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CALL FOR PAPERS: GSA North America 2013 Conference
The Cosmopolitan Ideal: Challenges and Opportunities
Confirmed keynote speakers include Gerard Delanty (University of Sussex)
and Kate Nash
The conference aims to critically interrogate the idea of cosmopolitanism. Whereas previously cosmopolitanism was associated with (abstract) ideas of world citizenship and universal brotherhood, more recent constructions emphasize the multiplicity of identities, belongings, and memberships that are possible across a plurality of communities. In addition to a rejection of a narrow nationalistic outlook cosmopolitanism can claim a new political content: the idea of world citizenship has been given substance through notions of environmental responsibility, the universality of human and personhood rights, and the drive for worldwide human development. For these and many other reasons cosmopolitanism provides an important perspective on processes of globalization and the interconnectedness of the world.
The conference organizers invite proposals for papers which address themes of relevance to the conference, including:
Proposals for papers should take the form of a 300-word abstract and
may be submitted on any aspect of the conference theme. The organisers
will allocate papers to an appropriate panel. The deadline for submission
of abstracts is April 30 2013. Please send to conference organizer Darren
O’Byrne at D.OByrne@roehampton.ac.uk.
Griffith University | The
Ship Inn Conference Centre
Outside of Asia, much is made of ‘the Asian Century’, the ‘rise of Asia’, the economic potential of Asian markets, regional trade agreements with Asia, and building ‘Asia-relevant’ capabilities to support all these. Such instrumental views are shaping the ideological landscape of many parts of the ‘West’. For those from within and outside Asia who are interested in critical studies of global capitalism other topics are much more pressing. These include the different models and manifestations of global capitalism that are being adopted across Asia, as well as the links between such models and ongoing political developments in the region. Questions arise about the implications of newly energized “Asian capitalism” for current economic and social relationships— about current forms of economic division and exploitation, increasing social polarization and state based authoritarianism. Related questions also come up about oppositional activist practices that are arising and contemporary modes of policing such dissent. The purpose of this conference is to focus critical studies of global capitalism on Asia, Australia, and the Oceania region, to provide opportunities for interested scholars and activists to explore related issues.
Workshops Topics that we invite abstract/paper submissions for:
Dr. Tom Bramble teaches in Industrial Relations and International Business at the University of Queensland Business School. He is currently conducting research on various topics in international and Australian political economy, including the changing role of Australian capitalism in the Asia-Pacific region, the restructuring of Australian industry and working class and the declining fortunes of Australian trade unions. Tom has published widely in Australian and international journals as well as five books as author or editor. He holds degrees in Economics (BA Hons) from Cambridge University, Industrial Relations (MCom Hons) from the University of New South Wales and Politics (PhD) from La Trobe University. Tom has also been a socialist activist since the late 1970s and was a founder member of Socialist Alternative (Australia) in 1995. Read more >>
Dr. Han Dongyun is academic editor of the journal International Critical Thought, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing.
Professor Jerry Harris is a founding member of the Network for the Critical Studies of Global Capitalism and on its international coordinating committee. He is author of The Dialectics of Globalization, and along with Carl Davidson author of CyberRadicalism: A New Left for a Global Age. Mr. Harris is also a founding member and secretary of the Global Studies Association of North America.
Kanishka Jayasuriya is Professor of International Politics and Director of the Indo-Pacific Governance Research Centre (IPGRC), University of Adelaide. Prior to this he was Principal Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Research Centre (ARC), Murdoch University. He has held teaching and research appointments in several Australian and overseas universities including the ANU, the University of Sydney, Murdoch University , National University of Singapore, and City University of Hong Kong. Read more >>
Professor Jane Kenway, Monash University, Melbourne will speak on Cultivating top national leaders in an elite school in Singapore: deploying the transnational in the national interest. This paper explores the leadership cultivation practices of one of Singapore’s most elite schools. We point to the links between the habitus of the Singapore state and that of the school showing how different components of the school’s leadership curriculum deploy the transnational in order to produce top leaders for the nation. In essence, we argue that the school is involved in a form of tactical globalisation which matches neatly that of the state itself. We situate this study in the sociology of elite education with a view to contributing to two new lines of inquiry: the first about elite schools in Asia and changing elite formations and the second about elite schools and globalisation. In so doing, we deploy a Bourdieusian perspective while also asking how successfully his concepts travel to the Singaporean context. The paper draws on a larger multinational, multi-sited ethnographic study of elite schools and globalization.
