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PARTICIPATE! CULTURAL TRANSFORMATION AND THE PARTICIPATORY AGENDA

CALL FOR PAPERS

Participate! Cultural Transformation and the Participatory Agenda, 2-3 October, 2015

The University of Southern Denmark (SDU), The Institute for The Study of Culture, in collaboration with Brandts and co-funded by the Velux Foundation.

 

The participatory agenda has been introduced in art and cultural policies in modern, post-welfare societies as a means of social transformation during the last decennial. The agenda has been driven forth by an entangled political, economic and social vision of democratisation, innovation and social integration. Now it is time to ask, what are the inherent paradoxes and ambiguities as this agenda is spelled out at different levels of cultural policies and in different types of art and cultural institutions? What are the dilemmas in real policy implications in and across institutions and in cultural communication practices in terms of professional principles such as arms’ length, quality and objectivity? How do we adapt inventive, collaborative methodologies from which to approach such questions and engage in the actual political rhetoric of ‘social impact’,‘value’ and ‘measurement’. The aim of the conference is to establish a dialogue between theoreticians, politicians, artists and professionals and raise questions of art and culture in relation to democracy, civic learning and empowerment.

 

Key note speakers:

Tony Bennett, Research Professor in Social and Cultural Theory at the Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney. Tony Bennett has written extensively on cultural sociology, on cultural policies and institutions, and on cultural/national heritage and the museum. Among his recent publications is Making Culture, Changing Society, 2013.

Gerald Raunig, Artist, philosopher, Director of Dpt. Kunst & Medien, Zürich University of the Arts and the EIPCP (European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies), Vienna. Gerald Raunig has published on art, art institutions and cognitive capitalism, forthcoming is DIVIDUUM: Maschinischer kapitalismus und molekulare revolution, 2015.

Nina Möntmann, Professor and Head of The Department of Art Theory and the History of Ideas, The Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm. Nina Möntmann is an experienced curator, critic and academic engaged in new institutionalism and among her recent publications is Scandalous: A Reader on Art and Ethics, 2013.

Celia Lury, Professor and Director of Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick. Celia Lury has been engaged in cultural policies in a broad sense, in global scaling and in inventive and performative methodologies. Among her recent books is Measure and Value (co-edited with Lisa Adkins), 2012.

 

Call for Papers:

Part of the conference will be organized in thematic workshops, and we invite cultural researchers and professionals to deliver an abstract (500 words) before April, 1 (to be proceeded before May, 1) and a final paper before September, 1. Workshops will include:

  • Governmentality and New Institutionalism
  • Participation, democracy und civic learning
  • Participation –challenges in commissioning, curating and facilitating participatory art/culture projects
  • Participation and/or/in Audience and Visitor Studies
  • Participatory practices in art, media and culture outside institutions
  • Critical/ethical practice and the performativity of research methodologies
  • Comparative/scaled cultural policies: EU, Nordic, national level etc.
  • Cognitive capitalism and creative commons

Contact: Professor Anne Scott Sørensen, Institute for the Study of Culture, SDU, annescott@sdu.dk

 

Abstracts to  be delivered to: participate@sdu.dk

See: http://static.sdu.dk/mediafiles//C/9/6/%7BC9622F11-7352-42A7-A751-551B9D0B0CBF%7DKULT.pdf

 

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Obsolete Capitalism

Obsolete Capitalism

CHALLENGING COLLECTIVITIES

October 29 – 31, 2015

J. W. Goethe-University

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

CALL FOR PAPERS

In their political force as well as in the conditions of their constitution, collectivities entail essential ambivalences: processes of collectivization often carry totalizing tendencies with them or planish differences. At the same time, however, they possess emancipatory promise and transformative potential. Precisely because of its ambivalence, the concept of collectivity requires constant actualization and critical reflection. The ubiquity of collective phenomena warrants questioning well-established presuppositions and theories. To which constellations do we refer when we speak about collectivities? What are the forms of collectivity surrounding us today? Might concepts of collectivity and collective action-oriented political practice harbor diagnostic and emancipatory potential? Or does collectivity perforce imply serious problems and dangers?

