CALL FOR PAPERS: Hegemony, Power, and Practice
Interim meeting of the IPSA Research Committee on Power
City University of New York Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016
June 10 - 12, 2004
Research Committee 36/Political Power of the International Political Science Association holds an interim meeting between World Congresses of the IPSA. At its meeting in June 2004, members and other scholars will address the topic, "Hegemony, Power, and Practice."
United States' actions to suppress terrorism and to conquer Iraq in a
preventive war and subsequent occupation have brought the topic of hegemony forward to prominence in worldwide scholarly and political debates. Although many recent works deal with the subject, there have been relatively few which do so from the perspective of power. Yet, the two concepts are so closely related that it is impossible to understand hegemony except as a particular form of power relationship. In Gramsci, for example, hegemony represents the ideological dimension that is linked to power to form a system of domination. At the same time, hegemony prompts counterhegemony. One of the reasons for the disjunction between hegemony and power in the literature is the tendency for academics studying and theorizing hegemony to assume, as Gramsci does, that power remains an inherently unproblematic phenomenon. However, the extensive power literature has established that understanding power is highly complex and that any analysis that takes it for granted as unproblematic will tend to be simplistic. In addition to the challenge of integrating hegemony and power at a conceptual and theoretical level, the presence of hegemonic activity in daily political activities requires attention to the ways in which hegemony and power are institutionalized and practiced.
The IPSA Research Committee on Power invites proposals for papers to be
presented at its meeting in New York City from June 10 to 12, 2004. Selected papers will be submitted for publication in a special issue of Acta Politica devoted to the theme, "Hegemony and Power." It should be empahsized that papers which will be included in the proposed publication must deal with the relationship between power and hegemony in a comprehensive manner in order that the publication will have a clear common theme.
In addition to the central theme of hegemony and power, the Research
Committee solicits proposals for papers dealing with related topics, such as the nature of US hegemony, the future of the nation state and sovereignty, the relationship between autonomy and hegemony, violence and rhetoric in political practice, and collaboration and resistance in systems of hegemonic domination. Proposals should include the title of the paper, name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s), and a synopsis of not more than 150 words. They should be sent by e-mail to Mark Haugaard, Mark.Haugaard@nuigalway.ie.
There are two deadlines for submission of proposals: 1) for the conference in general the date is March 15, 2004, and 2) for those wishing to have their papers considered for inclusion in the proposed special issue of Acta Politica the date is February 15th. Authors will be notified within three weeks of these respective deadlines whether their proposals are accepted.
Hotel accommodations will be available in New York at rates ranging from
approximately $125 to approximately $170 for a single room. To reserve a
room or to ask questions about local arrangements, contact Howard H. Lentner at HowardH.Lentner@att.net.
Professor Mark Haugaard
Department of Political Science and Sociology
National University of Ireland - Galway
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