Professor Frank Stilwell, University of Sydney, Sydney will speak on Uneven Globalisation and its Discontents. This presentation offers some reflections on how the globalization of capital may be interpreted from a political economic perspective. It distinguishes between globalisation of finance, trade and production, and draws in considerations of how capital/labour/land relationships are affected. The resulting problems, relating to economic security, social inequality and ecological sustainability, are considered. A spatial dimension to political economic analysis is emphasized. This leads into discussion of the different scales at which political responses may be mounted – international, national and local.
Abstract Submission Deadline: Submissions of abstracts should include a 100-word abstract and a brief biographical statement for each participant by May 30, 2013 to Anthony Van Fossen at email@example.com.
Paper Submission Deadline: Papers must be submitted by May 30, 2013 to Emily Kersing at Emily.Kersing@monash.edu. Papers will be circulated within the workshop group with an aim towards publication.
INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEES:
Venue for the conference is the Ship Inn Function Room, Griffith University’s South Bank Campus, Building S06, Corner of Stanley & Sidon Streets, South Bank Q 4101.
Daily break out sessions will be held in the Webb Centre (S02) and Griffith Graduate Centre (S07) at South Bank (both are next to the Ship Inn).
Campus location information: South Bank Campus Map (PDF 286kb)
The Ship Inn is located approximately 30 minutes by train or taxi from the Domestic Airport.
Taxis can be booked through Yellow Cabs (Phone: 13 19 24), Black and White Cabs (Phone: 13 10 08) or Taxis Australia (Phone: 13 22 27).
Airtrain services both the International and Domestic Airports, traveling outbound through Eagle Junction, Bowen Hills, Fortitude Valley, Central (Republic Apartments), Roma Street, South Brisbane (Rydges) and South Bank stations (Mantra South Bank, Conference venue, Hillcrest Central Apartments – an approx. 1 km walk).
Local train and bus services are handy to Griffith’s South Bank campus. Visit Translink’s website for timetable information.
South Bank campus parking is strictly limited to University vehicles and emergency services. Nearby South Bank Parklands Underground Carpark has more than 800 spaces, although fees do apply.
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Conference Organizing Committee: William I. Robinson, Jeb Sprague, (Univ. California Santa Barbara), Jason Struna (Univ. Calif. Riverside), Jerry Harris (DeVry University), Leslie Sklair (LSE), William K. Carroll (University of Victoria) Jane Kenway (Monash University), Anthony van Fossen, David Peetz & Georgina Murray (Griffith University).
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PART I: SOCIALIST RENEWAL
A. Cuba’s Economic Reforms
B. Latin America Moves Left
PART II: GLOBAL CAPITALIST CRISIS
CALL FOR PRESENTERS AND COMMENTATORS: Bi-national dialog is encouraged. Submit a brief abstract of your proposed presentation by April 2, 2013 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRE-SEMINAR ACTIVITIES: Various group activities prior to the June 24-28 Seminar will include visits to cooperatives, urban gardens, community development projects, social research centers, and educational and medical institutions. These will involve people-to-people contact.
COST: Estimated cost for the entire program, June 16 through 30, 2013 is $1500 plus airfare. This includes 14 nights in a shared room in Hotel Vedado with breakfast, translation, transportation and group activities.
LICENSE: The U.S. government severely restricts travel to Cuba except by license from the US Treasury Department. Professionals doing research in Cuba can go legally under a General License for Research. Others can travel under our license for people-to-people educational exchange.
ORGANIZATION: Center for Global Justice (a project of
Radical Philosophy Association), and Facultad de Filosofia e Historia,
Universidad de la Habana, Instituto de Filosofia, and Sociedad Cubana
de Investigaciones Filosoficas.
For further information contact email@example.com.
GEOGRAPHIES OF LABOR: 35th
Annual North American Labor History Conference
The Program Committee of the North American Labor History Conference invites proposals for sessions, papers, and roundtables on “Geographies of Labor” for our thirty-fifth annual meeting.
Over the last several centuries, transformations in technology and in economic, social, political, and cultural practices have created new spatial regimes within and across geographic boundaries. Whether negotiating the changes around them or taking advantage of new possibilities to shape alternatives, workers have been central to remapping this emergent environment.
Inspired by the “spatial turn” in the social sciences, this conference will explore the myriad ways in which workers have interacted with a variety of geographic categories. We welcome projects that seek to understand these interactions through a number of lenses, including, but not limited to: empire, globalization, uneven development, mobility, and migration/immigration at the transnational, national and/or local level. We invite proposals from a wide variety of disciplines, especially history, geography, sociology, anthropology, economics, political science, and cultural studies.
Submissions of proposals for papers, panels, and roundtables should include a one paragraph abstract and a brief biographical statement per each participant by March 29, 2013 to:
Professor Francis Shor, Coordinator
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