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October 12, 2012

CFP Conference: Society for Socialist Studies, empire@the.edge

Deadline: January 30, 2013

Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences
June 5 – 8, 2013
Victoria, BC

Gone are the days when capitalist triumphalism celebrated cheap credit, computers, and venture capital as the building blocks of a new economy. The empire of capital that was going strong and global after the fall of Soviet communism now is on the edge of collapse, too. Its economy weighed down by piles of bad loans and junk bonds, its politics stuck in unwinnable wars oversees and faced with rising discontent at home, and its natural basis shaken by ecological destruction and climate change. The only reason it hasn’t fallen off the cliff is that nobody pushed it. The forces of opposition are disoriented. Some think their imagined communities of nations, races, or religion could shelter them against the hardships inflicted by empire’s efforts to preserve its accumulated power and wealth. Others say that another world is possible but avoid naming it. They are weighed down by the failures, horrors, and disappointments that statist socialism had produced in the 20th century. Not surprisingly, political upsurges remain short‐lived and fragmented.

More generally, we invite proposals for papers, roundtables, and session addressing any aspect of the theme of “empire@the.edge”.

You can submit proposals for an individual paper at this point. The Programme Committee will try to find a place for it. Sessions open for individual proposals will be posted to our website as soon as they are accepted by the Programme Committee. Abstracts (maximum of 100 words) for paper proposals should be submitted before January 30, 2013.

More information at http://www.socialiststudies.ca.

Posted by jychai at October 12, 2012 11:56 AM