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Comparison, Analysis, Critique –Perspectives on the Diversity of Contemporary Capitalism(s) 

The observation that there is significant diversity within capitalism is an old one, but recently it has been mostly associated with the so-called comparative capitalisms, notably the Varieties of Capitalism literatures. These institutionalist perspectives on capitalist diversity have acquired a hegemonic status within comparative political economy research in and after the 2000s. In contrast, the critical political economy literature helped contribute to its own marginalisation in this field by neglecting the rich history of scholarship on historically and geographically specific forms of capitalism. It is against this background that this project seeks to engage with comparative capitalisms research from a series of alternative perspectives rooted in the broad and pluralistic field of critical political economy. Through this we also hope to strengthen and improve the dialogue between critical political economy scholars from different disciplinary, philosophical and geographical traditions. 

With the support of the Assoziation für kritische Gesellschaftsforschung and the International Political Economy working group of the British International Studies Association we will hold a conference at Goethe University Frankfurt from 10-11 February 2012. The proceedings of the event will feed into two publications: a German-language volume to be published in autumn 2012 with Verlag Westfälisches Dampfboot ; and a special issue of a peer-reviewed English-language journal in 2013. The two publications will be oriented to tackling most effectively the gaps and omissions in German- and English-language scholarship on the topic, respectively.

Perspectives from which interventions could be framed include critical institutionalism, regulation theory, materialist state theory, structural Marxism, feminist political economy, transnational historical materialism, dependency and world systems approaches, postcolonial studies, critical geography, uneven and combined development. This list is not exhaustive, however, and we seek contributions from scholars with an interest in critical political economy research, whatever their paradigmatic background and disciplinary affiliation (sociology, political science, economics, geography, anthropology, ethnology, development studies, area studies, history, etc.). Moreover, we invite both junior and senior researchers to contribute. Given the nature of the intervention that we seek to make, we expect participants to be committed to completing a full paper shortly after the conference.

Proposals of about 400 words , outlining the central theoretical-conceptual arguments and empirical support, should be sent to the organisers of the Frankfurt event under, and, by Friday 11 November 2011 at the latest.

A decision on the proposals will be made by Wednesday 23 November. Papers presented can be in English or German and will be translated if necessary for their inclusion in either or both of the publications. 

Best wishes 
Ian Bruff (University of Manchester), 
Matthias Ebenau (Queen Mary, University of London), and 
Andreas Nölke (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)


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The Eurozone in Crisis: Challenges and Controversies in the European Political Economy(ies) and in Political Economy Research

Friday 18 – Saturday 19 February 2011, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

The ongoing economic and political turmoil in the eurozone (for example, Greece’s bailout, the downgrading of Spain’s credit rating, Ireland’s fall from grace) has highlighted the need for critical reflection on, and analysis of, developments in recent years. Accordingly, this workshop provides a forum for discussion of the European political economy(ies), plus the broader debates in critical political economy that have taken place in this period.

Therefore, papers will be sought on, FIRSTLY, empirical issues linked to the challenges faced by: member states; regions within the Eurozone (e.g. the so-called PIIGS); CEE countries wishing to join (e.g. issues of euroisation faced by Hungary, etc.); institutions such as the ECB; the euro as a global currency; the crisis itself (inclusive of the 2008-9 period and the current fall-out from Greece’s troubles). SECONDLY, though, we are also interested in contributions which, while retaining Europe as their empirical focus, speak to broader conceptual and theoretical debates that have taken place over the past decade. To give a few examples, there have been lively discussions on: supranational governance in the light of the euro; the internationalisation of national states; the rise to prominence of inter alia the ‘cultural political economy’, ‘everyday life’ and ‘neo-Poulantzian’ literatures; neoliberalism; and ‘models’ of capitalism plus (in the European context) the notion of a social ‘model’.

As such, we seek contributions from scholars with an interest in political economy research, whatever their disciplinary affiliation (sociology, political science, economics, geography, anthropology, ethnology, development studies, area studies, history, etc.). Hence the workshop aims to attract a diverse range of junior and senior researchers, from postgraduate students to professors. To this end, limited funds will be available for assisting PhD researchers who present, especially those from Central and Eastern Europe, with their travel and accommodation costs.

The workshop will be held on Friday 18 – Saturday 19 February 2011 at Goethe University Frankfurt. Introducing the workshop will be Andreas Nölke, Professor of International Political Economy in the Department of Political Science and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Goethe University Frankfurt. This will be followed by a plenary address on global/supranational governance and the internationalisation of the state by Ulrich Brand, Professor of International Politics at the University of Vienna.

There is no fee for attending and participating in the workshop. The workshop language will be English.

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted to by no later than Wednesday 13 October 2010. The applicants will be informed of the selection committee’s decision by no later than Friday 22 October 2010.

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The Political Thought of Antonio Gramsci: New Developments in Theory and Practice
Manchester Workshop in Political Theory
September 1-3, 2010

Panel 1: New Debates on Gramsci’s Political Thought
Chair: Ian Bruff

Antonio Gramsci and the Lyons Theses: The Dialectics of Living History
Adam Morton

Democratizing the Alliance: Lenin, Bukharin and Gramsci
Mark McNally

Panel 2: New Debates on Gramsci’s Political Thought 2
Chair: Adam Morton

Gramsci and the autonomy of the political
Peter Thomas

Thinking in a ‘Common Sense’ Gramscian Way about Capitalist State Practices
Ian Bruff

The Struggle for Signification and the Construction of Hegemony
Javier Balsa

Panel 3: New Applications of Gramsci in International Relations
Chair: Mark McNally

Transnational Capitalist Practices and the Political Economy of Biofuels. A Gramscian Approach to the Study of European Environmental Policy
Kim Bizzarri

Gramsci and Ambekar on Subalterns/Dalits
Cosimo Zene

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