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CRISIS

CRISIS

EUROPEAN SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION 11th CONFERENCE 2013

European Sociological Association 11th Conference – Torino, 28-31 August 2013 – ‘Crisis, Critique and Change’

Call for Papers, Critical Political Economy Research Network (RN06)
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. 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 CzechRepublic).  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 websitehttp://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

First published: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/cfp-european-sociological-association-11th-conference-2013-torino-28-31-august-2013-2013-crisis-critique-and-change

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

The Autonomy of the Political

The Autonomy of the Political

THE AUTONOMY OF THE POLITICAL: CONCEPT, THEORY, FORM

This booklet brings together four topical essays on the subject of autonomy and the concept of the political in twentieth century political philosophy presented at a conference at the former Jan van Eyck Academie in 2011.

The booklet makes for a very good introduction to a specialised debate with essays by Sara Farris, Dario Gentili, Elettra Stimilli, and Tracy B. Strong. It is presented with a general conceptual introduction by the editors Nathaniel Boyd and Michele Filipinni, and followed by a visual exploration of the concept by Luisa Lorenza Corna who is also responsible for the design of the booklet.

The essays cover a broad range of subjects, from the Italian workerist tradition (with a particular emphasis on Mario Tronti) to Agamben, the Schmitt/Kojève debate, to a philosophical interrogation of the autonomy of the political more generally.

Anyone with a keen interest in this subject will find the booklet a valuable edition, a source of varied thoughts and reflections on the autonomy of the political and its tradition, as well as a critical engagement with its figures and ideas.

You can purchase it on Amazon by the following the link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Autonomy-Political-Concept-Theory/dp/9072076672/refsr_1_4?ieUTF8&qid%2057324083&sr8-4

 

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/the-autonomy-of-the-political-concept-theory-form

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

 

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Glenn Rikowski’s MySpace Blog: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski/blog

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

Plato

Plato

FIFTEENTH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION – ATHENS, GREECE

Athens Institute for Education and Research-ATINER (www.atiner.gr)

Call for Papers and Participation

15th Annual International Conference Education, 20-23 May 2013, Athens, Greece

 

The Education Research Unit of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) organizes its 15th Annual International Conference Education, 20-23 May 2013, Athens, Greece. For the programs of previous conferences, book publications based on the conference papers and other information, please visit the conference website www.atiner.gr/education.htm.

The aim of the conference is to bring together scholars and students of education and other related disciplines. You may participate as panel organizer, presenter of one paper, chair a session or observer. Papers (in English) from all areas of education are welcome. Selected papers will be published in a Special Volume of the Conference Proceedings or Edited Books as part of ATINER’s education book series. For Books and Proceedings of previous conferences you may visit http://www.atiner.gr/docs/EDUCATION_PUBLICATIONS.htm for table of contents and order forms.

The registration fee is €300 (euro), covering access to all sessions, two lunches, coffee breaks and conference material. Special arrangements will be made with a local luxury hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of social events will be organized: A Greek night of entertainment with dinner, a special one-day cruise in the Greek islands, an archaeological tour of Athens and a one-day visit to Delphi. Details of the social program are available at http://www.atiner.gr/2013/SOC-EDU.htm

Please submit a 300-word abstract by 21 January 2013, by email, atiner@atiner.gr to: Dr. Alexander Makedon, Head, Education Research Unit, ATINER & Professor, College of Education, Chicago State University, USA or by regular mail to: ATINER, 8 Valaoritou Street, Kolonaki, 10671 Athens, Greece. Tel. + 30 210 363 4210 Fax: + 30 210 3634-209. Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Please use the abstract submitting form available at http://www.atiner.gr/2013/FORM-EDU.doc. Announcement of the decision is made within 4 weeks after submission, which includes information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements. If you want to participate without presenting a paper, i.e. chair a session, evaluate papers to be included in the conference proceedings or books, contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos (gtp@atiner.gr), President, ATINER.

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) was established in 1995 as an independent academic association with the mission to become a forum, where academics and researchers – from all over the world – could meet in Athens to exchange ideas on their research and to discuss future developments in their disciplines. Since 1995, ATINER has organized more than 200 international conferences, symposiums and events. It has also published approximately 150 books. Academically, the Institute consists of five Research Divisions and twenty-three Research Units. Each Research Unit organizes an annual conference and undertakes various small and large research projects.

