‘Women, Nature, & Colonies’



Power, Reproduction, and Unpaid Work/Energy in the Capitalist World-Ecology

Third annual conference of the World-Ecology Research Network

21-22 July, 2017, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY

We welcome proposals for individual papers as well as paper sessions, book sessions, and panel discussions. Inquiries and proposals may be sent to:

Deadline for proposals: 15 February, 2017: worldecology2017@gmail.com.

Two important currents of critical thought have gained special prominence over the past decade: the Marxist critique of capitalist ecology, and the feminist critique of unpaid work and social reproduction in capitalist development. This conference explores how these perspectives are not only helpful – but necessary – to each other in the analysis of capitalism’s diverse forms of exploitation, appropriation, and domination. The observation that capitalism works simultaneously in and through bodies, landscapes, and the biosphere remains, however, undertheorized and inadequately historicized. Rather than consider gendered and ecological forms of violence and appropriation as discrete historical domains, the conference seeks to open questions concerning their mutual constitution. Especially important, in this light, is the centrality of unpaid work – delivered by “women, nature, and colonies” (Mies) – in the history of capitalism, including the 21st century’s conjuncture of climate change, financial instability, and a wildly expanding “surplus humanity.” We are especially interested in papers that open space for rethinking of capitalism and capital accumulation in the web of life, and in its manifold forms of colonial, racialized, and gendered violence. Papers may be regional or global, empirical or conceptual.

We invite established and younger scholars – as well as activists and others outside the university system – to contribute papers on these themes as well as broader questions posed by the world-ecology conversation.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to)

Queering Accumulation

Race, Gender, and Colonialism

Social Reproduction and Class Struggle

The Political Ecology and Political Economy of Unpaid Work

Women, Work, and Modes of Re/Production

Nature, Gender, and Industrialization

Neoliberalism, Gender, and ‘Disposable’ Workers

Commodity Frontiers: Households, Imperialisms, Capitalisms

Gender and Transitions to Capitalism

Value Relations, Unpaid Labor, and Capital Accumulation

Commodity Chains as Racial, Gender, and Colonial Violence

Women, Nature, and colonies as Frontiers of Appropriation and Exploitation

Depletion and Devaluation within Capitalized Ecologies

Racialized and Gendered Accumulation Strategies

The Politics of Care Work


Literature in the Capitalist World-Ecology

The Nature of Combined and Uneven Development


The Politics of Work and Work/Energy

Gramscian World-Ecologies/Political Ecologies

Multi-Species Perspectives

Anthropogenic/Capitalogenic Climate Change

Energy, Work, and Value

Accumulation Crises and the Four Cheaps

Patterns of Appropriation and Exploitation of Humanity-in-Nature

Social and Labor Movements and Accumulation Regimes

Cultural Materialisms


States and Geopower: Territory- and Environment-Making in Capitalism

Planetary Urbanization

Hydropolitics, Hydro-Crises, and the End of Cheap Water

The conference will be held 21-22 July, 2017 at Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY.

Direct queries to: worldecology2017@gmail.com.

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