Thursday, January 31, 2013

CFP: Global Capitalism in Asia & Oceania.

I am a co-organizer for this forthcoming conference at Griffith University in Brisbane Australia. Please see the CFP below.  This is the 3rd biennial conference of the network for critical studies of global capitalism (NCSGC).

Outside of Asia, much is made of ‘the Asian Century’, the ‘rise of Asia’, the economic potential of Asian markets, regional trade agreements with Asia, and building ‘Asia- relevant’ capabilities to support all these. Such instrumental views are shaping the ideological landscape of many parts of the ‘West’.
For those from within and outside Asia who are interested in critical studies of global capitalism other topics are much more pressing. These include the different models and manifestations of global capitalism that are being adopted across Asia, as well as the links between such models and ongoing political developments in the region.
Questions arise about the implications of newly energized “Asian capitalism” for current economic and social relationships— about current forms of economic division and exploitation, increasing social polarization and state based authoritarianism. Related questions also come up about oppositional activist practices that are arising and contemporary modes of policing such dissent.
The purpose of this conference is to focus critical studies of global capitalism on Asia, Australia, and the Oceania region, to provide opportunities for interested scholars and activists to explore related issues.
  • The transnational capitalist class in Asia, Australia, and Oceania.
  • The so-called Asian century; potential winners and losers.
  • Diverse forms of neo-liberalism in Asia.
  • Transnational capital and the state.
  • State repression and militarisation.
  • Financialisation and tax havens.
  • The political economies of international education
  • Global corporate networks intersecting with Asia and Australia.
  • Capitalism, class and power relations in these regions.
  • Workers in the Asia and global assembly lines.
  • Social and political movements, protest and activisms.ops Topics that we invite abstract/paper submissions for:
Submit Abstracts to: Jerry Harris, or Anthony van Fossen,
(after 30th April) Final deadline 30th May, 2013
Submit Papers to: Jane Kenway, Deadline 30th May
Papers: Circulated with workshop group
Aim: Publication
Registration Online - Costs: $250 waged and $125 unwaged and students.
Sponsors: Griffith University’s Centre for Work, Organisation and Well Being;
School of Humanities; and Arts, Education & Law Group.
Venue: Ship Inn, Griffith University, South Bank, Brisbane, Australia
Accommodation: South Bank hotels
Conference Info: http//
Conference Organizing Committee: William I. Robinson, Jeb Sprague,
(Univ. California Santa Barbara), Jason Struna (Univ. Calif. Riverside),
Jerry Harris (DeVry University), Leslie Sklair (LSE), William K. Carroll (University of Victoria) Jane Kenway (Monash University), Anthony van Fossen, David Peetz & Georgina Murray (Griffith University) 

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