воскресенье, 28 апреля 2013 г.

In/vulnerabilities and Social Change: Precarious Lives and Experimental Knowledge

CRESC Annual Conference 2013: In/vulnerabilities and Social Change: Precarious Lives and Experimental Knowledge
(In association with the Journal of Cultural Economy)


In a context of radical uncertainty about political, economic and ecological futures, the 2013 CRESC annual conference will explore the relationship between vulnerability and invulnerability. Lives and life chances are precarious for many. We may be entering a period of greater insecurity as people, jobs, money, commerce, markets, knowledge and ideas, institutions, networks and systems all come under strain as a result of financial turmoil and widening inequalities.

The conference will explore the vulnerabilities of the majority and ask:

    Where are those vulnerabilities, new and old?
    Is vulnerability a newly defining feature of certain categories of people?
    What are the consequences of vulnerability-led policy in finance, industry, environment, health, security, technological and communications systems?
    How has vulnerability been (re)politicised through social movements and direct action?

At the same time, the conference will explore the in/vulnerabilities of elites and their ways of knowing. Professional and elite knowledges sensitise themselves to specific phenomena by discounting other kinds of experience. Claiming competence in key areas, expert knowledge becomes invulnerable by ignoring dissident and dissonant forms of understanding. But, as the recent financial crisis has shown, elite expertise also becomes dangerously vulnerable when confronted by the unexpected. The conference will explore the power and the frailties of high-status and armour-plated intellectual and social knowledge systems. It will also consider how they efface, devalue or misrecognise many forms of lived experience. It will ask:

    How are elite professional invulnerabilities secured in an uncertain age?
    How do different kinds of in/vulnerabilities relate to forms of strength or power?
    In times of crisis, which orthodoxies – or forms of knowledge – are overturned, and which become entrenched? And why?
    What other ways of knowing might be imagined for recognising in/vulnerabilities and enacting social change?

Confirmed keynote speakers

    Stephen Collier (New School of Social Research)
    Thomas Hylland Erkison (Oslo University)
    Stephen Graham (Newcastle University)
    Andrew Haldane (Bank of England)
    Michael Osterweil (University of North Carolina)
    Kate Pickett (University of York)
    Isabelle Stengers (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
    Mattijs van de Port (University of Amsterdam)

What you need to do if you want to attend the conference or present a paper

    To offer a paper you need to fill in and return a proposal form. You will find these by clicking on the 'Papers and panels: proposal forms' link at the top left of this page. Please note that the closing date for paper and panel submissions is 13th May.
    To book your place you need to click on the 'Registration, Accommodation and Timetable' line at the top left of this page. Please note that there are 'early bird' rates until 31st July.

Location and date

    School of Oriental and African Studies, London
    4th-6th September 2013

Crucial deadlines and dates

    13th May 2013: closing date for paper, panel and stream submissions
    31st July 2013: closing date for ‘early bird’ registrations
    31st August 2013: closing date for all conference registrations
    (nb: places are limited and registrations may close before this date)

Conference fee

    'Early bird' conference fee: £200 (closing date 31st July 2013)
    Conference fee after 31st July 2013: £250
    'Early bird' day rate: £100 (closing date 31st July 2013)
    Day rate after 31st July 2013: £120
    Concessions and affiliates full conference fee: £175

Main contacts for this event:

    Conference Convener: John Law
    Conference Manager: Susan Hogan
    Conference Secretary: heather.whitaker@manchester.ac.uk
    Tel: +44(0)161 275 8985 / Fax: +44(0)161 275 8985

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