cfp: Designing and Transforming Capitalism




*Keynote speakers:*
Luc Boltanski (France)
Kathrine Gibson (Australia)
Anne Balsamo (USA)
Campbell Jones (New Zealand).

When all alternatives to capitalism seem exhausted or abandoned, creative and transformative energies and ideas descend upon capitalism itself. In practice and theory, in daily life choices and organizational changes, in legislative initiatives and academia, in initiatives taken by individuals and groups interesting work is being done to explore and use a transformative approach to capitalist processes trying to realize immaterial values, human resources and utopias within a capitalist framework.

In Marxist and neo-Marxist as well as liberal theories, capitalism seems to be the economic strong option without alternatives and the accumulative logic of capitalism the only possible way of economic thinking in contemporary societies. Nevertheless we see lots of signs of non-accumulative logics ruling traditional capitalist producers, consumers as well as traditional critics of capitalism. Green capitalism addresses traditional capitalism’s exploitative and instrumentalist approach to nature; Corporate Social Responsibility tries to tackle social issues locally and globally from within corporations; Social entrepreneurs are using the capitalist business model to solve pressing problems such as poverty or lack of clean water; designers are weaving creative solutions into the commodities and practices of our every day life. It seems to grow ever more difficult to distinguish between working within capitalism or working in order to change capitalism as capitalism seems to change from within rather than from without.

This conference addresses the question of capitalism’s transformative potentials and the limits to such transformations, if any such exists? How malleable are the logics and processes of capitalism? How is capitalism ceaselessly practiced and constantly redesigned? We aim to bring together people working within various fields often disconnected from each other but all centering their work on empirical and theoretical studies of how people and societies live with, deal with, negotiate, fight with and transform capitalism.

The conference will have four streams, each with its own set of themes. The listed themes are meant as suggestive and non-exhaustive. We invite paper proposals within:

*Political capitalism*
Coordinators: Morten Raffnsøe & Mikkel Thorup

New forms of labor and their politics 
Everyday life in capitalism
Work inside and outside the market
New forms of political action inside and outside capitalism
Transforming ownership, aims and organization in capitalism
Political action in the market, civil society and the state
Politics of leadership and performance management
Accounting for money, love, ethics or happiness?
Critical accounting

*Civic Capitalism*
Coordinators: Anne Ellerup Nielsen & Christian Olaf Christiansen

Corporate citizenship
Corporate Social Responsibility
Ethical Capitalism
Green Capitalism, Sustainability
Stakeholder theories
Sustainable investment
Environmental development
Social integration

*Performative Capitalism*
Coordinators: Louise Fabian, Jonas Fritsch and Per Blenker

Self-organized communities as business opportunities
Cultural citizenship
Global Culture Industry
Hyper, trans, cross, Re-phenomena
Green bodies and environmental (online/offline) activism
Posthumanitarian developments in charity work and communication
Affect and vulnerability as tools of anti-capitalist mobilisation
The commoditization of dissent
Urban Interactions, Appropriations and Co-creativity in a design perspective

*Consumer Capitalism*
Coordinators: Sophie Esmann Andersen & Carsten Stage

Anti-consumerism and consumer resistance
Consumer movements, activism and cultural ideology
Co-creation and co-creativity
Consumer-citizenship or citizen-consumerism
DIY consumer cultures
Branded identities and brand hegemony

*Submission Guidelines*
Please submit your abstract proposals (max 300 words) as a PDF file to secretary Tina Friis on this address:

Please indicate which stream your proposal refers to. Deadline for paper proposal: October 15, 2011 (feedback on paper proposals November 1, 2011).


institution: The conference is organized by the Departments of Aesthetics and Communication (Britta Timm Knudsen) and The Department of Culture and Society (Mikkel Thorup), Faculty of Arts and The Department of Language and Business Communication and Department of Management, Faculty of Business and Social Sciences.

Funded by The Aarhus University Research Foundation (AUFF) and The Velux Foundation.


