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|From: Osvaldo Croci (ocrociNICKEL.LAURENTIAN.CA)|
|Date: Fri, 19 Sep 1997 12:14:44 -0400|
CALL FOR PAPERS INTERNATIONAL PEACE RESEARCH ASSOCIATION Global Political Economy Commission Panels The International Peace Research Association (IPRA) will be holding its 17th General Conference in Durban, South Africa on June 23-26, 1998. Its overarching theme will be "Meeting Human Needs in a Cooperative World". The program will include panels organized by various specialized commissions. Our purpose here is to invite participation in the panels of IPRA's Global Political Economy Commission (GPEC). In line with the general IPRA theme, we would like to have presentations that focus on the documentation and analysis of how "globalisation from below" can challenge "globalisation from above." Documentation and analysis, however, should be guided by "the philosophy of praxis" i.e. should be conducted with the aim of devising concrete courses of political action capable of "meeting human needs" in the age of globalisation. We would like to organize at least four panels addressing such themes as: 1) the variety of struggles taking place at the local, national, regional and global level by social groups that are trying to cope with the deleterious effects of global restructuring, organize themselves and work towards the establishment of structural conditions of peace and substantive (as opposed to merely formal) democracy. 2) Problems of legitimacy encountered by states as they pass from the welfare to the competition phase. 3) The problems created by the disjunction between global capital and nationally or locally active labour and other progressive social movements. 4) Examples and experiences of "politics of place" or "infrapolitics" that is to say, everyday actions uniting people around those economic activities associated with the sustainability of physical life that can be disassociated from the global economy . Some of the questions that could guide our effort to document and analyse the politics of resistance are the following: 1) What are the major internal and external difficulties that local movements find in co-ordinating their action at a global level? How can these difficulties be overcome? 2) Can "the politics of place" or "infrapolitics" affect national and global politics in a progressive direction? 3) How much progress have the 'ethical investment' and 'fair trade' movements made since their inception? 4) What factors impede/promote the spread of communitarian and stakeholding agendas? 5) How has the implementation of neo-liberal policies affected the political fortunes of social-democratic parties? Are there differences in the way social-democratic parties have embraced these policies, and if so, how can they be explained? Have these differences affected in any measurable way the international competitiveness of the countries in question? 6) To what extent are trade unions superseding their traditionally national outlook? 7) Are there new forms and agents of resistance? Is/can the internet be a new site of resistance? 8) Can state power be re-articulated progressively in a direction that resists hyper-liberal economic globalisation? Or, is resistance only possible at a larger, supra-national level (e.g. the European Union) or at a lower than national level (e.g. Québec rather than Canada or the Basque country rather than France or Spain). 9) What are the conditions for the emergence of a 'social Europe" as opposed to a 'neo-liberal' one? 10) To what extent do nationalist movements promote themselves by using an anti-globalisation discourse and promising a return to more social-democratic policies. 11) Can capitalism survive without the mitigating effects of the welfare state?. Proposals may take several different forms: (1) You could propose to organize a panel (chair, 2-3 papers, discussant) on a specific topic. (2) You could propose to present a paper on a specific topic. (3) You could propose to arrange a Roundtable on a specific topic. (4) You could propose to organize a Workshop on a specific topic. Workshops differ from Roundtables in that they are more structured and may include some experiential element. We invite you to make a proposal for GPEC's panels. Please contact one or both of the Co-Conveners. We are: Osvaldo Croci Department of Political Science Laurentian University Sudbury, Ontario, P3E 2C6 Canadaphone: (705) 675 1151 ext. 4324fax: (705) 675 4872email: ocroci [at] nickel.laurentian.ca and Catherine Alum Odora Hoppers Centre for Education Policy Development 3rd Floor, 76 Juta Street Braamfontein P.O.Box 31892 Braamfontein 2017 Republic of South Africa Tel (office): 27-11-403 61 31 Fax (office): 27-11-339 34 55 email: hoppodor [at] iafrica.com Proposals for the GPEC's panels should reach us by January 10, 1997. We plan to prepare a draft program soon after that. Unfortunately, the GPEC cannot provide any sort of financial assistance to participants in the conference. General information about IPRA can be obtained from its General Secretary, Bjoern Moeller, who can be reached via email at bm [at] vip.cybercity.dk or bjoern [at] dk-online.dk General information about the Durban conference can be obtained from Vasu Gounden, who can be reached via email at hallen [at] accord.udw.ac.za or at vgounden [at] accord.udw.ac.za If you are interested in making a presentation on some theme other than global political economy, send your proposal to Simona Sharoni at ssharon [at] american.edu Please forward this invitation to other individuals and discussion groups that may be interested. Our apologies for duplicate postings.
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