9th Annual Conference in Political Economy

Call for Papers and Activist Proposals

pdf version

Pula, Croatia, 2018
Call for Papers and Activist Proposals
Theme: The State of Capitalism and the State of Political Economy
Date and Place: September 12-14, 2018, University of Pula

IIPPE calls for general submissions for the Conference, and particularly welcomes those on its core themes the state of capitalism and the state of political economy, which will be the focus for the plenary sessions. Proposals for presentations will, however, be considered on all aspects of political economy. New participants committed to political economy, interdisciplinarity, history of political and economic thought, critique of mainstream politics and economics, and/or their application to policy analysis and activism are encouraged to submit an abstract.

Submissions may be made as (a) proposals for individual papers (which IIPPE will group into panels), (b) proposals for panels, (c) proposals for streams of panels, or (d) proposals on activism. To submit a proposal, please go to the following Electronic Proposal Form (EPF) and carefully follow the instructions.

Submit Your Proposal (EPF)

The deadline for proposals is March 15, 2018.

The Conference Committee is extending the long-announced deadline for submitting proposals of March 15 for 3 days, to midnight Sunday March 18, to give everyone who has fallen “just a little behind” one more weekend to submit their proposal.

There has been an important strike in parts of academia in the UK. We are proud to say that many of our comrades are involved in this action. Any striker submitting a proposal by midnight, Thursday March 22, will have their proposals entered into the proposal data bank and sent to the Working Group coordinators for evaluation.

All other deadline dates are included on the Electronic Proposal Form. For the last conference in Berlin we had more than 450 registered presenters. Due to the high number of participants, we cannot be flexible on the deadlines.

We look forward to an outstanding conference in Pula.

The Conference Organising Committee,

Alfredo Saad Filho, Johnna Montgomerie, Niels Hahn, Ourania Dimakou


  • [CFP] Conference 2018 – Agrarian Change and Social Reproduction Working Groups - The Agrarian Change and Social Reproduction Working Groups invite you to submit proposals for individual papers, themed panels or streams of panels related to our lines of inquiry. These may include theoretical and empirical contributions that focus primarily on the deployment of a social reproduction lens to consider agrarian questions.
  • [CFP] Conference 2018 – Agrarian Change Working Group - The agrarian change working group invites you to submit proposals for individual papers, thematic panels or streams of panels. While papers, panels and streams may focus on theoretical and empirical contributions, both historical and contemporary, for any part of the world, we are especially interested in empirically-grounded interventions in contemporary struggles and debates.
  • [CFP] Conference 2018 – Africa Working Group - The Africa Working Group aims at promoting intellectual and practical exchange between scholars and activists of African political economy, and those in other IIPPE working groups. It regularly contributes to the IIPPE annual conference to bring together activists and scholars of Africa who share an interest in radical approaches to political economy, acknowledging the power dynamics in capitalism and often with a critical Marxist perspective.
  • [CFP] Conference 2018 – Political Economy of Work and Social Reproduction Working Groups - The Political Economy of Work and Social Reproduction Working Groups invite you to submit proposals for individual papers, themed panels or streams of panels related to our lines of inquiry. These may include theoretical and empirical contributions that focus primarily on the relationship between work and social reproduction. Previous IIPPE conferences have highlighted the clear overlaps and synergies in many contributions on the Political Economy of Work and on Social Reproduction. Our aim at the Pula conference is therefore to deepen and strengthen such synergies.
  • [CFP] Conference 2018 – Social Reproduction and Teaching Political Economy Working Groups - The Social Reproduction and Teaching Political Economy Working Groups invite proposals for individual papers or panels in a joint stream. Teaching on gender and social reproduction is central to heterodox and pluralist approaches to economics and political economy. However, the integration of perspectives on gender and social reproduction across various political economy modules is scattered and diverse. It might reflect the bounded legitimacy granted to the fields feminist economics and feminist/Marxist political economy by their broader disciplines of reference: they are recognised as self-contained sub-branches but key insights are seldom integrated in general and foundational modules in economics and political economy. In economics, gender might appear as an add-on, deprived of its conceptualisation as one type of power relations.
  • [CFP] Conference 2018 – Political Economy of China’s Development Working Group - The legitimacy and interest in state planning are likely to revive in many countries over the coming decades, where central state planning will regulate and direct the economic productive forces, to the contrary of the neoliberal doctrines. The China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and China Development Bank may pose direct challenges to the policies and practices of the World Bank and the IMF and provide resources for an alternative development model, especially in terms of industrialisation in Africa, Asia and South America.
  • [CFP] Conference 2018 – Political Economy and Religions Working Group - Basically, we try to give an answer to the following questions: what are the religious roots, considered as the basis of the economic conception and of the capitalism of its logic and of its history? What are the reasons of the abandon of values and of the religious elements made by economy started from the middle of the XIX century, after the sunset of the civil-religious economy of the European enlightenment reformism? What are the proposals, the suggestions and the directions that the religions can give to the global capitalistic economy with their thoughts and politics, in a period of constant religious growth and where the structural crisis of the capitalism and the disparity among social classes, people and Nations increases?
  • [CFP] Conference 2018 – Political Economy of Health and Healthcare Working Group - The IIPPE Political Economy of Health and Healthcare Working Group, in collaboration with both the International Health and Political Economy of Health Research Group (ihpeh – QMUL/UK) and the Health, State and Contemporary Capitalism Research Group (University of Sao Paulo/Brazil) calls for abstract submissions in the areas of: Political Economy of Health and Contemporary Capitalism; National States and Health; Health Systems, Health Inequalities,  International Health. Our intention is to establish at least one discussion panel at the IIPPE Annual Conference around Political Economy and Health.
  • Conference 2018 – Call for Documentary/Activist Films and Video Art Projects - Documentary filmmakers and video artists are invited to submit work of around 20 - 90 minutes duration, to be screened followed by a discussion. Films which do not have English as their main language must have English subtitles. Work will be screened as a digital video file, and the artist/creator of the work or a representative with significant involvement in research or production must be present for the discussion session.
  • [CFP] Conference 2018 – World Economy Working Group - At this year’s IIPPE Conference, we wish to continue the debates on the world economy that we started last year in Berlin. We invite scholars with theoretical, regional, local and beyond expertise on peripheral, semi-peripheral and core countries who see the connections between the forces of capitalist imperialism and the multivariate spaces and places it exploits, as well as those of labour and social movements internationally.
  • [CFP] Conference 2018 – Urban and Regional PE Working Group - The Urban and Regional Working Group of the IIPPE calls for submission of abstracts for a stream on Urban and Regional Political Economy at the IIPPE Conference, Pula, September 2018, following the successful streams at IIPPE conferences since 2010. We seek papers on any aspect of the political economy of localities and regions (sub-national territories), both rural and urban, and both Majority and Minority Worlds. Papers may be either purely theoretical or theorised empirically-based studies. We seek papers both on processes/ relations within localities and regions and on processes/ relations linking these scales to national and international scales.
  • [CFP] Conference 2018 – Neoliberalism Working Group - As a way to dissect and understand processes within contemporary capitalism, the subject of neoliberalism continues to preoccupy many researchers within the field of political economy. Under the Neoliberalism Working Group for the IIPPE Annual Conference of 2018, this call for papers seeks contributions which examine the multiple dimensions of neoliberal theory and practice.
  • [CFP] Conference 2018 – History of Economic Thought, Economic Methodology and Critique of the Mainstream Working Group - Orthodox economic theory has been critically exposed following the 2008 world economic and financial crisis. A decade later, in terms of mainstream research and teaching, how much has changed? This is one of the basic questions to be explored in this year’s IIPPE Conference. The general mainstream response to the crisis has been that there is nothing wrong with its approach in general (through formal model building) only that better models with fuller and more relevant considerations need to be brought to bear, including greater attention to interdisciplinarity (aka economics imperialism), the role of finance, and less rigid behaviouralism (utility maximisation plus). In light of such developments, a major task is to assess critically the new orthodox heterodoxies, and how much they genuinely differ from neoclassical economics as well as how much they engage with, rather than contain or even dismiss, more radical alternatives across methodology, interdisciplinarity, theory and conceptualisation. Another task is how to promote a more deep-rooted political economy in teaching and research in the wake of the crisis and the mainstream responses to it.
  • [CFP] Conference 2018 – Financialisation Working Group - This call invites papers and panel submissions that seek to analyse changes in the financial system and in its relation to the overall economy in the past decades, how this period differs from the past, and how recent developments inform our understanding of finance
  • [CFP] Conference 2018 – Poverty Working Group - The Poverty Working Group encourages contributions which shed light on critical theoretical approach of poverty and social needs. We are particularly interested in contributions that link theory to practice where there is an analysis of resistance and political mobilization around poverty highlighting strengths and weaknesses.
  • [CFP] Conference 2018 – Social Capital Working Group - We invite proposals for papers to be presented in the Social Capital Working Group’s panels at the 9th International Conference in Political Economy, that examine the potential of social capital to restore democracy by cultivating norms and networks of citizen involvement and public participation. Many studies have pointed to the critical role of social capital in creating values and institutions of democracy and social welfare, by appealing to the work of Tocqueville, Dewey and Putnam. Yet some argue that the prevalence of particularised interests and powerful economic and political elites may foster hierarchical relations, clientelism and corruption and thus and welfare. These are hypotheses that need to be further theorised and empirically tested in order to uncover hinder broader participation, development the relationship between social capital and democracy.
  • [CFP] Conference 2018 – Africa and Social Reproduction Working Groups - The Africa and Social Reproduction Working Groups invite proposals for individual papers or panels in a joint stream. Political economy research in Africa and elsewhere predominantly takes labour absorption or job creation as factors of growth and development with inadequate consideration of the gender and class dynamics of production and reproduction. In ‘emerging’ African countries, it is often assumed that economic transformation necessitates, as a stage of capitalist development, a developmental state that restricts democratic rights of workers. In the more impoverished regions, migration patterns and agrarian economies are sustained in dependent forms, while they also experience shifting gender and class relations as capital is reconfigured and financialised and the labour crisis of neoliberalism deepens.