Sovereignty, Contestation and ‘the Economy’

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The Research Group Sovereignty and Social Contestation, Department of Cultural Anthropology, Utrecht University, invites paper proposals (Deadline: 30 Sept 2016) for an international conference on:

"Sovereignty, Contestation and ‘the Economy’", April 25-26, 2017

Please make sure to consult the attached PDF for the conference rationale and a detailed CfP.

We invite papers that combine insights from economic anthropology with critical perspectives from ethnography and political-economic approaches, providing original routes to examining the practices, representations and discourses of economic sovereignty as they are construed at diverse sites, where policies are met with subversion, appropriation, contestation, affirmation, and compliance.

Submissions should be sent to no later than September 30th, 2016. Please include a paper title, an abstract of 250-300 words, a short biography of 100-150 words as well as a clear indication as to which panel you would like to contribute to. Limited financial support will be available to cover accommodation costs for all accepted speakers. We therefore invite interested speakers to explore their own funding opportunities, especially for travel costs.
Conference proceedings will be developed towards publication as special issues or as an edited volume and we expect a firm commitment from all speakers to submit first drafts of their articles to be circulated by January 31st, 2017.

The panels will focus on the complementary aspects of economic sovereignty and social contestation, the dynamics of (re)producing economic hegemony and the societal challenges to this. We welcome contributions that touch on the following four themes:

1.      Financialization (Convenor: Don Kalb, Discussant: Doug Holmes)
2.      Old and New Global Divisions of Labour (Convenor: Patrick Neveling, Discussant: Chris Hann)
3.      Sharing economies & the commons (Convenor: Cristina Grasseni, Discussant: Tine de Moor)
4.      Sustainable livelihoods (Convenors: Coco Kanters and Vinzenz Bäumer Escobar, Discussant: Susana Narotzky)

Conference Organizing Committee: Cristina Grasseni; Don Kalb; Coco Kanters; Patrick Neveling; Vinzenz Bäumer Escobar; Kees Koonings (SOSCO program coordinator)