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Upcoming Conferences and Calls for Papers

ClassCrits Call for Papers & Participation: Facing Our Challenges: Rescuing Democracy, Ensuring Wellbeing & Exorcizing the Politics of Fear (Or: How To Be Free)
Co-Sponsored by Western New England University School of Law and ClassCrits, Inc.
November 15 & 16, 2019

This year, ClassCrits seeks the mantle of the FREE. To be free requires that we actively face the challenges that all humanity now jointly confronts. These include the accelerating environmental degradation of the Earth’s natural systems, the dramatic rise in economic inequality, the failure of our institutions, the breakdown of our communities, and the alienation from our selves (body, mind and spirit) and one another. However, these challenges cannot be met unless we rescue or even reinvent our democracy, ensure the wellbeing of all as the appropriate measure of justice, and exorcize the politics of fear. From this perspective, democracy, economic wellbeing, and fearlessness present challenges, each of which requires an appropriate response. In addition, however, these core concepts serve as commitments, methods, and practices that advance justice and engender the solidarity necessary to tackle the existential threats we now face.

Over the last few years, hope in this darkening time has been kept alive by the activism both here and abroad of young people, people of color, women, and white progressives. In the United States, the recent election of an energized, fearless, and diverse group of congress people committed to justice, equality, and the future of our planet also captures this hope. A spirit of hope and enthusiasm insists that we can rebuild our polity and contribute to reordering the world despite increasing practices of hate, fear-mongering and fear-based policy-making. We can refuse to be bounded by an anti-democratic rhetoric of liberty that is anything but freeing and animated by abuse of power, sought homogeneity, and the making and exploitation of insecurity. In this vein, ClassCrits seeks ideas, work, activities and practices that: (1) analyze and propose concrete solutions to the existential threats to humanity and planet Earth; (2) demand expansive democracy and justice; (3) embrace and seek to ensure the economic wellbeing of all across our differences; and (4) inspire courage and solidarity.

We invite panel proposals and paper presentations that speak to this year’s theme of “Facing Our Challenges: Rescuing Democracy, Ensuring Wellbeing & Exorcizing the Politics of Fear,” as well as to general ClassCrits themes. See here for more details: ClassCritsCFP

In addition, we extend a special invitation to junior scholars (i.e., graduate students or any non-tenured faculty member) to submit proposals for works in progress. A senior scholar as well as other scholars will comment upon each work in progress in a small, supportive working session.

Call for Abstracts, YSI Asia Finance, Law, and Economics Working Group – May 6-9, 2019.
Deadline: March 17th, 2019. Funding available for scholars resident in Asia.

The primary goal of the workshop is to approach the vast field of political economy of private law by trying to understand the economy as a system interconnected with law and government. In contrast to policies and theories that assume self-regulating markets we propose a more cautious approach that adopts a more adequate consideration of the institutes of private law. In this way we aim to shed light on how different actors with competing interests interact through institutions of private law to advance socially integrative or extractive ends.

We will welcome proposals that approach these questions from sociological, anthropological, historical, economic, or any other related perspectives. As the purpose of the workshop is to strengthen the network of young scholars that work in the field of finance law and economics, please apply if your research pursues a heterodox project in the field even if it does not strictly fit into the above delineated topic.

5th Annual Association for the Promotion of the Political Economy and the Law (APPEAL) Workshop
Policy Options for the 21st Century June 2-4, 2019
University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law in Baltimore

As we face crises in the economy, democracy, and the planet, many have responded with new energy and ideas for transformative change. How should we re-evaluate the fundamental assumptions, strategies, and frameworks governing public policy?   When does reasonable reform require going beyond piecemeal fixes, fine-tuning, or gradualism?  What are the possibilities and obstacles to pursuing economic policies aimed at ambitious transformation?  What common principles and methods might guide policy choices across diverse institutions and issue areas? 

To discuss these questions and more, we invite proposals for presentations or panels at the 2019 annual workshop of the Association for the Promotion of Political Economy and the Law (APPEAL).  More details are available here:  2019 APPEAL conference.     

Past Conferences

Rebellious Lawyering
RebLaw is the largest student-run public interest conference in the United States. The 2019conference will be held on Friday, Feb. 15, and Saturday, Feb. 16 at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut.
Our 2019 keynote speakers will be:
   Ana Maria Archila, Co-Executive Director of the Center for Popular Democracy
   Anita Earls, Associate Justice, NC Supreme Court
   & Chokwe Lumumba, Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi
Register now at Registration will remain open through Feb. 16th. General attendance is $35.

Accumulating Capital
Thursday 6 June 2019 – Friday 7 June 2019, University of Paris Dauphine (Central Paris)
“The extreme magnitude of the pressures exerted by contemporary capitalism on the environment and populations could suggest that this mode of production has reached its limits. The depletion of natural resources, global warming and the increase in inequality within Western countries seem to threaten the minimum degree of social and political stability required for the extraction of profit. However, the accumulation of capital is not slowing: traditional sources of profit transform themselves and new ones emerge, taking advantage of these environmental and social disruptions in order to supply new centres of accumulation with capital. This international colloquium aims to highlight the economic and political mechanisms that explain the contemporary reconfiguration of the capital dispossession and accumulation centres. Following the works of David Harvey, David Graeber and Thomas Piketty, the question of the social fabric of capitalist accumulation has become a central issue in the contemporary debates in social sciences. This colloquium will highlight the new generation of works that cut across disciplinary boundaries to reflect on the political dimensions of contemporary profit strategies and the institutions that support the neoliberal policies of dispossession. In doing so, it will report on the institutional substructure of the new forms of capital extraction and accumulation.” For more information, see here.

Money as a Democratic Medium
December 14-15, 2018, Harvard Law School
“Those who create and issue money and credit direct the policies of government and hold in the hollow of their hands the destiny of the people.”  The words, attributed to a 20th century British banker, capture an emerging consensus.  Money, governance, and public welfare are intimately connected in the modern world.  More particularly, the way political communities make money and allocate credit is an essential element of governance.  It critically shapes economic processes – channeling liquidity, fueling productivity, and influencing distribution.  At the same time, those decisions about money and credit define key political structures, locating in particular hands the authority to mobilize resources, determining access to funds, and delegating power and privileges to private actors and organizations. For more information about the topic and conference, see here.