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

Fractious Connections: Anarchy, Activism, Coordination, and Control

Annual meeting 9-11 July 2022 at the University of Amsterdam (this meeting is physical, *not* virtual)

Registration deadline: 1 June 2022

(Network R meeting 18-20 July – virtual)

Conference Theme Overview

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)

Call for Papers PDF Download

 

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. If your abstract is accepted, the following mini-conferences require accepted participants to submit full papers by 15 June 2022: TH01 (max 9,000 words), TH02, TH03, TH06, TH10, TH11, TH12, TH13, and TH14. THO8 encourages but does not require a full paper submission (6,000 words). 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.

Please note that TH07 is no longer included in the list of mini-conferences because it has joined with TH14.

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

Featured Events

Featured events will be livestreamed during the conference.

Tools of Climate Mobilization and Resistance

Abstract

Climate change remains a challenge that needs to be addressed at multiple scales, by multiple actors. In the past years different strategies have been used to raise awareness to the climate crises and drive transformational social change. In this presentation we examine different tools of climate mobilization and resistance from a multi-disciplinary approach.

Climate litigation – at the scale at which it is now emerging – can be understood as a tool for climate mobilization and resistance. Litigation gives a new political role, and new power, to communities, NGOs, social movements and citizens. These actors now have a chance to access an additional sphere of power (the judiciary) and to counterbalance their lack of access to other spheres of power or their limited access, as is often the case for marginalized and vulnerable communities. Globally, small and powerless countries can raise their voice more effectively as well, as in the case of small island nations that take to international climate litigation. The formally dualistic litigation system of plaintiffs and defendants allows such marginalized interests to now confront ‘on eye level’ major emitters, powerful governments or internationally powerful states. Litigation can also help to provide compensation to the victims of pollution and climate change. Children and youth may gain power as they are so far not directly or only marginally represented by formal political institutions such as parliaments. Litigation can also go along with mass mobilization. A lawsuit brought by four French NGOs against the government was supported by over 2.3 million members of the public who signed a petition submitted with the court filings. Such developments strengthen, on the one hand, climate movements by adding another avenue for their mass mobilization.

However, there are also caveats to note. First, there are inequalities across actors. In any court case, the David and Goliath’s of political conflicts do not have the same resources. States and in particular corporate actors usually can afford teams of qualified lawyers, while individual litigants and NGOs have limited resources. Second, NGOs rely on selected resources, being financially often dependent on donations or contributions which not necessarily reflect the perspectives of the poor in their own countries or globally. Thirdly, climate litigation might create new ‘losers’ when governments or other actors are forced to take (more urgent) action, hence placing costs on certain actors. Lastly, litigation can’t be separated of other tools of mobilization and resistance. Rather, it often forms part of a broader strategy by social movements or organizations, either using other types of activism to set up, or lay the groundwork for, litigation, or resorting to litigation to ensure the viability of ongoing campaigns.

In the unfolding climate catastrophe, long-standing battles over environmental injustice and the stakes of green transformation have been intensifying across multiple fronts, sites, and scales. Increasingly, climate mobilizations have aligned with interrelated environmental justice movements against toxic pollution, plastic waste, pipelines, land dispossession, environmental racism, colonialism, militarism, and gender violence. These mobilizations have fostered new alliances between different social groups, while connecting to long-standing intersectional histories of resistance to environmental injustices. At this critical juncture, what are the possibilities and limitations of existing tools of climate resistance and mobilization? What lessons can be learned from multi-disciplinary and inter-movement alliances and exchange?

Alice Mah
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Joana Setzer
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National citizenship and the Institutionalization of Postcolonial Racisms

Abstract

In the decisive shift from imperial-states to nation-states after World War Two, two, arguably related, processes took place. There was a wide scale effort to delegitimize racist ideologies. At the same time, in a period when state sovereignty was (nearly) universally nationalized, the association of colonialism with foreignness was retained. Nationalist ideologies were regarded not only as legitimate but as practically mandatory in politics. This talk charts this history in order to understand how racism is organized, practiced, and resisted when national sovereignty is the hegemonic state form and when the social and juridical distinction between 'national' and 'migrant' are widely accepted. To do so, I examine the growing autochthonization of politics. Nationalisms the world over are increasingly reconfiguring the 'national' as an autochthon, i.e. a 'native' of the national 'soil'. Through a discussion of various autochthonous movements in very different contexts and with very different political registers, I analyze the double move wherein historic colonizers are re-termed 'migrants’ and today's 'migrants' are re-imagined as 'colonizers'. This move, I argue, is made possible by postcolonial racisms: the historic articulation between ideas of 'race' and 'nation' wherein ideas of national geography are racialized and racist ideas of blood  are territorialized. The result, I argue, is an intensification of the very practices that anti-colonial struggles fought to overturn - capitalist practices of expropriation and exploitation and the associated denigration of the oppressed. I conclude with an argument for a decolonization worthy of its name, one that ushers in a planetary commons wherein no one is excluded.