The conference “Challenging Collectivities” raises such questions from an interdisciplinary perspective. Focusing on the role of collectivities, we want to theoretically reflect and empirically consider a wide range of contemporary phenomena. We are interested in developments such as contemporary social and political movements, the debate surrounding the so-called digital revolution associated with new forms of networking, the newly arising debate on the concept of life forms and their political or critical potentials, the relevance of a collective unconscious for the analysis of contemporary events, and discussions of global phenomena which invite us to reconsider collective formations – especially in regard to the concept of (maybe even non-human) agency. Thus, the conference engages questions

concerning the conditions and forms of collective action, the social transformation that occurs in social and political movements in continuation of and/or against established models, and the manifestations of violence that occur in processes of collectivization To approach these problems we suggest the following sub-topics. We welcome abstracts on these topics specifically or the general theme of the conference.

 

The Material of the Collective

How can we think the relation between subjects and collectives? Is a collective “the sum of all individuals”? Or do collectives have their own logic that always already transcends the sum of its parts? What – if anything – distinguishes collectives from society and social structures? Does it still make sense to talk about collectivity in times of the decentered subject? Recent debates (swarm theory, collective and artificial intelligence, Science and Technology Studies) raise questions about the material of the collective: Are non-human actants and matter impactful parts of collective phenomena? How can we (re-)conceptualize (collective) agency against this background? And: Does such a perspective constitute (political) opportunities or a variety of problems?

 

The Collectivity of Democracy

Democracy means collective self-determination. But who or what is this collective self? Must it be presupposed? Or is it lacking and should be created (in the future)? Does it exist as representation only? Or would a true democracy require it to be social reality? And what are the modalities of being- and/or acting-together that are (or should) be essential for a demos? Does collective will imply uniformity, consensus, or a reasonable aggregate in which the will of each individual is sublated? Is it therefore necessary to externally limit the collective will through individual rights in order to counter totalizing tendencies? Or is heterogeneity itself already the immanent and constitutive characteristic of a demos?

 

Law and Collectivity

The modern legal system claims to express a collective will. Moreover, by way of its reference to common law, it relies on collective practices as a pre-constitutional source. In statute law, however, the single law subject is the dominant category. How can one understand the relation between collectivity as the basis of legislation and individuation through law? Why can there be forms of collectivity in law (for example complicity in criminal law or even more complex forms of community law) whereas categories like property, accountability, or guilt are highly individualized and, in the current legal system, unimaginable as a collective category? What would a more collective mode of legal order mean?

 

Organization and Collectivity

Organizations – companies, associations, trade unions, universities etc. – are fundamental manifestations of collectivity. Conventionally, they are defined by clear affiliations, which are often highlighted by programs of identification, such as corporate identity-strategies. Against the background of digitalization and new opportunities of networking the question arises whether this drawing of boundaries and the dominant distinction between member/outsider are still timely for describing organizational processes. Which forms of organization are currently emerging beyond ‘classical’ organizations? How can one conceptualize the relation between institutions, organization, and protest? What forms of collectivities are organizations and what type of collectivity do they constitute?

 

Collective Action and Collective Agency

Who or what constitutes the possibility of collective action? Is there a reasonable way to distinguish collective action from collective agency? Is collective action antecedent to collectivity itself or does collectivity follow from collective action? Is there a specific form of collective action? Or are there rather many different forms of collective action, which are related to different life forms or discourses? And if so: What are the forms of collective action that enable action that transcends discourse and life forms?

 

Identity and Collectivity

Initiated especially by (queer-) feminist and postcolonial debates, collectivization qua identification has been intensely problematized. The reference to a homogeneous collective subject as a basis for political action hence possesses the danger of an identifying – often naturalizing – ‘locking-off’ and tends to lose track of differences or to deny their political productivity. If identification ceases to apply as a constituting factor of collectivities, how – if at all – can we think of a concept of collectivity that reacts upon these very critiques? How are categories of identity constituted that are able to politicize their own categories?

