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ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT, CULTURE – CALL FOR PAPERS

The Institute on Culture and Society: The Banff Centre for the Arts — June 13-17, 2014

The Institute on Culture and Society (ICS) invites the submission of papers on topics related to Marxism, critical theory, and Marxist views of literature. Submissions are welcome from all humanities and social scientific perspectives. Full submission details can be found at the end of this call.

Supplementing an ongoing engagement with Marxism, ICS 2014 welcomes submissions on this year’s special topic: “Energy, Environment, Culture” (EEC). This topic aims to facilitate discussion that moves beyond standard disputes over energy politics in Canada in order to develop sophisticated knowledge about the global relations, ecological realities, social reproduction, and community impacts of energy.

From debates on harnessing wind and solar power to the environmental effects of the tar sands, energy and power have a complex and under theorized connection to culture, politics, and society. Energy is understood in economic terms as the name for an input into market activity that can take a variety of forms and which is necessary for steady-state growth. In environmental thought, too, energy serves as a placeholder for a range of activities, practices and objects with inconsistent theoretical and scientific content. In both cases, energy is seen as fundamental to social life, even if the depth of its significance to the operations of society, and its role in implementing and maintaining particular sets of relationships across diverse communities, is poorly understood. What insights can Marxism lend ecology? Further, what insights can a Marxist-Feminist political economy develop in ecological thought? Approaching these problematics from a humanities perspective, we suggest innovative workshop, panel, and paper proposals on any of the following:

Energy and Globalization
 – regional economies, energy distribution, and the political climate of international markets
– the transnational and global relationship between eastern, western and northern economies in Canada vis-à-vis Pacific and Southern American partners and cultures
– cultural symptoms of energy and globalization or internationalism
– cultural and environmental interactions in energy intensive regions
– the interregional and provincial flows created by energy infrastructures and cultural development

Energy and Ecology
– updates to the established approach to energetics
– “New Materialisms” and the renewed interest in non-human agency in ecological research
– redirections of familiar environment vs. economy binary
– the diverse materialisms that link economics, energy, and ecology

Ecology and Marxist Feminism
 – practical, community- driven knowledges about energy systems and sustainability
– primitive accumulation (as an ongoing process coterminous with capital accumulation), gender, and the environment
– the work of Mariarosa Dalla Costa, Maria Mies and Silvia Federici
– capitalism, gender, and ecology
– social reproduction and/as energy
– the new work on gender and reproduction coming out in the journals Endnotes and Lies

ICS is run in consecutive sessions to encourage a developing conversation and increase potential research outputs and collaboration. Toward this end, participants are strongly encouraged to stay for the entirety of the conference. Significant subsidies will be available to graduate students and the underemployed.

We welcome submissions of papers, panels, pecha kucha presentations, roundtables, reading groups, and more. Please submit proposals of no more than 400 words in length, including title and affiliation, to mlgics2014@gmail.com. Panel or roundtable proposals should be introduced by a 100 word rational. If geared towards a specific stream, submissions should indicate which stream it most strongly relates to.

All submissions must be received by the 14th of March, 2014.

Please let us know if you would be interested in having childcare arranged.

The Banff Centre is a world-renowned facility supporting the creation and performance of new works of visual art, music, dance, theatre, and writing.

ICS 2014 is sponsored by ARIEL, Mediations, Reviews in Cultural Theory, the Marxist Literary Group, The University of Alberta (U of A) Faculty of Arts, U of A English and Film Studies, U of A Kule Institute for Advanced Study, ConcordiaUniversity, St. Francis Xavier, YorkUniversity, and the Banff Centre.

 

The Banff Centre: http://www.banffcentre.ca/

 

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Hugo Chavez

Hugo Chavez

THE PEOPLE AGAINST THE ELITES CONFERENCE

CALL FOR PAPERS

The People Against the Elites: Conference on Populism in Latin America and Europe / Friday 16th of May / University of Bath, UK

Politics in times of economic crises puts the conceptual notion and socio-political dynamics of populism back into de agenda. The rise of extreme right-wing parties advancing a xenophobic and anti-immigration rhetoric is challenging the ideological centre governing the dominant political parties across Europe. Social movements like Occupy London or the indignados resisting the mainstream response to the economic crises have tended to express their demands from the margins of traditional political institutions if not opposing electoral politics altogether. In Latin America, opposition to the ‘Washington Consensus’ gave rise to left-wing coalitions in Ecuador, Venezuela, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. These governments forged strategic alliances with social movement organisations and introduced inclusive and participatory institutions leading to the deepening of democracy for some and the disruption of the democratic order, for others.

