World-Systems Analysis in a Critical Juncture

The PEWS 2020 conference, World-Systems Analysis in a Critical Juncture, has been postponed until fall 2020. Both the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins have cancelled in-person classes, meetings, and events until further notice due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Information about the rescheduled dates will be forthcoming. We apologize for the unavoidable inconvenience and we look forward to a productive conference in the fall.

The preliminary conference program is now available and can be downloaded here: PEWS 2020 Preliminary Program.

To register to attend the conference, please fill out this form.

The 44th Annual Conference on the Political Economy of the World-System is co-organized by the Arrighi Center and the Department of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park. The conference will take place on April 10th and 11th at the College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. The sessions are open to the public.

This meeting takes place during a critical juncture for both the field of world-systems analysis and for the world-system itself. In this time of escalating systemic chaos, this conference assembles a series of papers that utilize a world-systems perspective to analyze the social, political, and economic challenges of the current juncture. To more effectively grapple with these challenges, this conference also aims to reconstruct the foundations of world-systems analysis and to develop useful synergies with other critical perspectives within the social sciences.

Call for Papers

Deadline has passed.

44th Annual Conference on the Political Economy of the World-System (PEWS)
Department of Sociology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA
The Arrighi Center for Global Studies at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA

April 10-11, 2020

Download the Call for Papers here.

  1. Global Crisis and Systemic Chaos. A world-systems perspective can provide unique insights into the multiple system-level problems facing the world today—for example, xenophobic nationalism, militarism, neo-fascism, the refugee crisis, and environmental degradation. We seek papers that use the tools of world-systems analysis to shed light on this global crisis.
  2. Reconstructing the Lineages of World-Systems Analysis. While some of the foundational contributions of world-systems analysis are well-examined by its practitioners today, others have fallen outside the main corpus of the perspective. We seek papers that evaluate the contemporary relevance of contributions such as Terence K. Hopkins’ methodological essays in World-Systems Analysis: Theory and Methodology; Giovanni Arrighi’s Geometry of Imperialism; Walter Rodney’s How Europe Underdeveloped Africa; Ruy Mauro Marini’s Dialética da Dependência; Samir Amin’s Accumulation on a World Scale; and Janet Abu-Lughod’s Before European Hegemony.
  3. Epistemological Inclusion and Exclusion in World-Systems Analysis. In what ways has world-systems analysis succeeded (or failed) to incorporate major insights from other critical perspectives that share key epistemological premises? How can world-systems analysis develop new synergies with these other critical perspectives? Of particular interest are papers that enter into a dialogue with analyses focusing on race, gender, sexuality, and/or kinship.

Submissions and Support

Please send paper proposals (less than 500 words) by Monday, October 7, 2019 to Please include affiliations and contact information for all authors. Conference presenters will be provided lodging and meals during their stay. Papers selected for the conference will be considered for publication in a peer-reviewed edited book.

Conference Organization

  • Patricio Korzeniewicz, Department of Sociology, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Beverly Silver, The Arrighi Center for Global Studies, Johns Hopkins University
  • Corey Payne, The Arrighi Center for Global Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Texts for “Reconstructing the Lineages of World-Systems Analysis”