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We Are the Crisis

We Are the Crisis

NEOLIBERALISM SINCE THE CRISIS

Please consider presenting a paper as part of a series of panels on ‘Neoliberalism since the Crisis’, being organised by Damien Cahill and Alfredo Saad-Filho as part of the International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy (IIPPE) Conference being held at the University of Leeds, UK, September 9-11, 2015 (http://iippe.org/wp/?page_id=2470).

Despite the most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression and persistent stagnation in most countries, neoliberalism seems to have defied many of its critics who predicted that the crisis would lead to neoliberalism’s demise. Indeed, almost a decade after the onset of the global crisis neoliberalism remains firmly entrenched as a set of economic relations and state institutions, and as a hegemonic ideology.

Nonetheless, as has been the case throughout its history, neoliberalism has been subject to persistent dissent across the world since the onset of the crisis. Most obviously this can be seen in the rise to power of anti-neoliberal parties and movements in several of the world’s ‘peripheral’ economies but, also in the emergence of a new generation of social movements in several countries.

During the same period, scholarly analyses of neoliberalism have burgeoned. Critics inspired by Marxism and other traditions of political economy have drawn attention to the uneven development of neoliberalism, interrogated its origins and examined the links between neoliberalism, financialisation, inequality, social reproduction and crisis. Yet, there remains little explicit engagement between these theoretical traditions, a settled definition of neoliberalism remains elusive, and the search for alternatives remains poorly theorised.

The proposed series of panels will investigate neoliberalism since the onset of the current global economic crisis. Paper givers are encouraged to reflect upon the distinctiveness of neoliberalism and its dynamics, consider the modalities of resistance to neoliberalism since 2007, and critically interrogate existing scholarly analyses of neoliberalism. Papers addressing similar topics will also be welcomed.

We hope to publish a selection of the papers either as an edited book, or as a special journal issue.

The submission deadline for abstracts is April 1 2015, and they should be submitted through the conference website AND to Alfredo Saad Filho (as59@soas.ac.uk) and Damien Cahill (damien.cahill@sydney.edu.au).

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Marx Memorial Library

Marx Memorial Library

MARX MEMORIAL LIBRARY: POLITICAL ECONOMY FOR TRADE UNIONISTS

There is a series of four classes entitled Political Economy for Trade Unionists taking place in April and May as follows:

 

Tuesday 29 April – Today’s Capitalist Crisis: Banks, Profits, Wages and Austerity

Tutor:  Jonathan White

 

Tuesday 6 May – The Assault on the Workplace: Rights, Conditions and Pay

Tutor: John McGee

 

Tuesday 13 May – The Law and Industrial Relations

Tutor: John Hendy QC

 

Tuesday 20 May – The Assault on Democratic Rights: The threat to labour’s collective voice

Tutor:  Professor Marj Mayo

 

All classes begin at 6.30 in the Lecture Hall at the Library.  The Registration fee for four classes is £12.

 

Dr Laura Miller

Administrator

Marx Memorial Library

37a Clerkenwell Green

London EC1R 0DU

(Tel)  0207 253 1485

(Web site) http://www.marx-memorial-library.org

 

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The Old Economics

The Old Economics

FIFTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN POLITICAL ECONOMY

International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy

“The Crisis: Scholarship, Policies, Conflicts and Alternatives”

L’Orientale, Naples, Italy
September 16-18, 2014

The Crisis: Scholarship, Policies, Conflicts and Alternatives

 

Call for Papers

The economic crisis that started in 2007 has become the deepest global contraction since the Great Depression, and the economic recovery has been the slowest and weakest on record. The costs of the crisis include a wave of unemployment that may take another decade or longer to clear, and higher taxes and reduced public services for working people, such as healthcare and education, in order to bail out wealthy bankers and bondholders. A whole generation, especially the youth, has been blighted by the crisis, which has had devastating consequences for hundreds of millions of people across the world. Protests and violent conflicts have flared up on several continents, in particular in Southern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, which may develop into larger scale conflicts. From the viewpoint of political economy, the current strategy of ‘adjustment within neoliberalism’ is economically inconsistent, socially dysfunctional and politically intolerable:

It is built on the premise that neoliberal capitalism is intrinsically stable, even though every finance-driven expansion since the 1970s has ended in a crisis requiring a large state bail-out. In other words, neoliberalism is dynamic only between crises, and it depends in boom and recession on extensive, supportive government intervention.

It is built on a misguided position on the role of the government in the economy, which assumes that massive fiscal spending is appropriate to support finance in crises, while it is never appropriate for governments to spend even much smaller amounts to protect employment, incomes, living standards and public services, either in better times when obtaining government revenue would be easier or – even – as a more effective response to crises.

It is also built on the notion that economic and social provision should be subjected to the self interests of the financial system, an unacceptable proposition in itself that becomes absurd when the financial system has clearly demonstrated that it has become highly dysfunctional under neoliberalism.

The Fifth Annual Conference in Political Economy will examine the global crisis from the complementary angles of scholarship, policies,confl icts and alternatives. Papers on all aspects of poitical economy are welcome, while those on these topics are especially encouraged.

Practical Information

IIPPE welcomes the submission of (a) proposals for panels (or streams of panels) and (b) proposals for individual papers (which IIPPE will group into panels).

All proposals can be submitted to either the Working Group coordinators or directly to the Conference Programme Committee, as indicated on the application form (see below). Any papers or panels which cannot be accepted by the Working Groups will be forwarded for further consideration by the Programme Committee, without prejudice.

Each proposal must be submitted through this application form (if your browser has problems with this link, please contact Niels Hahn, nh40@soas.ac.uk.

Note that an individual can normally only present only one paper at the conference, although multiple co-authorship is allowed. Please contact Al Campbell (al@economics.utah.edu) if there is a pressing case for someone to present more than once. On the Conference Programme only the designated presenter will be listed, and co-authors will only be listed on those papers submitted and posted on the IIPPE site.

The deadline for submission of proposals for papers and panels is 1 April 2014. Successful submissions will be confirmed by 1 May 2014. The deadline for registration for the Conference is 15 May 2014. The deadline for the submission of full papers, which will be posted on the IIPPE website, is 1 September 2014.

If you have any questions concerning your submission, please contact Al Campbell at: (al@economics.utah.edu).

Local Organising Committee

Pietro Masina (pietro.masina@gmail.com)

Michela Cerimele (michela.cerimele@gmail.com)

Lorenza Monaco (l_monaco@soas.ac.uk)

Conference Programme Committee:

Alfredo Saad Filho (as59@soas.ac.uk ),

Al Campbell (al@economics.utah.edu)

Niels Hahn ( (nsc.hahn@gmail.com)

 

 

IIPPE Financialisation Working Group

Call for Papers

The Fifth Annual Conference in Political Economy.

Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”, Naples, Italy

16 to 18 September, 2014

Over the last three decades developed and developing economies have gone through significant structural transformations under the ever increasing influence of finance. In critical political economy, the resultant mode of accumulation, and its corresponding social effects, have been analysed under the heading of financialisation and neoliberalism.  Whether the financial crisis that started in 2008 was the end or only an interruption to financialisation  and/or neoliberalism, its costs are still borne by governments and the general public.

The International Initiative of Promotion of Political Economy (IIPPE) organises its Fifth Annual Conference in Political Economy. The conference will be held at Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”, Naples, Italy, from 16 to 18 September, 2013 and the theme of the conference is “The Crisis: Scholarship, Policies, Conflicts and Alternatives”.

The IIPPE Financialisation Working Group intends to coordinate panels exploring the implications of financialisation on different aspects of the current crises. In our capacity as convenors of the IIPPE Working Group on Financialisation, we would like to encourage you to submit proposals for individual papers or complete panel to the Working Group for consideration for the Fourth International Conference in Political Economy. In accordance with the general call for papers, contributions could include, but are not limited to:

·       Financialisation of Middle Income Countries; the integration of Middle Income Countries into the global finance with the increasing international capital flows; manifestations and consequences of financialisation in emerging countries.

·       Financialisation of commodities; the increasing growth of commodity index investment and changes in the social relations along commodity chains.

·       Financialisaton of households and income distribution; unequal market and social power relations between classes with the increasing dependence on financial forms of meeting the needs of social reproduction.

