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World Crisis

BEYOND PRECARIOUS LABOR: RETHINKING SOCIALIST STRATEGIES

A Conference sponsored by the Center for Place, Culture and Politics & The Socialist Register

May 12th and 13th, 2011

CUNYGraduateCenter

365Fifth Avenue@34th Street

Free and open to the public; no registration required

Final schedule TBA

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS include:

Gilbert Achcar, Professor of Development Studies and International Relations, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Patrick Bond, Professor and Director of the Centre for Civil Society, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Ursula Huws, Professor of International Labour Studies at the Working Lives Research Institute, London Metropolitan University

Saru Jayaraman, Restaurant Opportunities Center

Leo Panitch, Editor, the Socialist Register

Ai-Jen Poo, Domestic Workers United

Saket Soni, New Orleans Worker Center for Racial Justice

Hilary Wainwright, Co-editor of Red Pepper and Research Director of the New Politics Project of the Transnational Institute, Amsterdam

And many others …

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Utopia

GEOGRAPHIES OF JUSTICE

 

Announcing:
Antipode’s 3rd Institute for the Geographies of Justice (IGJ)*

*(We have jettisoned “Summer” given the Northern hemispheric bias it presents)

Antipode’s 3rd Institute for the Geographies of Justice (IGJ) will take place in Athens, Georgia, USA, May 30th-June 3rd, 2011.

Antipode’s 3rd Institute for the Geographies of Justice (IGJ) will provide an exciting opportunity to engage leading edge theoretical, methodological, and research-practice issues in the field of radical geography and social justice (both broadly defined), along with a range of associated professional and career development matters. This international meeting will be specifically designed to meet the needs of new researchers, taking the form of an intensive, interactive workshop for 25 participants. It will include facilitated discussion groups, debates and panels, training and skills development modules, and plenary sessions. Topics for the meeting will include: defining radical/critical geographies, models of engagement broadly/models of activist-scholarship specifically, interdisciplinary radical work, producing public geographies, locating the boundaries of “the geographies of justice,” the institutional cultures of radical geography, interdisciplinary dialogue and radical geography, how to teach radical geographies, publishing radical geographies and mapping the future of radical/critical geographies.

Featured plenary contributors at the Athens (2011) meeting will be:

Patrick Bond, School of Development Studies and Centre for Civil Society, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa. See: http://sds.ukzn.ac.za/default.php?2,4,35,4,0

Vinay Gidwani, Department of Geography and Institute for Global Studies, University of Minnesota. See: http://www.geog.umn.edu/people/profile.php?UID=gidwa002

Wendy Larner, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol. See: http://www.bris.ac.uk/geography/staff/?PersonKey=zOFDxaAjuHkDytSFcaRhO0gQl3YyFx

Laura Pulido, Department of American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California. See: http://college.usc.edu/ase/people/faculty_display.cfm?Person_ID=1003620

Nik Theodore, Center for Urban Economic Development and Department of Urban Planning and Policy,
University of Illinois at Chicago. See: http://www.urbaneconomy.org/niktheodore

Wendy Wolford, Department of Development Sociology, Cornell University. See: http://devsoc.cals.cornell.edu/cals/devsoc/people/faculty.cfm?netId=www43

The local organizer of the meeting is:

Nik Heynen, Department of Geography, University of Georgia. See: http://www.ggy.uga.edu/directory/details.php?i=220&group

Who is Eligible and How to Apply?

The Institute for the Geographies of Justice is open to doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers, and recently appointed junior faculty (normally within 3 years of appointment).

The Institute participation fee will be $200 for graduate students and $250 for faculty and postdoctoral researchers.   This fee will include your lodging for the week, a couple meals here and there and fund a reception at the end of the week.

All those wishing to attend the IGJ must complete a pre-registration form by January 31st, 2011.

Pre-registration forms are available at the two following links: http://www.antipode-online.net/docs/IGJ_2011_pre-ap.doc and http://geog.ggy.uga.edu/faculty/index.php?n=Main.Nheynen

Please fill out the form and email it to Nik Heynen at antipode.igj@gmail.com

Support for the SIGJ is being provided by:

    • Antipode: A Journal of Radical Geography: http://www.antipode-online.net/default.asp

    • The Department of Geography at the University of Georgia: http://www.ggy.uga.edu/

Further information about the Institute for the Geographies of Justice can be obtained from Nik Heynen at antipode.igj@gmail.com or nheynen@uga.edu  

Information on Athens can be found at http://www.visitathensga.com/  

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Nik Heynen
Associate Professor of Geography,
Adjunct Associate Professor of Anthropology,
Associate Director of the Center for Integrative Conservation Research 
(CICR)
University of Georgia,
GG Building, 210 Field St., Room 204,
Athens, GA 30602
Phone: (706) 542-1954 (direct)
       (706) 542-2856 (office)
Fax: (706) 542-2388
E-mail: nheynen@uga.edu
www: http://www.ggy.uga.edu/directory/details.php?i=220&group

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Harvesting

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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Capitalist Schools in Crisis

SOUTH AFRICA’S PUBLIC SECTOR STRIKE

From Patrick Bond (via Rich Gibson and The Rouge Forum):

August 22, 2010 — The two major civil service unions on strike against the South African government have vowed to intensify pressure in coming days, in a struggle pitting more than a million members of the middle and lower ranks of society against a confident government leadership fresh from hosting the World Cup.

