9-11 July 2022
University of Amsterdam – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Submissions

SASE Annual meeting 2022

Fractious Connections: Anarchy, Activism, Coordination, and Control

Conference Theme Overview
SUBMISSIONS TO OPEN IN LATE NOVEMBER

Being “well connected” has traditionally been associated with having influential friends or relatives in “high places”. Privileged levels of social and economic capital differentiate them from the “poorly connected” in diverse, economically poor, but potentially socially rich communities. In the digital age, the implicitly positive association of being “well connected” implies being “plugged in”, “on the scene”, informed and involved with “what’s happening”.

However, a growing critique of being “over connected” or “disconnected” from mainstream economic and political life is forcefully apparent in the recent Ken Loach films: I, Daniel Blake and Sorry We Missed You. We are increasingly becoming aware of public, policy and academic debates about the “right to disconnect” or movements to increase “connectivity” for dislocated communities. But a closer examination of the concept of “connectedness” is needed to understand how strong and weak connections unfold at different levels and across different societies for disparate communities.

In “The Strength of Weak Ties” Granovetter wrote, “the personal experience of individuals is closely bound up with larger-scale aspects of social structure, well beyond the purview or control of particular individuals. Linkage of micro and macro levels is thus no luxury but of central importance to the development of sociological theory. Such linkages generate paradoxes: weak ties, often denounced as generative of alienation are here seen as indispensable to individuals’ opportunities and to their integration into communities; strong ties, breeding local cohesion, lead to overall fragmentation. Paradoxes are a welcome antidote to theories which explain everything all too neatly.” (1973:1377-8).

The paradoxical experience of connectedness has been poignantly evident on political stages around the world. The heated, and deadly, debates surrounding Brexit, Black Lives Matters and the storming of the US Capitol in 2021 illustrate the very fractious climate where these connections are being vociferously, and sometimes violently, contested.

The overarching theme of the SASE 2022 conference will be to explore the paradox of Fractious Connections. This will be done through the lens of four key concepts that have received varying degrees of attention in comparative political economy: Anarchism, Activism, Coordination, and Control.

The concept of Coordination in comparative political economy has received considerable attention in relation to debates around the Varieties of Capitalism. But has digital disruption undermined this coordination?

The concept of Control has been used to understand the labor process; but how is this evolving in relation to digital surveillance at work and in politics?

The concepts of Anarchy and Activism have, relatively speaking, received much less attention within the SASE community.

Activism is frequently discussed within an Industrial Relations framework. While traditional male, manufacturing union membership has declined; a plethora of new forms of organizing for an emergent “gig” workforce has included the voices of younger, female, and ethnically diverse communities. We need to know more about these developments evolving outside established organizations.

Anarchy is not often discussed in comparative political economy, although there is a vibrant discourse in international relations (Hedley Bull 1977), and in the work of Chomsky (1994). Understanding how disruptive digital practices have emerged anarchically exposes new structures and organization of power, opportunity, and oppression.

Re-examining these concepts and developments relates back to the work of Granovetter in connecting the individual experiences with global societal structures to understand the paradoxical way fractious connections are evolving.

While these concepts will inform the overall theme of the 34th SASE annual conference, a wide range of contributions are encouraged to participate in one of the 18 vibrant networks, or submit proposals to host a mini-conference.

SASE provides a platform for creative empirical and theoretical research on key social problems. We are committed to supporting a diverse international membership encouraging lively intellectual and interdisciplinary debates. So whether you are new to SASE, or a seasoned aficionado, we look forward to seeing you in Amsterdam!

President: Jacqueline O’Reilly (j.o-reilly@sussex.ac.uk)

 

 

Image by Jean-Philippe Berger, “Pop Art Fiction, Revolution !” 2018

Mini-conferences consist of 3 to 5 panels, which will be featured as a separate stream in the program. Submissions are open to all scholars on the basis of an extended abstract. The following mini-conferences additionally require a full paper from accepted participants, to be submitted by 15 June 2022: TH03, TH04, TH05, TH06, TH07, THO8 (6,000 words), TH09, TH10 (max 9,000 words), TH15, and TH16. If a paper proposal cannot be accommodated within a mini-conference, organizers will forward it to the most appropriate research network as a regular submission.

TH01 - Connecting the Dots between Global Capitalism and National Capitalisms
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Organizers
Fulya Apaydin
Arie Krampf
Andreas Nölke
Merve Sancak
TH02 - Contested Spaces and Disrupted Markets: Controversies in the Struggle for Innovation and Control of Health and Medicines
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Organizers
Larry Au
Kathryn Ibata-Arens
Wan-Zi Lu
Etienne Nouguez
TH03 - Decolonizing Development
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Organizers
Zophia Edwards
Julian Go
Alexandre White
TH04 - Economic Racism, Ethnic Chauvinism, Racial Capitalism: Foregrounding Race, Ethnicity and Immigration in a Fractious Economy
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Organizers
Nina Bandelj
Heba Gowayed
Daniel Hirschman
Jordanna Matlon
John N. Robinson III
TH05 - Examining the Theory and Practice of (Systemic) Transformation: Dimensions, Dynamics, and Challenges
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Organizers
Manuel Nicklich
Sabine Pfeiffer
Stefan Sauer
Jasmin Schreyer
TH06 - Financial Infrastructures: From Colonial Trajectories to Global Digital Transformations
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Organizers
Barbara Brandl
Malcolm Campbell-Verduyn
Carola Westermeier
TH07 - Fractious Economies in the Anthropocene
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Organizers
Stéphanie Barral
Ritwick Ghosh
Ian Gray
TH08 - Gender and Wealth Accumulation
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Organizers
Céline Bessière
Maude Pugliese
TH09 - Labor and Collective Action in Transformation
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Organizers
Donatella Della Porta
Irene Dingeldey
Heiner Heiland
Jeremias Herberg
Franziska Laudenbach
Martin Seeliger
TH10 - Possible Worlds: Next Emergencies, Global Capabilities, and Potential Inequalities
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Organizers
Gary Herrigel Gary Herrigel
Adriana Mica
Ann Mische
TH11 - Racial Capitalism and the Global Carceral Empire of Control
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Organizers
Sabrina Axster
Ida Danewid
TH12 - Spatial Competition as a Mean for Coordination or Control? Discourses, Institutions, and Everyday Practices
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Organizers
Carina Altreiter
Claudius Gräbner-Radkowitsch
Stephan Puehringer
Ana Rogojanu
Georg Wolfmayr
TH13 - The Day After: Coping with the Long-term Consequences of Deindustrialization
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Organizers
Franco Bonomi Bezzo
Anne-Marie Jeannet
Gábor Scheiring
TH14 - The Political Economy of Climate Change
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Organizers
Daniel Aldana Cohen
Neil Fligstein
Simone Pulver
Caleb Scoville
TH15 - The Political Economy of Financial Subordination
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Organizers
Bruno Bonizzi
Annina Kaltenbrunner
Kai Koddenbrock
Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven
Jeff Powell
TH16 - Vegan Activism and Animal Production: Towards Abolition or Transformation?
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Organizers
Gary Lawrence Francione
Harald Grethe
Stefan Mann
Mona Seymour
Achim Spiller

Early Career Workshop

SASE will host its seventh Early Career Workshop at its 2022 Conference in partnership with the Digital Futures at Work Research Centre (Digit).  

View the 2022 SASE/Digit Early Career Workshop page for more information

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