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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.