·       Limitations of mainstream economic theory and; the role and use of alternative critical studies and methodology in financialisation theory

·       The evolution of financialisation after the crisis, the future of the Euro;  economic analysis of and policy alternatives for social policy as well as transforming financial regulations and international banking reforms

·       Financialisation, the state and conflicts across classes during the recent economic crisis and the ensuing global recession

 

We would particularly like to encourage the submission of panel proposals (2-4 presentations). Panels, which collectively present the work of institutions or other academic groups, provide an excellent opportunity to showcase work in a greater depth than is possible in single presentations. It is further hoped that the conference will provide an opportunity to deepen links between groups working on finance from a critical perspective.

Abstracts of individual papers (max. 500 words) or panel proposals (max. 500 words plus abstracts of the individual papers) should be submitted to serdar_sengul@soas.ac.uk by 17th March 2014.

Following the success of previous Training Workshops, the International Initiative for the Promotion of Political Economy is proud to announce TWO forthcoming training workshops in March 2014. It will run a two-day workshop on Class in London on the 24th and 25th of March 2014, at the School of Oriental and African Studies. And it will run a one-day workshop on Marx, Keynes and Economic Crises in the 20th and 21st Centuries in Leeds on the 31st of March at the LeedsUniversityBusinessSchool. For both workshops, we are seeking an audience of undergraduate and postgraduate students, junior academics and activists, who have a particular interest in acquainting themselves with the basic principles of Marxian political economy and heterodox economics more broadly. For the London workshop, participants include: Henry Bernstein, Adam Hanieh, Alfredo Saad-Filho, and Ben Selwyn, and limited funding is available to support travel costs (from within the UK). For the Leeds workshop, participants include: Andrew Brown, Gary Dymski, Annina Kaltenbrunner, Malcolm Sawyer, Gary Slater and David Spencer. If you wish to apply to attend either (or both) of these workshops, please send, before 1st of March 2014, your name and occupation, for the LONDON WORKSHOP to ew23@soas.ac.uk and for the LEEDS WORKSHOP to M.Boffo@leeds.ac.uk

IIPPE: http://iippe.org/wp/

Crisis

Crisis

 

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Marx Memorial Library

Marx Memorial Library

A SYSTEMIC CRISIS OF FINANCIALISATION: FROM 2007 TO THE PRESENT

Public Lecture in Political Economy

Professor Costas Lapavitsas

London School of Oriental and African Studies

TUESDAY 11 FEBRUARY

MARX MEMORIAL LIBRARY

37a Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0DU

2 minutes from Farringdon Underground

Lecture starts at 7 p.m.

Doors open 6 p.m.

Tea and Coffee: tours of Building

 

The Lecture is free but those wishing to attend must register via info@marxlibrary.org

There will be a collection to defray expenses.

Costas Lapavitsas

Costas Lapavitsas

 

 

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Work

Work

WORK, EMPLOYMENT AND SOCIETY – ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL ISSUE

The BSA journal Work, Employment and Society has just published an Anniversary Special Issue in honour of 25 years of publishing. 

It is freely available to all readers until 31 July 2013:  http://wes.sagepub.com/content/current

 

The issue features articles from the following leaders in the field:

Reflections on work and employment into the 21st century: between equal rights, force decides, by Mark Stuart, Irena Grugulis, Jennifer Tomlinson, Chris Forde and Robert MacKenzie

Unsustainable employment portfolios, by John Buchanan, Gary Dymski, Julie Froud, Sukhdev Johal, Adam Leaver and Karel Williams

Women and recession revisited, by Jill Rubery and Anthony Rafferty

The nature of front-line service work: distinctive features and continuity in the employment relationship, by Jacques Bélanger and Paul Edwards

Postfordism as a dysfunctional accumulation regime: a comparative analysis of the USA, the UK and Germany, by Matt Vidal

Financialization and the workplace: extending and applying the disconnected capitalism thesis, by Paul Thompson

Finance versus Democracy? Theorizing finance in society, by Sylvia Walby

Work, employment and society through the lens of moral economy, by Sharon C Bolton and Knut Laaser

Ethnographic fallacies: reflections on labour studies in the era of market fundamentalism, by Michael Burawoy

Review of Scott Lash & John Urry The End of Organized Capitalism. Cambridge: Polity Press, 1987, £18.00 pbk, (ISBN: 9780745600697), 248pp, Gibson Burrell, Miguel Lucio Martinez, Ian Greer Response to reviews, Scott Lash and John Urry

