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Call for Contributions

Comparison, Analysis, Critique –Perspectives on the Diversity of Contemporary Capitalism(s) 

The observation that there is significant diversity within capitalism is an old one, but recently it has been mostly associated with the so-called comparative capitalisms, notably the Varieties of Capitalism literatures. These institutionalist perspectives on capitalist diversity have acquired a hegemonic status within comparative political economy research in and after the 2000s. In contrast, the critical political economy literature helped contribute to its own marginalisation in this field by neglecting the rich history of scholarship on historically and geographically specific forms of capitalism. It is against this background that this project seeks to engage with comparative capitalisms research from a series of alternative perspectives rooted in the broad and pluralistic field of critical political economy. Through this we also hope to strengthen and improve the dialogue between critical political economy scholars from different disciplinary, philosophical and geographical traditions. 

With the support of the Assoziation für kritische Gesellschaftsforschung and the International Political Economy working group of the British International Studies Association we will hold a conference at Goethe University Frankfurt from 10-11 February 2012. The proceedings of the event will feed into two publications: a German-language volume to be published in autumn 2012 with Verlag Westfälisches Dampfboot ; and a special issue of a peer-reviewed English-language journal in 2013. The two publications will be oriented to tackling most effectively the gaps and omissions in German- and English-language scholarship on the topic, respectively.

Perspectives from which interventions could be framed include critical institutionalism, regulation theory, materialist state theory, structural Marxism, feminist political economy, transnational historical materialism, dependency and world systems approaches, postcolonial studies, critical geography, uneven and combined development. This list is not exhaustive, however, and we seek contributions from scholars with an interest in critical political economy research, whatever their paradigmatic background and disciplinary affiliation (sociology, political science, economics, geography, anthropology, ethnology, development studies, area studies, history, etc.). Moreover, we invite both junior and senior researchers to contribute. Given the nature of the intervention that we seek to make, we expect participants to be committed to completing a full paper shortly after the conference.

Proposals of about 400 words , outlining the central theoretical-conceptual arguments and empirical support, should be sent to the organisers of the Frankfurt event under, and, by Friday 11 November 2011 at the latest.

A decision on the proposals will be made by Wednesday 23 November. Papers presented can be in English or German and will be translated if necessary for their inclusion in either or both of the publications. 

Best wishes 
Ian Bruff (University of Manchester), 
Matthias Ebenau (Queen Mary, University of London), and 
Andreas Nölke (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)


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