 

Experience and Collectivity

Subjectivity is constituted through experience. Is there a way to think about collective subjectivity as constituted through shared experiences? What characterizes such collective experiences and at what point do they shape the formation of collectives? To what extent can these collectives be understood as responses to particular experiences and the socio-historical realities underlying them? What role do stories and memories play here – such as those recalling the collapse of collective formations, or others, employing positive references to historical events? In what ways are memory and history/ies invoked or exploited in the politics of memory?

 

The Collectivity of Life Forms

“The Private is political!” This slogan stands for efforts to think collective life forms politically; for example in self-governing projects or in the context of feminist movements. In what does the political and social theoretical relevance of a critique of life forms consist? Or, rather, is ethical abstinence necessary? What would be the emancipatory potential of a politics of life forms? Are, for instance, new forms of collective cohabitation apt to open up larger political scopes of action? Or do forms like this gesture towards totalization?

 

The Psyche of/and Collectivity

Individual development requires participation in collective complexes. However, the complete absorption in such a collective might cause a loss of individuation. How, then, should we understand the collectivity of single psyches? What kinds of collectivity promote regression? What mass psychological impacts permeate authoritarian group structures? In contrast, what type of collective constitution yields emancipatory potential? In what manner can collectives function as a remedy for the psychological consequences of systematic violence? And how does collective trauma work against the agency of groups?

 

Economies of Collective Formations

Economic factors yield different collectives and are structurally embedded in them at the same time. How do we understand the historical potency of such forms? What changes in regimes of production and value creation become apparent in the formations currently emerging? What new forms of exclusion do they generate? To what extent do they urge us to rearticulate questions of collective and individual property as well as dispossession? What, in contrast, can be the role of alternative economic concepts and practices? What are the potentials of and limits to collective attempts to organize economies differently?

 

The Space of Collectivity

Where do we encounter collectivity? How is collectivity determined by space and how is space constituted through collectives? How do local conditions affect the holding, form, and/or appearance of a collectivity (squats, fabrics, university facilities etc.) and what kind of symbolism do these spaces convey? Is there a possibility to think space and collectivity together in a way that allows for a re-configuration of specific spaces that create thereupon new forms of democratic collectivity? And what kind of architecture prevents such an appropriation of spaces?

 

Collectivity as Methodology

Different theoretical traditions developed concepts of collectivity that have shaped political practice as well as empirical research in important ways – although, or even because they imply the refusal of any reductionism. We are especially interested in the tension between the conceptual and the empirical dimensions of collectivity: What role do theories about collectives play vis-à-vis empirical approaches? Which relations emerge in encounters of researchers and collective actors, for example in scholar activism? And to what extent do researchers reflect upon themselves as a collectivity within their academic practice?

 

The Collectivity of Art

Is art able to make a collective experience possible? Does, for example, the theatre have the capacity to disrupt the order of society as Plato suspected (and warned)? Might we deduce the possibility of an aesthetic opposition from this? Or does the audience – even after breaking down the ‘fourth wall’ – remain a passive recipient that merely consumes, and does art thereby stabilize structures of dominance? In what way do the ‘subjects’ of collective life appear in painting, theatre, film, and literature? One could also ask what role aesthetic self-expression plays for collectives?

 

Technical Details:

This call for papers addresses graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and junior faculty members. We explicitly invite you to also submit work-in-progress or cooperative works.

Furthermore, we will gladly accept artistic contributions, lecture performances, and artistic

endeavors.

The conference language is English and German, with at least 50% of the presentations held in English. Abstracts may be submitted in both languages.

Abstracts should not exceed 400 words. Please attach a biographical note on a separate paper. Deadline for submission of abstracts is March 1st 2015.

Candidates will be informed by May 1st 2015 whether their paper has been accepted for the conference.

Paper presentations should be 20 minutes. They will take place in parallel panels during the three days of the conference. The panels are planned as discussion forums, meaning that each presentation will be followed by 20 minutes for discussion. In order to guarantee participation for everybody, we kindly ask the German speaking participants to provide an English summary of their papers beforehand. Papers will be selected through a blind review process. Therefore, please do not include your name or other references to the author on the abstract and make sure to clearly state the title of your proposal in the e-mail and in the filename of the document. We will ensure that at least 50% of the presentations will be assigned to women. Should you be neither an English nor German native speaker, we kindly encourage you to note this on a separate paper, since we will try to pay special attention to that in terms of equality.