25 Favourite WES Articles chosen by WES readers, editors and authors

In October 2012, WES held a successful one-day conference exploring key themes for work and employment in honour of 25 years of publishing. Along with the special issue, we are happy to bring you the video from this event.  If you were not able to join us in October or would like to view the presentations again, you can access the videos here: http://wes.sagepub.com/site//video/25th.xhtml

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/work-employment-and-society-special-issue-free-until-31-july

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Financialisation

Financialisation

LONDON SEMINAR ON CONTEMPORARY MARXIST THEORY

5th December, 5pm

King’s College London, Strand Campus, S-1.06, Raked Lecture Theatre

Costas Lapavitsas (SOAS)

Financialisation: What is it and how to analyse it?

The global economic and financial crisis has witnessed a deepening of interest in different forms of critical and radical thought and practice. Following successful series in the last two years, the London Seminar on Contemporary Marxist Theory in 2012/13 will continue to explore the new perspectives that have been opened up by Marxist interventions in this political and theoretical conjuncture. It involves collaboration among Marxist scholars based in several London universities, including Brunel University, King’s College London, Queen Mary University of London and the School of Oriental and African Studies. Guest speakers – from both Britain and abroad – will include a wide range of thinkers engaging with many different elements of the various Marxist traditions, as well as with diverse problems and topics. The aim of the seminar is to promote fruitful debate and to contribute to the development of more robust Marxist analysis.

It is open to all.

 

2012/13 Seminar Series

 

24th October, 7pm

King’s College London, Strand Campus, S-1.06, Raked Lecture Theatre

Neil Davidson (University of Strathclyde)

How Revolutionary were the Bourgeois Revolutions?

 

7th November, 5pm

King’s College London, Strand Campus, S-1.06, Raked Lecture Theatre

Charlie Post (City University of New York)

The American Road to Capitalism

 

14th November, 5pm

King’s College London, Strand Campus, S-1.06, Raked Lecture Theatre

Susan Spronk (University of Ottawa)

Twenty-first Century Socialism in Bolivia – The Gender Agenda

 

5th December, 5pm

King’s College London, Strand Campus, S-1.06, Raked Lecture Theatre

Costas Lapavitsas (SOAS)

Financialisation: What is it and how to analyse it?

 

23rd January, 5pm

King’s College London, Strand Campus, S-1.06, Raked Lecture Theatre

Sam Ashman (University of Johannesburg)

Neither a Dichotomy nor a Cycle: A Marxist Approach to the Financialisation of Accumulation

 

20th February, 5pm

King’s College London, Strand Campus, S-1.06, Raked Lecture Theatre

Jeffery Webber (Queen Mary University of London)

On Our Feet, Never on Our Knees! Marxism and Social Movements

 

13th March, 5pm

King’s College London, Strand Campus, S-1.06, Raked Lecture Theatre

Alex Demirovic (University of Basel and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung)

Critical Theory and Critical Intellectuals

 

Further seminars will be announced throughout the year.

For further information, please contact:

Alex Callinicos, European Studies, King’s: alex.callinicos [at] kcl.ac.uk

Stathis Kouvelakis, European Studies, King’s: stathis.kouvelakis [at] kcl.ac.uk

Costas Lapavitsas, Economics, SOAS: cl5 [at] soas.ac.uk

Peter Thomas, Politics and History, Brunel: PeterD.Thomas [at] brunel.ac.uk

Jeffery Webber, Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary: j.r.webber [at] qmul.ac.uk

 

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Costas Lapavitsas

Costas Lapavitsas

FINANCIALISATION IN CRISIS

http://www.brill.nl/financialisation-crisis

Financialisation in Crisis
Edited by Costas Lapavitsas

The turmoil of 2007-2009 is a crisis of financialised capitalism, and for this reason it is systemic and unusual. The crisis commenced in the sphere of finance, spread to production, and then became a world recession. Its unusual character is apparent since never before has a global economic crisis been triggered by banks lending to workers to buy houses. Moreover, state intervention to forestall the crisis becoming a major depression has been unprecedented. This book brings together several well-known political economists to analyse the domestic and international aspects of financialisation, thus putting the crisis in its appropriate context. It draws on Marxist and other heterodox economics to cast light on the broader implications of financialisation and crisis for society.

