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Politics of Consumption


Dublin, Ireland, 9-11 May, 2012.

Ephemera: theory & politics in organization:

This conference explores the relationships between consumption, accumulation, production, reproduction and politics today. Taking the apparent generalisation of conditions of austerity as an opportunity to re-visit longer ongoing debates surrounding the extra-economic nature of commodity consumption, and its complex relationship to commodity production, the conference asks whether traditional conceptualisations of the politics of consumption require revision. What empirical developments have become crucial? What theories remain helpful? What political mobilisations have become inevitable?

The conference gathers together leading figures for the sake of debating and contesting such issues. The conference also forms the basis of a special issue of ephemera: theory and politics in organization – please read the call for papers for more information.

Venue and getting there
The conference will take place at the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 63 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 (see Google Map). Conveniently located at the heart of Georgian Dublin, this is a fitting venue for the conference theme, both because Ireland has taken centre stage within contemporary debates concerning compulsive excessiveness and retributive austerity, and also by virtue of the fact that cultural and historical nationalism has become a principal foundation of the contemporary politics of consumption. Visit the Society’s website for more information (

Dublin’s City Centre is a 30-45 minute bus ride from Dublinairport. The easiest way of getting there is to take the 747 bus to the city centre (€6): alternative routes exist, some cheaper, others more expensive. The conference venue is about a five minute walk from famous central landmarks such as Trinity College Dublin and St Stephen’s Green. The nearest DART stations to the venue are Pearse Streetand Grand Canal Dock – the area is also well served by a variety of Dublin Bus Services. Further details can be found at (Trains) and (Buses).

Submission deadline
The special issue deadline is on or before the 30th of November, 2011, and has already been widely publicised. Conference submissions are to be received before the 23rd of January, 2012. On time of submission, please be clear whether you would like your work to be considered for inclusion in the special issue, the conference, or both.

Conference fee
Fees will be determined in the New Year. The intention is to maintain keep costs as close to free as possible, as has been the case with previous ephemera conferences. If fees are required, attendees can expect these not to exceed £100. Non wage-earners can expect to be exempt from fees.

Further information
For queries, you can contact one of the conference organizers:

Alan Bradshaw (
Norah Campbell (
Stephen Dunne (


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