A limited amount of daily allowance will be made available by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for graduate students coming as a group from countries of Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. If interested, please inquire.

Participants in need of childcare during the conference time, please indicate. In cooperation with the equality office of Goethe-University efforts will be taken to facilitate childcare.

 

Contact:

Please send your abstracts and questions to:

info@graduateconferencefrankfurt.de

http://www.graduateconferencefrankfurt.de

 

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Co-operationCO-OPERATIVES AND THE WORLD OF WORK

Call for papers

ICA-ILO International Research Conference

Cooperatives and the World of Work

Antalya, Turkey

9-10 November, 2015

 

Abstracts: February 15, 2015

Notification of acceptance: April 15, 2015

Early bird registration: September 15, 2015

 

Conference Objectives

The International Co-operative Alliance Committee on Cooperative Research (ICA CCR) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) will host a research conference on 9-10 November 2015 in Antalya, Turkey. The conference will bring together researchers, students, practitioners, advocates, policy makers and representatives of employers’ and workers’ organizations working in areas of cooperative enterprises and social and solidarity economy organizations, as well as labour research and themes related to the world of work.

The ILO/ICA research conference will be an opportunity, among others, to:

  • Bring cooperative researchers and labour researchers together around the themes of world of work;
  • Raise visibility and interest in research on decent work (job creation, rights at work, social protection, social dialogue) in the world of cooperatives, to encourage more systematic and effective engagement with world of work issues;
  • Raise visibility and interest in qualitative and quantitative research on cooperative enterprises among labour economists and researchers; and
  • Establish contacts and potentially a research network around cooperatives and the world of work.

 

Conference Background

The crisis in the world of work, which ranges from unemployment to unfairness and inequality in the labour market, the widespread lack of social protection and the impact of climate change along with food and fuel crises, has generated growing interest of policy makers in the cooperative enterprise model. Across continents, cooperative enterprises have been established to confront the crises and have grown both in membership and return at such times.

Today when cooperative principles are put into action, they continue to show their relevance and value [1]. Worker cooperatives are emerging as a way to rescue failing enterprises, and legislation is often following to catch up with the economic realities in a number of countries. Consumer and producer cooperatives as well perform functions that improve the standard of living of workers and they are often cited as “best places to work”.

The cooperative form of enterprise and organization is growing and fulfilling a range of social, economic and environmental functions and responding to the needs of their members. They are increasingly being established among vulnerable categories of workers such as migrant workers, people with disabilities, and workers in the informal economy (for example, street vendors, waste pickers, home-based, domestic, construction and transport workers); as well as in innovative sectors, including social care cooperatives (for elderly, disabled and child care), tourism cooperatives, and renewable energy production and distribution cooperatives.

As global attention focuses on the challenges of sustainable development, from the world of work perspective, cooperative enterprises are well-placed to be leaders to advance the decent work dimension of a just transition. Nevertheless, although their role as key building blocks for a jobs-oriented recovery strategy may seem obvious, evidence-based policy in that regard requires further research and statistics to track the quantity and quality of the jobs created [2].

The cooperative movement must be in a position to articulate and measure the forms of value that cooperatives produce in leveraging more and better jobs, so key questions are:

  • What impact do the ownership structure and the active participation of workers and members in cooperatives have on the productivity of such enterprises?
  • What impact does broadening ownership have on job quality and working conditions?
  • What is the record of cooperatives on labour compliance?
  • What is the qualitative and quantitative contribution of cooperative enterprises to advancing full and productive employment and decent work, in particular for vulnerable groups?

 

Message from Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, on International Cooperative Day 2013

http://www.ilo.org/global/about-the-ilo/who-we-are/ilo-director-general/statements-and-speeches/WCMS_216859/lang–en/index.htm

As global attention focuses on the challenges of sustainable development, from the world of work perspective, cooperative enterprises are well-placed to be leaders to advance the decent work dimension of a just transition. Nevertheless, although their role as key building blocks for a jobs-oriented recovery strategy may seem obvious, evidence-based policy in that regard requires further research and statistics to track the quantity and quality of the jobs created.

