Global judgements and ideas.
David Bailey and I are section chairs for the EISA Izmir stream we have called Mapping Alternative Routes out of Capitalism. See the following for our call for papers. The deadline is imminent so email us with your suggestions and interest!
University of Birmingham
The critical study of global capitalism and the hegemony of neoliberalism are both central to the study of international relations and international political economy. International studies has focused less, however, on questioning how (if at all) we might go beyond capitalism. This includes those pathways outside of global capitalism which have emerged in local, regional and global contexts. This is despite global capitalism remaining dangerously unstable, not least because the global economic crisis that began in 2008 continues to linger without any obvious resolution to it. The aim of this section, therefore, is to bring together those with an interest in the rise of alternatives at varied positions along the ideological spectrum; mapping, studying, theorising, highlighting, judging and assessing these potentials and practices which form contemporary alternatives to, and problems for, global capitalism. This might include two emerging types of response, each of which expose the ever-present possibility and presence of sometimes surprising and contradictory routes outside of capitalism, as well as raising the question of technology in contemporary social change. On the one hand, various modified projects seeking alternative routes to social justice and rights: survivalism, DIY culture, futurist, anti-proprietary or gift culture movements, cooperatives, permaculture, experimentation with cybernetics and post-humanist ideals, as well as revived institutional interests in wellbeing. On the other hand, we see the explicit contestation of capitalism: Occupy, the indignados, the autonomous Greek grassroots projects, Rojava, and, then, the electoral manifestation of some of these trends within Syriza, Podemos, Barcelona en Comú, and Jeremy Corbyn.