Nandita Sharma
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Platform Labor Unrest in a Global Context

Abstract

Protests by platform workers is attracting increasing attention around the world. Drawing from a unique dataset of more than 1200 instances of labour unrest by platform workers, across nearly 60 countries, we will shed light on the nature of such protests. We will consider how platform worker protest varies by region, the main issues motivating such protests, the form such protests take and the role of labour actors in initiating such action. Our analysis shows that platform labour unrest divides into two broad types of action: those seeking to protect and extend protective regulatory institutions; and those where workers seek a larger share of the value created. The former are more likely to involve mainstream unions and methods such as legal challenges over employment status. The latter are more likely to involve more grassroots organisation, and methods like strikes and demonstrations. We reflect on these findings to consider the role of traditional and grassroots unions in platform worker mobilisation and the ongoing challenges facing such workers in improving their terms and conditions of work.  The analysis offers new understanding of labour protest on platforms, not only quantitatively, but, following  Silver (2003), through theorizing the nature of protest into Marxian and Polanyian forms of unrest.

Mark Stuart
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Vera Trappmann
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Activist Room: Making Space for Black Women Writers

Abstract

The Featured Women and Gender Forum Plenary session brings together three Black Women Writers from Germany and the UK. Chelsea Kwakye and Ore Ogunbiyi, two recent Cambridge graduates, wrote "Taking Up Space" (2019, Penguin) as a guide and a manifesto for change in education systems.  Sharon Dodua Otoo, award winning novelist and political activist, will talk about her most recent novel "Adas Raum" (2021, S. Fischer Verlag), which explores themes of history and trauma and how the way both are dealt with affects individuals and societies in the present day. This conversation promises to be an exciting exchange on Black perspectives in predominantly white spaces.

Sharon Dodua Otoo
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Chelsea Kwakye
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Ore Ogunbiyi
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Brexit

Hussein Kassim
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Catherine Barnard
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Alan Finlayson
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Brigid Laffan
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A Tribute to David Marsden

Overview

The SASE tribute aims to honor David Marsden’s many and long-term contributions

  • to SASE as an organization (as president, as annual conference organizer, as founder and coordinator of one of the largest networks, and to the SASE journal)
  •  to the comparative study of labor markets and employment relations spanning Europe and Asia
  •  as a teacher and mentor
  •  and as a curious and inclusive intellectual

Members of the SASE community will give short statements in relation to one or more of these ways in which David touched the lives and intellectual development of hundreds of SASE members. The tribute will also open to the audience for spontaneous thoughts and statements.

In this year Network G launches the David Marsden Paper Prize for the best paper contribution to Network G. In 2022 SASE member Sarah Ashwin and others will hold a conference honoring the academic work of David Marsden (to be announced!), followed by a special issue in the British Journal of Industrial Relations.

Chair: Karen Shire

Karen Shire
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The Life and Work of Alice Amsden

Amy C. Offner
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Jason Jackson
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Henry Wai-chung Yeung
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Isabella Weber
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SASE Salons - Pre-Conference Events

SASE Salons are open live exclusively to paid members of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE). To join, visit https://sase.org/join-sase/.

The webinar series presents cutting-edge research from leading thinkers in anticipation of the 2022 annual SASE conference at the University of Amsterdam, “Fractious Connections: Anarchy, Activism, Coordination, and Control” – 9-11 July 2022.

Our aim is to spark debate, challenge assumptions, and become an essential resource for anyone interested in socio-economics and political economy.


Fragmented work boundaries and digital (dis)connections

Speaker: Tony Dundon [chair], Caroline Murphy, Michelle O’Sullivan, and Aida Ponce Del Castillo
28 April at 1pm UTC (find your timezone here)
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Abstract

The session will include a panel debate including academic researchers, policy and trade union experts around digital transformations of work. It will cover remote working challenges, policy and regulation debates around digitalization and artificial intelligence at work, rights to disconnect from technological surveillance and control.


Anarchism in the Business School

Speaker: Martin Parker 
12 May at 1pm UTC (find your timezone here)
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Abstract

Business schools are institutions which act as loudspeakers for neoliberal capitalism with all its injustices and planetary consequences. If we see universities as institutions with responsibilities to the societies they inhabit, then we must challenge the common notion that 'the market' should be the primary determinant of the education they provide. I want to make the case for a radical alternative, in the form of a 'School for Organising'. This institution would teach and research different forms of organising, instead of reproducing the dominant managerial model, helping us to discover alternative responses to the pressing issues of inequality and sustainability that we all face. One element of such a School will be anarchist ideas which have been, over the past two centuries, one of the most stimulating bodies of thought on the theory and practice of organization today. In this talk I will explain why anarchist experimentalism will be vital to help us shape our future, because anarchists have never been against organization.

