Updates & Related Events

Event of Interest/CFP: ‘Gender, Race, Class and Ecology in and through Critical Political Economy’


****DEADLINE 1st February 2018****

Critical Political Economy Research Network (CPERN) 2018 Midterm Workshop

“Gender, Race, Class and Ecology in and through Critical Political Economy”
1-2 June 2018, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Capitalism cannot be explained by class alone. In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, alongside the reinvigoration of far right groups, the global women’s strike in Spring, the vast number of public and political figures guilty of sexual harassment, and environmental disasters such as devastating wildfires, floods and hurricanes, we need a critical political economy that can take account of these interconnected problems and pressures. The upcoming CPERN midterm workshop seeks to reaffirm the importance of class in relation to gender, race, ecology and migration. We are interested in how gender, race, class and questions of ecology intersect, and resulting overlapping oppressions, material inequalities, power relations and social struggles. This includes postcolonial and Marxist feminist approaches to political economy and the personal and ‘embodied’ aspects of political processes. Overall, we welcome contributions on a range of topics that explicitly link gender, sex, race and/or class to key themes and pressing issues in political economy, including (but certainly not limited to) the following:


  • Feminist political economy, labour, social reproduction and race: In recent years we saw impressive interventions by Marxist feminists such as Silvia Federici, Tithi Bhattacharya, and Susan Ferguson. We invite contributions on the future of work; invisible, informal and unwaged (domestic) labour; labour, health and safety in logistics and retail industries; the role of migration and race; digitalisation and Gig Economy, precarity; and social reproduction in relation to austerity, neoliberalism or finance-led accumulation.
  • Disruptive politics: There is an ongoing debate over the relationship between social movements/labour studies and critical political economy. We invite contributions that target the role of the state and trade unions in social partnerships and social movement unionism, and that explore (possibilities for) new solidarities and dual power structures. 
  • Sex, sexuality and political economy: Sexuality, sex work, sexual violence, male and female pleasure, menstruation, fertility and resulting social power relations often remain understudied in critical political economy. We invite contributions that address these issues and more.
  • The political economy of ecological conflicts: We invite contributions that link ecological struggles, environmental degradation, climate change, natural disasters, the limits of fossil fuel to mass migration, inequalities and the future of capitalism.
  • Finance, debt and the stateTen years after the financial bubble burst, the financial sector is back with double-digit windfall profits, while global debt-levels are now far above that of 2008. We welcome contributions that address (regulatory) developments in the financial sphere, including debt creation, the growth and/or impact of debt, and resistance to debt.
  • Power relations in academia: We invite contributions that address the various ways in which academia, higher education and teaching spaces each contribute to the reproduction of inequalities based on gender, race, class and other hierarchies; and ways in which these can be resisted.


We are interested in all of the above and more, and wish for the workshop to cover a wide range of topics. We welcome scholars with an interest in critical political economy, from a variety of countries, social backgrounds, and disciplinary affiliations, regardless of whether they are in academia or not. We are particularly committed to promoting the participation of PhD students, early career scholars, and activists. Limited funds will be available for scholars and activists in precarious situations (who cannot get other sources of funding) to support travel and accommodation costs. Please inform us if you may require help with funding when you send us your abstract.
There is no fee for attending the workshop. The conference language will be English.
Abstracts of around 250 words should be submitted to cpern@criticalpoliticaleconomy.net by 1 February 2018.  
We hope that you will find this Call interesting – please also share with colleagues and students who might not yet be part of the CPERN community!
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding this Call, or the conference in general.
Many thanks,
The CPERN Board
Caroline Metz, Anne Engelhardt, Phoebe Moore, David Bailey and Angela Wigger

Event of Interest: INTIMATE Summer School

Applications are now open for the INTIMATE Summer School, “The Good, the Bad and the Monster. Queers, Crips and (Other) Misfits off the edge of the map”, 14-18 May 2018

For application details, speakers and further information, please visit: http://www.ces.uc.pt/cessummerschool/?id=18427&id_lingua=1

Event of Interest: Greg Owen on PrEP activism, Monday 6th November


Sexuality Summer School veteran Maurice Nagington is organising a talk by PrEP activist Greg Owen on his role in HIV prevention through the drug Truvada, which has seen dramatic drops in HIV seroconversion rates at some sexual health clinics.

This talk will take place Monday 6th November, 3pm-5pm, at Whitworth Hall (University of Manchester).

