Thursday, 15 May, 2014
13th Annual Conference International Social Theory Consortium (ISTC)
Inaugural Conference of the Committee on Social Theory
May 15 - 17, 2014.
The conference continues the tradition of ISTC conferences of inviting and including the entire range of topics under the general heading of social theory. In addition, as this year's conference theme is oriented towards facilitating exchanges between scholars focused on the terrain of globalization and critique, the conference will be centered on the two distinct yet closely related discourses. One discourse will focus on theories dedicated to illuminating and scrutinizing trends and conditions in the contemporary world, the other will emphasize practices of applying and examining theories with regard to practical efficacy. Thus, in the interest of taking account of the relationship between theories and practices of examining and critiquing "globalization", discussions will include efforts to address how people have and may continue to influence, alter, and re-direct the trajectory of globalization with single-state policy, multi-state action, social movement action, novel of forms of protest, and the like - to spell out theoretically informed perspectives on practices that promise to engender new ways of relating to the new system of political economy in all of its manifestations, with clear theoretical implications both grounded and abstract.