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Dialectics

Dialectics

DEBATING THE GLOBAL WORKING CLASS

Conference of Socialist Economists

CSE South, Capital & Class

Co-hosted by the Global Economy and Business research Unit, Business School, University of Hertfordshire

 

Seminar: Debating the Global Working Class

Friday 17th October

University of Hertfordshire,

de Havilland site, Room N003

14.00-17.30

 

Marcel van der Linden (University of Amsterdam)

‘The Global Working Class: Decline or Revival’.

Jenny Chan (University of Oxford)

‘Dying for an iPhone: Apple, Foxconn, and China’s New Working Class’

Everybody is welcome to attend the seminar at 14.00. If you would like to join us for lunch beforehand at 13.00 you are welcome, but please register with Jane Hardy (j.a.hardy@herts.ac.uk). Please see websites for details of travel and location http://www.herts.ac.uk/contact-us/where-to-find-us/de-havilland-maps-and-directions

 

About the speakers:

Marcel Marius van der Linden

The Global Working Class: Decline or Revival

Abstract

The number of wage-earners worldwide has grown significantly in the last three centuries, and its regional distribution has constantly shifted. The class awareness and collective action accompanying the development of this world working class has and is taking on many different forms in the course of time. The presentation will discuss the new challenges that have arisen. It is argued that the building of a new kind of trade unionism will be a difficult process, interspersed with failed experiments and moments of deep crisis. Pressure from below (through competitive networks, alternative action models, etc.) will be a highly important factor in deciding the outcome of this process.

Biographical note

Marcel is director of research at the International Institute for Social History and holds a professorship dedicated to the history social movements at the University of Amsterdam. Marcel is most recognized in his field for his approach of a “global labour history”, which he has developed since the 1990s. Global labour history is seen by many scholars of labour studies as a new paradigm that wants to overcome both traditional labour history and the “new labour history” developed in the 1960s by scholars like Eric Hobsbawm and E.P. Thompson.

Jenny Chan

Dying for an iPhone? Apple, Foxconn, and China’s New Working Class

Abstract

Drawing on extensive fieldwork at China’s leading exporter, the Taiwanese-owned Foxconn Technology Group, the power dynamics of the buyer-driven supply chain are analysed in the context of the national terrains that accentuate global pressures. If suicide is understood as one extreme form of labour protest chosen by some to expose injustice, many more workers are choosing other courses. In globally connected production, Chinese workers are engaging in a crescendo of individual and collective struggles to define their rights and defend their dignity in the face of combined corporate and state power.

Biographical note

Jenny is Departmental Lecturer in Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Oxford. Her recent articles have appeared in Current Sociology, Modern China, Global Labour Journal, The Asia-Pacific Journal, The South Atlantic Quarterly, New Labor Forum, Labor Notes, New Internationalist, New Technology, and Work and Employment. She is writing her first book provisionally entitled Dying for an iPhone: Apple, Foxconn, and a New Generation of Chinese Workers (co-authored with PUN Ngai and Mark SELDEN).

 

About the CSE South Group:

The Conference of Socialist Economists (CSE) http://www.cseweb.org.uk/ is an international, democratic membership organisation committed to developing a materialist critique of capitalism, unconstrained by conventional academic divisions between subjects. CSE has organised and supported conferences and seminars and publishes the Sage journal Capital & Class http://cnc.sagepub.com/ three times a year.

The CSE South Group is a network of researchers and activists founded by Capital & Class Editorial Board member Phoebe Moore and CSE participants Martin Upchurch and Chris Hesketh. Members hold workshops where people present work and hold discussions on topics that concern the CSE and our journal.

 

About the Global Economy and Research Unit, Hertfordshire Business School, University of Hertfordshire

The Global Economy and Business Research Unit (GEBRU) focuses on issues that face economies, businesses and communities in the context of globalisation. The group undertakes both empirical and policy work, as well as engaging in the theoretical and methodological debates that underpin them. Members of the group are actively engaged with a range of stakeholders which include businesses, trade unions and NGOs. The approach of the group is interdisciplinary drawing on economics, political economy, geography and international business.

The unit’s research themes include the restructuring emerging markets in economies such as Poland, Serbia, Ukraine, Zambia and Bangladesh. GEBRU also focuses on migration and labour market mobility, and in particular the dynamics of European East-West migration and the intervention of stakeholders such as states and trade unions. A number of projects are ongoing in relation to foreign direct investment and outsourcing business services. Projects include new divisions of labour within Europe and the role of China in global value chains. The Editorship of the journal Competition and Change lies within GEBRU.

