Event: Housing: A Critical Perspective

Together with the Sociology Department of Liverpool University and the Architecture Department 
of Liverpool John Moores University, Architecture_MPS is organising a two day interdisciplinary 
conference on the theme of affordable housing provision. Forming part of a broader program of 
international events, Housing – Critical Futures, it is open to activists, artists and 
academics of all disciplines. It is set in the UK but seeks to link with global issues.

Against a background of disparate policy interventions, resistances, contradictions and 
conflict, the questions we are asking are multiple: How are elite, privatised residential 
developments reshaping urban space? How have recent policy interventions impacted on the social 
lives of neighbourhoods? What are some of the ways in which architects have responded to 
affordable housing crises? What insights can politically-engaged art projects bring to bear in 
this context? How have sociological studies sought to make sense of the local contexts into 
which wider structural issues are inflected? What role will states have in the housing solutions 
of the future? How can architects work with existing building stock to help sustain communities 
under threat? How have local activists ensured their voice is heard in the context of 
gentrifiying cities? What role is there for critical planning theory vis-à-vis housing? 

A range of options are available to those wishing to present. We welcome submissions for 
Conference Presentations (20 minutes); Full Written Papers (3,000 words); and a range of 
alternative proposals, such as 5 minute Pecha Kucha talks; short film screenings; photographic 
essays; installations etc. You are invited to propose other options. 

Key Dates:	

12 December 2014: Abstract Submissions
20 December 2014: Abstract Feedback
20 March 2015: Full Paper Submissions (where applicable)
01 April 2015:  Registration deadline
08-09 April 2015. Conference
01 May 2015: Feedback for publication
01 July 2015: Publication of Full papers
For more details. Visit: http://architecturemps.com/housing-critical-perspective/

Event: EISA Section on Theory and Critique of Capitalism

CFP: EISA Section “Theory & Critique of Capitalism”
Fall 2015, Sicily

The word capitalism has become part of our common vocabulary again. The wide reception of Piketty’s Capital in the 21st century or Williams and Srnicek’s Accelerationist Manifesto indicate that discussions of capitalism are no longer the exclusive terrain of classical Marxists, although Marxist theory and political economy have also made a comeback. We are still to see IR and IPE scholars catch up with these developments – or perhaps they already have, but we’ve been scattered across the globe without a common forum for discussion until now.

In a world where all politics has become international politics and where that politics is shaped more than anything by global capital, one wonders what it means to have IR/IPE as a separate body of knowledge that continues to be rather silent about the workings of capitalism. Could a contemporary theory of capitalism (or the critique of it) perhaps be the international theory RBJ Walker did not find over a decade ago?

On the occasion of the pan-European ISA conference on the “worlds of violence,” to take place in Fall 2015 in Sicily, we would like to invite scholars from in and outside the discipline to submit panel proposals or paper abstracts on questions such as:

• Why does capitalism continue unabated today?
• How can financialised capitalism be overcome?
• What links exist between political economic critiques of capitalism and feminist, anti-imperialist and environmental struggles?
• How is capitalism linked to the current rise of right-wing populism, racism, the fortification of Fortress Europe and the growth of independence movements in Scotland or Cataluña among others?
• What methods do we have for studying capitalism?
• How do competing epistemologies of knowledge, like post-structuralism, actor-network theory or new materialism, complicate or advance our understanding of capitalism?
• How does capitalism figure in IR/IPE courses and classrooms?

Please send your panel proposals including 4 papers, or your individual paper proposals to both wandavra@gmail.com and kai.koddenbrock@posteo.de by 1 October 2014.

Event: Postcolonial Governmentality Workshop: Theory, Sites and Practices 25-26th September 2014, University of Bristol

Postcolonial Governmentality Workshop 
Theory, Sites and Practices
25-26th September 2014, University of Bristol

This workshop was inspired by the need for further collaboration between academics to understand how both governmentality and postcolonial approaches are key to understanding contemporary governance.
Drawing on Michel Foucault’s writings, governmentality offers a conceptual framework to analyse how contemporary governance functions not solely through states but through multiple tactics and means that regulate the conduct of individuals and institutions by setting up standards of behaviour according to neoliberal rationalities. A postcolonial approach to governmentality exposes the (post)colonial logics that reproduce neoliberalism, the role of postcolonial sites and practices in shaping neoliberal governance, and the inequalities embedded within it insofar as its standards of conduct determine which subjects are privileged and excluded. In particular, postcolonial perspectives show how neoliberal governance can be both productive and repressive, functioning to impose a fixed code of conduct and to objectify (gendered, racialized, sexualized) ‘others’ as part of its project of improvement.

The theme ‘Postcolonial Governmentality: Theory, Sites and Practices’ examines how the concept of governmentality adds to our understanding of postcolonialism. In turn, it will look at how governmentality in postcolonial sites contributes to our understanding of global governance. This workshop includes papers from academics and doctoral students whose research illustrates how postcolonial approaches and sites are valuable to understanding the practices of global governance. Papers take a context-driven approach that considers how various practices function as technologies of neoliberal governance, based on articulations within global and local interpretations. Of particular interest are subjects, practices and relations of inclusion and exclusion that are ‘secured’ through the workings of postcolonial governmentality, which may include but are not restricted to those found in tourism, the media, government and social movements. We intend to publish an edited volume/special issue of selected papers from the workshop.

The keynote speech will be delivered by Vivienne Jabri (King’s College London) and the workshop will conclude with a roundtable, with panelists that include Robbie Shilliam (QMUL), Carl Death (University of Manchester), Stephen Legg (University of Nottingham), Louiza Odysseos (University of Sussex), and Paul Bowman (Cardiff University).

Workshop Programme: PocoGovProgramme2014

This workshop is sponsored by the University of Bristol’s Alumni Foundation Award, Gender Research Centre and Global Insecurities Centre, Cardiff University’s Department of Politics and International Relations, as well as the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

The deadline for registration has now closed but there are still spaces available if you would like to attend the keynote speech. Do let us know as soon as possible as spaces are limited.
If you have any questions please email Terri-Anne Teo and Elisa Wynne-Hughes at terrianne.teo@bristol.ac.uk and WynneHughesE@cardiff.ac.uk.