The cooperative movement must be in a position to articulate and measure the forms of value that cooperatives produce in leveraging more and better jobs, and in this respect crucial issues are:

  • What impact do the ownership structure and the active participation of workers and members in cooperatives have on the productivity of such enterprises?
  • What impact does broadening ownership have on job quality and working conditions?
  • What is the record of cooperatives on labour compliance?
  • What is the qualitative and quantitative contribution of cooperative enterprises to advancing full and productive employment and decent work, in particular for vulnerable groups?

 

Notes:

[1]. Message from Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, on International Cooperative Day 2013

http://www.ilo.org/global/about-the-ilo/who-we-are/ilo-director-general/statements-and-speeches/WCMS_216859/lang–en/index.htm

[2]. Guy Ryder’s opening remarks to the UNRISD Conference on Social and Solidarity Economy held in May 2013 in Geneva. http://www.ilo.org/global/about-the-ilo/who-we-are/ilo-director-general/statements-and-speeches/WCMS_212653/lang–en/index.htm

 

Conference Topics

The conference will address, but is not limited to, the following research areas:

  • Cooperatives and labour law compliance
  • Cooperatives and trade unions
  • Cooperatives and employers’ organizations
  • Cooperatives and employment creation
  • Cooperatives and child labour
  • Cooperatives and forced labour
  • Cooperatives and formalizing the workers in the informal economy
  • Cooperatives and decent work in the rural economy
  • Cooperatives and youth employment
  • Cooperatives on women’s economic empowerment and gender equality
  • Cooperatives and labour statistics
  • Cooperatives and codes of conduct
  • Cooperatives and labour legislation and policies
  • Cooperatives and productivity
  • Employment in cooperatives across value chains
  • Cooperatives and social protection
  • Cooperatives and social dialogue
  • Innovation in cooperatives (social, organizational and technical)
  • Enterprise restructuring and worker cooperatives
  • Cooperatives and labour in socialist and transition economies
  • Theoretical advancements on cooperatives and labour issues
  • Comparative performance of worker cooperatives and (non-cooperative) employee owned firms
  • Cooperatives and human development and education/training

 

Call for Papers

We invite practitioners, researchers, and policy makers in the cooperative and social and solidarity economy to submit an abstract no longer than 300 words on the listed topics, or other topics related to cooperatives and the world of work. Proposals for presentations or for panels (up to six participants) and sessions (three or four presenters of research papers on a common theme) are welcome.

The abstracts should be submitted by email to: coop@ilo.org no later than February 15, 2015.

The email communications should indicate ICAILO2015 and the family name of the corresponding author in the subject area (eg. ICA-ILO2015 – Smith).

The message should indicate clearly the type of proposal – paper abstract, panel, or a session. A panel or session proposal needs to include names of all presenters, as well as abstracts of all three (or maximum four) papers for a session.

 

Young scholars programme (YSP)

Young/new researchers (graduate students, doctoral and post-doctoral students, and new scholars within two years of receiving their degrees) are invited to submit their proposals as indicated in the above Call for Papers, also indicating their wish to participate in the ‘Young scholars programme’. Depending on interest, a decision about the exact shape of the program will be made with inputs from the applicants.

This may be a pre-conference workshop for new scholars, related to the themes of the conference, or a discussion forum related to their research.

Deadline to express interest in YSP to be submmited by email to: snovkovic@smu.ca by February 15, 2015.

Limited space.

Young scholars will also be eligible for a reduced registration fee. Financial travel support is possible, but it will depend on the number of applicants and available resources. More details will be available on the conference website closer to the date.

 

Websites: http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/—ed_emp/—emp_ent/—coop/documents/event/wcms_310424.pdf

http://ccr.ica.coop/sites/ccr.ica.coop/files/attachments/Call%20for%20Papers%20Coop%20and%20WoW%20Final2.pdf

 

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Social Movments

Social Movments

STIR: Co-ops. Community. Commons.