 

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/cse-south-capital-class-seminar-17-10-debating-the-global-working-class

 

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Marx's Grave

Marx’s Grave

CRISIS AT HOME AND ABROAD: FROM FERGUSON, MISSOURI TO THE MIDDLE EAST AND UKRAINE

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2014

6:00-8:00 PM

Westside Peace Center

3916 Sepulveda Blvd., near Venice Blvd. (free parking in rear)

Suite 101-102, press #22 at door to get into building

Culver City (LA area)

 

SPEAKERS:

Michael Pugliese, longtime Left Observer

Mansoor M., Iranian cultural worker

Hamid A., youth activist

 

We live in an age when the local and the global are intertwined as never before.  This is true not only of the groups that dominate the capitalist economic system and the state, but also of emancipatory social movements at home and abroad.

The racist police murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, has touched off the deepest and most sustained protests among African-Americans in years, garnering world attention.  At the same time, Israel’s attack on Gaza has given birth to a large international protest movement.  These two emancipatory movements are occurring during a global era of upheaval and revolution that is also marked by the most sustained economic crisis since the 1930s.

The year 2014 has also seen the emergence of a democratic movement in Ukraine, which has come under pressure from Russia, but also from the US-EU. We have witnessed as well the emergence of ISIS as a deeply counterrevolutionary force within the Arab uprisings, which has in turn touched off new forms of democratic resistance by the Kurds and other minorities in Iraq.

Suggested readings, mostly very short, from INTERNATIONAL MARXIST-HUMANIST webzine:

  1. Beltaigne, “Ferguson: Where to Now?”

“Stop the Israeli Invasion of Gaza!  Stop the Endless War Against the Palestinians!” Statement of the IMHO

“Tragedy in Iraq and Syria: Will It Swallow Up the Arab Revolutions?” Statement of the IMHO

Kevin Anderson, “Popular Movements and Their Contradictions: From the Arab Revolutions to Today”

 

Sponsored by the West Coast Chapter, International Marxist-Humanist Organization

More information: http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org/

 

Here is URL for meeting for Facebook, Twitter, etc.

http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org/events/los-angeles-crisis-home-abroad-ferguson-missouri-middle-east-ukraine

 

Join our new Facebook page: “International Marxist-Humanist Organization” https://www.facebook.com/groups/imhorg/

 

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Gilles Deleuze

Gilles Deleuze

GILLES DELEUZE AND FELIX GUATTARI: REFRAINS OF FREEDOM

SUBMIT YOUR PAPERS!

Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari: Refrains of Freedom,” an international conference to be held in Athens, is now accepting submissions.

Deadline for submissions is November 1, 2014.

 

Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari: Refrains of Freedom

International Conference,
24-26 April, 2015, Panteion University, Athens, Greece.

 

We invite abstracts for papers and panel discussions on all aspects of Deleuze and Guattari’s work, and we particularly welcome contributions attempting to elucidate the meaning of Deleuze and Guattari’s claim that “pluralism equals monism” as well as its significance for a number of issues central to their writings:

* What are the implications of this claim for ontology, epistemology, ethics, politics, language and the arts?

* Given that Deleuze is talking about absolute difference (A differs from itself) rather than comparative differenc (A differs from B), can we still speak of subjects and objects and transformative change?

* Deleuze and Guattari’s philosophy of difference in the face of multiculturalism, identity politics and cultural traditions.

* Between the fixity of cultural traditions and their nihilist rejection.

* Forcefields and extended spaces.

* Repetition as the maker of difference.

* “Autrement qu’ être/Autrement qu’ autre.”

* Memory, heterogeneity, the friend, the one thousand tiny sexes.

* Schizoanalysis.

* “Pluralism equals monism” and literature.

* “Pluralism equals monism” and the arts (visual arts, music, cinema, theater, dance, new and multi-disciplinary art forms, art-science-technology and society in a technological age).

* Pluralism equals monism” and the people to come.

 

Abstracts of papers and panels can be written in English, French or Greek, and must not exceed 500 words.

Submissions can be in .doc, .docx, .rtf or .pdf format and must include title, author’s name, institutional affiliation and contact information. The reading available for paper presentations is 30 minutes.

Panel abstracts must include a brief description of the panel as a whole and summaries of the individual papers. They must also include the title of the panel, the titles of the papers, the names of the participants, institutional affiliations and contact information. The length of the panel must not exceed 120 minutes (discussion included). Submissions will be made through the Easy Chair webside, which requires that the person submitting an abstract should create a simple account with Easy Chair.

 

Instructions on how to use the programme may be found by visiting:
http://www.easychair.org/

Submission deadline: November 1, 2014.

Νοtification of decision: January 15, 2015.<

For further information, please, see the conference website:

http://deleuzeandguattariathens2015.blogspot.gr/p/about.html or contact Constantin Boundas (cboundas@trentu.ca), Iannis Zannos (zannos@gmail.com) or Dana Papachristou (ntaniela@gmail.com).

 

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Communisation

Communisation

ORGANISATION OF THE ORGANISATIONLESS: COLLECTIVE ACTION AFTER NETWORKS

By Rodrigo Nunes

Part of the PML Books series. A collaboration between Mute and the Post-Media Lab*

Series editors: Clemens Apprich, Josephine Berry Slater, Anthony Iles & Oliver Lerone Schultz.

Rejecting the dichotomy of centralism and horizontalism that has deeply marked millennial politics, Rodrigo Nunes’ close analysis of network systems demonstrates how organising within contemporary social and political movements exists somewhere between – or beyond – the two. Rather than the party or chaos, the one or the multitude, he discovers a ‘bestiary’ of hybrid organisational forms and practices that render such disjunctives false. The resulting picture shows how social and technical networks can and do facilitate strategic action and fluid distributions of power at the same time. It is by developing the strategic potentials that are already immanent to networks, he argues, that contemporary solutions to the question of organisation can be developed.

http://www.metamute.org/editorial/books/organisation-organisationless-collective-action-after-networks

Rodrigo Nunes is a lecturer in modern and contemporary philosophy at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), Brazil. He coordinates the research group Materialismos, which investigates the resurgence of metaphysical speculation in contemporary philosophy and its interfaces with other fields such as politics, science and anthropology. He has been involved in several political initiatives over the years, such as the first editions of the World Social Forum and the Justice for Cleaners campaign in London. He is a member of the editorial collective of Turbulence (http://turbulence.org.uk).

Rodrigo Nunes is a co-editor of What Would it Mean to Win?, Turbulence Collective (Eds.), PM Press,  2010

Reviews of ‘What Would it Mean to Win?’

‘Powerful vision of the possible and the seldom-seen present.’ —Rebecca Solnit, author, Hope in the Dark and A Paradise Built in Hell

‘This kind of innovative thinking, which emerges from the context of the movements, opens new paths for rebellion and the creation of real social alternatives.’ —Michael Hardt, co-author, Commonwealth, Multitude and Empire

(2014. ISBN 978-1-906496-75-3; ebook ISBN 978-1-906496-82-1)

First Published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/out-now-organisation-of-the-organisationless-collective-action-after-networks-rodrigo-nunes-pml-books-mute

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The Future PresentOUTUBRO

We would like to introduce you to the new edition of Outubro, a Marxist journal published since 1998 in Brazil.

www.revistaoutubro.com.br

https://www.facebook.com/revistaoutubro

From this edition on, Outubro will be published exclusively online with fully free access. Articles and book reviews continue to be published in Portuguese, and Abstracts in Portuguese and English. We believe that in this new format our journal will gain agility, ensure its periodicity, maintain its quality and increase its audience.

Despite the difficulties faced by Marxist journals in Brazil, October has kept over more than 16 years of existence, its financial, political and intellectual independence. It was the first Brazilian Marxist journal to publish its previous editions on the internet and the first to be indexed in several international databases.