Further reading

Parker, Martin 2018 Shut Down the Business School. Pluto Books

Parker, Martin, Konstantin Stoborod and Thomas Swann (eds.) 2020 Anarchism, Organization and Management. Routledge

Parker, Martin 2021 "Against management: Auto-critique" in Organisation, 1–9 

Parker, Martin 2020 "The Critical Business School and the University: A Case Study of Resistance and Co-optation" in Critical Sociology, 1–14


Fractious Feminisms and Feminist Solidarities – Women and Gender Forum event

Speakers: Elaine Coburn [chair], Marjorie Griffin Cohen, Jayati  Ghosh, Martha Gimenez, Rauna Kuokkanen, Julie Nelson, and Busi Sibeko
17 May at 3pm UTC (find your timezone here)
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Abstract

Sponsored by the SASE Women and Gender (WAG) Forum, this panel brings together leading feminist scholars and researchers to share their insights into how feminisms, in their diversity, shed new light on economics and political economy. If malestream traditions dismiss feminists as fractious—as "making trouble and complaining"—this panel asserts the usefulness of feminisms for troubling problematic assumptions and critiquing absences within dominant traditions of economics and political economy. Indeed, given significant income and wealth inequities, global conflicts and climate change, feminisms and feminist solidarities are more necessary than ever before. This panel opens up critical conversations about reimagining economics and political economies in ways that foreground feminist responses to the major concerns of our times.

Read Raunam Kuokkanen's article "Is Reindeer the New Buffalo? Climate Change, the Green Shift, and Manifest Destiny in Sápmi"


Society and Economy

Speakers: Mark Granovetter, Elaine Coburn, Michel Grossetti
24 May at 5pm UTC (find your timezone here)
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Abstract

Society and Economy: Framework and Principles—a work of exceptional ambition by the founder of modern economic sociology—is the first full account of Mark Granovetter’s ideas about the diverse ways in which society and economy are intertwined.

The economy is not a sphere separate from other human activities, Granovetter writes. It is deeply embedded in social relations and subject to the same emotions, ideas, and constraints as religion, science, politics, or law. While some actions can be understood in traditional economic terms as people working rationally toward well-defined ends, much human behavior is harder to fit into that simple framework. Actors sometimes follow social norms with a passionate faith in their appropriateness, and at other times they conform without conscious thought. They also trust others when there is no obvious reason to do so. The power individuals wield over one another can have a major impact on economic outcomes, even when that power arises from noneconomic sources.

Although people depend on social norms, culture, trust, and power to solve problems, the guidance these offer is often murky and complicated. Granovetter explores how problem solvers improvise to assemble pragmatic solutions from this multitude of principles. He draws throughout on arguments from psychology, social network studies, and long-term historical and political analysis and suggests ways to maneuver back and forth among these approaches. Underlying Granovetter’s arguments is an attempt to move beyond such simple dualisms as agency/structure to a more complex and subtle appreciation of the nuances and dynamics that drive social and economic life.

Further reading:

Coburn, Elaine, "Sociology versus economics: Economic life as social fact and social struggle" in International Sociology Reviews 2021, Vol. 36(5) 720–731

Goyal, Sanjeev, "Society and Economy: Frameworks and Principles: A Book Review" in Journal of Economic Literature 2019, Vol. 57(3), 678–689

Grossetti, Michel, "Mark Granovetter : de la sociologie économique aux sciences sociales de l’activité économique. À propos de l’ouvrage de Mark Granovetter, Society and Economy: Framework and Principles", working text, 2018.


The War in Ukraine

Speakers: Yuliya Bidenko, Alexander Rodnyansky, and Mariia Shuvelova
Moderator: Alya Guseva
2 June at 3pm UTC (find your timezone here)
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Abstract

The War in Ukraine Salon will feature a conversation about cultural, political and economic aspects of the ongoing war, including the warmongering of the war literature, the effects of the war on Ukraine’s civil society and the economic costs and consequences of the war, with three Ukrainian scholars: Mariia Shuvalova, literary critic and lecturer at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy; Yulia Bidenko, Associate Professor of Political Science at Karazin Kharkiv National University; and Alexander Rodnyansky, Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge. Moderated by Alya Guseva, alumna of Karazin Kharkiv National University, Associate Professor of Sociology at Boston University and Chief Editor of Socio-Economic Review.



The Rise of the Right in the US

Speaker: Arlie Hochschild
Chair: Glenn Morgan
9 June at 5pm UTC (find your timezone here)
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Abstract

Since the 1970s in America, the combined effect of globalization and automation have created winners and losers. On the whole, the coastal urban middle class of all ethnicities have gained from new opportunities and new premiums on their cultural capital and so—have come to feel like winners and cultural insiders. On the other hand, white blue-collar workers in middle America—whose jobs have been off-shored or automated—have felt increasingly like losers and cultural outsiders. This globalization effect has helped push the American white blue collar to a cultural membership they feel on the political right.

Drawing on field work in the deep South (Strangers in Their Own Land) and on-going work in Appalachia, Hochschild describes a right-wing “deep story” that led to the rise of Donald Trump. Hochschild describes subsequent “chapters” of that story from a focus on  “loss” to “victimhood of theft” (of an election, cultural centrality, affluence) to a focus on revenge and status-reversal: outsider as insider). She discusses the suppression of a social class narrative, its relation to the right wing narrative, and possible ways forward.

Further reading

Hochschild, Arlie (2018) Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right. The New Press.

Hochschild, Arlie (21 Jul. 2019) "Think Republicans are disconnected from reality? It's even worse among liberalsThe Guardian

Hochschild, Arlie (15 Sept. 2020) "What's Wrong With the MeritocracyThe New York Times

Feldmann, Magnus & Glenn Morgan (2021) "Business elites and populism: understanding business responses" in New Political Economy.