The question lying underneath these multiple forms of contestation on both side of the Atlantic refer to the sovereignty of the people that stands in tension with ideas of citizenship established by the Constitutional-liberal canon. As a consequence, the frontiers delimiting populism, democracy and the enactment of the people become contentious. In itself the emergence of a movement claiming to mobilise ‘the people’ is seen as a pathological symptom, for some, or essential for democracy to restore its true meaning, for others.  An open discussion that relates theoretical problems to empirical puzzles in a cross-regional perspective is thus critical to understanding the nature of contemporary transformations in the political order. 

In the light of this debate the conference has three interconnected aims: a) to discuss theoretical innovations around the notion of populism; b) to apply this reasoning to case studies in Europe and/or Latin America and c) to compare and contrast European and Latin American experiences. 

Please send a 250-word abstract and your contact details to Dr Juan Pablo Ferrero J.P.Ferrero@bath.ac.uk by 4th April 2014.

Keynote speaker: Professor Yannis Stavrakakis (School of Political Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki). Director of the EU funded research project POPULISMUS: populist discourse and democracy.

Dr Juan Pablo Ferrero

Lecturer in Latin American Studies

Politics, Languages and International Studies

University of Bath

Bath BA2 7AY, UK

+44 01225 385268

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Socialism and Hope

Socialism and Hope

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Economics of the 1%

Economics of the 1%

ECONOMICS OF THE 1%

Economics of the 1%: How Economics Serves the Rich, Obscures Reality and Distorts Policy

John F. Weeks

Imprint: Anthem Press

Paperback

ISBN 9780857281081

January 2014 | 246 Pages | 216 x 140mm / 8.5 x 5.5 | 20+ graphs

http://www.anthempress.com/ economics-of-the-1-percent

Today’s ‘doctrine of choice’ assures adults that they are competent to make serious personal decisions about healthcare, education and retirement plans. At the same time, most people are convinced that they are so ignorant of economics that they are not capable of holding an informed opinion, and that economic issues must be left to experts. The so-called experts of the mainstream economics profession claim to have profound, inaccessible knowledge; in fact they understand little and obscure almost everything.

Understanding the economy is not simple, but it is no more complicated than understanding the political system sufficiently to cast a vote. In straightforward language, John F. Weeks exposes the myths of mainstream economics and explains why current economic policies fail to serve the vast majority of people in the United States, Europe and elsewhere. He demonstrates that austerity policies have little theoretical basis and achieve nothing but inequality and misery. He goes on to explain how the current deficit and debt ‘crises’ in the United States and Europe are ideologically manufactured, unnecessary and simple to overcome. Drawing on examples from around the world, this book provides a bold alternative to the economics of the 1%. Their failure to serve the interests of the many results from their devoted service to the few.

John Weeks, an American living in London, is professor emeritus of economics at SOAS, University of London. He has advised numerous governments and written and commented widely on economic and social issues in the United States, Europe and developing regions.

Book Launch Lecture (from YouTube), SOAS, University of London, 3rd February 2014: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8xKikh_g1w&feature=c4-overview&list=UUwlZZGmE1e_6PI2e-HOPOQw

Other Links (including interviews with John Weeks): http://www.anthempress.com/economics-of-the-1-percent

“The recent crisis has exposed the weaknesses of not only the business models of the capitalist world but also the flaws in mainstream economic thought. John F. Weeks’ polemic on the ‘Economics of the 1%’ explores these intellectual blind alleys and takes no prisoners. Pointing out holes in the mainstream logic, Weeks aligns himself with the tradition(s) of Karl Marx, John Maynard Keynes and Thorstein Veblen, and with such contemporaries as James K. Galbraith, Ha-Joon Chang and Paul Krugman. And Weeks is right. We have to replace ‘fakeconomics’ with proper economic analysis to combat the social inequalities that have grown disproportionately and dangerously in recent decades.” —László Andor, Economist and Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission

Economics

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