CFP: EISA Section on Theory & Critique of Capitalism

9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations

Giardini Naxos, Siciliy, 23-26 September, 2015

Section Chairs:

Kai Koddenbrock

RWTH Aachen University

Wanda Vrasti

Humboldt University, Berlin

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?

More specifically, we are interested in exploring questions such as the following:

  • How does capitalism persist despite its cyclical crises?
  • How does financial capital figure in the world of production, policy-making and the imagination?
  • How can financialised capitalism be opposed?
  • What links exist between political economic critiques of capitalism and feminist, anti-imperialist and environmental struggles?
  • How is capitalism related to current expressions of racism, nationalism and fascism, stretching from Ferguson to Fortress Europe and all the way to insurgency movements in the Middle East and Africa?
  • 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?

We welcome panel, roundtable, paper and performance proposals (with abstracts of 200 words maximum) from scholars from all fields of international studies and beyond, as well as activists and artists.

Proposals are to be submitted via the conference online application system:, which will open on 8 December 2014. Deadline for submissions is 15 January 2015.

You can find the general conference website here:

Please do not hesitate to contact us at and, if you have any further questions – we are happy to help!

We look very much forward to receiving your proposals.

Best wishes,

Wanda and Kai

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