The 6th Annual Telciu Summer Conference seeks contributions on the history, impact and perspectives of “alternatives to development” (Arturo Escobar), rather than alternative developments and of approaches to sustainability considered in relation to rural lifeworlds, subsistence economies, and rural-urban networks. We are interested in contributions conceiving rurality as an extended field and exploring the historical, social and economic positionalities of peripheries in the context of delinking (Walter Mignolo) from liberal and neoliberal development projects and global designs that lead to “defuturing” as “a condition of mind and action that materially erodes (un-measurably) planetary finite time, thus gathering and designating the negation of ‘the being of time’, which is equally the taking away of our future” (Tony Fry). What differing histories and ideas respond to the urgent necessity of building an ecological and non-consumerist world, against models of civilization based on the extraction of life and resources? How are the projects of modernization and the continuous encroachments on the commons, natural resources and subsistence economies articulated and answered in different regions? What characterizes the modern histories of social composition of the ruralities of Europe? What are the range and limits of rural subsistence economies and their social networks? How do the “East”, the “South” and the multiple “others” of Europe, including its internal, imperial and colonial others, see or redefine their well-being? What are the realities and possibilities of change, particularly at the local and regional level? What models, counter-histories and alliances are relevant in this juncture?
We encourage submissions that engage with these topics both theoretically and in terms of specific historical experiences, across disciplines and on any scale, from the local to the global. Seeking balance between specific case studies and comparative/transnational approaches, we invite contributions engaging with, but not limited to, the following thematic foci:
Reconceptualizing Peasantries, Reassessing Modernities
Rural Sustainable Economies and Subsistence Economies
Degrowth and Sustainability
Land Grabbing and Resistance
Alternative Regionalisms and Ruralities of Europe
Social Histories of Rurality
Rurality and Transnational Flows
Rurality and Technology
Interactions between Rurality and Urbanity
Capitalism, Socialism, and Cooperativism in the Rural World
Modernities, Temporalities, and Ruralities
Decolonial Options to the Rural-Urban Divide
Vernacular Religion and Peasant Culture
Agriculture and Socio-Economic Modernization
Folk-Populisms, Nationalisms, and Imperialisms
Projects of Internal Colonialism and Peasant Resistance
Thinking from the Rural Periphery
Reagrarianization and the “End of History”
We are pleased to invite you to the 9th Slovenian Social Science Conference on “Social Transformations: The Global and the Local” organized by the Slovenian National Committee of the UNESCO Management of Social Transformations Program (MOST), Junior Sociological Network of the International Sociological Association and the School of Advanced Social Studies (Fakulteta za uporabne družbene študije), which will take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, from 21–23 September 2017.
A broad variety of social transformations taking place from the local to the global level have made the people and social systems on the one hand more interconnected and interdependent, and one the other hand more divided. Moreover, people’s positions in social structures and their perceptions are characterised by huge differences and inequalities. Some are able to enter transnational social spaces and/or benefit from transnational flows and exchanges, enjoying the opportunities of the emerging social orders. Others are—or feel to be—excluded from these processes and confined to the local/national level. Not only they are not able to enjoy or even see the potential gains from transnational interdependencies, they may even look at them with scepticism and fear. Many of them may thus feel safer when hidden behind the newly established national strict border controls, fences and walls. The aim of the conference is to embrace a variety of issues reflecting the connections and divisions, relating them to local and global frameworks. It welcomes a wide range of theoretical and/or empirical approaches towards the issues and thus to encourage interdisciplinary debates but also seek practical suggestions in terms of policy recommendations for the decision makers.