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REMINDER Call for Papers “Ableism, Racism and Conflicts of Participation and Inclusion in Society and the Labour Market”

Call for Papers
Ableism, Racism and Conflicts of Participation and Inclusion in Society and the Labour Market
International Conference on Linking Concepts of Critical Ableism and Racism Studies with Research on Conflicts of Participation – June 6-8, 2013

January 30th 2013 Abstract submission deadline

Network and Centre of Participation Research, University of Hamburg Prof. Dr. Marianne Pieper
Jamal Haji Mohammadi, Gesa Mayer, Till Telake

While anti-discrimination laws and the UN Disability Rights Convention provide legal guarantees anchoring the right to self-determination and inclusion in all sectors of society, these guarantees have yet to be realised in practice.

Central to this conference is the question of implementation of the rights of marginalised people to inclusion, self-determination and participation in society in general and especially in the labour market. The focus is on two central interconnected axes of difference, ableism and racism, which act as powerful social “ushers” in conjunction with other constructions of difference. Both “disability” and “migration background” are terms used colloquially and often understood as properties associated with individuals; however, what remains hidden is how they are the product of complex processes of construction. These processes can take on very different forms in different geopolitical contexts depending on the specific logics of economic valorisation as well as different political and technical conditions.

The aim of the conference is to discuss the creation of concepts as well as theoretical and methodological tools adequate to the task of analysing marginalisation and participation. An additional focus of the conference will be on the concept and practices of inclusion and a discussion of models, perspectives and policy options. The conference program is divided into three sections:

1. Theoretical and conceptual development

The aim is to explore new theoretical and methodological approaches to analysing processes of marginalisation by examining how ableism and racism interact with other axes of difference (gender, age, sexual orientation, class) in the context of specific economic conditions. How do logics of valorisation, production conditions and the labour market situation in contemporary neo-liberal economies relate to ableism, racism and other axes of difference?

2. Development of methodological perspectives / Discussion of new research designs

Creative and innovative methodologies will be presented for discussion. There will be an emphasis on theoretical concepts and research methods/research designs which neither comprehend people as simple emanations and materialisations of power logics and structures, nor view them as completely autonomous actors. The aim is rather to explore the potential offered by theoretical concepts and research designs from the fields of “neo- materialism” and complexity theory to escape the narrowness and aporias of social constructivist approaches.

3. Current empirical studies and reports from the field will be used as the basis for discussions of different forms of participation in the labour market and in everyday life.

a) Network activists will outline and discuss new perspectives and models as well as demands and opportunities for political intervention.
b) A panel discussion will allow network activists and scientists to debate new perspectives and models together with political decision-makers and representatives from business and the trade unions.

Important dates

January 30th 2013 Abstract submission deadline
March 3rd 2013 Abstract reviewed
March 4th – April 12th 2013 Early bird registration
May 15th 2013 Final deadline for registration
May 25th 2013 Full conference program published on-line

We invite colleagues from different countries and different disciplines within the social sciences. Please send your abstract (Limit 2000 characters, 250 words) to cepar@wiso.uni-hamburg.de

A Book Launch (or a special issue of an international journal) is in preparation.
Conference venue: University of Hamburg – Institute of Sociology – Network and Centre of Participation Research www.wiso.uni-hamburg.de/cepar

If you have any questions please contact to: cepar@wiso.uni-hamburg.de

Call for Papers: Work, Employment and Society Conference

Call for Papers for the

BSA Work, Employment and Society Conference 2013
“States of Work: and the interpretations of work, employment, society and the state”
3-5 September 2013; University of Warwick, UK

The conference has an international focus and comes at a critical time for the study of work. Over the few last years, unprecedented state intervention in the economy and subsequent radical reform plans for the public sector and the welfare state have raised new questions on the ways work is socially regulated: the WES 2013 conference will bring together sociologists of work from across the globe to assess the evidence and consider the theoretical implications of changing relations between work, society and the state. Deadline for abstract submission is April 19, 2013.

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