Deadline Extended to April 20 - On the Edge: Genealogies and Futures of Precarity, Annual Graduate Conference, CEU

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Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Central European University

Call for Papers

On the Edge: Genealogies and Futures of Precarity

Annual Graduate Conference
Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology,
Central European University, Budapest

Conference date: June 3-4, 2016
Proposal submission deadline: April 20, 2016

Keynote speaker: Isabell Lorey

The Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Central European University in Budapest welcomes paper proposals for its annual graduate conference, taking place June 3-4, 2016. This year's conference title is On the Edge: Genealogies and Futures of Precarity.

The emergence of 'precarity' as a 'worldwide symptom of neoliberalism' signals both a socio-economic condition and an ontological experience under the global regime of late capitalism. In the current political moment, precarity has come to designate a shift away from job security, an erosion of social belonging, and a loss of well-being for a neoliberalized citizenry, whose daily lives are increasingly marked by economic instability, uncertain futures, risky livelihoods, and a perceived dependence on the political will of elite actors.

In tracing the conceptual lineage of 'precarity' - from Marx and Polanyi to Butler and Bourdieu - this conference hopes to unravel the analytical and political potentialities of the term, exploring how uncertainty and insecurity are increasingly being structurally built into contemporary modes of being, working, and governing of people. We are looking for bold new explorations of the use of 'precarity' as a disruptive conceptual framework, crossing and clarifying bounded political, economic, and social categories.

We welcome abstracts for proposed paper presentations from advanced Master students, PhD candidates and junior researchers in the social sciences that employ the concept of precarity in their research.

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