 

Edition 21 (1/2014)

Content

Articles

 

Material world: the myth of the immaterial economy

Ursula Huws

 

Proletariat

Marcel van der Linden

 

The working class: a contemporary approach under the light of historical materialism

Marcelo Badaró Mattos

 

The Prerevolutionary strike movement in Russia (1912-1916)

Kevin Murphy

 

Labor movement, industrial belts and people’s power: experience and class consciousness during the Popular Unity in Chile

Mariano Vega Jara

 

Slum´s evictions in the city of Rio de Janeiro: a nowadays history

Romulo Costa Mattos

 

Revolutionary party and its degeneration: Gramsci, critic of Michels

Renato César Ferreira Fernandes

 

Fetishism and phantasmagoria of capitalist modernity: Walter Benjamin reader of Marx

Fabio Mascaro Querido

 

Marxism, politics and religion of “a convinced and confessed Marxist”: Michael Löwy reader of Jose Carlos Mariategui

Deni Ireneu Alfaro Rublo

 

Book Reviews

 

RIDENTI, Marcelo. Brasilidade revolucionária: um século de cultura e política. São Paulo: Unesp. 2010, by Daniela Vieira dos Santos

 

SPIVAK, Gayatri Chakravorty. Pode o subalterno falar? Belo Horizonte: Editora UFMG, 2010, by Camila Massaro de Góes

 

HOBSBAWM, Eric. Como mudar o mundo: Marx e o marxismo, 1840-2011. De São Paulo: Companhia das Letras, 2011, by Rodrigo Duarte Fernandes dos Passos e Diana Patricia Ferreira de Santana

 

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/new-edition-of-ouubro-journal

 

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Education

Education

WORLD CONGRESS ON EDUCATION 2014: EXTENDED CALL FOR PAPERS

World Congress on Education (WCE-2014)
November 10-12, 2014
Venue: Marriott Hotel London Heathrow
London, UK
(www.worldconedu.org)

The World Congress on Education (WCE) is an international refereed conference dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practices in education. The WCE promotes collaborative excellence between academicians and professionals from Education. The aim of WCE is to provide an opportunity for academicians and professionals from various educational fields with cross-disciplinary interests to bridge the knowledge gap, promote research esteem and the evolution of pedagogy. The WCE-2014 invites research papers that encompass conceptual analysis, design implementation and performance evaluation.

Topics:

The topics in WCE-2014 include but are not confined to the following areas:

*Accessible World

– Aging and Disability
– Augmentative and Alternative Communications (AAC)
– Assessment and Early intervention
– Baby Boomers
– Building and Sustaining an Inclusive Community
– Cognitive Disabilities
– Curriculum Adaptation and Modification
– Deaf and Hard of Hearing Developmental
– Disabilities Disability and Diversity
– E-Accessibility
– Human Rights/Disability Rights
– Legal Issues (Legislative and Policy)
– Learning Disabilities
– Living In(ter)dependently
– Support Services
– Postsecondary Education
– Public Health, Diversity and Disability
– Resiliency Across the Lifespan
– Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
– Study Skills Development
– Sustainable Environment
– Climate Change

*Adult Education

– Competitive Skills
– Continuing Education
– Higher Education
– Adult education
– Vocational Education
– Transferring Disciplines

*Art Education

– Music Education
– Writing Education
– Imaginative Education
– Language Education
– History

*Business Education

– Educational Administration
– Human Resource Development
– Academic Advising and Counselling
– Education Policy and Leadership
– Industrial Cooperation
– Life-long Learning Experiences
– Workplace Learning and Collaborative Learning
– Work Employability
– Educational Institution Government Partnership
– Patent Registration and Technology Transfer
– University Spin-Off Companies

*Course Management

– Accreditation and Quality Assurance
– Academic Experiences and Best Practice Contributions
– Copyright
– Digital Libraries and Repositories
– Digital Rights Management
– Evaluation and Assessment
– E-content Management and Development
– E-content Management and Development. Open Content
– e-Portfolios
– Grading Methods
– Knowledge Management
– Quality processes at National and International level
– Security and Data Protection
– Student Selection Criteria in Interdisciplinary Studies
– User-Generated Content

*Curriculum, Research and Development

– Acoustics in Education Environment
– APD/Listening
– Counsellor Education
– Courses, Tutorials and Labs
– Curriculum Design
– ESL/TESL
– Bullying
– Social Networking
– Study Abroad Programmes
– Faculty Development
– Distance Learning: Assessment, Methods and Technologies
Teaching and Learning Experiences in Engineering Education

*Educational Foundations

– Early Childhood Education
– Elementary Education
– Geographical Education
– Health Education
– Home Education
– Rural Education
– Science Education
– Secondary Education
– Second life Educators
– Social Studies Education
– Special Education

