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ASSOCIATION 2015 CONFERENCE
THE URBAN CRISIS AND ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY
Sponsored by: College of Languages, Literature, and Social Sciences, President's Commission on Global Initiative, and Center for International Studies and Programs
The GSA of North America is pleased to announce that our 2015 conference will take place at The University of Toledo.
All presentation topics will be considered.
To submit a 100-word abstract or a panel idea, send it in the body of an email to Jerry Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 10, 2015. Please include your full name and affiliation.
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Dynamics and stakes of new cross-regional
free trade agreements: Europe, North America and Asia
The rise of cross-regional trade agreements has become a defining trend of the current international trade system. Over the past few years, a dozen countries in Southeast Asia and the Western Hemisphere, representing more than 40% of world GDP, have participated in the negotiations of the Transpacific Partnership (TPP), a “next generation” agreement that covers a wide range of non-tariff barriers and regulatory issues. In 2013, the United States and the European Union (EU) jump-started the negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP), a long-held project to facilitate trade and harmonize regulatory issues between the two superpowers. The will to strengthen transatlantic economic ties was also in full display when the EU and Canada completed a cross-regional free trade agreement in 2013.
This international conference at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University of Paris will analyze the political, economic and social implications of the recent trend of cross-regionalism in today’s rapidly-changing international political economy. The very nature of regionalism has dramatically changed since the 19th century, renewing economic and political debates on its intrinsic characteristics. While some waves of regionalism arguably contributed to boosting international trade flows and were therefore considered to be inherent to the process of globalization – e.g. at the end of the 19th century or a century later – other cycles were designed to fragment the global economy into different economic blocs (based on colonial empires or geopolitical alliances during the Cold War). Should the current wave of cross-regionalism be interpreted as the final stage of a global trading regime or a protectionist retreat from globalization, the advent of a “gated globe” as The Economist magazine infers?
What are the systemic, statist and societal forces behind this phenomenon? Some analysts have revived hegemonic stability theory to interpret this development as the logical outcome of structural changes in the world economy, with the rise of China allegedly undermining the open trade regime built under American hegemony. Others have focused on the state level and interpreted cross-regionalism as a new geopolitical chess game. Yet others have examined the mobilization of domestic and transnational actors to see cross-regional agreements as the latest phase of global capitalism, a “double movement” or a “new class war” pitting business interests against people’s social needs. These various perspectives raise the issue of the place and the role of the economies of the English-speaking world in the current reconfigurations.
Understanding the origins and stakes of contemporary free trade agreements is all the more vital to the extent that they include a wide array of “behind the border” provisions – from the protection of intellectual property rights to government procurement rules, phytosanitary and sanitary standards, labor rights and environmental regulation, data privacy etc. – that raise a lot of questions on the tensions between capitalism and democracy. Thus, the debates on the welfare effects of regionalism can no longer be confined to simple dichotomies opposing trade creation vs. trade diversion or free trade vs. protectionism. Given the economic significance of the trading partners involved, cross-regional free trade agreements truly operate as institutionalizing processes, as international regimes that may set the rules of globalization for years to come.
This international conference seeks to gather a panel of academic experts and practitioners from various spheres (politics, business and civil society) to provide a stimulating discussion on the three cross-regional initiatives mentioned above (TPP, T-TIP and Canada-EU FTA). We invite contributions from various fields – economics, political science, sociology, international relations, cultural studies, etc. – to understand the origins and stakes of what is in essence an interdisciplinary subject.
Proposals (300 words) should be sent by July 15, 2014. The authors will be notified of the peer-review by no later than early August.
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Call for Submission of Articles to Class, Race and Corporate Power.
Class, Race and Corporate Power is an open-access, online academic journal examining the politics of corporate power. This includes an analysis of capital, labor, and race relations within nation-states and the global economy. We encourage contributions that explore these issues within holistic frameworks that borrow from a range of scholarly disciplines.
We publish three issues each year, and are now accepting contributions for the current special issue as well as next year's issues, focused on themes of corporate power (March 2014), labor and social justice movements (July 2014), and race and class (November 2014). We want broad conceptualizations of these themes that engage important theoretical debates, as opposed to narrow case studies.
Our "Articles" section includes contributions that go through a double-blind peer review process with a month turnaround for reviews. We recommend submission of 25-35 page articles for this section, although alternative lengths are also acceptable (see the submission guidelines link at our journal homepage for more details).
In addition, we encourage shorter contributions to our non-peer-reviewed sections titled "The Politics of Culture" (review essays) and "Perspectives" (short opinion pieces). The editor-in-chief reviews these submissions and determines if they are suitable for publication.
To contribute, visit Class, Race and Corporate Power and click on the "Submit Article" link on the right-hand margin of the journal homepage.
If you have questions, please review our journal home page for more information. Or contact Editor-In-Chief: Ronald W. Cox, Associate Chair and Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations, Florida International University, at email@example.com.
Call for Submission of Articles to Journal of World-Systems Research.
Open Access week is a global event, now in its 6th year, that promotes Open Access as the “new norm in scholarship and research.” As the publishing world becomes more commercialized and profit-oriented, researchers are getting organized to ensure that scholarship is shared equitably and freely.
As one of the first open access, peer-reviewed social science journals, the Journal of World-Systems Research is committed to promoting open access to scholarly research and defending the creative commons. Please celebrate open access week by sharing the Journal of World-Systems Research link with colleagues and friends. Our articles aim to reach not only scholars but also activists and practitioners interested in issues of democracy, sustainability, and justice. Our current issue features, among other great contributions, a lively symposium, “A crisis of what”? Read some of the latest thinking about today’s crises from leading scholars, including Christopher Chase-Dunn, Leo Panitch, Thomas Reifer, William I. Robinson, and Saskia Sassen. These essays offer insights into nature and sources of the interconnected global crises and responses to crises by elites and by popular movements. You’ll also find in this issue an interview with Immanuel Wallerstein on the origins of world-systems analysis.
The Journal of World-Systems Research is available free online. It is the official journal of the American Sociological Association’s section on Political Economy of the World-System.
We invite PEWS members to submit articles for review, special issue proposals, and symposium ideas. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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