Global Conference on Economic Geography

Theme: Dynamics in an Unequal World

Date and location: July 24 – 28, 2018, University of Cologne

Workers and their organizations are increasingly challenged by authoritarian populism, austerity policy and anti-worker politics in many parts of the world while corporate power seems undented. The ability to shape economic policy and landscapes in favor of labour thus remains a daunting task.  At the same time, shifting constellations of power within and between the “global North” and “global South” are being met with creative responses and forms of organizing from working people and their organizations. Migrants’ rights, struggles for decolonization, anti-imperialism and climate justice all represent opportunities and challenges for labour movements. These sessions will explore these developments and the uneven responses of workers in contemporary and historical perspectives.

Papers and presentations may address (but are not limited to) the following topics:

  • Migrant labour regimes and flows and migrant workers politics
  • Solidarities among labour, anti-fascist, and anti-racist groups
  • Labour internationalism in an era of rising nationalism
  • Labour, urbanization and urban politics
  • Right-wing unions and new fascist mobilizations
  • Possibilities for labour and left populism
  • Immigrant, indigenous and workers of colour organizing against white supremacy
  • Greening work and labour politics amidst climate change skepticism
  • Labour’s engagement with LGBT and Queer activists and workers
  • Resistance by unemployed and underemployed
  • New workers’ movements and community organizing (e.g., Fight for $15)
  • Basic income as a new compromise

If you are interested, please submit a session abstract by Thursday October 12th to Kendra Strauss ([email protected]).

This session is a companion session to those organized at the 2018 AAG and CAG conferences. If you are interested in participating in AAG please send abstracts to Michelle Buckley ([email protected]) and/or Suzanne Mills ([email protected]) by October 18th, 2017. If you are interested in participating in the IGU/CAG, please contact David Jordhus-Lier ([email protected]) and/or Steven Tufts ([email protected]) with an expression of interests.  A second call for papers for the IGU/CAG will follow.

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