The call for papers is now open for a two-day conference on class and identities at the Scuola Normale Superiore on 14-15 November 2019
COSMOS, Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence, Italy, 14-15 November 2019
Organizers: Donatella della Porta, Linus Westheuser (SNS)
Keynote lectures: Donatella della Porta (SNS), Mike Savage (London School of Economics), Klaus Dörre (University of Jena), and Don Kalb(University of Bergen)
In the crisis of neoliberal globalization, the socio-structural bases of political conflict are returning to the top of the agenda. Surges of the populist right relied on winning over segments of the working class to an anti-immigration coalition. At the same time,a socialist ‘class left’,often spearheaded by young, precarious segments of the new middle class, has been showing signs of a revival. Amidst a secular decline of union power, strategies of rank-and-file organizing at times proved successful in uniting workers across ethnic and other divides. And in countries hit by the 2008 crisis, contention over austerity politics and precarity gave rise to cross-class alliances in the electoral and protest arenas. Pronouncements of a ‘death of class’ made in the 1990s today seem questionable at best.
Yet the prominence of class vocabulary had not only waned in social science research, but also in public discourses and the self-understandings of many wage dependent people. While rising inequalities, the power of capital over labor, and austerity politics create new distributional conflicts, divisions between different segments of working people –by education and skills, occupation, sector, ethnicity and citizenship, geographic location, precarity, gender, and age –proliferate positions within the class structure, fragment it and render it opaque in everyday life. This creates a contradictory moment in which the increasing prevalenceof class inequality coincides with exceptionally weak class identities: “Class without consciousness” (J.Stacul).
The conference wants to provide an academic forum for discussing the dynamic, contradictory, and often hidden politics of class identity in an age of rising inequality and opaque class structures. In particular, we are interested in the following themes:
The conference invites contributions from all related academic fields, including political and cultural sociology, party politics, social movement studies, anthropology, political economy, social psychology, cultural and media studies, and others. We also welcome input from practitioners,organizers, strategists, and activists,working to build alliances across class divides.Get in touch to discuss alternative presentation formats.
Please send an abstract of your planned contribution (max. 500 words) by 30 June 2019 to email@example.com.
Journal Article - 2019
Journal Article - 2019