Biographical note
Costas Lapavitsas is Professor of Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies. He has published extensively on the political economy of money and finance. His publications include Social Foundations of Markets, Money and Credit (Routledge, 2003).

Readership
Academic libraries, institutes, university courses, policy centres and political/social activists. Those interested in radical explanations of the rise of finance, the transformation of the economy and the recurrence of crisis.

Table of contents
List of Tables and Figures
Introduction: A Crisis of Financialisation, Costas Lapavitsas

PART I: DOMESTIC FINANCIALISATION AND THE ROOTS OF THE CRISIS

1. Financialised Capitalism: Crisis and Financial Expropriation, Costas Lapavitsas

2. The Political Economy of the Subprime Meltdown, Gary Dymski

3. On the Content of Banking in Contemporary Capitalism, Paulo L. Dos Santos

4. Central Banking in Contemporary Capitalism: The Limits of Monetary Policy, Demophanos Papadatos

PART II: INTERNATIONAL FINANCIALISATION AND THE GLOBAL IMPACT OF THE CRISIS

5. On the Historical Significance and Social Costs of the Subprime Financial Crisis: A Comparison with Japan, Makoto Itoh

6. Oil and Finance in the Global Markets, Carlos Morera Camacho and José Antonio Rojas Nieto

7. Developing Countries in the Era of Financialisation: From Deficit Accumulation to Reserve Accumulation, Juan Pablo Painceira

8. Global Integration of Middle-Income Developing Countries in the Era of Financialisation: The Case of Turkey, Nuray Ergüneş

References
Notes on Contributors
Index

 

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Geese

IIPE FINANCIALISATION WORKING GROUP

Call for Papers for AHE/FAPE/IIPPE Conference, Paris July 5-8th, 2012

Following two highly successful previous IIPPE conferences in Political Economy, the Association for Heterodox Economics (AHE), the French Association of Political Economy (FAPE), and the International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy (IIPPE) are jointly coordinating the Third International Conference of Political Economy in Paris, July 5-8, 2012. We therefore would like to encourage contributions to that fall under the broad theme of the conference, “Political Economy and the Outlook of Capitalism”.

Given the significance taken by the role of financialisation in the current crisis, the IIPPE Financialisation Working Group encourages contributions which examine the causes and consequences of the crisis in the context of financialisation, as well as those which critically engage with the concept of financialisation itself. Also welcome are submissions which propose alternatives, policies and solutions both in relation to the crisis and to the broader crisis in theoretical economics.

In accordance with the general call for papers, contributions covering the following areas are particularly encouraged:

  • “The Role of Financialisation in the Capitalist World”. This area aims to highlight the importance of financialisation and the role that it has played in the last 30 years in the transformation of capitalist relations of production and specifically the subsumption of real accumulation to finance.
  • The profound inability of mainstream economics to provide either a satisfactory account of the ongoing crisis or to provide any significant alternatives to the current status quo and the resulting opportunities for heterodox economics and Marxist political economy to provide such sound and progressive alternatives.
  • The role and uses of alternative methodologies in the studies of (international) financial markets and critique of mainstream economics
  • How to locate the world economy and the neoliberal nation state in the study of finance
  • Manifestations and consequences of financialisation in developing and emerging countries
  • The financialisation of commodities and natural resources
  • The European crisis and future role of the Euro
  • A critical engagement with the term “financialisation” itself, i.e. its contribution to the literature, differentiation from other concepts such as globalisation, neoliberalism etc.

In addition to submission of individual papers, we would particularly encourage the submission of panel proposals of 2-4 presentation each. Panels which collectively present the work of institutions or other academic groups provide an excellent opportunity to showcase work in a greater depth that is possible in single presentations. It is further hoped that the conference will provide an opportunity to deepen links between groups working on finance from a critical perspective.

Abstracts of individual papers (max. 250 words) or panel proposals (max. 250 words plus abstracts of the individual papers) should be sent to Maria Dafnomili (mdafnomili@econ.soc.uoc.gr) by the end of January 2012.

