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GSA/North America 2014 Conference

The End of U.S. Hegemony?

Sponsored by the Department of Sociology of Loyola University, the next GSA/North America conference will take place June 6 - 8, 2014 at Loyola's Water Tower Campus in downtown Chicago near the Magnificent Mile.

We will consider all abstracts on the topic of globalization. The GSA is a multi-disciplinary organization, therefore all relevant topics from any academic area or from activists are of interest.

Please send a 100-word abstract in the body of an email with the subject line GSA Conference Abstract to Jerry Harris at Include your name, affiliation, and active email address.

Deadline for abstracts is May 5, 2014.





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38th Conference of the American Sociological Association’s Section on Political Economy of the World-System (PEWS)
April 10-12, 2014
University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Organizers invite submissions on the theme of “Social Movements and Global Transformation” under the following sub-themes:

  • Roles of States and Movements in World-Systemic Transformation,
  • Knowledge and Paradigms in Contestation,
  • The Role of Peripheries in Contesting World-Systemic Hierarchies, and
  • Collective Identities and Democratic Transformation.

We encourage submissions from all relevant disciplines in the humanities, law, and social sciences. Proposal deadline is January 21, 2014. Meals and lodging for authors of accepted papers will be provided.

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Silenced Voices: Learning from the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas
April 17-18, 2014
Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, IL
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1st Multidisciplinary Summit of the Global and International Research Associations
May 21-24, 2014
Moscow, Russian Federation
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Co-Sponsored by the Global Studies Association of North America

“Moving Beyond Capitalism” Conference
July 29 - August 5, 2014
Center for Global Justice, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

  • Where is another world happening?
  • How do we bring capital under democratic control?
  • What can we do now to get from here to there?
  • Which changes are co-optable, which transformatory?
  • How do we avoid past errors?

Capitalism is in crisis. Yet, backed by arms, it dominates and threatens humanity and the planet. Survival now means putting ourselves before profit. What economic and social practices go beyond gender, race, class divisions to empower the many instead of enriching the few? To answer, the Center for Global Justice invites thinkers and doers from the global North and global South to bi-lingual discussions of the practical global task of “moving beyond capitalism.”

We invite you to complement prophesy by addressing problems of transformation, commenting on solutions or proposing new ones, and sharing organizing results. Summaries of individual or group submissions are due by December 31, 2013; full descriptions (or papers) by April 30, 2014.

Six days of exchanges will be in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico’s central highlands. In plenaries, round tables and workshops we’ll examine some existing options, evaluate them in context, and end with sessions to pass on “suggestions for further study and organizing.” Screenings, performances, exhibits and visits to groups constructing “another world” are planned.

Themes include: the commons, economic democracy, cooperatives, solidarity economy, public banking and democratic finance, indigenous insurgencies, localization, participatory budgeting, preventing ecocide, local currencies, gender equality, alternative communications & media, 21st century socialism, steady state economies, horizontalism. Feel free to propose other themes.

Featured speakers confirmed: Gustavo Esteva (de-professionalized Mexican intellectual), Gar Alperovitz (What Then Must We Do?), David Schweickart (economic democracy), Margaret Flowers & Kevin Zeese (Occupy activists & members of Green Shadow Cabinet), Fernando Sánchez Cuadros (Peruvian economist), Camila Piñeiro Harnecker (Cuban economist & cooperative advocate).

Center for Global Justice (, an international network of educators and activists, is devoted to “research and learning for a better world.” Since 2004 it offers educational travel, lectures/film series, local solidarity economy networking & co-op workshops.

Please send descriptions and address queries to
Phone in Mexico: (52) 415 150 0025 from US 347 983 5084.

64th Annual Meeting

August 15-17, 2014
The San Francisco Marriott Marquis
San Francisco, CA
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Conference in conjunction with the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association and Society for the Study of Social Problems.

August 18, 2014
The San Francisco Marriott Marquis
San Francisco, CA

We would like to invite International and Global Studies scholars, political sociologists and economists, cultural theorists, LGBT scholars, Post-Colonial Studies researchers, and Black Studies scholars to participate in this conference. Please let us know if you would like to present a paper. Your disciplinary methodology is not important, as long as you consider yourself to be a critical scholar and have a sociological imagination.

We would like to organize two panels:

(Gerald Sussman, Portland State University,

(Mark Gould, Haverford College,

If you have any suggestions or recommendations, please do not hesitate to contact me at

Please email a paper abstract of 400-500 words to Tugrul Keskin at by April 30, 2014.