Feldmann, Magnus & Glenn Morgan (2021) "Brexit and British Business Elites: Business Power and Noisy Politics" in Politics & Society

Morgan, Glenn & Christian Lyhne Ibsen (2021) "Quiet Politics and the Power of Business: New Perspectives in an Era of Noisy Politics" in Politics & Society

Thompson, Derek (29 Dec. 2020) "The Deep Story of TrumpismThe Atlantic


How Digital Media Facilitated and Curtailed the Pro-Democracy Movement in Hong Kong

Speakers: Joseph Chan and Francis Lee
14 June at 9am UTC (find your timezone here)
TO BE RESCHEDULED


Abstract

Much has been written in the past two decades about how digital media could facilitate and empower social protests, whereas more and more scholars have also noted how digital media could undermine social protests either because of problematic online phenomena or because of the state's capability of appropriating the Internet for political control. This talk will review the experience of Hong Kong throughout the 2010s. We would first review our research on the Umbrella Movement, highlighting how digital media strengthened social mobilization, yet also introduced forces of decentralization into the movement, leading to a "tactical freeze" that hampered the movement in the end. We then review our research on Hong Kong people's collective remembering of the 1989 Tiananmen student movement in which digital media served not only as a channel for mobilization but also a memory archive. But at the same time, the state also perpetrated their narratives through online platforms. The result is the phenomenon of memory balkanization and polarization of attitudes toward the Tiananmen Incident. At the end, the talk will also briefly discuss the role of digital media in the 2019 Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill Movement as well as the digital media scene after the establishment of National Security Law in 2020.

Further reading:

Joseph M. Chan and Francis L.F. Lee (2018) Media and Protest Logics in the Digital Era: The Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong. Oxford University Press.

Joseph M. Chan and Francis L.F. Lee (2021) Memories of Tiananmen: Politics and Processes of Collective Remembering in Hong Kong, 1989-2019. Amsterdam University Press.



Histories of Racial Capitalism

Speakers: Destin Jenkins and Justin Leroy
23 June at 5pm UTC (find your timezone here)
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Please note that this event is open live to non-SASE members.


Abstract

The relationship between race and capitalism is one of the most enduring and controversial historical debates. The concept of racial capitalism offers a way out of this impasse. Racial capitalism is not simply a permutation, phase, or stage in the larger history of capitalism since the beginning of the Atlantic slave trade and the colonization of the Americas, capitalism, in both material and ideological senses, has been racial, deriving social and economic value from racial classification and stratification. Although Cedric J. Robinson popularized the term, racial capitalism has remained undertheorized for nearly four decades.

The book Histories of Racial Capitalism (ed. Destin Jenkins and Justin Leroy), from which this event stems,  brings together for the first time distinguished and rising scholars to consider the utility of the concept across historical settings. These scholars offer dynamic accounts of the relationship between social relations of exploitation and the racial terms through which they were organized, justified, and contested. Deploying an eclectic array of methods, their works range from indigenous mortgage foreclosures to the legacies of Atlantic-world maroons, from imperial expansion in the continental United States and beyond to the racial politics of municipal debt in the New South, from the ethical complexities of Latinx banking to the postcolonial dilemmas of extraction in the Caribbean. Throughout, the contributors consider and challenge how some claims about the history and nature of capitalism are universalized while others remain marginalized. By theorizing and testing the concept of racial capitalism in different historical circumstances, this book shows its analytical and political power for today s scholars and activists.

Further reading

Jenkins, Destin and Justin Leroy (eds.) (2021) Histories of Racial Capitalism. Columbia University Press.

 

Author Meets Critics

A great selection of ‘Author meets Critics’ sessions have been organized for SASE 2022, see the list of books and discussants below.

FEATURED AUTHOR MEETS CRITICS SESSION

Business and Populism: The Odd Couple – Magnus Feldmann and Glenn Morgan (eds.)
Forthcoming

Moderator:  Gerhard Schnyder
Discussants: Valentina Ausserladscheider / Jennifer Bair / Christopher Hartwell

 

 

NETWORK AUTHOR-MEETS-CRITICS SESSIONS

Network B: Globalization and Socio-Economic Development &
Network O: Global Value Chains

Interconnected Worlds: Global Electronics and Production Networks in East Asia – Henry Wai-Chung Yeung

Stanford University Press, 2022

Discussants: Douglas Fuller / Gary Gereffi/ Gale Raj-Reichert

 

Network C: Gender, Work and Family

Research Handbook on Work-Life Balance. Emerging Issues and Methodological Changes – Sonia Bertolini and Barbara Poggio (eds.)

Edward Elgar, 2022

Moderator: Bernard Fusulier

Discussant: Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay

 

Network E: Political Economy of Industrial Relations and Welfare States

Recoding Power: Tactics for Mobilizing Tech Workers – Sidney Rothstein

Oxford University Press, 2022

Moderator: Kurt Vandaele

Discussants: Virginia Doellgast / Anke Hassel / Jane Holgate / J. Nicholas Ziegler

 

Network E: Political Economy of Industrial Relations and Welfare States

Diminishing Returns: The New Politics of Growth and Stagnation – Lucio Baccaro, Mark Blyth, and Jonas Pontusson (eds.)

