Ekaterinburg Academy of Contemporary Art;
Ural Federal University, the Institute of Social and Political Science;
Russian Academy of Sciences (the Ural Branch), the Institute of Philosophy and Law
Invite submissions for the interdisciplinary conference, "The Contours of Post-Fordism in Contemporary Russia: Between Uncertainty and Stable Institutions"
Ekaterinburg, May 31 – June 1, 2012
For the first time in decades, claims for the necessity of radical revision of capitalism moved from the sphere of academic discussions to the political sphere, becoming one of the key global political issues. The negative effects of capitalism are being widely acknowledged either in regard to the national economies or global social development. Restructuring of the current system of capitalist relations is acclaimed to be one of the priority goals for world political community.
Changes, which took place in the capitalist system over the last decades had a drastic effect on practically all spheres of human life in a relatively short period of time. Economic system based on flexible specialization and differentiated production laid the foundation for the new social condition, marked by the appearance of a totally new type of sociality. At the same time, the entire worldview shaped by the mature post-war capitalism collapsed. This condition being accompanied by the permanent instability and uncertainty was designated as post-Fordism.
For Russia, the study of post-Fordism has a special significance today. After a sharp transition to market economy, post-Soviet people found themselves in a new situation when their “live environment” seemed to be relatively stable while the norms and principles of living changed seriously. This had a strong effect on social structures, the labor market and, especially, on people’s identity. As a result, the system of economic and labor relations acquired a twofold character adopting to the rules of “light” capitalism and simultaneously staying in the “hard” Fordist Soviet reality. In this respect, the concepts and analytical tools developed by the scholars of post-Fordism two decades ago are capable now to take on new theoretical meanings while being used in the contemporary Russian context, focusing on the both socio-labor relations and the development of society as a whole.
The goal of the conference is to examine post-Fordism as a complex social phenomenon in the analysis of the post-Soviet Russian reality. The conference seeks to explore the contours of the post-Fordist model in Russia, its institutional and epistemological underpinnings, as well as the perspectives of post-Fordist relations for Russian business and populace.
The conference is held in Ekaterinburg, the industrial center of Russia, now oscillating between the long-standing industrial tradition and the dreams of post-industrial prosperity. On the one hand, one can find here a strong entrepreneurial community aimed at carrying out business activity corresponding to world standards. On the other hand, the rhetoric of re-industrialization, launched by local authorities becomes increasingly more powerful and popular as well. The First Ural Industrial Biennale of Contemporary Art, which took place in 2010, provoked the heated debates about the city’ industrial past and/or future among the artistic community and the broader audience.
The conference welcomes papers from scholars in the field of economics, sociology, political science, philosophy, contemporary art, marketing, management as well as representatives from business, government agencies, mass media.
Main topics to be discussed at the conference include, but are not limited to::
• epistemological grounds of the post-Fordist worldview;
• evolution of state and public institutions within the context of post-Fordist economy;
• split identity: (post)Soviet subject in a changing social environment;
• market relations in Russia: universal rules to be not for all?
• ethics of labor relations and values of Russian business community;
• aestheticization of labor: the artist as a producer and a “creative conveyor” in the post-Fordist era
Please, submit papers limited to twelve (12) typewritten pages in the Word format with spacing 1.5, in Times New Roman, font 14. References should follow the MLA style. The submissions should include the speaker’s name, place of work and position, as well as the contact address, phone and fax numbers, e-mail and the title of the proposed paper. The final decision as to which papers will be accepted for publication and for presentation at the conference will be made as a result of the review process.
Please, send your submissions via email by May 1, to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Ekaterinburg Academy of Contemporary Art
16 Kominterna Street, of. 216-1
Phone: +7 (343) 253-7317
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