe

* Censored Communities: Cult Audiences and the Subcultural

* I Split on Your Grave Again and Again and Again: Neo-Nasties and Retro Remakes

* Euotrashed! Extreme Auteurs From Ruggero Deodato, Umberto Lenzi, Joe D’Amato and Beyond

* The Ontology of Obscenity: The Politics and Aesthetics of the Erotic Image

* Degraded Genres, Debated Tastes: Cannibal Movies, Zombie Flicks, Torture Porn and Beyond

* Chrome, Metal and Controversy:  Cult Biker, Cop and Gang Flicks

* ‘Extreme’ television: From Masters of Horror to Dead Set and Beyond

* Perverse Pedagogies: Teaching the Controversial Image

* Extreme Icons: Cult Performers, Performative Excess.

* National and transnational traditions and stylistic practices

* Four-colour, fumetti and graphic novels – cult, comics and graphic adaptations

* Technologies of Terror: Remediating Controversial Images in New media

* Female Avengers: Controversial Cult Femmes

* Third World Threats: Cult Controversies Beyond the Western Gaze

* Aesthetics of ‘restraint’ and ‘excess’

* The Devil Within Her: The Cult Possession Movie

We welcome individual paper submissions, panels and roundtable proposals. Please send a 300-word abstract and a short (one page) C.V. by 7th March 2011 to:

Leon Hunt, Co-Director of Cine-Excess V, School of Arts: leon.hunt@brunel.ac.uk  
Filippo Del Lucchese, Co-Director of Cine-Excess V, School of Social Sciences: filippo.dellucchese@brunel.ac.uk

Cine-Excess V is currently confirming its line-up of filmmaking Guests of Honour and its official UK theatrical premieres for official release in February 2011. For further information and regular updates on the event please visit http://www.cine-excess.co.uk or contact: Xavier Mendik, Director of the Cine-Excess International Cult Film Conference and Festival Director of the Cine-Excess DVD Label School of Arts, Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 3PH: Xavier.mendik@brunel.ac.uk

‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

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