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Call for Proposals: “Entity, Construction, Relation: Critical Approaches to Time/Space…” Central European University (Budapest), Deadline: April 1

Entity, Construction, Relation: Critical Approaches to
Time/Space, the State and Knowledge Production in Sociology
and Social Anthropology
Graduate Conference

Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology
Central European University
June 11-13 2010, Budapest

Substantivist, constructivist, and relational perspectives on
the social world have coexisted more or less harmoniously
within social sciences since the beginning of their
institutionalisation. However, epistemological positioning
means making strong assumptions about the nature of social
reality and about our possibility to know anything about it.
Our conference aims to be an open forum for discussing the
advantages and the limits of these perspectives, and their
implications when adopted in the study of three selected core
topics in social sciences: time/space, the state and knowledge

We invite young scholars from wide variety of disciplines to
present in one of three panels: “Space for Time/Time for
Space”; “The State, Citizenship, and Transnational Flows”;
“Measure for Measure: Knowledge, Culture, and the Third Wave
Marketization.” We welcome both empirical and theoretical
papers dealing with these topics. Given the theme of the
conference, papers demonstrating epistemological awareness and
transparency are especially encouraged.
The conference is organised by PhD students from the
Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at the Central
European University. It will take place between the 11th–13th
of June 2010 in Budapest. We have limited funds to cover
travel and accommodation, please indicate your travel costs
when applying.

Please send your abstract and a short CV by April 1st to:
Successful applicants will be notified by April 10th at the
latest. The deadline for the final paper is May 15th to allow
for circulation prior to the conference.

TIME/SPACE PANEL: “Space for Time/Time for Space”

Keynote Speaker: Professor Andrew Abbott, University of Chicago

The spatial turn in social sciences heralded the introduction
of space-derived concepts and metaphors in thinking about the
complexities of of a spatiality-differentiated world. More
recently time and temporality has also reasserted its
importance in the work of scholars across a wide-variety of
disciplines and subject matters. In what ways does the
appreciation of the temporal-spatial qualities of our research
subject help us? Is the conceptual separation of time and
space artificial? Can we understand them together? We welcome
anthropological and sociological contributions of an empirical
and theoretical nature that explicitly take space-based or
time-based approaches to their chosen subject.

Topics might include but should by no means be limited to:
everyday life rhythms, urban spatial-temporal
segregation/separation, time/space or space/time conquests
related to global capitalism, phenomenological approaches to
time and space, modernity’s colonization of time and space,
the spatial-temporality of place, the body’s relation to time
and space.

STATE PANEL: “The State, Citizenship, and Transnational Flows”

Keynote Speaker: Professor Jonathan Friedman, Lund University
and École des hautes études en sciences sociales

The panel focuses on the historical transformations of the
relationship between the state and citizenship, especially
(but not exclusively) within the framework of the major
processes related to financial and cultural globalization.
Our aim is to bring together young scholars who try to
contribute to the broad theoretical debates around:
transnational versus global, deterritorialization versus
reterritorialization, disappearing versus reconfiguring states
within global capital flows, universalism versus cultural
difference, social and human rights, transnational social
justice, reconfiguring class and ethnic relations, global
versus national citizenship, and the making of political subjects.
The papers can address these issues and other related ones in
different ways, from theoretical approaches to highly
historically grounded empirical research. As the general theme
of the conference suggests, papers which briefly discuss the
implications of the scholar’s epistemological position on
different steps of the research process, including the
questions posed and the findings, are especially welcome.

CULTURE & KNOWLEDGE PANEL: “Measure for Measure”: Knowledge,
Culture, and the Third Wave Marketization

Keynote Speaker: Professor Jean-Louis Fabiani, Central
European University

This panel circumscribes the field of culture and knowledge,
the immaterial production of things and dissemination and
consumption in contemporary settings. It centres on the
current relations and amalgamations of culture and knowledge
in the spheres of politics and the economy.

Hence, we welcome research and theoretical papers that grapple
with the topics of: cultural transformation in a globalized
world, commodification and de-commodification of knowledge and
culture, the intellectual property regime, Creative Commons,
connections of culture and especially popular culture with
various sorts of populism, nationalism and cosmopolitanism,
the dissemination and consumption of such cultural products,
connections between new cultural items and power.

We also welcome ethnographic studies of communities that form
and develop around the production and consumption of knowledge
and culture, which deal with the social and political
significance of collective experience, identity and affect as
they come about in physical and virtual spaces.

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