Cultural Political Economy (CPE) is an emerging approach with post-disciplinary horizons. It engages with ‘cultural turns’ in the study of political economy to enhance its interpretive and explanatory power. Intellectually it arose from a synthesis of critical discourse analysis, critical political economy, neo-Gramscian state theory, neo-Gramscian International Political Economy, feminism, post-colonialism, governmentality and governance studies.

This three-day conference and associated workshop gives researchers and post-graduate students an opportunity to take issues in/with CPE in philosophical, methodological and empirical terms. It invites discussions at the interface of ‘cultural turns’, critical realism, critical discourse analysis and political economy. Specifically, it focuses on the cultural (and semiotic) dimensions of political economy considered both as a field of inquiry and as an ensemble of social relations.

In the light of multiple crises at many sites and scales in the global economic, political, and social order, the organizers invite papers that address theoretical or substantive aspects of the changing nature and dynamic of neoliberalism and democracy.

Topics

Potential topics might include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Cultural Turns and Critical Realism
  • Critical Discourse Analysis and Political Economy
  • Cultural Political Economy and Critical Policy Studies
  • Marx, Gramsci and Foucault
  • Social Relations, Everyday Life and Subjectivities
  • Intersectionalism and Political Economy
  • State, Governance and Governmentality
  • Discourse, Power and Space
  • Global Capitalism, Crises and New Imaginaries
  • National Competitiveness and National Branding
  • Finance, Austerity and Debt
  • Fourth Industrial Revolution, Infrastructural Growth and Post-Growth
  • Nature, Sustainability and Green Capitalism
  • Work, Employment, Body and Embodiment
  • Precarity, Inequalities of Wealth and Income
  • Education, Knowledge and Capitalism
  • Care and Shared Economy
  • Political Crises, Democracy and Authoritarianism
  • Brexit, EU and Global Political Economy
  • Immigration, Nationalism and Right-Wing Populism
  • Protectionism and Isolationism
  • Religions and (In-)Securities
  • Civility, Civil Society and Civilizations
  • Subalternity, Social Movements and Resistance
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