[CFP] Conference 2018 – Neoliberalism Working Group

Annual Conference on
International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy (IIPPE)

IIPPE Neoliberalism Working Group Call for Abstracts

Date and Place: September 12-14, 2018 University of Pula, Croatia

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. To animate fresh thinking on the meaning and practice of neoliberalism, we particularly seek papers which engage with four major enquiries:

  1. Central empirical themes: We seek to engage with a range of enduring topics of relevance connected to neoliberalisation, including the role of finance; new relations of trade, production, and consumption; how statehood has been reconfigured in particular settings; and tendencies towards political authoritarianism and forms of populism.
  2. Crises and forms of resilience: Through these dialogues, the cluster also aims to develop a better appreciation for not only the multiple crises churning through the turbulent waters of neoliberalism, but also the capacity of the system to manage, deflect, and subdue its complex problems.
  3. Conceptual analysis: At a conceptual level, what are the analytical strengths and weaknesses of neoliberalism as a term for modern capitalism, particularly given recent critiques of the notion? In what ways can theories, models, and traditions within political economy be utilised to reveal underexplored aspects of neoliberal restructuring?
  4. Resistance and revolt: Given the socio-economic and political eruptions against policies associated with neoliberalism, how can we better explain and account for both new and old forms of resistance? To what extent are we looking into a future beyond neoliberalism or, by contrast, a new reformed set of existing relations?

Submissions may be made as: (a) proposals for individual papers, or (b) proposals for panels. Abstracts should be a maximum of 1,200 characters. To submit a proposal, please go the conference website and follow the instructions: http://iippe.org/.

The deadline for proposals is: March 15, 2018.

For enquiries under this call for papers, please contact both:

Matthew Eagleton-Pierce, SOAS University of London

Feyzi Ismail, SOAS University of London

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