The PEWS 2020 conference, World-Systems Analysis in a Critical Juncture, has been reimagined as a virtual seminar series running from September 25th through December 4th, 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.
The 44th Annual Conference on the Political Economy of the World-System takes place during a critical juncture for both the field of world-systems analysis and for the world-system itself. The first four sessions of the conference bring together papers that reconstruct the theoretical and methodological lineages of world-systems analysis by recuperating neglected foundational texts and by putting the world-systems perspective into dialogue with other critical approaches in the social sciences. The next four sessions deploy tools provided by a world-systems perspective to analyze the multiple intertwined social, political, and economic challenges of the current juncture, illuminating the global crisis and unfolding systemic chaos.
All sessions are open to the public. Please pre-register here to receive the Zoom invitation.
The following information is archived and out of date. Please see the program above.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- 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”
- Terence K. Hopkins’ “The Study of the Capitalist World-Economy: Some Introductory Considerations” and “World-Systems Analyses: Methodological Issues” 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
- Janet Abu-Lughod’s Before European Hegemony