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Crisis Sublime

NEOLIBERALISM AND THE CRISES OF ECONOMIC SCIENCE


May 20-22, 2011, Istanbul University, Beyazit

FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS

The global crisis of the last years of the ‘noughties’ has cruelly exposed the deficiencies of both mainstream economics and broader strands of political economy from across the social sciences that have promoted neoliberalism. But the degree of consequential rethinking has been strikingly underwhelming. This conference will examine the multiple crises of economic science, informed by perspectives of political economy that have long been ignored and marginalised by the mainstream.

IIPPE has decided to extend the deadline for submission in order to allow for more participants. So we are issuing a final call for individual contributions and proposals for panels that address Neoliberalism and the Crises of Economic Science. But to maximize your chance of a place on the programme, you may need to apply sooner rather than later.
    • The final deadline for submission of both individual abstracts of papers and proposals for panels is 28th February 2011 (On line submission on http://www.iippe.org/wiki).
    • Potential participants will be notified by 21st March.
    • The deadline for the submission of full papers remains 15th April.

Hosted by Turkish Social Sciences Association (TSSA) and Istanbul University Research Center for Global Politics and Administration (GLOPAR).

The original call for papers can be found at: http://www.iippe.org/wiki/Second_International_Conference_in_Political_Economy

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Imperialism

IMPERIALISM, EMPIRE AND GENOCIDE

Please attend this excellent event and spread the word!

Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London

Workshop Series: ‘Imperialism, Empire and Genocide’ 14th March 2pm-4pm

Venue: Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House, Malet Street, London

The British Empire seems to be making a come back. Historians, politicians and journalists now speak about the positive aspects of colonialism and empire. During a state visit to East Africa in 2005 the then Chancellor Gordon Brown, commented that Britain must stop apologising for its colonial past and, instead, celebrate its achievements. He said, ‘I’ve talked to many people on my visit to Africa and the days of Britain having to apologise for its colonial history are over. We should celebrate much of our past rather than apologise for it.’ Some scholarly work has followed the fashion suggesting that empire is more necessary in the 21st century than ever before. The new approach to the British Empire insists that we must undertake a balance view of the positive contributions made to instilling democratic values, development and political institutions. 

This series of workshops will take a different approach. Speakers will shed light, empirically and conceptually, on the tortured relationship between empire and modernity, colonialism and progress, disclosing the story and contemporary legacy of colonial genocide, imperial conquest and environmental destruction.

Speakers: Professor John Newsinger, Richard Gott and Dr Tom Lawson.

Professor John Newsinger (Professor of Modern History at Bath Spa University), Author of The Blood Never Dried: A People’s History of the British Empire, Orwell’s Politics, United Irishman, Rebel City, Dangerous Men: The SAS and Popular Culture, British Counterinsurgency (new edition 2012). John Newsinger will examine histories of the British Empire, the uses to which they have been put and the crimes they neglect and leave out.

Richard Gott (former Latin America correspondent and features editor for The Guardian, currently an honorary research fellow at the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London). Author of Hugo Chávez and the Bolivarian Revolution (2005),Cuba: A New History (2004). Richard Gott will be talking about his most recent book, to be published in the autumn, entitled “Britain’s Empire: Resistance, Repression and Revolt”. The book is conceived as a revisionist history of Empire, written from the perspective of the subject peoples.

Dr Tom Lawson (Reader in History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Winchester). Author of The Church of England and the Holocaust: Christianity, Memory and Nazism (2006) and Debates on the Holocaust (2010). Tom Lawson will be talking about his latest research into the colonisation of Tasmania where the British government is often portrayed as the benign protector of the Aborigines, unable to curb the destructive urges of the settler population. However Tom will argue this paper argues that what amounted to a genocidal policy was both formally approved in Downing Street, and emerged from an imperial culture that began at home.

This is a free event, however, to confirm attendance please email Ms Olga Jimenez, Events Manager
olga.jimenez@sas.ac.uk

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Sociology

BRITISH SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION 60th ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Meet, greet and share ideas with colleagues. Be inspired.

Welcome to the BSA’s 60th annual Conference.

891 delegates booked to date.

Early booking deadline: Friday 25th February

They say there’s no such thing as an unmissable event. In a way, they’re right. After all, if you miss a train, you can always catch the next one. But sometimes it pays to be on time, up to date, and in the thick of it.

This year is our 60th birthday, so it’s a very special conference. Our keynote speakers will be showcasing new and innovative ideas that are shaping the direction of sociology. Book your place now and be the first to hear what they have to say. You can always come next year, but really — why wait?

This year promises to be truly inspiring, with carefully selected speakers who’ll help give you the edge in your own work, whether you’re a researcher, a teacher, or just a fellow academic looking for a new direction in your own work.

Celebrate our birthday and brush shoulders with the best. Presents not required.

Naturally, our annual conference comes round yearly. But our 60th birthday can only come around once. Help us celebrate in style by joining this special conference and adding your own voice to our list of delegates. Meet like minded colleagues, discuss new ideas and learn from some of the most entertaining and original minds sociology has to offer. We’re pulling out all the stops to make this a truly unmissable event.

To find out more about the conference visit our website for more information: http://www.britsoc.co.uk/events/conference/home.htm.

Climb aboard today — don’t be late. This is one year you don’t want to miss out on.

6-8 April 2011

BSA Annual Conference:  60 Years of Sociology

London School of Economics, UK

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World Crisis

STUDENTS OCCUPY – LIBYAN PROTEST!

***BREAKING NEWS, LSE STUDENTS HAVE OCCUPIED IN PROTEST AT  THEIR UNIVERSITY ACCEPTING MONEY FROM THE LIBYAN REGIME**

Thursday 24 February

Demonstration at the Universities UK spring meeting 2pm Woburn House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HQ.

University Vice Chancellors, whose organisation Universities UK will be holding its members’ meeting this Thursday, are preparing to hike up tuition fees and make attacks on the jobs, pay and pensions of university workers, who are now being balloted for strike action.

Many of them are also complicit in the brutal repression of protestors in the Middle East: for example, the London School of Economics (LSE) Centre for Global Governance accepted a £1.5million donation from Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, now the public face of the murderous dictatorship in Libya, and many universities work closely with arms manufacturers whose weapons have been sold across the region.

We stand in solidarity with the people of countries like Tunisia, Egypt and Libya as they demand bread, freedom and dignity. Part of this is fighting for a free and publicly funded education system, without fees, cuts or dodgy deals with dictators and arms dealers. This is why we will be marching on the Vice Chancellors’ Universities UK conference on Thursday, and why we support strike action by education workers against the VCs’ attacks.

For more information go to http://www.educationactivist.wordpress.com

Click to download:

leaflet: After LSE accepts blood money, we need universities of solidarity 

poster/flyer for Thursday’s demonstration in London

leaflet to UCU members: students will support strike action

—END—

‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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