CFP. Knowledge /Culture /Economy Conference

Changing practices of knowledge and culture have been central to recent debates concerning economic and organisational life. This conference will assess the shifting roles of knowledge, culture and economy in contemporary and historical scenarios of globalisation, production, consumption, expenditure, crisis, governance, technological change and reckonings with nature. It will bring together theorists and practitioners from a wide range of backgrounds and knowledge institutions to debate these issues. Particular themes are:

Asia Pacific Cultural Economies

Global processes point to the re-emergence of Asia as a powerful world economic region. Yet Asia presents a complex and heterogeneous cultural landscape that resists containment by any single knowledge archive or civilisational construct. How does this shifting economic geography relate to changing practices of cultural mobility, nationalism, translation or location in the Asian region? What is the position of Australasia in the dynamic context of Asia Pacific economy and culture?

Cultures of Finance

Finance capitals wields significant power in the world economy. New practices of high frequency trading move markets at a pace that exceeds human cognition, while the logic of financialisation seemingly invades all aspects of social and personal life. What are the knowledges, regimes of valuation, laws and subjectivities created by global circuits of financial action? How do cultures of finance influence experiences of debt, crisis, accumulation and dispossession?

Economic Diversity

From studies of variegated capitalism to engagements with community economies, an emphasis on economic diversity broadens perspectives on what counts as economic activity and knowledge. How does the opening of political economy to a performative approach enable a rethinking of economic possibility? What are the socio-technical assemblages that make diverse economies? What perils and potentialities are associated with conceptualising capitalist and other economies?

Digital Life

Digital technologies are rapidly changing techniques of economic and knowledge management. New kinds of interface, practices of connecting and arrangements of data affect our everyday lives and ways of making a living. How are labour and value produced in the digital economy? Do practices of peer production provide hopeful alternatives to economic activities driven by intellectual property and the extraction of rent? How are ‘smart cities’ and new modes of technological governance shaping everyday life? What do digital methods of social and cultural analysis reveal about contemporary knowledge and economic practices?

Fragile Environments

Modern economic practices have taken their toll upon natural and social environments. The world is dotted with fragile landscapes that raise questions about resource economies, food systems, geopolitical frontiers, the grounding of global networks, the constitution of nature, relationships with the past, and projections of future cities. What are the economic practices and knowledge infrastructures that enable the care of irreplaceable natures and cultures? How do such practices of care challenge the boundaries between the social and physical, human and non-human or material and non-material?


Paper and panel proposals addressing the above themes are invited. Proposals spanning one or more themes or other aspects of Knowledge / Culture / Economy relations are also welcome.

· Individual paper proposals (200-300 words)

· Panel proposals (200 words for the panel concept and 200-300 words
on each panel paper)

Visit the Conference Online website to submit your abstract.The deadline for abstract submissions is 15 June 2014.


Ien Ang I.Ang @

Tony Bennett T.Bennett @

Katherine Gibson K.Gibson @

Donald McNeill D.McNeill @

Brett Neilson B.Neilson @

Shanthi Robertson S.Robertson @

Ned Rossiter N.Rossiter @

Emma Waterton E.Waterton @

Administrative contact: Kristy Davidson K.Davidson @