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FORDISM AND POST-FORDISM CONFERENCE

International Conference

Fordism and Post-Fordism: Cycles and transformations in contemporary society

New University of Lisbon, Faculty of Social and Human Sciences

10th and 11th February 2012

 

The development of capitalism throughout the 20th century has accelerated the pace of transformations in the field of production, with a far-reaching impact upon several domains of social activity: from school to work, from family ties to state institutions. The existence of economical cycles tied to the development of technical, political and social paradigms has therefore captured the attention of many researchers, who have categorized historical periods according to a series of axes: the predominant forms of relation between labour and capital, the industrial sectors that push economic growth and the technological innovations with the greatest impact on the productive process.

In this context, the term “Fordism” has been put forward to frame the historical period emerging in the first half of the 20th century and characterized by the massification of both production and consumption, highly developed processes of mechanization, rationalization and standardisation embodied in assembly lines, the central role of the automobile and petrochemical industries, sophisticated techniques of regulation of work conditions and growing state intervention in economic activities.

The term “Post-Fordism”, in turn, has been used to define the ensemble of transformations occurring, since the 1970’s, in spheres such as the organization of labour, the nature of state intervention and the 

technological paradigms applied to production. Different notions have emerged, aiming to characterize such transformations. “Neofordism”, “lean production”, “Toyotism”, “Late capitalism”, “Biopolitics” or, 

more recently, “Informationalism” and “finance-dominated accumulation regime” are some of them. The term “Post-Fordism”, however, has been widely accepted in specialized literature because it leaves room for the plasticity of a multidimensional process in permanent evolution.

This conference aims at questioning the logics and dynamics of both paradigms, the historical contexts of their emergence, the shifts they represented and the conflicts they shaped. It is open to researchers looking to present papers dealing with at least one of the following subjects:

–          Technology, Science and organization of labour;

–          State, regulation and economic planning;

–          Labour struggles, social conflict and resistance;

–          Culture, leisure and consumption.

 

These papers (Max. 10 pages/20 minutes) may address specific subjects (such as the introduction of Taylorism in a factory or industrial branch, the settings of a collective bargain, a plan to stabilize wages and prices or a strike, for example) or wider problems (like the characterization and interpretation of the paradigms themselves). Papers that address more than one of these subjects or the transition between both paradigms will be particularly welcomed.

Paper proposals must be sent to coloquio.fordismo@gmail.com and should include: title, abstract (Max. 300 words), study field, institutional affiliation and e-mail address.

The deadline for proposals is October 31st 2011.

The authors of the selected proposals shall not be notified until November 15th 2011, and invited to send the texts of their papers until December 31st 2011. The final program of the conference shall be made public in January 2012.

The conference’s official languages will be Portuguese and English.

Raquel Varela, Postdoctoral Research Fellow FCT, Instituto de História Contemporânea, Universidade Nova de Lisboa Study Group on Labor and Social Conflicts, Av. de Berna, nº 26 -C, 1069-061 Lisboa, + 351 21 794 09 21, Portugal. Honorary Fellow IISG (Amsterdam): http://www.iisg.nl/staff/rva.php and raquel_cardeira_varela@yahoo.co.uk

 

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Bonuses for Some

NEW INTERVENTIONS – VOLUME 13 NUMBER 4

Just Out!

New Interventions, Volume 13, No 4

* Theodor Bergmann, The Tragedy of Paul Levi — A look at the life and works of the noted German Marxist

* Mike Jones and Alistair Mitchell, Isaac Deutscher — A critical appraisal of Trotsky’s biographer

* Chris Gray, The Heritage We Find Indefensible and the Myth of ‘Pabloism’ — Orthodox Trotskyism, the Pabloite bogey and the dangers of vanguardism

* Harry Ratner, Capturing the Capitalist Citadel — Reform, revolution and the capitalist state

* Arthur Trusscott, Ten Years On — Did al Qaeda change everything on 11 September 2001?

* Terry Liddle, War on the Heavens — The rise of the ‘New Atheism’ and its meaning for socialists

* Andrew Coates, The Flight of the Intellectuals? — A look at Paul Berman’s writings on Islam and Western intellectuals

* Mike Jones, Kosovo: The Successful Intervention? — The rise of the gangster-state in Kosovo

* Paul Flewers, Porterhouse Bloomsbury? — What does the New College of the Humanities offer?

* Mike Belbin, The Lone Crusader and the Sorcerer’s Apprentice — Anders Behring Breivik and his theoretical influences

* Reports from the USA — how to resist and reverse the attacks on the working class

* Reviews — Second World War fiction

* Letters — Stalinism and Revolution

* Afterword — Arthur Trusscott, Riots: Fish Rot From the Head

Write to: 116 Hugh Road, Coventry CV3 1AF, United Kingdom, e-mail: drdavidspencer@talktalk.net.

 

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Eurozone Crisis

THE EURO CRISIS: CAUSES AND REMEDIES

Date: 25 October 2011 , 18:00 to 20:00
Location: JG0001, John Galsworthy Building, Penrhyn Road

Econ Club Panel discussion on: The Euro crisis. Causes and Remedies
With Dimitris Sotiropoulos, José R. Sánchez-Fung, Engelbert Stockhammer and Nick Butler (chair)

Until two years ago the Euro was considered a big success: inflation was low and the poorer countries were catching up rapidly. But since then the situation has changed dramatically. Greece, Ireland and Portugal are in deep recession and had to request support from the other EU countries, because markets have stopped lending to them. A European rescue fund has been set up, but the crisis is spreading to other countries. What are the causes of the crises? What reforms does the Euro system need?

Dimitris Sotiropoulos is a Lecturer at Kingston University. His research focuses on changes in the financial sector and their societal implications. He has recently published Rethinking Imperialism (with J. Milios) He has been living in Greece until a few months ago and will give a first hand report of the situation there.

José R. Sánchez-Fung is Senior Lecturer in Economics at Kingston University and has been Visiting Researcher at the Bank of Finland in Helsinki. His main research area is monetary economics with particular reference to developing countries. He is co-author, with Subrata Ghatak, of the textbook Monetary Economics in Developing Economies.

Engelbert Stockhammer is Professor at Kingston University. He is working on the macroeconomics of distribution and financialization. He has recently published A Modern Guide To Keynesian Macroeconomics and Economic Policies (with E. Hein). He will give a Keynesian account of the crisis.

Nicholas Butler is Head of the School of Economics at Kingston University.

The Econ Club will organise regular extra-curricular events at theSchool ofEconomics to further discussing of timely issues in economic policy and theory. We hope for student participation of these events in the future.

 

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