Call for Papers IIPPE Agrarian Change Working Group

Call for Papers IIPPE Agrarian Change Working Group


The Sixth Annual Conference in Political Economy

9 – 11 September 2015

University of Leeds, UK

The International Initiative of Promotion of Political Economy (IIPPE) is preparing to hold its 6th Annual Conference in Political Economy. The conference aims at fostering a reflection on positive alternatives to the mainstream by examining political economy from the complementary angles of pluralism, interdisciplinarity and activism, and will be held at the University of Leeds, UK, from 9 to 11 September 2015.

The IIPPE Agrarian Change working group brings together critical research on agrarian political economy that seeks to show up the limitations of mainstream thought and develop visions of progressive alternatives. The Agrarian Change working group will coordinate panels examining the interlocking crises in agrarian systems of production and distribution across the globe and exploring ways in which these can be overcome. We therefore invite researchers, practitioners and activists to submit proposals for individual papers or complete panel to the working group for consideration for the 6th International Conference in Political Economy. In accordance with the general call for papers, contributions could include, but are not limited to, the following themes:

  • Class formation, class struggle, power and inequality in agrarian systems
  • International trade in agricultural commodities and global commodity chains
  • Certification systems for agricultural production and their impacts
  • Rethinking the relationship between agriculture and nutrition: investigating the production of affliction
  • The development of agrarian capitalism(s)
  • Agrarian questions past and present
  • The political economy of land use and land acquisition
  • Social relations of production, labour mobilisation, and labour struggles
  • Social movements, agrarian resistance and anti-capitalism
  • Political ecology, resources and environmental conflict

We would particularly like to encourage the submission of panel proposals (consisting of two to four presentations). Panels, which collectively present the work of institutions or other academic groups, provide an excellent opportunity to showcase work in a greater depth than is possible in single presentations. It is further hoped that the conference will provide an opportunity to deepen links between groups working on agrarian issues from a critical perspective.

Abstracts of individual papers (max. 500 words) or panel proposals (max. 500 words plus abstracts of the individual papers) should be submitted to by 22 April 2015. Any proposals that cannot be considered for inclusions in the Agrarian Change stream will be forwarded to the conference organisers for consideration in the general conference programme.