STIR started as an online magazine and has now launched as a quarterly print magazine that features articles and interviews on the international co-operative movement, the emergence of the commons and collaborative networks, and other community-orientated alternatives in technology, agriculture, food, sports, energy, education and other important aspects of our lives.

We have opened our subscription service with GoCardless for the print edition and it’s £16 for four issues including P&P, and you can subscribe by clicking here.

We are a reader-supported magazine (with no external funding) so please consider supporting our magazine with an annual subscription.

In 2012 we published a crowdfunded book of alternatives, raising over £5000 from 135 crowdfunders.  STIR Vol.1 involved over 160 people who edited, designed, authored, illustrated and funded the collection of articles and interviews.

What people think about STIR:

“STIR has now become a print-based magazine, which is a sign of its success in reaching more people. STIR is one of the few magazines that captures the emerging sensibilities of commoners and commons activism, so it is well worth your support.” — David Bollier

“Most publications with a purpose are shaped by the moment in which they were first dreamed up: in this case, I’d say, the moment of Transition Towns and Occupy.” — Dougald Hine

“Alongside New Internationalist, STIR is turning into the closest thing we have to a radical co-operativist magazine in the UK.” — Sion Whellans, Calvert Print Co-operative

“It fills a gap for me between activist news of Red Pepper and rich analyses of the New Left Review and I really appreciate the activist oriented essays.” — Dr.Malcolm Maclean, University of Gloucester

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Home page: http://stirtoaction.com/

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Debt

Debt

RE-IMAGINING THE FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION: EXPLORING THE CO-OPERATIVE UNIVERSITY

Society for Research into Higher Education

Date – Thursday 19th June 2014: 14.00-16.30

Venue – Room 410, Graduate School of Education, 35 Berkeley Square, University of Bristol

Network – South West Higher Education Network Seminar Series

 

SPEAKERS:

We Build the Road as we Travel: Routemaps to a co-operative university, Professor Rebecca Boden, Roehampton University

Social Science Centre, Lincoln: a new type of dissident institution, Professor Mike Neary, University of Lincoln

The Co-operative University: who pays for what? Mr Dan Cook, University of Bristol
Booking: To book your free place or for further information, please contact: Richard.Budd@bristol.ac.uk

SWHE Co-ordinators:
Dr Lisa Lucas (University of Bristol) and Professor Rajani Naidoo (University of Bath)

Note: Unless otherwise stated SRHE events are free to members, there is a charge of £60 for non-members

 

To reserve a place: http://www.srhe.ac.uk/events/

 

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Co-operation

Co-operation

JOURNAL OF CO-OPERATIVE ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT

We are delighted to announce the publication of the first issue of Journal of Co-operative Organization and Management (JCOM).

JCOM provides a high-quality forum for the advancement and dissemination of scientific knowledge on co-operative organizations and their management.

Read free online

 

CONTENTS OF FIRST ISSUE:

The Journal of Co-operative Organization and Management, Inaugural Editorial
Iiro Jussila

Mission lost? Dilemmatic dual nature of co-operatives
Anu Puusa, Kaarina Mönkkönen, Antti Varis

Leaders’ vulnerable involvement: Essential for trust, learning, effectiveness and innovation in inter-co-operatives
Reuven Shapira

Co-operatives as a strategic network of small firms: Case studies from Australian and French co-operatives
Tim Mazzarol, Elena Mamouni Limnios, Sophie Reboud

Relevance and potential of co-operative values and principles for family business research and practice
Sanjay Goel

New opportunities for co-operatives: New opportunities for people
Hagen Henrÿ

Effective co-operative governance: A practitioner’s perspective
Marcus Borgström

 

Visit the journal homepage for more information about the journal and to submit your papers to this exciting new journal.

Journal of Co-operative Organization and Management offers you a choice in how you wish to disseminate your research – either by publishing it as a subscription article or as an Open Access article. Find out more about Open Access options here.

