Monday, November 25, 2019

CFP: The Neoliberal State Reconsidered

[We have the following CFP.  DRE]

The Comparative and Historical Social Science Working Group at Northwestern University is calling graduate students, postdocs, and faculty to participate in our third annual conference this year entitled, “The Neoliberal State Reconsidered: Risk, Surveillance, and the Future of Global Capitalism.” Our keynote speaker is Sarah Quinn (University of Washington).

Talk of “Surveillance Capitalism” abounds in scholastic circles and public audiences alike. Tactics of state surveillance, techniques of social control, and profits within global financial capitalism all seem to increasingly rely upon the extraction of personal data and information through various technologies. What this spells for the power of states to monopolize violence, the stability of global capitalism, and the political possibilities for social movements remains to be seen. Our keynote and closing will begin to unfold the answers to these theoretically intriguing and politically troubling uncertainties.

We are accepting paper proposals broadly oriented towards comparative and historical social science research, though we encourage scholars to submit papers relevant to the theme. In particular, this includes proposals that address key theoretical debates or contribute to new methodological ideas and tools in the subfield of comparative historical analysis.

Please see our full call for participation and our flyer attached. We would greatly appreciate if you could share this information with your graduate students, postdocs, and faculty.

The conference is from April 9th to 10th, 2020. We welcome paper submissions at different stages of research, and especially invite graduate students and younger scholars to share their work. Submission deadline is January 8th.

Please feel free to contact us at with any questions.