*Interaction and Cultural Models of Disability

– Adaptive Transportation
– Augmented and Alternative Communication
– Gerontechnology
– Healthcare Specialists
– Hospitality and Tourism
– Labor Market Integration
– Medical Experts
– Sport, Fitness and Leisure
– Special Educational Centres
– Social Innovation and E-Service Delivery
– Social Workers
– Student and Adults with Disabilities
– Usability and Ergonomics

*Learning / Teaching Methodologies and Assessment

– Simulated Communities and Online Mentoring
– e-Testing and new Test Theories
– Supervising and Managing Student Projects
– Pedagogy Enhancement with e-Learning
– Educating the Educators
– Immersive Learning
– Blended Learning
– Computer-Aided Assessment
– Metrics and Performance Measurement
– Assessment Software Tools
– Assessment Methods in Blended Learning Environments

*Global Issues In Education and Research

– Education, Research and Globalization
– Barriers to Learning (ethnicity, age, psychosocial factors, …)
– Women and Minorities in Science and Technology
– Indigenous and Diversity Issues
– Government Policy issues
– Organizational, Legal and Financial Aspects
– Digital Divide
– Increasing Affordability and Access to the Internet
– Ethical issues in Education
– Intellectual Property Rights and Plagiarism

*Other Areas of Education
Submission:

– You can submit your research paper at http://www.worldconedu.org/Paper%20Submission.html

or email it to papers-2014@worldconedu.org

Important dates:

*Extended Abstract (Work in Progress) Submission Date: August 31, 2014
*Notification of Extended Abstract (Work in Progress) Acceptance/Rejection: September 10, 2014
*Research Paper, Student Paper, Case Study, Report Submission Date: September 05, 2014
*Notification of Research Paper, Student Paper, Case Study, Report Acceptance / Rejection: September 20, 2014
*Proposal for Workshops: September 01, 2014
*Notification of Workshop Acceptance/Rejection: September 10, 2014
*Poster/Demo Proposal Submission: August 31, 2014
*Notification of Poster/Demo Acceptance: September 10, 2014
*Camera Ready Paper Due: October 15, 2014
*Participant(s) Registration (Open): May 01, 2014
*Early Bird Registration Deadline: September 30, 2014
*Late Bird Registration Deadline (Authors only):  October 01 to October 15, 2014
*Late Bird Registration Deadline (Participants only): October 01 to November 03, 2014
*Conference Dates: November 10-12, 2014

 

For further information please visit IICE-2014 at www.worldconedu.org

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Childhood

Childhood

FREE MINDS, FREE PEOPLE

National Conference

Oakland, CA, USA

July 9 – 12, 2015

Free Minds, Free People is a national conference convened by the Education for Liberation Network that brings together teachers, high school and college students, researchers, parents and community-based activists/educators from across the country to build a movement to develop and promote education as a tool for liberation.

Read more about our mission and goals.

We are extremely excited to announce that the next Free Minds, Free People will take place in Oakland, CA, July 9 – 12, 2015!

Our last conference in Chicago was a huge success! About 1,000 people from across the country came together and enjoyed nearly 100 workshops, panels and assemblies.  For those who were at the Chicago conference last year, you may remember the awesome turnout of folks from California and the Bay Area who presented and participated in that conference. They are taking that energy and commitment to FMFP and putting it on full blast to host our next conference.

We’ll plan to see you July 9 – 12, 2015 in Oakland, CA – mark your calendar, start organizing to participate, and spread the word!

FMFP: http://www.fmfp.org/

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Critical Education / Education is Critical

Critical Education / Education is Critical

STATE OF EDUCATION – WHAT NEXT?

September 14 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Following on from our conference in March we are continuing the threads and planning next steps…

http://stateofeducation2014.wordpress.com/

Details:

Date: September 14, 2014

Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Event Category: organising meeting

Organizer: Radical Education Forum

Website: http://radicaleducationforum.tumblr.com/

Venue: Common House, Unit E, 5 Pundersons Gardens, Bethnal Green, London, E29QG United Kingdom

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Website: http://www.commonhouse.org.uk

 

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Modernism

Modernism

CRITICAL GEOGRAPHIES OF URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE

The Urban Geography Research Group (RGS-IBG) invites papers and proposals for its upcoming annual conference: November 5-6, London. Please see below for details:

CRITICAL GEOGRAPHIES OF URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE

A two-day conference and open discussion organised by the Urban Geography Research Group (UGRG) of the RGS-IBG.

