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Material Matters in Times of Crisis Capitalism: Transnational Feminist and Decolonial Approaches

International Conference, 13th – 15th November 2014, Institute of Sociology, Justus-Liebig University, Giessen

Call for Papers

Material Matters in Times of Crisis Capitalism: Transnational Feminist and Decolonial Approaches

The question of materiality has emerged as a central topic in studies concerned with the body, affect, sexuality, bio-politics and digital culture in recent years. Under the umbrella term “new materialism”, this interdisciplinary and multifaceted academic debate seems to have revived a Marxist vocabulary. Yet, the question of why “materiality” matters in times of crisis capitalism is rather absent in this debate.
This conference takes up this question by focusing on why and how materiality matters in times of crisis capitalism. Starting from the assumption that crisis is not exceptional in capitalism but its constant companion and that it represents the foundation from which the modern/colonial world system has evolved, this conference draws on critical feminist economics and decolonial feminist thought and practice on material matters.

In this spirit we have invited key contemporary thinkers, who have linked academic work to political activism and social intervention. Confirmed keynote speakers for the conference include:

■Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (Columbia University)
■Rhoda Reddock (University of the West Indies, St. Augustine)
■Lourdes Benería (Cornell University)
■Gülay Toksöz (Ankara University)
■Gladys Elizabeth Tzul Tzul (Benemérita Universidad de Puebla)
■Marina Gržinić (Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna)

As well as inviting academic papers this conference also calls for contributions from activists and artists in a variety of formats such as blogs, radio programmes, video clips and performances on the following themes (though these are by no means exhaustive):
•Between Crisis and Change: Feminism, Living Well and Conviviality (Sumak Kawsay, Suma Qamaña-Buen Vivir, Buen Convivir)
•Queer, Transgender and Feminist approaches to Decolonizing Political Economy
•Political Economy and Livelihood
•Austerity, Gender & Migration
•Sharing Responsibilities – Rethinking Reproduction
•Sustainability and Feminist-Decolonial Thought
•Feminization and the Coloniality of Labour
•Queer, Transgender and Feminist-Decolonial Critiques of Crisis Capitalism
•Alternatives to Crisis Capitalism: From Time-Banks to the Politics of Affect

Please send a title, an abstract of max. 250 words, a brief biography and registration form to, by 01.05.2014. Successful abstract submissions will be notified by 01.07.2014.


Estudos Culturais – Colonialismos, Pós-colonialismos e Lusofonias

Divulgamos o CFP até 15 de outubro.
“IV Congresso Internacional em Estudos Culturais – Colonialismos, Pós-colonialismos e Lusofonias”, Universidade de Aveiro e Universidade do Minho, de 28 a 30 de Abril, no Museu de Aveiro.

Mais informações:

CFP: “Coimbra C: Dialogar com os Tempos e os Lugares do(s) Mundo(s)”


Divulgamos a chamada de resumos de comunicações para o IV Colóquio de Doutorandos/as do Centro de Estudos Sociais (CES) da Universidade de Coimbra.

A data limite de envio é 1 de Setembro.

O evento realiza-se na Faculdade de Economia da Universidade de Coimbra de 6 a 7 de Dezembro de 2013.

Mais informações e formulário de submissão de propostas (ver as versões em PT, EN e ES):

CFP, Postcolonial Justice

Divulgamos o Call for Panels e Papers para a Conferência ‘Postcolonial Justice’ a realizar-se em Postdam e Berlim, 29 maio – 1 de junho de 2014.

Envio até 30 de novembro. Mais informações aqui:

CFP: Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry

Divulgamos o Call for Papers para Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry, até 30 de setembro de 2013.

Mais informações aqui:

Conferência “Musical and Other Cultural Responses to Political Violence in Latin America”

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Divulgamos a chamada de comunicações aberta até 15 de agosto de 2013 para a Conferência Musical and Other Cultural Responses to Political Violence in Latin America, a realizar-se no dia 6 de dezembro na Universidade de  Manchester, Inglaterra.


Supported by the Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama, the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts and Languages (CIDRAL).

Keynote speaker: Professor Michael Lazzara (University of California, Davis), author of Chile in Transition: The Poetics and Politics of Memory (2006).

Music, literature, theatre, cinema and other cultural expressions have long been intertwined with violence in Latin America. In the case of music, songs linked to the Shining Path guerrilla insurrection in Peru, chants sung during Venezuelan rallies by both supporters and opponents of chavismo, the emergence of the genre narcocorridos in Mexico, and pieces played by political prisoners and agents in detention and torture centres in Pinochet’s Chile offer examples of the many ways it can function in the context of violence: as a form of indoctrination and tool to abuse human rights, as a means to encourage and propagate political conflicts, aggression and social disruption, or as a survival tactic to resist violence and overcome traumatic situations, among other roles. Literature, theatre, cinema and other cultural expressions might assume similar functions. As John Blacking observes in How Musical is Man? (1973), “It sometimes happens that remarkable cultural developments can take place in societies in which man’s humanity is progressively abused, restricted, and disregarded. This is because cultural development can reach a stage where it is almost mechanically self-generative.”

This interdisciplinary conference will explore functions played by music and other cultural expressions in contexts of political violence in Latin America. The event is part of the Levehulme project ‘Sounds of Memory: Music and Political Captivity in Pinochet’s Chile’ at the University of Manchester. We welcome proposals from any area of the humanities and social sciences, particularly those dealing with anniversaries or events relating to state violence taking place in 2013, including the fortieth anniversary of the onset of the Chilean and Uruguayan dictatorships, the fifteenth anniversary of Pinochet’s detention in London, the genocide sentence against former Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt and the death of the Argentinean ‘Dirty War’ criminal Jorge Rafael Videla. Papers prompting reflection on processes of memorialisation and reconciliation, as well as the continuing legacies of past regimes and those who opposed them, will be especially welcome. Themes to be addressed in the conference include, but are not limited to:

– human rights violations

– migration and exile

– testimony

– censorship

– political activism

– memory and post-memory

– nostalgia

– commemoration

– reconciliation and healing

– public space

– mediatic representations

– research ethics and methodologies

The working language of the conference will be English. Papers should last no longer than 20 minutes, including audio and visual illustrations. Abstracts of 250–300 words should be sent to the conference organiser, Katia Chornik ( by 15 August 2013. Speakers will be notified of their acceptance or otherwise by 1st September.

Coimbra C: Dialogar com os Tempos e os Lugares do(s) Mundo(s)

Divulgamos a chamada de comunicações para o IV Colóquio de Doutorandos CES a realizar-se de 6 a 7 de dezembro de 2013, na Universidade de Coimbra.

O envio de resumos é até 1 de setembro, e pode ser realizado aqui: