Call for papers

Center for Critical Perspectives on Politics, Economy and Culture

The current invitation consists of two calls: one for presenting work in the form of papers or short presentations and an invitation to participate in a workshop regarding the formation of an academic and practitioners’ network that aims to develop interdisciplinary projects in politics, economy and culture.

2018 – 1st Annual Conference 

Call for papers

30 August – 2 September 2018

European University, Cyprus

Whilst the crisis of the current neoliberal accumulation regime is still underway, the rejection of this type of capitalist development by political parties, trade unions and social movements alike have yet to produce viable alternatives. Institutional restructuring has shifted focus on including informal or other forms of economic exchange in the sphere of circulation of capital. Concepts such as “social”, “sharing”, “collaborative” or “circular” economy are used to describe this process where politics, economy and culture are blend to minimize costs on one hand and exhaust critical inquiry into entrepreneurial channels. For example, “social economy” includes an intermix of large corporations, cooperatives, foundations associations, local authorities, governmental organisations and new forms of legal entities approaching social issues with an entrepreneurial attitude. But despite the cultural and political mix in these new structural changes, one way of making sense of change is to understand in light of the flow of capital. Despite the strange and unwinding behaviour of capital, it seems of outmost importance to consider all the different forms in which capitalist restructuring strikes which can complete the puzzle on the variety of experiences the world of capital effectively influences everyday life. The entanglement of culture and politics of everyday life within changes in the capitalist regime of accumulation add complexity in understanding responses to a changing paradigm.

The world of labour is changing allowing emergent cultural and political transformations. The proliferation of technology monopolies, the increasing digitisation of the economy and platformisation of services as well as the emergence of new models encapsulating social aspects into branding present new challenges. In the cultural landscape, Hackerspaces, Makerspaces and Fab Labs are increasingly considered as new forms of organising in communities pursuing local goals, either as resistance or in accordance to gentrification projects within cities. Whilst the attack of capital on the post-war welfare state continues, social entrepreneurship for example, (organisations that seek to profit through the solution of problems otherwise taken care by welfare states) is a new phenomenon, having political proponents from both the political left and right wing. As such, it seems that established lines between left and right are increasingly blurred, whilst the established political parties are undergoing through a crisis of legitimisation, alongside the political system as a whole.

Traditional political parties and trade Unions particularly of the Left have been caught in the midst of a fast changing landscape. On the one hand, the changing work environment with integrated new digital tools and ways of producing and on the other, monopoly power and imperialist wars have aggravated problems that require pressing and viable solutions. Social movements have been more prone to provide flexible short-term quasi solutions to fractured aspects, but have been unable yet to provide or present themselves as viable solutions. The inability of both traditional political parties, trade unions and social movements to articulate viable alternative paths have provided room for the formation of organisations and new parties which aim to combine characteristics of all of the above. More specifically, the radical left and the far right have made attempts in reconfiguring political culture.

What has changed and what has remained the same? How have corporations, governments, political parties, social movements and civil society organisations responded to these changes? The conference invites both academic and practitioner contributions to explore how capitalism (production and reproduction) and the political landscape changed over the years, especially as it relates with changes culminated by the economic crisis, war and the introduction of digitisation in the 21st century.

The Center for Critical Perspectives on Politics, Economy and Culture invites abstracts for papers which interrogate and explain the above developments.

Topics may include:

Technology and Work in contemporary capitalism

Cultural appropriation of social movement struggles

The political economy of technology

Political parties, organisation and class struggle

Attitudes towards the new industrial revolution

Social movement theories

Alternative organisations in history and today

Ideological state apparatuses in the age of digital economy

Media, communication and cultural attitudes to economic crisis

Precarious work and resistance

The new war economies

Sharing and collaborative economies: possibilities and challenges

Timeline

Abstracts (up to 300 words) and brief author CV to be sent to the Organizing Committee by 10 July 2018 (extended to 20 July). All successful applicants will be informed by 15 July (extended to 25 July) and the conference programme will be announced on 28 July.

Venue

European University Cyprus

Costs

There are no participation fees and the conference will be open to all. However, as the group has not yet gained any official status there is no funding available regarding travelling to and accommodation in Cyprus. We will provide all participants with options for the lowest possible rates in nearby hotels and other places.

Organising Committee

Dr. Yiannos Katsourides (katsouridesy@yahoo.com) University of Cyprus

Dr. Leandros Savvides (lea.savvides@gmail.com) University of Leicester

Costas Christodoulides (c.christodoulides@alexander.ac.cy) Alexander College

Dr. Marco Checchi (marco.checchi@dmu.ac.uk) De Montfort University