CALL FOR ABSTRACTS AND PANELS
Thirty Years of Capitalist Transformations in Central and Eastern Europe:
Inequalities and Social Resistance
Conference Dates: 3 - 5 April 2020
Venue: Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Deadline for abstract submission: 1st of February 2020
Dorothee Bohle (European University Institute, Florence)
Jonathan Hopkin (London School of Economics)
Costas Lapavitsas (SOAS University of London)
- the limitations and external enablers of current varieties of capitalism and growth models
- state-finance relations, with an emphasis on central banking, dependent financial systems and emergence of financial nationalism
- the modes of insertion of local capitalist firms into the global economy, with an emphasis on their impact on solidarity, unionism and capacity to break out of semi-peripheral dependency
- the social, health, educational and tax policies that shaped living conditions, inequalities and class dynamics in the region
- the new world of capitalist work relations, with a focus on industrial relations and labor market institutions
- uneven urban development and subordinated financialization of housing in the semi-peripheries
- racialized inequalities in CEE at the intersection of precarious living and racialized labor
- the uneven record of forms of mass resistance to the dislocations produced by the market economy and advancing market society
- the emergence of specific theoretical and political engagements with the capitalist transformations in the region
- the emergence of neoliberal subjectivities and the way CEE societies have learned to adapt to capitalism through a variety of spiritual and personal development programs;
- the impact of the region’s capitalisms on gender relations and on domestic and emotional labor;
- the politics of the “demographic question” at the crossroads between migration and the revival of conservative family policies
- the way media, literature and visual arts discourse normalize right wing ideologies that criminalize and degrade the poor and the generic “other” (ethnic or cultural minorities) in order to justify ever more radical neoliberal policies that advance the market society
- European institutions in the context of global capitalism and the discourse on social rights
- public policies aiming at generating social inclusion and solidarity in CEE countries
Abstract & Panel Proposals Submissions
Abstract / presentation proposals should be sent via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than the 1st of February 2020. They should address any of the issues listed above, laying the focus on the region of Central and Eastern Europe and/or specific countries from the region. We are open as well to the possibility for submitting proposals for panels and round-table discussions.
● Abstracts/ presentation proposals should consist of a description of cc. 400 words that presents the theoretical approach, methods, empirical research, and tentative conclusions.
● Panel proposals should include between three and five prospective presenters, and their abstracts should be sent together with a brief description of the purpose and the relevancy of the panel to the main themes of the conference in cc. 250 words. Each panel ought to have at least two conveners from different institutions.
● Book symposium/ round table proposals should explain the relevance of the book/ topic addressed in the round table discussion in cc. 400 words and present the speakers, preferably from different institutions.
Submissions will be evaluated by the scientific committee of the conference. Accepted abstracts proposals will be clustered together in panels. The submission of full papers and their dissemination to conference participants is optional for the authors.
Registration fee: 10 Euros; the fee will cover for the coffee breaks and drinks during the conference. PhD students with accepted abstracts proposals are exempted from paying the registration fee.
Venue: The conference will take place in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Cluj is a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural city from Transylvania. It is one of the most developed economic and commercial centers in Romania with booming IT, financial and communication industries. It is also a strongly gentrified city with deep social inequalities and racialized peripheries. The city is well connected to the main cities of Europe through railway and an international airport that also operates low-costs flights. The Organizing Committee will provide assistance and suggestions to all participants for affordable hotels and hostels during the conference. We look forward to welcoming you in Transylvania!
Scientific Committee: Daniela Gabor (UWE Bristol, UK), Cornel Ban (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark), Manuela Boatcă (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany), Veronica Lazăr (Institute for Social Solidarity, Romania), Enikő Vincze (Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania), Valer Cosma (The County Museum of History and Art Zalău, Romania), Gabriel Bădescu (Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania), Cristina Raț (Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania), Dragoș Adăscăliței (Sheffield University Management School, UK), Gabriel Troc (Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania), Camil Ungureanu (Pompeu Fabra University, Spain)
Organizing Committe: Maria Cernat (Institute for Social Solidarity), Mihai Vasile (Institute for Social Solidarity), Camil Pârvu (Institute for Social Solidarity), Sorin Gog (Institute for Social Solidarity), Ciprian Bogdan (Institute for Social Solidarity), Valentina Dimulescu (Institute for Social Solidarity), Andrei Herța (Institute for Social Solidarity)
For any inquires please contact:
Sorin Gog (Institute for Social Solidarity and Babeș-Bolyai University), e-mail: email@example.com