2024 IIPPE Annual Conference

14th Annual Conference in Political Economy

The Changing World Economy, and Today’s Imperialism

September 4-7, 2024

Istanbul Bilgi University, Santral Campus, Türkiye


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Call for Papers and Activist Proposals

While the capitalist world economy has always been in a process of continuous change, it is now undergoing many large and rapid changes similar in scope to the process of the birth of neoliberalism almost half a century ago. This is strikingly manifested in the de facto abandonment of two very influential, albeit far from ever universally applied, pillars of neoliberal ideology: “free markets” and a “minimalist state”.  They are being openly rejected by governments throughout the Global North in favour of advocating and implementing both greatly increased protectionism, and greatly increased direction of the economy (in the interests of capital) by the state.

At least two major developments are important drivers of this change. The first is the new technologies that promise capitalists huge profits, thereby motivating huge investments, which have the potential to dramatically alter both capitalism’s labor and accumulation processes. Three of the most important of these technological changes that have been unfolding at an exponentially accelerating rate over the last decade are the human biological technologies, artificial intelligence, and the pressingly essential non-carbon renewable energy technologies.

The second major development has been unfolding for at least the last 40 or 50 years, the changed relation between the developed Global North and the less developed Global South as parts of the global capitalist system. It is widely accepted by advocates of a better world that value still flows out of the Global South to support the higher standards of living in the Global North. The way imperialism extracts this value, however, is clearly very different from that indicated in the classical radical theories of imperialism which were developed a hundred years ago. Dependency Theories and World System Theories, developed in the 1970s and 1980s, then greatly enriched the classical theories with insights from the very different post WWII capitalist world system. But the relative “decline of the North and the rise of the South” over the last 50 years, including in particular the rise of “the Asian economies” over the last few decades, has put the issue of the nature and role of Imperialism in today’s world economy back on radical political economy’s research agenda of “urgent issues”.

IIPPE calls for submissions to its 2024 Annual Conference. Presentations on all aspects of political economy are welcome. New participants committed to political economy, interdisciplinarity, history of economic thought, pluralism in economic and social thinking, and/or their application to policy analysis and activism are strongly encouraged to submit an abstract.

Submission Instructions

1) General Information:

All proposals must be submitted through Whova (our conference platform), and either to a specific Working Group or to the Committee on Activism. If your proposal does not fit into any of these groups, select the “Programme Committee” option. You can find more information on our working groups at: http://iippe.org/working-groups/. The working groups make the primary decisions on Panel structures and content.

You can submit ONE of the following type of proposals:

  1. proposal for an individual paper,
  2. proposal for a panel or a stream of related panels,
  3. activist proposal, documentary film, art project, etc.

An individual can only offer one submission whether book discussion, roundtable, or a co-presentation. Please do not submit two proposals from one person. It is, however, allowed to submit an activist proposal in addition to any of the other forms of proposals.

In past years we have had a three-day conference with a single workshop the day before for those that wanted to attend that topic. Starting this year we will have a four day conference where the first day September 4 will be a number of all-day workshops that one can chose between, while all the panels and plenaries will as in the past be on the last three days September 5 – 7. We encourage everyone to come for the full four days since the workshops are a chance to address some issue in greater depth than any paper or panel can, but of course if you are not interested in the investigated topics you will come for only the three days of panels and plenaries.

2) How to submit your proposal:

a. Proposal for an individual paper:

You can submit your proposal filling the required information in the following link:

Submit proposals here

The submission of proposals takes the form of issuing a ‘ticket’. On the first page it is necessary to change the quantity of ticket to 1 and then click ‘next’ to proceed. On the second page, fill in the required information and submit your abstract/proposal. You will receive a confirmation email as soon as completed.

b. Proposal for a Panel or Stream of related Panels:

After submitting your individual paper proposal, please send an email to the Coordinator of the Working Group where you would like to run your proposed panel or stream of paenls. You can find the names and emails of those coordinators here: http://iippe.org/working-groups/. For submission of proposed panels to the Committee on Activism contact (committeeonactivism@gmail.com), and for the Programme Committee contact Ourania Dimakou (conference@iippe.org). Include in your email to the coordinator all relevant information for the proposed panel or stream of panels (panel title(s), the titles of all papers in each panel, name of the presenter of each paper being proposed).