Oxford University Press, 2022

Discussants: Alexandre Afonso / Manuela Moschella / Waltraud Schelkle

 

Network E: Political Economy of Industrial Relations and Welfare States

Book Discussion 

Mediterranean Capitalism Revisited: One Model Different TrajectoriesLuigi Burroni, Emmanuele Pavolini, and Marino Regini (eds.)

Cornell University Press, 2022

 

Network E: Political Economy of Industrial Relations and Welfare States

Author-Meets-Author Panel: Two Books about Marketization in Europe

Marketization: How Capitalist Exchange Disciplines Workers and Subverts Democracy – Ian Greer and Charles Umney
Bloomsbury Academic, 2022

The State As a ‘Model Buyer’? Public Procurement between Marketization and De-Marketization – Karen Jaehrling
Forthcoming

 

Network F: KITE: Knowledge, Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship

Artificial Communication: How Algorithms Produce Social Intelligence – Elena Esposito

MIT Press, 2022

Discussants: Noortje MarresAkos Rona-Tas

 

Network G: Labor Markets, Education, and Human Resources

Social Exclusion of Youth in Europe: The Multifaceted Consequences of Labour Market Insecurity – Sonia Bertolini, Vassiliki Deliyanni-Kouimtzi, Dirk Hofäcker, Michael Gebel, and Marge Unt (eds.)

Policy Press, forthcoming 2023

Moderator: Karen Shire

 

Network H: Markets, Firms and Institutions

Labor in the Age of Finance: Pensions, Politics, and Corporations from Deindustrialization to Dodd-Frank – Sanford M. Jacoby

Princeton University Press, 2021

Discussants: Virginia Doellgast / Gregory Jackson / Natascha van der Zwan

 

Network H: Markets, Firms and Institutions

Global Production, National Institutions, and Skill Formation: The Political Economy of Training and Employment in Auto Parts Suppliers from Mexico and Turkey – Merve Sancak

Oxford University Press, 2022

Moderator: Gerhard Schnyder

Discussants: Fulya Apaydin / Aldo Madariaga / Geoffrey Wood / Jingqi Zhu

 

Network I: Alternatives to Capitalism

Beyond Money: A Postcapitalist Strategy – Anitra Nelson

Pluto Press, 2022

Discussants: Torsten Geelan / Lara Monticelli

 

Network J: Digital Economy

The Diffusion and Social Implications of MOOCs: A Comparative Study of the USA and Europe – Valentina Goglio

Routledge, 2022

Discussants: Davide Luca Arcidiacono / Laura Sartori

 

Network J: Digital Economy

The Data Imperative: How Digitalization is Reshaping Management, Organizing, and Work – Henri Schildt

Oxford University Press, 2020

Moderator: Jean-Samuel Beuscart

Discussants: Jean-Samuel Beuscart / Maximilian Heimstädt / Christina Strobel

 

Network K: Institutional Experimentation in the Regulation of Work and Employment

Democratize Work: The Case for Reorganizing the Economy – Isabelle Ferreras, Julie Battilana, and Dominique Méda

University of Chicago Press, 2022

Moderator: Gregor Murray

Discussants: Virginia Doellgast / Dalia Gesualdi-Fecteau / Anke Hassel / Lukas Lehner / David Peetz

 

Network K: Institutional Experimentation in the Regulation of Work and Employment

Revaluing Work(ers): Toward a Democratic and Sustainable Future – Tobias Schulze-Cleven and Todd E. Vachon (eds.)

Cornell University Press, 2021

Moderator: Chiara Benassi

Discussants: Marco Hauptmeier / Karen Shire / Peter Turnbull

 

Network N: Finance and Society

Speculative Communities: Living with Uncertainty in a Financialized World – Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou

Chicago University Press, 2022

Moderator: Daniel Maman

Discussants: Linsey McGoey / Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra / Leon Wansleben

 

Network P: Accounting, Economics, and Law

Political Economy of Financialization in the United States: A Historical-Institutional Balance-Sheet Approach – Olivier Butzbach and Kurt Mettenheim

Routledge, 2021

Discussants: Luca Fantacci / Mindy Peden / Annina Kaltenbrunner

 

Network Q: Asian Capitalisms

How China Escaped Shock Therapy: the Market Reform Debate – Isabella M. Weber

Routledge, 2021

Moderator: Tobias ten Brink

Discussants: Cédric Durand / Daniela Gabor / Imogen Liu / Gábor Scheiring

 

Mini-Conference TH04: Economic Racism, Ethnic Chauvinism, Racial Capitalism: Foregrounding Race, Ethnicity and Immigration in a Fractious Economy

Refuge: How the State Shapes Human Potential – Heba Gowayed

Princeton University Press, 2022

Discussants: Swethaa BallakrishnenFrederick Wherry

 

Mini-Conference TH04: Economic Racism, Ethnic Chauvinism, Racial Capitalism: Foregrounding Race, Ethnicity and Immigration in a Fractious Economy

A Man among Other Men: The Crisis of Black Masculinity in Racial Capitalism – Jordanna Matlon

