28 - 31 August 2013
Torino, Italy

RN06 – Critical Political Economy

Whose crisis, whose critique and whose change?

Coordinator:
Ian Bruff ianbruff@gmail.com Loughborough University, UK

The recent years have, in the eyes of many, been characterised by a multiplicity of crises, the growth in significance of critiques of the current state of affairs, and increasing demands for change. However, the uneven impact of crises, the concentration of voices of critique in only parts of society and the world, and the very different demands for change that have been articulated, force critical political economy scholars to ask the question ‘Whose crisis, whose critique and whose change?’

This observation has many aspects to it. For example, apart from the initial shock in late 2008, many of those towards the top of different societies have suffered very little (if any) decline in wealth and incomes over the last few years. Moreover, the critiques have come from the radical Right as much as from more progressive currents of thought such as the Occupy, Indignados and other movements. Finally, very real change may be taking place, but in Europe for example it is often in the form of brutal and authoritarian structural adjustment programmes, social and political polarisation/conflict and a more general crisis of everyday living for the majority of the population (e.g. the rise in bankruptcies, evictions and imprisonments related to debt, the reductions of salaries, social rights and entitlements).

For this reason we are interested in hosting a wide range of topics in our sessions that are linked to the above themes. For instance, this could include the sharp growth of precarious labour and insecurity, the rise of state authoritarianism, the question of resistance and dissent from all sides of the political and social spectrum, the crises of welfare states and everyday living, and so on. More broadly, this could also include the crises and continuities in ‘living dead’ neoliberalism, the evolution of Eurozone governance, the possibilities for more progressive ‘models of capitalism’ in the future, the lessons that can be learned from the ‘pink tide’ in Latin America, the Arab uprisings, etc…

We are interested in all of the above plus more. As such, we seek contributions from those with an interest in political economy research, regardless of their disciplinary affiliation and whether they are in academia or not. We also hope to attract a diverse range of participants, from a number of countries and backgrounds.

Sessions

Joint Sessions

  • DELETED_06JS18Critical Political Economy of the Media and Communication in Times of Capitalist Crisis and Change

    Joint session with RN18 – Sociology of Communications and Media Research

    Chairs: Ian Bruff & Christian Fuchs

    This joint panel with RN18 invites submissions on the theme of ‘Critical Political Economy of the Media and Communication in Times of Capitalist Crisis and Change’. Abstract submissions could, for example, focus on the role of media and communication in critical political economy approaches to the crisis, the role of critical political economy approaches in the sociology of communications and the media, or indeed any other aspects of topics and issues linked to this theme. In other words, this joint session focuses on the intersection of Critical Political Economy and the Sociology of the Media and Communication. It is interested in contributions that focus on one or more of the following questions:

    • Which approaches that are based on Marx, Critical Political Economy, or Marxism are there today for understanding the current crisis and ongoing changes?
    • What is the role of the media and communication in these approaches?
    • What is the role of Critical Political Economy, Marx, and Marxism in the Sociology of the Media and Communication?
    • What is the role and value of Marx today for understanding crisis, change, capitalism, communication, and critique?
  • 01JS06JS08The Eurozone Crisis as an Opportunity: Structural Changes within the Member States of the Eurozone and the European Union

    Joint session with RN08 – Disaster, Conflict and Social Crisis

    Chairs: Laura Horn <lhorn@ruc.dk> Roskilde University Nicholas Petropoulos <erc@otenet.gr> formerly of the Pedagogical Institute of Greece

    This joint panel with RN08 invites submissions on the theme of ‘The Eurozone Crisis as an Opportunity: Structural Changes within the Member States of the Eurozone and the European Union’. The focus will be on the structural – economic, political, and social changes – within the member states themselves. Special emphasis will be on the states that have especially been affected by the debt crisis and have taken part of the ECB/IMF/EU bail-out mechanism (e.g. Ireland, Portugal, Greece) or have received loans from EU/ECB to support their bank system (e.g. Spain). Papers may also focus on structural changes, if any, within the ‘solvent’ states of the Eurozone and the European Union (Germany, Finland, Holland, Austria, the Czech Republic). Priority will be given to comparative empirical and critical analysis.

  • 01JS06JS18Critical Political Economy of the Media and Communications in Times of Capitalist Crisis and Change

    Joint session with RN18 – Sociology of Communications and Media Research

    Co-Chair: Ian Bruff, ianbruff@gmail.com, University of Manchester; Co-Chair: Christian Fuchs, christian.fuchs@uti.at, University of Westminster;

    Joint Session of RN06 and RN18


Thank you very much to all participants for making esa torino an outstanding conference.