Along with many smaller public sector unions, educators from the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) and nurses from the National Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU) continued picketing schools, clinics and hospitals, leading to widespread shutdowns starting on August 18. Skeleton teams of doctors and military personnel were compelled to send non-emergency cases home.

In several confrontations with police at town centres, clinics and schools late last week, workers were shot with rubber bullets and water cannon. On August 21, the courts enjoined workers to return to jobs considered “emergency services”. In dozens of hospitals and clinics, military health workers took over.

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma threatened mass sackings and attacked labour movement activists who successfully disrupted health and education facilities: “Even during the campaigns against the apartheid government we did not prevent nurses from going to work”, the leader of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) stated. The South African Communist Party (SACP) issued a statement defending the strikers but requested the labour movement and ANC desist from “flinging irritable insults at each other, while the private sector and anti-worker elements sit back and laugh”.

Full article at http://links.org.au/node/1852

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Crisis Theory

FINANCIALISATION AND ENVIRONMENT

 Hallsworth Conference on Financialisation and Environment 
The Implications for Environmental Governance of the Global Financial Crisis
15-16 April, 2010, University of Manchester
Board Room, Arthur Lewis Building, 2nd floor

Please register at: http://www.socialsciences.manchester.ac.uk/disciplines/politics/events/hallsworth/booking/

Program

Thursday, 15 April 2010

10:30: Welcome and Registration

11:00: Introduction – Erik Swyngedouw, University of Manchester

11:30: Debates on Economic Valuation and Payment for Environmental Services – Joan Martinez Allier, Autonomous University of Barcelona

12:30: Lunch

13:30 Carbon trading, new enclosures and eco-social contestation – Patrick Bond, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban

14:30: The Financialisation of the ‘Good Environment’ and ‘Good Environmental Citizen’ – Samuel Randalls, University College London

15:30: Coffee

16:00: The Domination of Finance capital over Nature – Claude Serfati, University of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines

17:00: Discussion 

17:30: Close
Friday, 16 April 2010

10:00: The Role of Finance in the Ambiguous Post-Neoliberalising of Nature: A Research Program for the Agro-fuels Project – Ulrich Brand, University of Vienna

11:00: Sugarcane in Brazil: Finance capital, Slave Labour and Deforestation – Leonardo Sakamoto, Brazilian Comission for the Eradication of Slave Labour and NGO Repórter Brasil

12:00: Carbon Markets and Climate Change – Larry Lohman, The Corner House

13:00: Lunch

13:30: Carbon Emissions as New Fields for (Finance) Capital – Christian Zeller, University of Salzburg

14:30:  Processes of Exchange in the Carbon Credit Industry – John Broderick, University of Manchester

15:30: Coffee

15.45: Round Table: Financialisation of the Environment: What Governance?

17:00: Close

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Postneoliberalism

 

 Dear colleagues

We are happy to announce the publication of a special issue of the journal “Development Dialogue” (Day Hammarskjöld Foundation) on the highly actual topic on Postneoliberalism.

Find below the table of contents.

In order to get a copy (for free), please send your mailing address to: secretariat@dhf.uu.se

Best wishes,
Nicola Sekler and Ulrich Brand
 

 

Development Dialogue 51 (January 2009)

Preface

Henning Melber

Postneoliberalism : catch-all word or valuable analytical and political concept? – Aims of a beginning debate

Ulrich Brand and Nicola Sekler

 

Ways out of the crisis of neoliberalism

Michael Brie

 

Postneoliberalism and its bifurcations

Ana Esther Ceceña

 

Postneoliberalism and post-Fordism: Is there a new period of capitalist mode of production?

Alex Demirovic

 

Postneoliberalism from and as a counter-hegemonic perspective

Nicola Sekler

 

Postneoliberalism or postcapitalism? The failure of neoliberalism in the financial market crisis

Elmar Altvater

 

‘Neoliberalism’ and development policy: dogma or progress?

Kurt Bayer

 

Environmental crises and the ambiguous postneoliberalising of nature

Ulrich Brand

 

The crisis of neoliberalism and the impasse of the union movement

Gregory Albo

 

Women peasants, food security and biodiversity in the crisis of neoliberalism

Christa Wichterich

 

On recent projects and experiences of the sufficiency economy: a critique

Chanida Chanyapate and Alec Bamford

 

Struggles against Wal-Martisation and neoliberal competitiveness in (southern) China: Towards postneoliberalism as an alternative?

Ngai-Ling Sum

 

Postneoliberalism in Latin America

Emir Sader

 

Notes on postneoliberalism in Argentina

Verónica Gago and Diego Sztulwark

 

Realistic postneoliberalism: A view from South Africa

Patrick Bond

 

 

Univ. Prof. Dr. Ulrich Brand

Universität Wien

Institut für Politikwissenschaft

Universitätsstr. 7/2, NIG

A-1010 Wien

Tel.: 0043-1-4277-49452 (oder –47702)

ulrich.brand@univie.ac.at

 

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