 

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Co-operation

THE NEW COOPERATIVISM

Affinities: A Journal of Radical Theory, Culture, and Action
Volume 4, Issue 1, 2010
http://www.affinitiesjournal.org

Cooperative practices and values that challenge the status quo while, at the same time, creating alternative modes of economic, cultural, social, and political life have emerged with dynamism in recent years. The 15 articles in this issue–written by activists, co-op practitioners, theorists, historians, and researchers–begin to make visible some of the myriad modes of cooperation existing today around the world that both directly respond to new enclosures and crises and show pathways beyond them. Prefiguring other possibilities for organizing life and provisioning for our needs and desires, we call these cooperative experiments the new cooperativism.
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Crisis Theory

Crisis Theory

INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES AND THE CURRENT CRISIS

 

Call for Papers

A Special Issue of tripleC (http://www.triple-c.at): Information and Communication Technologies and the Current Crisis: How Are They Connected?

The Crisis that began in 2007 continues to convulse the world. Labelled by some as merely a recession, yet it is associated with dramatic changes in national and global power. Others frame the Crisis as merely a consequence of over-promoting a narrow range of financial transactions associated with subprime mortgage instruments. These were indeed overly aggressively oversold by deregulated bankers, but this was likely only an important trigger of the Crisis, not the primary cause.

In this special issue, we will explore the notion that much of the basis of the Crisis should be assigned to financial transactions not just made possible but also strongly afforded by use of computer technologies. Thus, those operating at the highest levels of algorithmic capacity bear substantial responsibility for the Crisis.

For students of technological innovation and diffusion, many questions emerge about the connection between the Crisis in general and computerization. Some of the questions involve the tight relationship between cultures of technological empowerment and financial elites. Others questions, while appearing initially to be purely economic, turn out on examination to articulate strongly with the public interest, civil society, policymaking, and public discourse more generally.

These in turn lead to further, perhaps quite new critical questions about the emerging relationships between capitalism, democracy and the data-information-knowledge-technology nexus. Thus, equally important for responsibility is specification of what is known within computer science about the technological dimensions of the Crisis of this crisis. Ultimately, a rethinking of the very notion of “crisis” itself may be needed.

Some specific questions authors may choose to address include:

* What kind of crisis is this, how is it different from previous ones, how are these differences related to automated ICTs and the changed practices they have afforded?

* What role do computer professionals have in the crisis?

* Does this crisis suggest a dystopian post-human future?

* What media theories best explain the crisis, or has the time arrived for newly radical approaches in this area?

* How does public policy fit in the private world of computerization?

* What historical guides are available as tools to foster better analyses of technological crisis?

* Will the BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China) be the “winners” of this crisis?

* Are there artistic innovations that help refine political and policy responses to this crisis?

* What new knowledge innovations are needed to understand the forces at work in this crisis and its implications for democracy?

* What new questions need to be addressed to orientate research about the crisis?

* How are the computing-, information-, and media-industries affected by this crisis? How will they develop in the future?

This special issue of tripleC is intended to feature research from both theoretical and practical perspectives. We seek contributions from any theoretical, professional, or disciplinary perspective that offers innovative analysis that promotes debate about technology and the Crisis.

Submission deadline: Full papers should be submitted until October 31st, 2009. All papers will be peer reviewed. The special issue will be published in spring 2010. 

tripleC – Cognition, Communication, Co-operation: Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society (http://www.triple-c.at) promotes contributions within an emerging science of the information age with a special interest in critical studies following the highest standards of peer review.

Submissions must be formatted according to tripleC’s guidelines: http://triplec.at/index.php/tripleC/about/submissions#authorGuidelines, make use of APA style, and use the style template: http://triplec.at/files/journals/1/template-0.dot. Papers should be submitted online by making use of the electronic submission system: http://triplec.at/index.php/tripleC/user/register, http://triplec.at/index.php/tripleC/login). When submitting to the electronic system, please select “Special issue on crisis & communication” as the journal’s section.

ISSUE CO-EDITORS: David Hakken (dhakken@indiana.edu) and Marcus Breen (m.breen@neu.edu)

David Hakken is professor of informatics at Indiana University. Marcus Breen is associate professor of communication studies at Northeastern University.

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