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Markets and Society Research Network Pitch Session
The Network was established in 2009 with a growing membership from the faculties of Arts, Economics and Business, and Education and Social Work; including units such as Sociology, Economics, Gender and Cultural Studies, Work and Organisational Studies, and Anthropology, to name a few.
The network is convened by Dr Damien Cahill and Dr John Mikler from the School of Social and Political Sciences.Abstract
The aim of this project is to produce a sociology of contemporary market society that makes a quantum advance from current analyses by giving a central place to the experience, and the ideas, of the global periphery. Specifically, the project aims (a) to make a critical analysis of the intellectual responses to market society emerging from the global periphery; (b) to integrate this with the body of empirical work on transitions to market society; and (c) to make field studies that will test and develop this synthesis.
The global periphery is a rich source of social thought. An emerging body of writing traces the "alternative discourses" in Asian social science, the varieties of "southern theory", and the "diverse sociological traditions" worldwide. Latin America, for instance, not only gave rise to the well-known "dependence" theories in the 1950s and 60s, but has continued to generate intense and sophisticated debates about recent social change and about coloniality itself. In sub-Saharan Africa there has been equally intense debate about the relations between indigenous and Western knowledge systems. It is clear that 21st century social science can be dramatically enriched by integrating the experience and the social thought of colonial and post-colonial social formations. Difficult as this task is, it needs to be undertaken; and social scientists in Australia are in a strong position to share in it and even lead it. The central idea of the project is to bring this wealth of social thought to bear on the social transition of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, the emergence of new forms of market society on a world scale.Pitch Session
Pitch sessions offer a forum for the presentation of either (1) ideas developed sufficiently to represent research work-in-progress; and/or (2) conference presentations or more fully developed work at the level of an impending journal submission or book draft.
In all cases, the aim is to provide opportunities for a platform for individual research as well as identify possible opportunities for collaborative work. Proposals for pitch sessions are open to both individual presenters (involving a presentation of approximately 30 minutes with discussion to follow); or as a 'roundtable' format (involving 15-20 minute presentations by several speakers on related topics with discussion to follow). It is an open event: all are welcome to attend.
We welcome Professor Raewyn Connell from the Faculty of Education and Social Work who will present Market Society on a World Scale, the Movie (no, the Research Project)
When: Tuesday 8 June, 3 â€“ 4pm
Where: New Law School Seminar 115, The University of Sydney