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Call for Papers



in collaboration with the Institute of Labour Studies, Ljubljana


(Conflicting) political ontologies and implications for transformative action

27-28th of May 2016, Department of Sociology, University of Ljubljana

The Critical Political Economy Research Network (CPERN) @European Sociological Association (ESA) is inviting paper submissions for our two-day conference, hosted by the Institute for Labour Studies in cooperation with the Slovenian Sociological Association and the Department of Sociology at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana on 27th-28th of May 2016.

Please find the CfP below. Deadline for submissions is 15th January 2015.

Call for Papers - (Conflicting) political ontologies and implications for transformative action

Ontology is often overlooked in discussions about political thought and action. Several emerging debates reflect different and conflicting positions that are often either assumed, invisible or intentionally opaque. Breaking down the apparent barriers between philosophy and theory and theory and action, we welcome discussions on ontologies of power and transformative action. Critical realists have long demanded that ontology is taken seriously and to discuss how ‘reality’ conditions action. New materialist and anti- and post-capitalist debates tease out the assumptions across Marxism and poststructuralism, and demand new ways of thinking about specific thought formations, ethical and moral frameworks. The current crisis has forced us to think, explore, and practice multiple ways of organising, resisting and building prefigurative practices. Understanding ontology not only as a philosophical standpoint but also as a myriad of calls for action will allow us to understand how people organise and what motivates us to do so/prevents us from doing so, and to initiate new ways of communicating and reflecting on our own ontological praxis.

We are keen to receive paper proposals which focus on exploring political and social ontologies for transformative action. Some of the topics we would like to invite in particular are:

We are interested in all of the above plus more, and wish for the conference to cover a wide range of topics. As such, we seek contributions from scholars and activists 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 variety of countries and backgrounds. To this end, limited funds will be available for assisting PhD and early career scholars (who cannot get other sources of funding), especially those from Southern, Central and Eastern Europe, with their travel and accommodation costs (please inform us if you may require help with funding when you send us your abstract).

Abstracts of around 250 words should be submitted to by no later than the 15th of January 2016. The applicants will be informed of the selection committee’s decision by 31st of January 2016.

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Feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding this Call, or the conference in general.