If you would like learn more about Critical Sociology, please visit our websites or contact the editor of Critical Sociology, David Fasenfest at

109th Annual Meeting

August 16-19, 2014
Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Parc55 Wyndham Hotel
San Francisco, CA
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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

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


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LOCATION: Marymount College, Ranchos Palos Verdes, CA
DATE: June 7-9, 2013
TITLE: Surviving the Future: Owning the World or Sharing the Commons
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LOCATION: University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia
DATE: May 4-6, 2012
TITLE: Dystopia and Global Rebellion
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LOCATION: Loyola University, Chicago, IL
DATE: May 20-22, 2011
TITLE: The Global Crisis: Through the Lens of Class, Race and Gender
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LOCATION: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
DATE: May 7 - 9, 2010
TITLE: Global Crises and Beyond
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LOCATION: Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida
DATE: May 8 - 10, 2009
TITLE: Globalization and the Struggle for Peace and Human Rights
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LOCATION: Pace University, New York City, New York
DATE: June 6 - 8, 2008
TITLE: The Nation in the Global Era: Nationalism and Globalization in Conflict and Transition
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LOCATION: University of California - Irvine, California
DATE: May 17 - 20, 2007
TITLE: The Contested Terrains of Globalization
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LOCATION: DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois
DATE: May 12 - 14, 2006
TITLE: Alternative Globalizations
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LOCATION: University of Tennessee - Knoxville, Tennessee
DATE: May 13 - 15, 2005
TITLE: Crosscurrents of Global Social Justice: Class, Gender and Race
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LOCATION: Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
DATE: April 23 - 25, 2004
TITLE: Globalization, Empire and Resistance
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In 2004 Brandeis University hosted the third North American GSA conference on Globalization, Empire and Resistance. It was a progressive conference embracing a variety of critical, and radical perspectives on globalization. Many leading scholars from all over the world explored the many effects of globalization-as well as alternative visions. Featured speakers included:

  • Seymour Melman - One of America?s most respected scholars on capitalism and U.S. militarism from Columbia University spoke on ?The Permanent War Economy?.

  • Leo Panitch - Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy at York University, Toronto, co-editor of the Socialist Register, and co-author of Global Capitalism and American Empire spoke on ?Global Capitalism and American Empire?.

  • Sam Gindin - Packer visiting Chair in Social Justice at York University, Toronto, former head of research and assistant to the President, Canadian Auto Workers? Union, and co-author of Global Capitalism and American Empire spoke on ?Labor Resistance in the Era of Globalization".

  • William Tabb - Professor of economics at Queens College, New York, Monthly Review contributor and author of "The Amoral Elephant" spoke on "The Global State and Economic Institutions".

  • Jose Maria Sison - Former senior research fellow and professor at the University of the Philippines, co-founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines spoke via video satellite from Holland on ?War, Imperialism, and Resistance from Below?.

  • Leslie Sklair - From the London School of Economics, and author of "The Transnational Capitalist Class" spoke on ?Globalization, Imperialism and the International System?.

  • Edna Bonacich - Professor of sociology at the University of California, San Diego, and co-author of "Behind the Label: Inequality in the Los Angeles Apparel Industry" spoke on ?Labor, Immigration and Global Production?.

LOCATION: University of California - Santa Barabara, California
DATE: May 1 - 4, 2003
TITLE: Towards a Critical Globalization Studies: Continued Debates, New Directions, and Neglected Topics
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LOCATION: Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois
DATE: May 10 - 11, 2002
TITLE: Globalisation and Social Justice

In May of 2002 the very first annual conference of the North American GSA was held at Loyola University in Chicago. Jointly sponsored by the GSA and the department of sociology at Loyola University, the conference theme was ?Globalisation and Social Justice?. It proved to be a highly successful event with over fifty papers and workshops, covering a broad spectrum of themes concerning issues of global social justice. The keynote speakers were also excellent and included Leslie Sklair, one of GSA/UK?s vice presidents, who played a prominent role at the conference as a whole.

The quality of the papers was extremely high and they generated many hours of intensive and exciting discussion and argument. Academics from an impressively wide range of disciplines and research areas came from far and wide across the United States. However, there were also a number of speakers and participants who were political activists, such as current or former trade union organizers or people presently involved in various fair trade campaigns linked partly to student protests around the campuses of the US.

Despite the clearly focused sense of realism among the conference participants concerning the vast problems of social division, social exclusion and conflict that are currently only too evident in the world at the present time and the anxieties about the quality of world political ? and especially American ? leadership, an encouraging atmosphere of guarded optimism in relation to the real possibility of increasingly effective alliances and political struggles against global poverty was also quite evident.

It was gratifying to encounter quite a number of GSA members who managed to attend the Chicago conference including three from Britain, one from Canada and three from the USA. One of the key events scheduled at the conference was the inauguration of the North American chapter of the GSA. The first GSA branch or chapter to be established outside the UK. More than twenty people attended this special meeting and after some discussion the new branch was duly set-up. What was particularly encouraging was the number of postgraduate students who were prepared to become involved in helping to establish the new North American branch of the USA and, moreover, presence among these postgraduates and other participants who were people living in the USA but who had strong links with countries in Central America and South East Asia. They quite rightly insisted that right from the outset the new branch must concern itself as deeply as possible with the problems and themes of Southern peoples and countries if be a truly global association are to have any meaning.

From the Global Studies Association Newsletter, Issue 2, July 2002
Paul Kennedy, GSA Secretary

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