6-7th November 2014  The Bartlett School of Planning, University College London

Call for Contributions

This year’s UGRG Conference will explore the relationship between critical urban theory and infrastructure. Critical urbanism may be defined by Brenner et al (2009: 179) as concerned:

(a) To analyze the systemic, yet historically specific, intersections between capitalism and urbanization processes;

(b) To examine the changing balance of social forces, power relations, sociospatial inequalities and political-institutional arrangements;

(c) To expose marginalizations and injustices that are inscribed and naturalized within existing urban configurations;

(d) To decipher the contradictions, crisis tendencies and lines of potential or actual conflict within contemporary cities, and on this basis;

(e) To demarcate and to politicize possibilities for more progressive, socially just, emancipatory and sustainable formations of urban life.

Since the publication of Splintering Urbanism (Graham and Marvin, 2001), there has been a heightened focus on employing critical urbanist perspectives to study the fundamental issues of urban infrastructure, of who gets what infrastructure and where? This includes work on the assemblage and effects of different types of infrastructure including water, waste and other metabolic systems (Gandy 2002; Marvin and Medd 2006; Nikolas et al 2006), traffic and city streets (Hamilton-Baillie 2008; Buiter 2008) motorways and flyovers (Harris 2013; Merriman 2007; Norton 2008), various forms of public transportation (Butcher 2011), cycling (Aldred 2012) and airports (Guller and Guller 2003; McNeill 2010).

Emerging research has highlighted the particular materialities of different infrastructure systems as they sustain and disrupt the circulations that constitute urban life (Amin and Thrift 2002; Gandy 2004; Latham and McCormack 2004; Hommels 2005). It has also examined practices of dwelling and experiences of inhabiting infrastructural systems as particular kinds of public spaces (Bissell 2010, 2014; Koch and Latham 2014; McIlvenny 2010; Sheller and Urry 2003; Wilson 2012).

Such work has demonstrated the exercise of social and political power through infrastructural provisioning, and the challenges of governance which might bring about more inclusive and democratic forms of urban infrastructure (Boudreau et al 2009; McFarlane and Rutherford 2008; Spinney 2010; Swyngedouw 2005).

Much work remains, however, in exploring the key dynamics through which infrastructure structures and restructures urban spaces. In particular, the UGRG is keen to hear from scholars working on topics and theoretical perspectives which include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • state versus private provision, management and maintenance of infrastructure
  • dynamics of access and exclusion
  • privatization of key urban infrastructure
  • Global North and Global South standards and models of infrastructure provision
  • comparative studies of infrastructural provision and innovation
  • policy mobility and the circulation of ‘best practice’
  • dwelling and inhabitation within infrastructural spaces
  • new imperatives of sustainability, austerity and resilience agendas
  • innovations ranging from micro-scale to regional master-planning

Papers are welcomed from researchers at any stage of their careers (including doctoral students). We will also be holding a ‘pecha-kucha’ session as we did in 2012.

The deadline for 200 word abstracts is Friday, 5 September 2014; abstracts should be submitted to the official UGRG conference email ugrg2014@gmail.com

Please contact Luke Binns (luke.binns@gmail.com) and Gabriel Silvestre (gabriel.silvestre.11@ucl.ac.uk) if you have any questions. Well look forward to hearing from you!

 

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North Atlantic Oscillation

North Atlantic Oscillation

AFTER 2015: DEVELOPMENT AND ITS ALTERNATIVES

British Academy Conference, September 2014 – British Academy

10 & 11 September 2015

Convenor: Dr Clive Gabay, Queen Mary, University of London

James C Scott (Weapons of the Weak, Seeing like a State, The Art of not being Governed, Two Cheers for Anarchism), along with a number of other influential scholars and activists, will be addressing a conference in London on 10th and 11th September 2014. Further details of the conference and registration are here: http://www.britac.ac.uk/events/2014/After_2015_Development_and_its_Alternatives.cfm

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will expire in 2015, with mixed results. This conference takes a social and political perspective on why development fails, and how local knowledge might inform a post-MDG environment more sensitive to those structurally disadvantaged by the global economy. Within mainstream debates there has been little room for the developmental alternatives lived by people in conditions of poverty and thus no space for exploring more critical and alternative paradigms of development to the orthodox neoliberal-MDG paradigm. This conference brings together leading critical scholars on development, and activists from the global anti-poverty, buen vivir and degrowth movements.

