Please note that the conference this year is entirely online.
Socialist Solidarities in Times of Crisis
Call for Sessions Deadline January 20, 2021
At their most politically effective, socialist solidarities are plural, articulating Black Marxisms, Indigenous anti-capitalisms, feminist, eco and queer socialisms and more, in struggles for more just and ecologically sustainable relationships. These solidarities are more necessary than ever in times of crisis.
We live in an historical moment when the existential threat of the ecological crisis and climate change lies not the near-future, but is already present in mass extinctions of diverse lifeforms on the earth, increased wild fires, more frequent hurricanes and the melting of the polar ice caps. These disasters and the inadequate response of our political establishments are exposing, and often deepening, the injustice and unsustainability of our societies as never before.
White supremacists and far-right political parties and movements organize openly, sometimes violently. Right-wing populist nationalisms are resurgent, and income and wealth inequalities are stark and deepening within and across nations world-wide.
In some respects, the pandemic and associated social distancing measures have interrupted capitalism, reducing some forms of consumerism and limiting freedom of movement, even for wealthier people. Yet at the same time, racial capitalism flourishes, as billionaires grow richer and many others are subject to familiar gendered, racialized surveillance, violence and precarity.
In this challenging context, socialisms and liberation struggles by Indigenous peoples, Black and other racialized communities, women, migrants, undocumented workers, LGBTQ+ and the crip/disability movements are more necessary than ever before.
With this in mind, the Society for Socialist Studies invites calls for sessions, especially concerning:
– socialism and solidarities
– ecological crisis and climate change
– carceral capitalism, border imperialisms, neoliberal urbanization
– capitalism during the pandemic
– class struggles against inequities, exploitation and oppression, right-wing populisms, white supremacy and all racisms
– feminist socialisms, Black Marxisms, Indigenous anti-capitalisms, queer socialisms,
– 1492 Land Back, Black Lives Matter, Wet’suwet’en solidarity, No Pride in Policing Coalition
– and other explorations of socialist solidarities and liberation struggles in a time of crisis.
Proposals for sessions are due January 20, 2021 via the google forms site here:
Please note that the call for individuals papers will be sent out in late January 2021– please check the Society for Socialist Studies website.
A reminder that this year’s meeting will be held entirely online.