Cornell University Press, 2022

Discussants: Ida Danewid / Isabel Pike / Alexandre White

 

Mini-Conference TH09: Labor and Collective Action in Transformation

Keystroke Capitalism: How Banks Create Money for the Few – Aaron Sahr

Verso, 2022

Discussant: Barbara Brandl / Leon Wansleben

 

Mini-Conference TH09: Labor and Collective Action in Transformation

Technopolitik von unten – Simon Schaupp

Matthes & Seitz Berlin, 2021

Moderator: Martin Seeliger

Discussants: Timur Ergen / Sandra Sieron / Philipp Staab

 

Mini-Conference TH14 – The Political Economy of Climate Change

Underwater: Loss, Flood Insurance, and the Moral Economy of Climate Change in the United States – Rebecca Elliott

Columbia University Press, 2021

Moderator: Amy Knight

Discussants: Stéphanie Barral/ Max BesbrisCaleb Scoville

 

 

 

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

Supported by
        

Conference Fees

Category

Rate

Non-student registration, no catering¹

$285*

Non-student registration, full conference²

$350*

Non-student early bird (before 31 March), no catering¹

$235*

Non-student early bird (before 31 March), full conference²

$300*

 

 

Emeritus registration, no catering¹

$225*

Emeritus registration, full conference²

 $265*

Emeritus early bird (before 31 March), no catering¹

$180*

Emeritus early bird (before 31 March), full conference²

$220*

 

 

Student registration, no catering¹

$165*

Student registration, full conference²

$205*

Student early bird (before 31 March), no catering¹

$140*

Student early bird (before 31 March), full conference²

$180*

 

 

Non-OECD Non-Student Flat Fee, no catering¹

$160 (includes membership and registration)

Non-OECD Non-Student Flat Fee, full conference²

$200 (includes membership and registration)

 

 

Non-OECD Emeritus Flat Fee, no catering¹

$120 (includes membership and registration)

Non-OECD Emeritus Flat Fee, full conference²

$160 (includes membership and registration)

 

 

Non-OECD Student Flat Fee, no catering¹

$80 (includes membership and registration)

Non-OECD Student Flat Fee, full conference²

$120 (includes membership and registration)

 

 

Community-Subsidized Hardship Fee, no catering¹

$50 (membership not required)

Community-Subsidized Hardship Fee, full conference²

$90 (membership not required)



Membership:  

OECD non-student membership

$130

OECD Emeritus membership

$100

OECD student membership

$65

   
Catering:  
Lunch Saturday $8
Lunch Sunday free
Lunch Monday $8
Welcome reception (Saturday evening) free
Conference dinner (Sunday evening) $50 (reduced rate for non-OECD, emeritus, and students: $25)

 

* Note that these registration categories require payment of membership fees in addition. 

¹ The welcome reception on Saturday and lunch on Sunday are free and open to all. 

² Full conference rate includes the welcome reception on Saturday, lunches on all three days of the conference, and the conference dinner on Sunday. 

Practical Information

The online program is available to be consulted, here.

OVERVIEW SCHEDULE

CONFERENCE LOCATION
University of Amsterdam
Roeterseilandcampus Building A/B/C
Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
1018WV Amsterdam
AND
Hotel Casa Amsterdam
Eerste Ringdijkstraat 4
1097 BC Amsterdam

Hotel CASA is close by the Roeterseiland campus. It’s a 2 km (25 mins) walk, and you can almost not go wrong: walk from the campus to Weesperplein and take a left over the bridge. From there, just go straight ahead on the Wibautstraat until you go underneath a viaduct. After the viaduct, take a left on the Ringdijk, when you’re over the water. You can already see CASA on your right hand.
DIRECTIONS via Google Maps

CONFERENCE DINNER
Start time: 7:30pm
Location: Tolhuistuin
Tolhuisweg 3
1031 CL Amsterdam
Directions: Go to Central Station, in the back there are ferries (follow signs in the station). Take any ferry to “Buiksloterweg” (they all go there and they go 24hrs/day every 6 minutes and are free of charge). It’s then a 2 minute walk. SASE staff will be at the ferry to direct you. 
DIRECTIONS from UvA via Google Maps
DIRECTIONS from Hotel CASA via Google Maps

CONFERENCE HOURS (excluding special events)
July 9: 8:30am – 6:15pm
July 10: 8:30am – 6:15pm
July 11: 8:30am – 4:15pm

PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Both the Roeterseiland campus and CASA are located to the metro lines 51, 53 and 54.
From Roeterseiland campus, walk to metro station Weesperplein (5 mins) and take any metro that is not going to Central Station.
Get out at Amstel Station (2nd stop) and from there it’s another 5 minutes walk.
Want to go from CASA to Roeterseiland campus? Take any metro from Amstel Station to Central Station, get out at Weesperplein (2nd stop), and walk 5 minutes to the campus.
DIRECTIONS via Google Maps

COVID-RELATED TRAVEL REGULATIONS (inbound to the Netherlands, updated regularly)

UvA COVID REGULATIONS (updated regularly)

HOTELS NEARBY
Hotel Casa
VolksHotel
Hotel Arena
Hyatt Regency
Zoku

CHILDCARE
Holiday Sitters
Napp
Sitly
24Nannies
Charly Cares
CompaNannies
High End Nanny Service

Online Program

The online program is available to be consulted, here.

