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Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE)
Call for 2013 Mini-Conference Theme Proposals!
University of Milan - June 27-29, 2013

As they have in the past years, thematic mini-conferences will form a key element of next year's annual conference at the University of Milan. Proposals are now welcome for mini-conference themes. Up to eight mini-conference themes will be selected for inclusion in the Call for Papers by the program committee, which may also propose themes of its own. Preference will be given to proposals linked to the overarching conference theme, "States in Crisis," but mini-conferences on other SASE-related themes will also be considered.

Proposals for mini-conference themes must be submitted electronically to the members of the program committee by October 1, 2012. All mini-conference proposals should include the name(s) and email addresses of the organizer(s), together with a brief description. As in previous years, each mini-conference will consist of 2 to 6 panels, which will be featured as a separate stream in the program. Each panel will have a discussant, meaning that selected participants must submit a completed paper in advance, by June 1, 2013. Submissions for panels will be open to all scholars on the basis of an extended abstract. 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.

You can consult the site to learn more about the SASE 2013 theme and click on the "annual meetings" button at the top of the homepage to consult mini-conference themes from previous years.

Proposals should be submitted to: Patrick Le Galès (, Isabela Mares (, and Roberto Pedersini (

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP)announce the annual Abe Fellowship competition. The Abe Fellowship is designed to encourage international multidisciplinary research on topics of pressing global concern. The Abe Fellowship Program seeks to foster the development of a new generation of researchers who are interested in policy-relevant topics of long-range importance and who are willing to become key members of a bilateral and global research network built around such topics.

For more information on fellowship research themes, eligibility, and the application process, visit or contact SSRC staff at

EGOS Colloquium

July 5-7, 2012, Helsinki

Sub-theme on Marxist Studies of Organization: The Challenges of Design


Paul Adler , University of Southern California, USA,

Rick Delbridge , Cardiff Business School, UK,  delbridger@CARDIFF.AC.UK

Matt Vidal , King’s College London, UK,

The goal of this sub-theme is to build on the success of the first two EGOS Marxist studies sub-themes in 2010 and 2011 in bringing together people who share an interest in building on Marx’s ideas to advance organization studies, and in particular to advance our understanding of design. We are not dogmatic in an attachment to any specific kind of Marxism — all kinds are welcome. We come together to advance organizational scholarship inspired by Marx’s historical, materialist, dialectical, and critical-realist writing. Papers in this stream have examined a range of organizational issues, deploying and building on concepts such as forces and relations of production, managerial control and worker resistance, valorization and socialization, ideology and hegemony, contradiction and fetishism, absolute and relative surplus value, and regulation and crisis.

The theme of the 2012 Colloquium is “Design!?� This theme is particularly congenial to Marxist approaches, since Marx offers a fruitful starting point for understanding the distinctive features of tacit-knowledge-intensive product/process design activities, for critiquing the currently dominant organization designs, and for proposing alternative designs for social institutions at both micro and macro levels. In this context, we invite papers that address debates among different varieties of Marxist theory and between Marxist and other theoretical currents.

The 2012 Colloquium organizers have highlighted several topics under the broad theme of “Design!?� and we encourage submissions to our sub-theme that offer a Marxist approach to any of them:

– Institutions, industries and organizations : Marx and other writers in the tradition he inspired offer fruitful starting points for analyzing the distinctive features of design activities and how they are or could be organized. We encourage papers that explore the nature of use-value/exchange-value relations in the creative industries and papers that explore the relations between private accumulation and public policies in shaping the evolution of those industries.

– Organizing and managing : Marxist theory offers a powerful theoretical framework for understanding the tensions between the creative labor process and the exploitative valorization process. We welcome papers that build on that theoretical base and use it to study what is happening today in theorganization and management of design activities, and more generally in thedomain of what is called ‘knowledge work.’ Some of that creative design labor happens outside the capitalist firm (unpaid networks, NGOs, artistic communities): we welcome Marxist studies of these other settings and on theinterrelations between them and the capitalist sector.

– Power and identities : Marxist social theory is a fruitful starting point for understanding some key forms of power and for characterizing both cooperation and conflict within and between capitalist enterprises as well between these enterprises and other social actors. And Marxist social psychology is a fruitful starting point for understanding the introjection of social structures and the formation of social identities. We welcome papers that build on or contribute to Marxist theory of power and identity in the context of design activities both within and beyond capitalist firms.

Over the previous two years, this EGOS sub-theme has become a gathering point for organizational scholars working with Marxist ideas. So we invite Marxist submissions on any of these topics, and we also encourage contributions on any of the other dimensions of organization studies where a Marxist approach might be fruitful.

In selecting papers, the conveners will give priority to those that either (a) enrich our understanding of theempirical world of organizations based on strong Marxist theoretical foundations, or (b) enrich Marxist theory in a way that promises deeper understanding of that world.

The deadline for “short paper submission� is January 16, 2012. While the overall EGOS call asks for short papers under 3000 words, this sub-theme encourages longer submissions so we can better assess the fit with our program. If the “short paper� is accepted by the conveners, the full paper will need to be posted on the Colloquium website by May 31.

Paul Adler : Rick Delbridge : Matt Vidal :