 

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Cultural Marxism

MARXISM IN CULTURE: PROGRAMME FOR THE AUTUMN TERM 2011

Friday 14 October
Financialisation, Monetisation, Privatisation: Creating the New Market in Higher Education
Andrew McGettigan (Central Saint Martins)

Friday 28 October
Self-emancipation, activity theory, and political deskilling / reskilling: Some thoughts on organising into a big fish
Alex Levant (Wilfred Laurier University)

Friday 25 November
A Socialist Realist Sander: Comparative Portraiture as a Marxist Model in the German Democratic Republic
Sarah James (University College London)

Friday 09 December
Cultures of Marxism 1: Publishing and the Left
Contributors to be confirmed

All seminars start at 5.30pm, and are held in the Court Room (unless otherwise indicated) at the Institute of Historical Research in Senate House, Malet St, London. The seminar closes at 7.30pm and retires to the bar.

Organisers: Matthew Beaumont, Dave Beech, Alan Bradshaw, Warren Carter, Gail Day, Steve Edwards, Larne Abse Gogarty, Owen Hatherley, Esther Leslie, David Mabb, Antigoni Memou,Chrysi Papaioannou, Nina Power, Dominic Rahtz, Pete Smith, Peter Thomas & Alberto Toscano.

For further information, contact Warren Carter, at: w.carter@ucl.ac.uk
or Esther Leslie at: e.leslie@bbk.ac.uk

Cheers,
Warren

Warren Carter
Teaching Fellow
History of Art
University College London
Tel:- 020 3108 4023

 

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It starts tomorrow,

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Disguised as maximum fun’

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World Crisis

PAUL MASON: ‘FROM TEHRAN TO MADISON – WHAT IS NEW IN THE GREAT UNREST OF 2011?

Tuesday, 12th April 2011, 11am – 12.15
Venue: David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary University of London (Mile End Campus)
Paul Mason is BBC Newsnight’s Economics editor and author of ‘Live Working or Die Fighting – How the Working Class Went Global’ and ‘Meltdown – The End of the Age of Greed.’

Christian Marazzi: ‘The Common and Money’
Wednesday, 13th April 2011, 1pm – 2.45
Venue: David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary University of London (Mile End Campus)
Christian Marazzi is Professor and director of socio-economic research at the Scuola Universitaria della Svizzera Italiana and author of ‘The Violence of Financial Capitalism.’

Both events are free and open to all and are part of the 14th Annual Conference of the European Business Ethics Network (EBEN): http://www.busman.qmul.ac.uk/newsandevents/events/items/43116.html

Contact and further info: a.alele@qmul.ac.uk

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NATURE INC? QUESTIONING THE MARKET PANACEA IN ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND CONSERVATION

The Second Call for Papers for a conference next year 30 June – 2 July on Nature™ Inc? Questioning the Market Panacea in Environmental Policy and Conservation.

Please consider sending in an abstract, and/or send it on to your networks

Second Call for Papers
Nature™ Inc? Questioning the Market Panacea in Environmental Policy and Conservation

International Conference
30 June – 2 July 2011
ISS, The Hague, The Netherlands

Special guests:  Amita Baviskar (IEG, Delhi University), Nancy Peluso (University of California, Berkeley), Fander Falconi (FLACSO, Former Foreign Minister, Ecuador) and Ton Dietz (University of Leiden)

Nature is dead. Long live Nature™ Inc.! This adagio inspires many environmental policies today. In order to respond to the many environmental problems the world is facing, new and innovative methods are necessary, or so it is argued, and markets are posited as the ideal vehicle to supply these. Indeed, market forces have been finding their way into environmental policy and conservation to a degree that seemed unimaginable only a decade ago. Payments for ecosystem services, biodiversity derivatives and new conservation finance mechanisms, species banking, carbon trade and conservation 2.0 are just some of the market mechanisms that have taken a massive flight in popularity in recent years, despite, or perhaps because of the recent ‘Great Financial Crisis’.

The conference seeks to critically engage with the market panacea in environmental policy and conservation in the context of histories and recent developments in neoliberal capitalism. The conference is steeped in traditions of political economy and political ecology, in order to arrive at a deeper understanding of where environmental policies and conservation in an age of late capitalism come from, are going and what effects they have on natures and peoples.

‘Nature™ Inc’ follows a successful recent conference in Lund, Sweden, in May 2010 and several earlier similar initiatives that have shown the topic to be of great interest to academics, policy-makers and civil society. The present conference is thus meant not only to deepen and share critical knowledge on market-based environmental policies and practices and nature-society relations more generally, but also to strengthen and widen the networks enabling this objective.