Academics and researchers are more than welcome to become members and contribute to ATINER’s objectives. The members of the Institute can undertake a number of academic activities. If you want to become a member, please download the form (membership form). For more information or suggestions, please send an email to: info@atiner.gr.

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Glenn Rikowski’s MySpace Blog: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski/blog

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

Feminism

Feminism

WOMEN’S STUDIES WITHOUT WALLS

Join us for this exciting event. Spread the word, forward this blog, print out the flyer (from our website), tweet about it. It’s only a week away.

Women’s Studies Without Walls

An initiative to return Women’s Studies to its rightful place – informing and encouraging women everywhere to take radical feminist action through learning and sharing skills, experience, and information.

WSWW is launching with a weekend gathering on the theme of ‘The Personal is Political’

at the Feminist Library, 5 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7XW

(nearest tubes Lambeth North, Waterloo, Elephant and Castle)

19 January 2013 11am – 11pm, including evening social

20 January 2013 11am – 5pm

 

Join us for a great weekend of networking, consciousness-raising, feminist history, fiction writing, skills and knowledge sharing, radio production, self defence, films and much more

Wheelchair accessible. Kids’ space available

Suggested donation on entry: £2 -10

Catering will be provided. Contact us for more information.

Programme is now on the website.

 

Please register in advance:

Email wsww@feministlibrary.co.uk

Website http://feministlibrary.co.uk/womens-studies-without-walls-2/ (Flyers and posters for printing can be downloaded here)

Twitter @feministlibrary

Phone 020 7261 0879

Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/413934688683287/

 

All self-defined women welcome

See you there, sisters

— 

The Feminist Library – Archiving and Activism since 1975
5 Westminster Bridge Road

London

SE1 7XW

020 7261 0879

feministlibrary.co.uk

twitter.com/feministlibrary

facebook.com/FeministLibrary

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Glenn Rikowski’s MySpace Blog: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski/blog

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

Aesthetics

Aesthetics

ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL CONFERENCE

LONDON, August 2013

Artists and Gentrification at the Urban Frontier: Questioning the Causes, Consequences and Validity of the Artist-Gentrification Correlation

The purported relationship between artists and gentrification has a significant and long-standing presence in the urban literature, much of it supporting the notion that where artists go, fashion, money and commerce inevitably follow (Evans & Shaw, 2004). From the Latin Quarter and Montmartre of C.19th Paris (Norton, 2004), Greenwich Village in the inter-war period (in Graña, 1990), to New York’s SoHo (Zukin, 1982) or London’s East End (Green, 2001) in more recent times, artists’ arrival in previously marginal and often oppositional environments is seen to precede increased property prices, displacement of extant communities, and an upgrading of the symbolic landscape to mesh with an altogether different class of citizen. But how inevitable and inexorable is this process? Has there perhaps been under-reporting or under-emphasis of cases where the activities of artists have instead lead to increased marginality via, for example, further disinvestment, depopulation and/or physical decline? Alternatively, might too little attention have been paid to the workings of artist-gentrification interrelationships in non-Western or less high profile contexts? Must the arrival of artists signal an impending taming and reclaiming of the urban frontier, or are alternative outcomes possible?

If, however, this idea of artist-led gentrification should indeed be shown to hold water, then we are interested in the mechanisms through which it takes place; and how artists’ roles might be usefully conceived and appraised. For example, are portrayals of artists as gentrification victims (e.g. Ley, 1996) tenable, or is the active agent characterization (e.g. Deutsche & Ryan, 1987) more apt, in light of the by now heightened (self)awareness of artists’ allegedly catalytic function? Might artists’ attempts to challenge the forces of gentrification and secure alternative outcomes (Vivant 2010) offer a way out of this victim versus perpetrator framing? Should intent (or lack thereof) to gentrify have a bearing on how the effects of their presence are judged? Or could it be that urban-oriented academia under-appreciates the policy view which tends to highlight the positives of gentrification and suggests artists embrace rather than disown their role in the process? Indeed, has artists’ participation in the widespread rollout of ‘staged’ or ‘policy-led’ gentrification and regeneration (e.g. Atkinson and Easthope 2009) engendered a reformulation of previously popular conceptions of the artist as being opposed to, yet paradoxically implicated in, dominant models of capitalist urban development?

We welcome papers which interrogate alleged artist-gentrification interrelationships from a variety of perspectives and geographical contexts, and which might address but are not limited to the following:

·         To what extent might the idea of gentrification as an almost inevitable outcome of artists’ engagement with the urban frontier be challenged by theoretical or empirical advances?