While you are on this page, please take note of the important information below:

Hybrid sessions

Saturday, July 9

10:30am-12:00pm CET: The Political Economy of Debt and Financial Dependencies
TH15: The Political Economy of Financial Subordination
Registration link coming soon

2:45pm-4:15pm CET: Author Meets Critics: “Research Handbook on Work-Life Balance. Emerging Issues and Methodological Changes” edited by Sonia Bertolini and Barbara Poggio (Edward Elgar, 2022)
C: Gender, Work, and Family
Registration link coming soon

4:45pm-6:15pm CET: Markets in the Grey Zone
J: Digital Economy
Registration link coming soon

7:15pm-8:45pm CET: Author Meets Critics: “A Man among Other Men: The Crisis of Black Masculinity in Racial Capitalism” by Jordanna Matlon (Cornell University Press, 2022)
TH04: Economic Racism, Ethnic Chauvinism, Racial Capitalism: Foregrounding Race, Ethnicity and Immigration in a Fractious Economy
Registration link coming soon


Sunday, July 10

8:30am-10:00am CET: Author Meets Critics: “Recoding Power: Tactics for Mobilizing Tech Workers” By Sidney Rothstein (OUP 2022)
E: Political Economy of Industrial Relations and Welfare States
Registration link coming soon

10:30am-12:00pm CET: Failure & Crises: New Models
TH10: Possible Worlds: Next Emergencies, Global Capabilities, and Potential InequalitiesTH10: Possible Worlds: Next Emergencies, Global Capabilities, and Potential Inequalities
Registration link coming soon

4:45pm-6:15pm CET: The Experience of Platform Work
J: Digital Economy
Registration link coming soon

6:15pm-7:45pm CET: Climate Change and the Future of Capitalism
TH14: The Political Economy of Climate Change
Registration link coming soon


Monday, July 11

8:30am-10:00am CET: Digitizing Financial Infrastructures in and across National Spaces
TH06: Financial Infrastructures: From Colonial Trajectories to Global Digital Transformations
Registration link coming soon

2:45pm-4:15pm CET: Digital Currency: Sovereign Monopoly or Private Competition
P: Accounting, Economics, and Law
Registration link coming soon

 

*Onsite location for all hybrid sessions: University of Amsterdam – B Building – B1.03 Hybrid Learning Theatre

Livestream Events

G: Labor Markets, Education, and Human Resources Author Meets Critics: “Social Exclusion of Youth in Europe: The Multifaceted Consequences of Labour Market Insecurity” (Bristol Univ Press, 2023)   Jul-09 8:30 AM 10:00 AM University of Amsterdam – A Building – A2.07
E: Political Economy of Industrial Relations and Welfare States An Author-Meets-Author Panel: Two Books about Marketization in Europe   Jul-09 8:30 AM 10:00 AM University of Amsterdam – A Building – A2.09
E: Political Economy of Industrial Relations and Welfare States Discussion on the Book: “Mediterranean Capitalism Revisited. One Model Different Trajectories” (Cornell University Press, 2021)   Jul-09 10:30 AM 12:00 PM University of Amsterdam – A Building – A2.09
Featured Panels & Speakers Featured Speaker Mark Stuart (University of Leeds) and Vera Trappmann (Leeds University) – “Platform Labor Unrest in a Global Context”   Jul-09 1:15 PM 2:15 PM University of Amsterdam – A Building – A0.01
Featured Panels & Speakers Featured Panel – The Life and Work of Alice Amsden   Jul-09 1:15 PM 2:15 PM University of Amsterdam – A Building – A2.07
Special Events Presidential Address   Jul-09 2:45 PM 3:45 PM University of Amsterdam – A Building – A0.01
Special Events Awards Ceremony   Jul-09 3:45 PM 4:15 PM University of Amsterdam – A Building – A0.01
Q: Asian Capitalisms Author-Meets-Critics: “How China Escaped Shock Therapy: the Market Reform Debate” by Isabella M. Weber (Routledge, 2021)   Jul-09 4:45 PM 6:15 PM University of Amsterdam – A Building – A2.07
E: Political Economy of Industrial Relations and Welfare States Author Meets Critics: “Diminishing Returns: The New Politics of Growth and Stagflation” edited by Lucio Baccaro, Mark Blyth and Jonas Pontusson (OUP, 2022)   Jul-09 4:45 PM 6:15 PM University of Amsterdam – A Building – A2.09
N: Finance and Society Author Meets Critics: “Speculative Communities: Living with Uncertainty in a Financialized World” by Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou (Chicago University Press, 2022)   Jul-09 4:45 PM 6:15 PM University of Amsterdam – A Building – A2.11
             