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cfp: Contested Truths: Re-Shaping and Positioning Politics of Knowledge

conference: 16.06.11-18.06.11

Berlin, Germany


Aims of the conference:
The central topic of the conference is the politics of knowledge and its entanglement with issues of epistemics, power and gender. Focusing on a deeper understanding of the knowledge-power nexus, the conference particularly aims to analyze social and epistemological orders, configurations and hierarchies of knowledge. Thereby, a wide range of issues dealing with different sites of knowledge production, objects of inquiry and fields of research will be addressed. The conference seeks to contribute to debates concerning the situatedness of knowledge. This topic was first adressed in the humanities, science and technology studies and gender studies by Foucault, Bourdieu, Latour, Haraway, Harding and Barad among others.

The conference particularly engages with the following questions from this vast and heterogeneous field: How is knowledge socially and epistemically formed and positioned? What are the consequences of certain practices and techniques of knowledge formation? Where and how does knowledge legitimate power relations? How can hegemonic politics of knowledge be destabilized and re-shaped? Finally, what are the ‘conditions of possibility’ for truths to be contested? The three panels address these central questions by (1) uncovering implicit knowledge politics in the formation of disciplines and the process of canonization, (2) discussing the impact of classifications and infrastructures and (3) questioning and destabilizing universal and neutral knowledge.

1. Forming disciplines and canonization
This panel focuses on the political implications of the formation of disciplines and the process of canonization. Contributions might analyze, for instance, how disciplines are defined by the gendering of their methods and theoretical foundations as demonstrated in computer science and historiography. Other topics include the function of efforts for integration (such as the aim to position psychology as a life science) or boundary work (such as distinguishing gender studies from the knowledge of feminist activists). Papers could identify and question legitimating strategies or analyze ‘regimes of translation’ (Latour). One example of this type of analysis is the study of the migration of the term ‘system’ from engineering to sociology. We are also looking for presentations that point out the mutual dependency between certified and accepted knowledge and excluded and rejected ‘non-knowledge’.

2. Classification and infrastructure
Classification systems arrange knowledge in a proper order (e.g., the biological systematics of Linné), help to find knowledge (e.g., library classifications) or aim to support communication by providing controlled vocabularies (e.g., in knowledge management). However, classifications are at the same time instruments of power. We seek contributions, which investigate social and epistemological exclusions that are intertwined with particular classifications and infrastructures. Participants might present case studies that explore how classifications are (co-)produced by those who are classified (such as in virtual social networks). Presentations about strategies to avoid knowledge classification systems and those, which call existing classifications or infrastructures into question, are welcome. In addition, we also encourage submissions on the subversive potential of infrastructures (as in queer projects).

3. Localizing and positioning knowledge
By viewing knowledge as situated and located, the panel raises questions about the position of authorship, conflicts between legitimation and marginalization, as well as differences between global and local knowledge distribution. Contributors could address some of these problems within different theoretical frameworks, e.g., by developing critical perspectives or drawing on established concepts such as ‘situated knowledge’ (Haraway) from fields such as gender or science studies. They might also examine particular politics of location, demarcation or transgression of boundaries that are, e.g., inspired by notions such as ‘travelling concepts’ (Bal) or ‘quasi-objects’ (Latour) or ’travelling theories’ (Said) following postcolonial theories. We are also interested in proposals for anti-hegemonic positioning of knowledge or the possibilities of decolonization in the production of knowledge.

Important information
We invite abstracts for twenty-minute papers. Abstracts should be in English and may not exceed 300 words. They should be accompanied by a short biographical sketch of not more than 300 words and sent to until 1 December 2010. Please indicate the panel your paper relates to.

The conference language will be English. Please indicate your accessibility needs as well as any other possible requirements (e.g., childcare) by 1 December 2010, we will do our best to meet them or get back to you to figure out what we can do. Please note that travel funds can only be granted in exceptional cases. We ask participants to apply in time for travel funding at their home institutions.



— PhD research programm «Gender as a category of knowledge» (working group «knowledge»: Dr. des. Corinna Bath, Jens Borcherding M.A., Lukas Engelmann M.A., Dipl.-Psych. Lisa Malich, Falko Schnicke M.A.)

— Charité Berlin (Prof. Dr. Volker Hess) and the 
— Technical University of Braunschweig (Prof. Dr. Bettina Wahrig)

email: contestedtruths(at)


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cfp: International Conference on Critical Education (12-16/7/2011)

The Department of Education, University of Athens, Greece is hosting the

12-16 July 2011, Athens, Greece

Organized by the journals :

The venue of the Conference will be the city of Athens and possibly the surrounding areas

Conference Organizing Committee Coordinators:
Dave Hill (Middlesex University, UK)
Peter McLaren (UCLA, USA)
Kostas Skordoulis (University of Athens, Greece)

Keynote Speakers:
Peter McLaren (UCLA, USA)
Amrohini Sahay (Hofstra University, New York, USA)
Dave Hill (Middlesex University, UK)
Aristides Baltas (National Technical University of Athens, Greece)
Ravi Kumar (Jamia Milia Islamia University, Delhi, India) 

and also speakers from the Greek education movement: 
Lazaros Apekis (Leader of the University Teachers movement against the privatization of university education)
Chrysoula Papageorgiou (Spokesperson of the Unemployed and part-time Teachers Union)

Important Dates
Participants should submit an abstract of 300 words by: 15 December 2010.
Notification of acceptance of paper presentation by: 15 January 2011
Full papers should be submitted by: 30 May 2011
The papers will be peer reviewed and published in the Conference Proceedings
Selected papers will be published in Special Issues of JCEPS, Cultural Logic and KRITIKI
Abstracts should be sent by email to the following addresses:

Conference Fee
The Conference fee is 300 Euros. The fee covers participation in the conference, the book of abstracts, coffee/tea/refreshments during conference breaks and participation in the conference dinner in a traditional taverna. The Conference fee for participants from Greece and all those in hardship is 50 Euros. The participation of unemployed and colleagues from the third world is free/no fees.

Kostas Skordoulis, Efthymios Nicolaidis, Efthymis Papademetriou, Yiannis Maistros, Alekos Koutsouris, Spyros Sakellaropoulos, Themis Bokaris, Gianna Katsiampoura, Spyros Themelis, Theodoros Alexiou, Ploutarchos Psomiadis, Kostas Tampakis, Maria Darmou, Yiannis Bitsakis, Laokratia Lakka, Alexandra Lekka, Telis Gkiolmas, Vaggelis Koutalis, Ioanna Stavrou, Kostas Exarchakos, Ilias Boikos


RC36 symposium
Gothenburg, Sweden
July 10, 2010

The relationship of self and society has intrigued philosophers, psychoanalysts, and sociologists for over a century. In the early part of the last century, as economic conditions fostered alienation, malaise and despair, the neo-Marxist Frankfurt School, among the first scholars influence by both the Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts, as well as Freudian psychology, began to investigate and theorize the social psychological factors that disposed certain people to Fascism. At about the same time, in the US, scholars such as Cooley, James and above all GH Mead began to think about socialization and the formation of self. These early perspectives played a major role in the rise of symbolic interactionism.

These theories have seen a number of developments and transformations. While the work of Reich, Fromm, Adorno and Horkhiemer was groundbreaking, Marcuse, Habermas and Jessica Benjamin have added to that tradition. Surely the work of Althusser, Lacan and Foucault has added a number of other concerns and dimensions.

For the past few years, a number of scholars have gathered together before the American Sociological Association meetings to discuss the vagaries of contemporary selfhood, largely, but not exclusively from a psychoanalytical perspective. This year, given the many European and International scholars that will be attending the ISA, we decided to move our venue to Gothenburg, Sweden, and schedule our meeting the day before ISA meets. The meeting will be sponsored by RC36 Alienation Theory and Research.

We would like to invite all interested scholars to join us in what have been among the most stimulating meetings. Please send an abstract of about 200-250  words to Lauren Langman, and Lynne Chancer, Please send by April 30, 2010.

cfp: Desiring Just Economies / Just Economies of Desire

International Conference

Date: 24-26 June 2010

Location: ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry

Confirmed Speakers: Lisa Duggan, Kevin Floyd, Josephine Ho, Ratna Kapur, Desiree Lewis, Anne McClintock, Donald Morton

Deadline for abstracts: 20 January 2010


The conference seeks to explore how desire not only sustains current economies, but also carries the potential for inciting new forms of understanding and doing economy. We propose to focus on the notion of desire as a tool to explore economy’s sexual dimension as much as the economic dimension of sexuality. Drawing on Queer Theory we understand desire as historically structured by heterosexual norms, while simultaneously functioning as a structuring force itself – thus inscribing reproductive heteronormativity to subjectivity and society. Presuming that desire can be envisioned beyond heteronormative restrictions and that this bears on the idea of justice, the question arises whether the pursuit of economic and sexual justice can be made to coincide when economy is queered by desire. Rather than a realisable universal norm, the term justice is employed as a contestable term, offering possibility for debate and political practice. The conference’s twin interest lies in unpacking how sexuality is implicit in economic processes and in unfolding how economy is linked to sexuality. How do current global economic processes (including production, reproduction, consumption, circulation, speculation) constitute specific sexual identities and practices that collaborate in relations of exploitation, domination, and subjectivation? Conversely, how do ways of organizing sexuality influence economic processes?

In addition to exploring the reciprocal relation between sexuality and economy, the conference inquires into how a queer reconceptualization of desire may emerge as a destabilizing and transformative force in economic relations. One of the aims of the conference is to fashion space for imagining “other” economies or imagining economy “otherwise”, as well as for the deployment of the concept of desire in ways that allow for a reworking of social relationships and economic practices. The presumption here is that global capitalism is not a monolith; rather, there exist diverse capitalisms and diverse economies. For instance, economic practices in the fields of migration and diasporas, subcultural economies, gift and barter economies and cooperative economies do not all conform to the capitalist logics.

Within the large field of exploring other economies and their potential to unsettle global capitalism, one focus of the conference is on the connection between heteronormativity and neoliberal capitalism. How does neoliberalism mobilise desire in order to obtain compliance from individuals? What is the role of the increasing socio-cultural integration of diversified genders and sexualities? What role does homo- and trans-phobia play in contemporary economic developments? Is there a ‘necessary’ or rather ‘historical’ connection between heteronormativity and capitalism? In how far do the notions of heteronormativity and capitalism have to be problematized as eurocentric or occidentalist? In order to tackle these questions, it is necessary to engage critically with the transnational mechanisms of sexual and economic exclusion, exploitation and superexploitation. Why is the question of sexuality foreclosed from critiques of capitalism and redistributional activism? To what extent do political struggles for sexual justice in the global North inadvertently reinforce sexual injustice in the South? How can one consider the colonial, post- and neocolonial legacies and restructurings that underlie the forms of exploitation induced by the current financialization of the globe without ignoring its gendered and sexualized dimensions? How is sexual injustice in the global South instrumentalised to enable the self-constitution of the West as ‘progressive’ and thereby consolidate its hegemonic position? What is the link between justifications of economic and sexual violence?

While desire for economic justice tends to accept and perpetuate the principle of reducing all value to its pecuniary equivalent, desiring other economies can also take the form of envisaging alternate modes of recognizing value beside financial compensation. The prevalent view understands desire as being ultimately grounded in a fundamental lack, incited by a longing for recognition. According to this framework, the quest for capital, property and consumption beyond what is defined as “basic need” appears as but a particular avenue of being re-assured of one’s value and as an ultimately futile attempt to cover up lack. This raises questions like: To what extent do existing and imagined alternative economies challenge this false promise? How far do they replicate scarcity in a symbolic register and use symbolic recognition as a cheap, exploitative substitute for financial compensation? How may justice be imagined in the realm of desire to be recognized and valued? Does the value of recognition rely on unequal distribution? Can it grow indefinitely?

Substituting the concept of “desire as productivity and becoming” for the model of “desire as lack” does not provide an exit from capitalist economy either. While such a concept of plenitude and excess renounces normative restrictions and disciplinary arrangements of desire, it nonetheless risks appropriating difference to capitalist economy, celebrating it as the principle capitalist renewal. Thus, it seems essential to ask critically how specific economies deploy desire, and which concepts of desire allow for what kind of economic thinking. Moreover, the main concern of the conference is to reflect upon and, perhaps, invent queer conceptions of desire beyond the logics of both lack and excess, in order to ask what they offer in view of just economies of desire, of a desire for economic and sexual justice.


“Desiring Just Economies / Just Economies of Desire” is an international, transdisciplinary conference that welcomes a wide range of presentations, from academic papers to experimental writing, lecture performances, and visual presentations. We invite scholars, activists and artists inspired by queer and postcolonial theory to submit abstracts that relate to the questions raised above.

Abstracts (200-300 words) for fifteen-minute presentations should be submitted as an email attachment to by 20 January 2010.
Please use your surname as the document title. Abstracts should be sent in the following format: (1) Title (2) Presenter(s) (3) Institutional affiliation / Field of Activity (4) Country (5) Email (6) Abstract.


Nikita Dhawan
Frankfurt Research Center for Postcolonial Studies (FRCPS)
Excellence Cluster “Formation of Normative Orders” Goethe-University Frankfurt

Antke Engel
Institute for Queer Theory, Berlin/Hamburg

Christoph Holzhey
ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry

Volker Woltersdorff
SFB “Cultures of the Performative”, FU Berlin

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Critical Disability Studies Conference: ‘Theorizing Normalcy and the Mundane’,

12th & 13th May 2010, 10-4pm each day.

This is a free conference co-hosted by University of Chester; Manchester Metropolitan University and Sheffield Hallam University.

Venue: John Dalton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University. Lecture room 5. Venue:

This two day conference brings together an international group of disability studies researchers. This call for papers seeks contributions around the following areas:

Understanding normal and normalcy;

Making sense of and challenging ableism;

Addressing our obsession with reason and rationality;

Questioning the push to make children hyper-normal;

Exploring when normal becomes normalised;

Examining the ways in which normalcy and ableism function on the level of the everyday/mundane; and Bringing together ideas from the human and social sciences and humanities.

Key Note speakers will include Professors Rod Michalko and Tanya Titchkosky (both University of Toronto).

Deadline for paper abstracts – January 31st 2010. Deadline for attendance – March 31st 2010. Abstract and attendance email Dan Goodley:

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cfp: Marxism & Psychology 2010

Call For Papers: Marxism and Psychology Conference
The University of Prince Edward Island
August 5-7, 2010
Submission Deadline: January 15, 2010
In the history of social thought, it is difficult to find a more divisive figure than Karl Marx. For many, the mere mention of his name conjures up images of totalitarian regimes dominating nearly every aspect of an individual’s existence. Yet for others, Marx’s critique of the capitalist mode of production draws attention to the fact that our beliefs, thoughts, and desires inevitably emerge against the background of specific cultural, historical, and social practices.
The purpose of this conference is to bring students, scholars, and activists together to discuss exciting issues at the intersection of Marxism and Psychology. While it is clear that a number of organizations are making important contributions to this area of study, we believe that the time is right to open up a space for students, scholars, and activists from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds to reflect on the role that Marxism can play in psychological theory, research, and practice.
In bringing together scholars at the forefront of research in Marxism and Psychology, we also hope to give new students and activists an opportunity to interact with individuals who have made significant contributions within this area. By organizing an impressive collection of plenary participants, we hope to foster an environment where students, activists, and scholars can identify potential graduate advisors, research assistants, and participatory investigators. This year, confirmed plenary participants include:
John Cromby
Raquel Guzzo
Lois Holzman
Gordana Jovanovic
Joel Kovel
Athanasios Marvakis
Morten Nissen
Ian Parker
Carl Ratner
Hans Skott-Myhre
Thomas Teo
Biographical information for the plenary participants can be found on the conference website.
We welcome submissions for individual papers and panel sessions. For individual papers, please submit an abstract (150-200 words) no later than January 15, 2010. For panel submissions, please include an abstract (150-200 words) for each paper as well as a brief description of the panel (150-200 words). Please submit all materials to Abstracts should either be in the body of the email or sent as an attachment (DOC or PDF format).
While the conference poster is available at the conference website, we also have color posters that need to be distributed widely. If you are interested in receiving some posters, please send us an email ( with your mailing address.