International Conference: A Great Transformation? Global Perspectives on Contemporary Capitalisms
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Ever since the global economic area opened up in the 1990s ? and most recently, in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis ? Karl Polanyi?s economic and cultural history of capitalism, published as The Great Transformation in 1944, has been attracting renewed attention. Given his deft analysis of the liberal creed or how he refers to labor, land, and money as fictitious commodities, Polanyi?s critique of capitalism has never disappeared from the discussion. However, the unleashing of the market ? and more specifically, of financial markets ? has resulted in his ideas being widely re-read among sociologists, political scientists, and economists from all over the world. Polanyi?s analysis of the relationship between economy and society, and between economy/market and politics/state ? along with his perspectives on civil society movements ? all seem to be tailor-madefor capturing the crises, changes, and transformations of contemporary capitalisms. Meanwhile, Polanyi?s ideas and models have been thoroughly revised, pursued, developed, and checked for appropriateness when analyzing developments in the Global North and South. Moreover, a wealth of answers has emerged to the question of how his particular analysis of society may have inspired sociology, political science, and economics.
The conference A Great Transformation? Global Perspectives on Contemporary Capitalisms seeks to continue this discussion, identify new salient points and study the following questions: How do developments in contemporary capitalisms in the Global North and South constitute a great transformation, i.e. an epochal change in which the relationship between politics/state and economy/market undergoes fundamental changes at the global, international, transnational, and national levels? etc.