G: Labor Markets, Education, and Human Resources Author Meets Critics: “In Search of the Global Labor Market” Edited By Ursula Mense-Petermann, Thomas Welskopp, and Anna Zaharieva (Brill, 2022)   Jul-10 10:30 AM 12:00 PM University of Amsterdam – A Building – A2.07
H: Markets, Firms and Institutions Author Meets Critics: “Global Production, National Institutions, and Skill Formation the Political Economy of Training and Employment in Auto Parts Suppliers from Mexico and Turkey” by Merve Sancak (OUP, 2022)   Jul-10 10:30 AM 12:00 PM University of Amsterdam – A Building – A2.11
Featured Panels & Speakers Featured Speaker Nandita Sharma (University of Hawaii at Mānoa) – “National citizenship and the Institutionalization of Postcolonial Racisms”   Jul-10 1:15 PM 2:15 PM University of Amsterdam – A Building – A0.01
Featured Panels & Speakers Featured Panel – Brexit   Jul-10 1:15 PM 2:15 PM University of Amsterdam – A Building – A2.07
Featured Panels & Speakers Featured Panel – Activist Room: Making Space for Black Women Writers   Jul-10 1:15 PM 2:15 PM University of Amsterdam – A Building – A2.09
B: Globalization and Socio-Economic Development Author Meets Critics: “Interconnected Worlds: Global Electronics and Production Networks in East Asia” by Henry Yeung (Stanford University Press, 2022)   Jul-10 2:45 PM 4:15 PM University of Amsterdam – A Building – A2.07
H: Markets, Firms and Institutions Author Meets Critics: “Business and Populism: the Odd Couple” Ed. Magnus Feldmann and Glenn Morgan (Oxford University Press, 2022)   Jul-10 2:45 PM 4:15 PM University of Amsterdam – A Building – A2.09
K: Institutional Experimentation in the Regulation of Work and Employment Author Meets Critics: “Revaluing Work(ers): Toward a Democratic and Sustainable Future” by Tobias Schulze-Cleven and Todd E. Vachon (Cornell Press, 2021)   Jul-10 2:45 PM 4:15 PM University of Amsterdam – A Building – A2.11
J: Digital Economy Author Meets Critics: “The Diffusion and Social Implications of MOOCs: A Comparative Study of the USA and Europe” by Valentina Goglio (Routledge, 2022)   Jul-10 4:45 PM 6:15 PM University of Amsterdam – A Building – A1.03
TH09: Labor and Collective Action in Transformation Author Meets Critics: “Keystroke Capitalism: How Banks Create Money for the Few” by Aaron Sahr (Verso, 2022)   Jul-10 4:45 PM 6:15 PM University of Amsterdam – A Building – A2.07
I: Alternatives to Capitalism Author Meets Critics: “Beyond Money: A Postcapitalist Strategy” by Dr. Anitra Nelsen (Pluto, 2022)   Jul-10 4:45 PM 6:15 PM University of Amsterdam – A Building – A2.09
K: Institutional Experimentation in the Regulation of Work and Employment Author Meets Critics: “Democratize Work: The Case for Reorganizing the Economy” by Isabelle Ferreras, Julie Battilana, and Dominique Méda (Univ of Chicago Press, 2022)   Jul-10 4:45 PM 6:15 PM University of Amsterdam – A Building – A2.11
TH14: The Political Economy of Climate Change Author Meets Critics: “Underwater: Loss, Flood Insurance, and the Moral Economy of Climate Change in the United States” by Rebecca Elliott (Columbia Univ Press, 2021)   Jul-11 8:30 AM 10:00 AM University of Amsterdam – A Building – A2.09
P: Accounting, Economics, and Law Author Meets Critics: “Political Economy of Financialization in the United States: A historical-institutional balance-sheet approach” by Kurt Mettenheim (Routledge, 2022)   Jul-11 8:30 AM 10:00 AM University of Amsterdam – A Building – A2.11
TH09: Labor and Collective Action in Transformation Author Meets Critics: “Technopolitik von unten” by Simon Schaupp (Matthes & Seitz Berlin, 2021)   Jul-11 10:30 AM 12:00 PM University of Amsterdam – A Building – A2.07
J: Digital Economy Author Meets Critics: “The Data Imperative: How Digitalization is Reshaping Management, Organizing, and Work” by Henri Schildt (Oxford University Press, 2020)   Jul-11 10:30 AM 12:00 PM University of Amsterdam – A Building – A2.09
Featured Panels & Speakers Featured Speaker Alice Mah (University of Warwick) and Joana Setzer (Grantham Research Institute, London School of Socio-Economics) – “Tools of Climate Mobilization and Resistance”   Jul-11 1:15 PM 2:15 PM University of Amsterdam – A Building – A0.01
Featured Panels & Speakers Featured Panel – The Life and Work of David Marsden   Jul-11 1:15 PM 2:15 PM University of Amsterdam – A Building – A2.09
H: Markets, Firms and Institutions Author Meets Critics: “Labor in the Age of Finance – Pensions, Politics, and Corporations from Deindustrialization to Dodd-Frank” by Sandy Jacoby (Princeton University Press, 2021)   Jul-11 2:45 PM 4:15 PM University of Amsterdam – A Building – A2.07
F: KITE: Knowledge, Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Author Meets Critics: “Artificial Communication. How Algorithms Produce Social Intelligence” by Elena Esposito (MIT Press, 2022)   Jul-11 2:45 PM 4:15 PM University of Amsterdam – A Building – A2.09