 Topics include but are not limited to:
   • General trends in market-based environmental policies and instruments
   • New forms of neoliberal conservation (including web 2.0, species banking, etc)
   • Agro-food systems, the meat-industrial complex, and aquaculture
   • Agro-fuels, energy and climate change
   • The relation between conservation and land (including protected areas, etc.)
   • Financialisation of the environment
   • New social, environmental and peasant movements and left alternatives
   • Accumulation by dispossession, property regimes, and the “new” enclosures
   • Ecological imperialisms, including the recent ‘land grabs’
   • Urban and rural political ecologies and the links between them
   • Theoretical advancements in nature-society relations

Paper proposals are due 15 December 2010. Please send a 250-300 word proposal, with title, contact information, and three keywords as a Word attachment to: nature2011@iss.nl. Proposals for complete panels are welcome.

Conference language is English. Authors will be notified by 15 January 2011. Complete papers are due by 1 April, 2011. More information on: http://www.iss.nl/nature2011 and http://www.worldecologyresearch.org  
 
Organization
The conference is organized by the Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam, together with the University of Manchester and the University of Queensland.

Conference organizing committee (OC): Bram Büscher, Murat Arsel, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Max Spoor (ISS, Erasmus University, the Netherlands) Wolfram Dressler (University of Queensland, Australia) Dan Brockington (SERG, Manchester University, UK)

Conference advisory committee (AC): Ben White (ISS, Erasmus University) Patrick Bond (University of KwaZulu Natal) Sian Sullivan (Birkbeck College) Jason W. Moore (Umeå University) Blessing J Karumbidza (Socio-Economic Rights Institute, South Africa) Eric Swyngedouw (SERG, Manchester University) Noel Castree (SERG, Manchester University) Rosaleen Duffy (SERG, Manchester University) Holly Buck (Lund University) Scott Prudham (University of Toronto) Jun Borras (ISS, Erasmus University) Dean Bavington (Nipissing University) Mark Hudson (University of Manitoba)
Jim Igoe (Dartmouth College) Dhoya Snijders (VU University Amsterdam) Caroline Seagle (VU University Amsterdam) Diana C. Gildea (Lund University) Christian Alarcon Ferrari (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences) Katja Neves (Concordia University) Roldan Muradian (Nijmegen University)

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Dr. Bram Büscher
Lecturer in Environment & Sustainable Development
International Institute of Social Studies
Erasmus University
Kortenaerkade 12
2518 AX The Hague
The Netherlands
T +31 (0)70 4260 596
buscher@iss.nl
http://www.iss.nl/buscher

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HISTORICAL MATERIALISM: RESEARCH IN CRITICAL MARXIST THEORY – VOL.18 NO.2

Now out:

Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory
Volume 18 Issue 2
2010

http://www.brill.nl/hima

http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/brill/hm

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CONTENTS

Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial-Prize Lecture
Kees van der Pijl
Historicising the International: Modes of Foreign Relations and Political Economy

Adam Hanieh
Khaleeji-Capital: Class-Formation and Regional Integration in the Middle-East Gulf

John Roberts
Art After Deskilling

Interventions

Ben Fine
Locating Financialisation

William Beik
Response to Henry Heller’s ‘The Longue Durée of the French Bourgeoisie’

David Parker
Henry Heller and the ‘Longue Durée of the French Bourgeoisie’

Henry Heller
Response to William Beik and David Parker

Review Articles

Emmanuel Barot on Sciences et dialectiques de la nature edited by Lucien Sève and Eftichios Bitsakis’s La nature dans la pensée dialectique

Steve Edwards on Caroline Arscott’s William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones: Interlacings, and Mike Sanders’s The Poetry of Chartism: Aesthetics, Politics, History

Owen Hatherley on Sabine Hake’s Topographies of Class: Modern Architecture and Mass Society in Weimar Berlin

Elizabeth M. Sokolowski and Amy E. Wendling on New Waves in Philosophy of Technology edited by Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen, Evan Selinger, and Søren Riis

Historical-Critical Dictionary of Marxism
Wolfgang Fritz Haug
General Intellect

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