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Globalisation and European Integration: ‘the nature of the beast’

 

Friday 5th and Saturday 6th June 2009

 

The conference invites specialists from the fields of politics, international relations, international political economy and sociology to build on their experience of applying historical materialist theories in empirical settings related to global governance and regional integration, with an emphasis on the European Union (EU). Working papers designed to stimulate dialogue between invited speakers, Warwick research staff and postgraduate students will introduce workshops in this two-day event.

 

The conference aims to stimulate interdisciplinary exchange on the historical materialist frameworks used to investigate the relationship between global governance, regional integration and the national state, with special reference to the European Union. It will also seek to stimulate a constructive engagement, in one of its panels, between historical materialist, constructivist and post-structuralist approaches to European integration.

 

The conference will showcase and challenge the most promising critical theories of regionalisation and globalisation, including neo-Gramscian, Open Marxist, Regulation and World-System approaches, with the purpose of generating useful connections and intellectual exchange. It will bring together researchers thinking about the creation and reproduction of social and political authority in a variety of settings. Truly interdisciplinary in approach, it aims to break down institutional barriers by forging interpersonal relations, and searching for commonality between fields and approaches which are traditionally considered incompatible.

 

The participation of eminent speakers in a conference addressing issues and phenomena which are highly relevant to the social sciences, not to mention contemporary applied socio-political practice, will attract a strong inter-disciplinary academic audience from European and American universities.

 

Confirmed participants:

 

Claes Belfrage; Andreas Bieler; Hans-Jürgen Bieling; Werner Bonefeld; Peter Burnham; José Caballero; Alan Cafruny; Guglielmo Carchedi; Ben Clift; Jan Drahokoupil; Otto Holman; Bob Jessop; Huw Macartney; Henk Overbeek; Magnus Ryner; Vivien A. Schmidt; Stuart Shields; Kees Van Der Pijl.

 

We are inviting abstracts addressing one of the conference’s key themes:

 

Global governance, the EU and the national state:

·        Sustaining or transcending international competition?

·        The EU as a building-block or obstacle for global governance?

The EU and the global economy:

·        The global monetary system and the single currency.

·        Aid, trade and the relationship with the global South.

Social agency and European integration:

·        Labour, migration and the EU: ideas, interests, and institutions in the regulation of the social question in Europe.

·        Global capital and the EU: transnational elite agency and the European project.

Regionalisation beyond the EU:

·         The EU in global perspective: comparative analyses of the EU and other forms of regionalisation.

·         Explaining regionalism and regionalisation in America, Africa and Asia.

Engaging Critical approaches to European integration: constructivism, post-structuralism and other alternatives.

 

Abstracts should:

·        Be no more than 250 words for a 20 minute presentation.

·        Include your name, institution, level of study, department and paper title

·        Address an interdisciplinary audience

·        Be submitted by March 15th electronically to: globeuropeconferencejune2009@googlemail.com  

 

Other deadlines:

Registration: 15 April 2009.

Submission of paper: 25 May 2009.

 

Registration fee (Friday and Saturday): £27 per delegate.

Includes refreshments, buffet lunch, and wine reception on Saturday.

 

Conference webpage:

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/pais/ss/beast/ 

 

Co-organisers: Andreas Tsolakis (A.A.Tsolakis@warwick.ac.uk) and Petros Nousios (P.Nousios@warwick.ac.uk).

 

This project is kindly funded by the American Study and Student Exchange Committee and the PAIS department at Warwick University.

 

 

 

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The State in Capitalist Society – 40 Years On

 

 

Call for Papers

 

 

PSA State Theory Specialist Group & Marxism Specialist Group

 

 

One Day Conference

 

The State in Capitalist Society – 40 Years On

 

 

Friday 22 May, 2009

 

 

School of Social Sciences, Leeds Metropolitan University,

 

Ralph Miliband’s The State in Capitalist Society was first published in 1969 and widely acclaimed as a major contribution to the revival of both state theory and Marxist political thought. The book still stands as a key work in the development of social and political theory in the second half of the twentieth century.

 

 

This one-day conference aims to revisit the arguments that Miliband laid out in the book and evaluate their continuing relevance in the apparently very different conditions of the twenty-first century. After all, people still do ‘live in the shadow of the state’ and states still operate in capitalist societies.

 

 

Proposals for papers that address any of the themes and arguments in The State in Capitalist Society, and its lacunae, from any perspective are welcome. For example:

 

 

  • ‘The State’ and ‘Capitalist Society’, then and now
  • Miliband’s contribution to the Marxist tradition
  • The Milibandian perspective, pluralism and the business dominance model
  • Connections between business elites and state elites
  • The conversion of economic power into political influence
  • How does the process of legitimation work today?
  • Whatever happened to pressure from below?
  • The state in global capitalist society
  • What does Miliband still have to offer the state debate?

 

 

Please send a title and abstract (approx. 200 words) by January 9, to

Paul Wetherly – p.wetherly@leedsmet.ac.uk

 

 

Papers will be required by May 1

 

 

Venue: Leeds Metropolitan University, School of Social Sciences, Old School Board, Calverley St, Leeds LS1 3HE

 

 

The Old School Board is in Leeds city centre, approximately 15 minutes walk from the railway station.

 

 

 

Conference organisers: Paul Wetherly, Peter Burnham (p.r.burnham@warwick.ac.uk), Mark Cowling (c.m.cowling@tees.ac.uk)

 

 

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