Speakers include:

Dr Kate Bedford, University of Kent
Amitabh Behar, Global Call to Action Against Poverty
Dr Carl Death, University of Manchester
Professor David Hulme, University of Manchester
Dr Wendy Harcourt, International Institute for Social Studies
Dr Sophie Harman, Queen Mary University of London
Dr Nora Mckeon, Building Global Democracy
Professor Philip McMichael, Cornell University
Professor Ashwani Saith, International Institute for Social Studies
Professor James C Scott, Yale University
Professor Frances Stewart, University of Oxford
Bob Thomson, Degrowth/Decroissance Canada
Dr Karen Tucker, University of Bristol
Jan Vandemoortele, former director of the Poverty Group at the United Nations Development Programme
Dr Heloise Weber, University of Queensland
Dr Aram Ziai, University of Kessel
Carlos Zorrilla, Defensa y Conservacion Ecologica de Intag

Please click here for a copy of the current programme.

Catering

Refreshments and lunch will be provided on both days, together with conference documentation.
Vegetarian options will be provided for lunch. If you have any other special dietary requirements please contact us in advance on events@britac.ac.uk

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Rosa Luxemburg

Rosa Luxemburg

FROM PHILOSOPHY TO ORGANIZATION AND BACK: REFLECTIONS ON THE JULY IMHO CONVENTION

SUNDAY, AUGUST 10, 2014

6:00-8:00 PM

Westside Peace Center

3916 Sepulveda Blvd., near Venice Blvd. (free parking in rear)

Suite 101-102, press #22 at door to get into building

Culver City (LA area)

 

SPEAKERS:

Sarah Mason, former Occupy LA activist

Mansoor M., Iranian cultural worker

Kevin Anderson, author of MARX AT THE MARGINS

 

The July 25-27 Chicago Convention of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization featured in-depth discussion of a number of topics relevant to the struggle against capitalism and for an alternative, humanist society.  These included

* The nature of capitalism today and a critique of Piketty’s CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

* A critical analysis of popular revolutions in the Middle East, Ukraine, and elsewhere

* Global labor and recent popular movements

* Contemporary issues in dialectical philosophy in light of Georg Lukacs, Alexandre Kojeve, and Raya Dunayevskaya

* Revisiting the correspondence among Dunayevskaya, Grace Lee Boggs, and CLR James

* A Marxist-Humanist perspective on ecology and eco-feminism

* Perspectives on the intersectionality of race, class, and gender.

 

The speakers at Sunday’s meeting will reflect informally on some of the above topics and upon their experience at the Convention.

Sponsored by the West Coast Chapter, International Marxist-Humanist Organization

More information: <arise@internationalmarxisthumanist.org>

http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org

 

Here is URL for meeting for Facebook, Twitter, etc.

http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org/events/los-angeles-philosophy-organization-back-reflections-july-imho-convention

 

Join our new Facebook page: “International Marxist-Humanist Organization” https://www.facebook.com/groups/imhorg/

 

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Economics

Economics

JOURNAL OF LIFE ECONOMICS – CALL FOR PAPERS

ISSN: 2148-4139 (Online) http://www.jlecon.com/

Journal of Life Economics is an international refereed journal which started to be published in 2014. It aims to create a forum on economic rationale of life. In this perspective, high quality articles are going to be published. Opinions and studies of academicians and researchers, especially about economics will be published. The articles in the journal will be published 4 times a year: January, April, July, October.

The DOI number is assigned to all the articles published in the journal.

Journal of Life Economics is indexed by different indexes/databases and is evaluated many indexes/databases.

Journal of Life Economics publishes research papers in the field of Economics, Business and Marketing, Finance, Accounting, Banking, Management, Human Resources, Sociology,Social Welfare, Cultural Aspects of Development, Tourism Management, Public Administration, Philosophy, Political Science, and so on. Manuscripts are welcomed both in Turkish and English.

Journal of Life Economics does not charge a publication fee.

Journal of Life Economics is inviting papers for 2/2014 which is scheduled to be published on October 30, 2014.

Submission deadline for October Issue is: September 30, 2014

Manuscripts are sent to online Manuscript Submission System. Send your manuscript to the editor at http://www.jlecon.com/mts.aspx, or info@jlecon.com

 

With Regards,Chief EditorProf. Dr. Turgay BERKSOY

Journal of Life Economics

Contact: info@jlecon.com

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