Two conference call for papers

1) Transformative Possibilities in the Global South

The 4th annual conference of the Sociology of Development Section
March 13-15, 2015
Brown University, Providence, RI

2) Sub-theme 44: Marxist Organization Studies: Structures, Systems and Power
European Group for Organizational Studies
31st Colloquium
July 2–4, 2015
Athens, Greece



1) Transformative Possibilities in the Global South

The 4th annual conference of the Sociology of Development Section
March 13-15, 2015
Brown University, Providence, RI

The Department of Sociology and the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University will host the 4th annual conference of the Sociology of Development section of the American Sociological Association.  The conference will be held March 13-15, 2015, in Providence, Rhode Island.  The theme of the conference is “Transformative Possibilities in the Global South.”

The conference explores the forces — politics, movements, state structures, policies and institutions — that might drive more inclusive, sustainable, and genuinely democratic trajectories of development in the Global South.  A series of plenary sessions and invited keynote speakers will focus on selected conference themes, but other sessions will be organized entirely based on papers that are accepted through this open call.  We encourage all scholars with interest in development, including scholars from fields other than sociology, to consider attending. The conference is open to all, whether you are presenting or not.

If you are interested in presenting a paper, please follow the instructions below.  All papers will be given full consideration and if accepted organized into panels of no more than 4 speakers.  We are especially interested in papers that present new research material.

To submit a paper proposal:

  1.    Prepare a 2 page abstract (no more than 500 words)
  2.    Go to www.brown.edu/academics/sociology/socdevto complete application form and submit abstract

The deadline for submission is Monday, November 24.

Note: There is no fee for registration. Partial funding to defray costs of airfare/lodging will be available for some graduate participants and for some international scholars.  Applications for financial support will be available after papers have been accepted.

For questions, please contact our Conference Coordinator at Ricarda_Hammer@brown.edu

We hope to see you in Providence,

The organizing committee:

Peter Evans

Nitsan Chorev
Ricarda Hammer
Patrick Heller
Jose Itzigsohn
Timmons Roberts
Andrew Schrank



2) Sub-theme 44: Marxist Organization Studies: Structures, Systems and Power

European Group for Organizational Studies

31st EGOS Colloquium

July 2–4, 2015

Athens, Greece

Call for Papers

In 2015, we will build on the success of the five previous EGOS Marxist studies sub-themes in bringing together people who share an interest in building on Marx’s ideas to advance organization studies. With Athens as the host city, the organizers of the EGOS 2015 Colloquium have invoked various Greek philosophers in calling for papers that examine organizational life, challenge unreflexive practice, consider the ongoing reflexive reconstitution of organization and the power relations and responsibilities that are entwined in these social relationships.

This sub-theme takes up this invitation by providing the space for reflection on the current contributions and future prospects of Marxist-inspired organization studies in examining the structures, systems, and power relations of contemporary organizational life. As the organizers observe ‘Much of modern organizational life is carried out through structures, systems and routines, following norms and rules, within power structures’ and Marxist work is particularly well placed to contribute to the examination of these phenomena.

We particularly welcome papers that address the following:

  • Processes and systems of globalization and cross-national organization
  • Studies of work, organization and the labour process
  • Studies of organization and society, including processes of hegemony, class relations and power structures
  • Marxist analyses of institutional fields and processes of institutionalization
  • Class analyses of employee identities, including the professions and occupational groups

We are not dogmatic in an attachment to any specific kind of Marxism – all kinds are welcome. In previous years our sub-theme has enjoyed lively debate spanning a wide range of Marxist approaches. Some scholars have sought to integrate insights from organization studies into a Marxist framework, while others have examined how Marxist insights may fruitfully add analytical value to other research traditions.

We invite contributions that either (a) enrich our understanding of the empirical world of organizations based on Marxist theoretical foundations, or (b) enrich Marxist theory in a way that promises deeper understanding of that world.

While the overall EGOS call asks for short papers under 3,000 words, this sub-theme encourages longer submissions so we can better assess the fit with our program.

Please click here, for full details.

Convenors:

Paul S. Adler, University of Southern California, USA

padler@usc.edu

Rick Delbridge, Cardiff Business School, UK

delbridger@cardiff.ac.uk

Matt Vidal, King’s College London, UK

matt.vidal@kcl.ac.uk

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