·         Artists have been portrayed as ‘stormtroopers’ of gentrification, in what ways have local communities resisted artist-related gentrification and how successful have they been?

·         How have artists, perhaps in conjunction with local communities, challenged the idea or process of gentrification and how successful have they been?

·         Who are the ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ in the artist-led gentrification game? To what extent might artists be accurately portrayed as gentrification victims, agents, or champions of alternative outcomes?

·         How has the framing of artists’ social identities and roles been affected by the spread of ‘staged’ or ‘policy-led’ gentrification/regeneration models?

 

Please send abstracts to session convenors Luke Binns or Viktoria Vona:  luke.binns@gmail.comviktoria.vona@kcl.ac.uk, by February 4th

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Glenn Rikowski’s MySpace Blog: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski/blog

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

 

 

 

Communisation

Communisation

EGOS Colloquium 2013 – Montreal

Hi all

Just a reminder that the deadline for the submission of short papers for the 29th EGOS Colloquium in Montreal in July 2013 is Monday, January 14, 2013, 24:00 CET (6.00 pm EST), i.e. there are only 4 days left to submit your short papers.

We invite papers on pretty much any topic that engages Marxist theory (taking the notion of “organization” in the broadest possible sense). Each year has brought in a wide range of Marxist research and theory, ranging from classical Marxist political economy to autonomist approaches.

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Marxist Organization Studies: Building Bridges

The EGOS call for papers begins on Wednesday, August 1, 2012, and ends on Monday, January 14, 2013.

The theme of the 2013 Colloquium – “Bridging Continents, Cultures and Worldviews” – is very timely for the EGOS Marxist studies subtheme. Over the last three years, this subtheme has focused primarily on articulating specifically Marxist approaches to organization studies. Building on this foundation, the 2013 subtheme encourages submissions that explore bridges between Marxist and other theoretical approaches, in particular submissions that focus on the themes of the Colloquium

Bridging Continents: Marx was one of the earliest theorists of globalization, writing famously with Engels in the Communist Manifesto that “[T]he need of a constantly expanding market for its products chases the bourgeoisie over the whole surface of the globe.” Since then, the Marxist tradition has been rich in studies of globalization in its economic, political and cultural forms. We thus encourage submissions that compare, contrast, and engage dialogue between Marxist and other organizational approaches to globalization.

Bridging Cultures: Marxists have made enduring contributions to cultural theory – whether through older work such as that of Lukacs and the Frankfurt School, or through more recent work by scholars such as Terry Eagleton, Stuart Hall, and Omi and Winant. This tradition offers insights into emergence and consequences of cultural diversity. We encourage submissions that put these insights into dialogue with other theoretical perspectives on cultural diversity in organizations and society.

Bridging Worldviews: Marxist social theory has a long history of both deconstructing and integrating other philosophical currents (e.g. Spinoza, Plato, Kant, Husserl, etc.), theoretical problematics (e.g. debates on Marxism, feminism and race theory), disciplinary approaches (e.g. Marxist interventions in sociology, political science, economics and cultural studies), and methods (e.g. rational choice Marxists, humanist Marxists, etc). This tradition offers productive insights into both the challenges and promise of integrating diverse worldviews. We welcome submissions that compare and contrast Marxist approaches to these issues with other approaches.

This EGOS sub-theme has become a gathering point for organizational scholars working with Marxist ideas. We therefore invite Marxist submissions on any of these topics, as on any of the other dimensions of organization studies where a Marxist approach might be fruitful.

In selecting papers, the convenors will give priority to papers that either (a) enrich our understanding of the empirical world of organizations based on strong Marxist theoretical foundations, or (b) enrich Marxist theory in a way that promises deeper understanding of that world. We are not dogmatic in an attachment to any specific kind of Marxism – all kinds are welcome.

The overall EGOS Call asks for short papers under 3000 words, but this sub-theme encourages longer submissions so we can better assess the fit with our program. If the “short paper” is accepted by the conveners, the full paper will need to be posted on the Colloquium website by May 31.

Click here to submit papers: http://www.egosnet.org/jart/prj3/egos/main.jart?content-id=1334581167609&rel=de&reserve-mode=active

 

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/4-days-left-to-submit-egos-montreal-colloquium-2013-subtheme-on-marxist-organization-studies-cfp

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Glenn Rikowski’s MySpace Blog: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski/blog

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski