[CFP] Conference 2019 – Agrarian Change Working Group

This year’s IIPPE Annual Political Economy Conference will be a joint conference with the French Association for Political Economy/ L’Association Française d’Économie Politique (AFEP), with the participation of the Association for the Development of Keynesian Studies (ADEK), the Association for Heterodox Economics (AHE) and the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE).

The Agrarian Change Working Group invites 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, both historical and contemporary, for any part of the world. We are especially interested in empirically-grounded interventions in contemporary struggles and debates. In this spirit we welcome contributions on the following themes:

  • The role of the state in processes of globalisation of agriculture and food, agrarian and agricultural policies of developing countries
  • Power and inequality in agrarian systems, social differentiation, accumulation from below and above, class formation
  • Labour and social mobilisation, class struggles in the countryside
  • Rural social movements and transnational agrarian movements, alternative networks and politics (food sovereignty, peasant autonomy, etc.)
  • Theoretical discussions on the nature and relevance (or not) of peasant farming and politics in the context of globalisation and recent struggles from below
  • The contested production of food, control over food, food production systems
  • Private-led quality standards, certification, social and sustainability standards,
  • Vertical integration within commodity chains and implications for the creation and appropriation of value, emerging forms of organising production and pricing,
  • Capital upstream and downstream from agriculture, market integration, the financialisation of agriculture.
  • Moving out of agriculture? Labour and migration, remittances and agriculture, social protection and employment schemes, informality and rural livelihoods.
  • Land reform, land restitution and redistribution, unpacking community and customary structures
  • Conflicts over land, land grabs and large-scale land acquisition, the development of flex-crops and agrofuels.
  • Inequalities and gender, generational, caste and race politics in agrarian formations

We encourage the submission of panel proposals (consisting of up to four presentations) as an opportunity to showcase the work of study groups in greater depth than is possible in single presentations. We particularly encourage the submission of papers and panels that engage in comparatives studies, either cross-national within a region, cross-regional, or different national cases through a global commodity chain or a policy.

If you are proposing a panel, all papers need to be submitted individually as above. In addition, please send an email indicating what papers (with their authors) you would like to be grouped into a panel (give title). This should go to Ourania Dimakou (od1@soas.ac.uk) on the Conference Committee, and please copy in the Agrarian Change working group coordinators Jens Lerche (jl2@soas.ac.uk) and Leandro Vergara-Camus (lv6@soas.ac.uk).

To submit to this joint call please select the Agrarian Change Working Group. For queries, suggestions and additional information contact Jens Lerche (jl2@soas.ac.uk).

Also note the joint call for papers by the Agrarian Change and Social Reproduction Working Groups: http://iippe.org/cfp-conference-2019-agrarian-change-and-social-reproduction-working-groups-joint-call-for-papers/ The submission deadline is 15 January 2019. All other deadline dates are stated in the Electronic Proposal Form instructions.

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