Recall that after your email proposal for a panel or stream has been sent to the Working Group Coordinator, you must ensure that each person who is listed to present a paper in the proposed panel (or stream of panels) has made an individual submission as in point 2) a. It is very important that you follow up with each presenter within a week to make sure they have made their individual submissions. Otherwise, the panel or stream of panels may not be able to be considered.

c. Activist Proposal, documentary films, art projects, etc.

When proposing in the proposal portal select the category “Committee on Activism” and fill in the rest of this form. Make it clear in the field “Short abstract of your paper/proposal” what exactly you are submitting, e.g. a proposal for film screening, visual art project, round table discussion, and/or panel, etc. Whenever possible, add a link to your website or project. For more information contact (committeeonactivism@gmail.com).

3) Co-authored Papers

In case several co-authors will jointly present a single paper, they will share a single time slot on a given panel. Each co-presenter must submit the same proposal title and abstract individually to the Whova platform. Again, do not put two people’s names into the same name field. Also, the conference programme will list only presenters, not co-authors who do not present.

4) Confirmation of Submission

After completing your submission, you will receive a confirmation email with regards to the successful submission of your proposal. If you do not receive an automatic email within a day, please email conference@iippe.org

5) Review Process

All proposals will be reviewed by the Working Group Coordinator(s) it was submitted to. About one month after the final proposal submission deadline you will receive notification if your proposal has been accepted or not. If it is accepted, you will receive an email with more information about the conference and the registration procedure.

6) Membership Fees, Conference Fees, and Registration:

All presenters must be members of IIPPE.  Annual membership fees are:

  • students, unwaged and retired €15.
  • All others, including all who get reduced Activist fees, €30.

Membership fee and conference fees must be paid together at the point when registering for the conference.

Conference fees includes lunches and coffee breaks during the three days of academic and activist panels, and the social mixers for full-fee participants and students, unwaged, or retired, but not for the almost zero registration fee for activist and auditors, unless they select the option that adds it.

Conference fees:

  • Presenters who are students, unwaged, or retired €90.00 (Conference fee €75; membership €15)
  • All other presenters without institutional support, except Activists €210.00 (Conference fee €180; membership €30)
  • All other presenters with institutional support, except Activists         €250.00 (Conference fee €220; membership €30)
  • Activists & auditors NOT joining the two social mixers                       €40.00 (Conference fee €10; membership €30)
  • Activists & auditors joining two social mixers                                     €70.00 (Conference fee €10; membership €30; two social mixers €30)
  • Guest to the two social mixers                                                             €30.00 

Activists and auditors pay minimal conference fees of €10 but must pay the membership fee of €30. They can also join the lunches and the two end-of-day social receptions at the conference for an additional €30.

7) Refund policy

As IIPPE absorbs the registration and processing fees, we are unable to give full refunds. In addition, withdrawal leads to additional workload and cost for the Conference Committee. Taking these costs into account, we offer to refund the follow proportions of the fees according to the notification date:

Notification of withdrawal before 30 June 2024: 70% of fees to be refunded; 

Until 1 August 2024: 40% of the fees to be refunded. 

After 1 August 2024: no refund. 

If you wish to withdraw from IIPPE 2024 and to request a refund of registration fees, please email conference@iippe.org

8) Key dates and deadlines

The proposal submission platform is now open and will close on Sunday night, February 18, 2024.

Successful submissions will be confirmed by three weeks after the close of the proposal window, Sunday night, March 10.

The deadline for registration will be indicated after and with the notification of acceptance of proposals, and be posted with the opening of the registration portal, and is excepted to be about April 21.

The preliminary programme will be available to view on the Whova conference platform from about 1 July, 2024.