“GLOBAL CAPITALISM AND CRISIS: CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES”
The beginning of the 1990s seemed to have ushered in an era of newfound optimism. History had witnessed, in the space of a few short years, momentous developments that were changing the face of the world. The Berlin Wall was down, and the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc had made the “Communist threat” a thing of the past. This was the end of the bureaucratic state. “Victory” was the Free World’s. The winds of change were blowing; a new wave of hope and exuberance seemed to be washing over the globe, bringing the ahistorical optimism of liberalism’s free market to every corner. Such powerful global governance institutions as the IMF, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization were enjoying a resurgence in prestige, and the world certainly did seem as if it were being cut down to size with the reform and structural adjustment programs these institutions were overseeing throughout the vast and undeveloped South. That the world had become a smaller, more accessible place was attested to by the opening of national borders to the “free” movement of capital and goods, with the hype surrounding the so-called “miracle” states being lanced as models of successful integration into globalizing markets, and with technical innovations in the media, communications, and information technologies industries that were said to be, more than at any other time, transforming the world into a “global village”. Understanding globalization had become the order of the day, and referring to the benefits of a globalizing world a requisite in interpreting current events. To question the globalization process was nothing less than foolhardy. The victory of this free market understanding and of international capitalism was celebrated as the end of history.
But the coming years would be burned into our collective memories with a series of economic and political crises. The world would bear witness to the outbreak of the First Gulf War and the declaration of a New World Order; to a seemingly endless string of financial crises and a host of regional, ethnic, religious and tribal conflicts; to devastating ecological disasters and ever-worsening bottlenecks in global supplies of energy, water, food and raw materials—all of which are heralding the beginning of a uniquely new age of crisis. The geopolitics of imperialism and war has re-emerged as subject matter worthy of consideration in academic and political debates as the world continues to quake with deadly strife and bloodshed: the terror attacks of 11 September 2001 and the long drawn-out invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan in their aftermath; imperialist strategies in the Middle East; the eruption of the Arab Revolts in 2011 and Western “humanitarian” interventions in their wake; the subsequent downfall of the Bin Ali, Mubarek, and Qaddafi regimes that has reshuffled the regional deck; and, most recently, growing international pressure on the Asaad regime in Syria that is bringing Russia and China into a face-off with the Western bloc of which Turkey remains an integral part… Add to this picture the devastating impact of the 2008 financial crisis, and it is easy to see how the cheery confidence of just a few short years ago has collapsed into dismal silence. Globalization has failed to deliver on its promises; in fact, it seems to have done just the opposite, deepening the social contradictions that are at root of the worst global conflicts of today. The neoliberal globalization project with all of its universalistic optimism appears to have come to an end. All that is left to us of this global are the crises.
Atilim Social Sciences Journal is seeking high-quality papers for its forthcoming special issue titled “Global Capitalism and Crisis: Critical Perspectives”. Taking the perspective that the contemporary crisis is more than an economic phenomenon—that it is of uniquely determining importance for humanity in general—the journal invites original contributions from all areas of the social sciences, including theoretical and applied analyses of:
• The crisis in Europe,
• The present and future of the financial and fiscal systems,
• Neoliberalism and urban transformation,
• The university system and reflections of the crisis in academia,
• Agriculture, food imperialism and ecological crisis,
• Transnational firms, consumption and consumerism,
• Transnational social movements (Occupy Movement, the Arab Spring and beyond),
• Poverty, income distribution and social polarization,
All papers will go through a double-blind, two-referee review process. Deadline for submitting papers is April 1st 2013.
For further information see the journal’s web page. http://dergi.atilim.edu.tr/asbd/notes-for-authors.htm
Manuscripts may be sent to the special issue editors:
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