For more information, and to reserve a place (free), please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/greg-owen-on-prep-activism-tickets-38842683512


Event of Interest: Dirty Work? November 8th 13:00-17:30


Manchester Metropolitan University are holding a one-day workshop on gender and sexuality research in the Research Centre for Applied Social Sciences, titled ‘Dirty Work? Sexuality and Research in Higher Education’.

The event will take place on Wednesday November 8th from 13:00 to 17:30, LT5 in the Geoffrey Manton Building off Oxford Road.

For more information, and to register your place, please visit the Eventbrite page.


Event of Interest: Leicester LGBT+ Film Series

The Leicester LGBT+ Film Series is a new initiative that aims to bring together students, academics and members of the general public through the medium of film. The film series was inspired by the Birmingham LGBT Centre’s queer film series which runs yearly. The series consists of one screening a month, and will run alongside the academic year. Each film will be introduced by a scholar who will provide an informal introduction to the film and theme of the month, and will be followed by drinks at Rainbow & Dove, a local gay bar situated in the centre of town (close to the train station, taxis and various bus routes). The series is organised and ran by Connor Winterton, PhD candidate at Birmingham City University, however there are a number of other collaborators, which includes: the Leicester LGBT Centre, the Birmingham School of Media, CATH (Cinema and TV History – DMU), and the University of Leicester.
The theme for the first month is ‘Queer Horror’, the screening will be of Carrie (1976) and takes place on Friday 13th October (6.30pm – 9pm). The film will be introduced by Dr. Darren Elliot-Smith, senior lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire. Dr. Elliot-Smith’s research to date is focused on representations of queerness, gender and sexuality in horror film and television and extends to experimental film, adaptation studies, the appreciation of cult and trash in the moving image and applications of psychoanalysis to horror and fantasy texts.
The screening(s) will take place in the Attenborough Film Theatre (Attenborough Tower) at the University of Leicester, details of the theatre are here: http://www2.le.ac.uk/services/rooms/attenborough/att-uft  and directions to the campus can be found here: https://www.le.ac.uk/maps/ 


The event is completely free, and seats cannot be reserved. It is advisable to book a ticket online instead of simply showing up, to avoid possible disappointment. The event begins at 6.30pm, the film introduction will last 20 minutes (with 5 minutes for questions) and the film will begin at 7pm. This is a rough time-scale for every month, and the screenings will always be finished by 9.30pm at the latest.

Events of Interest: Elisabeth Lebovici, ‘Precious Liquids’ and ‘Interdisciplinarity as Resistance’


As part of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts and Languages (CIDRAL) Autumn Semester series on Constraints of Creativity, Elisabeth Lebovici will be giving a public lecture and seminar/roundtable.

Lebovici is a French art historian, critic and curator, whose most recent work reflects upon her work in art history in conjunction with her activism as part of ACT UP Paris.

The Public Lecture (12th October, 5-7pm in University Place, Room 6.210) will focus on her latest monograph, Ce que le sida m’a fait – Art et Activisme à la fin du XXe siècle (What AIDS Has Done to Me: Art and Activism at the end of the 20th Century).

The Seminar and Roundtable (13th October, 10am-12pm, Roscoe Building, Room 2.2) will focus on the interdisciplinarity of Lebovici’s research and how this approach can relate scholarly work to activism. 

The events are free to attend, and will be followed by a wine reception.

For more information, visit: https://www.alc.manchester.ac.uk/cidral/connect/events/cidral-programme/

Event of Interest: Working Alongside Trans and Gender Variant People

gendered intelligence

Gendered Intelligence will be holding a two day course for therapists and counsellors on ‘Working Alongside Trans and Gender Variant People’ on 4th and 5th October 2017.

“The aim of the course is to equip therapists and counsellors with the knowledge and confidence to work alongside trans and gender variant people.
It has been created in response to demand for more in-depth and specialist learning from therapists and counsellors themselves, and to the need of the trans community for a pool of trans-knowledgeable therapists and counsellors to draw on.
The training will be a mix of formal presentations, interactive exercises and reflective discussions delivered in a small group learning environment by two professional trainers who combine extensive therapeutic and trans-specific knowledge and practice.
This course is for practising psychotherapists, therapists and counsellors who are working with, or are interested in working with, trans and gender variant people. We particularly welcome bookings from QTIPOC / trans therapists and counsellors.”

The course costs £325, and there are places for 18 people.

For more information on how to book, what this includes, the schedule and the organisers, please visit: http://genderedintelligence.co.uk/professionals/therapists-and-counsellors

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