Class, State and Nation in the Twenty-First Century

The Fourteenth Forum of the World Association for Political Economy 19-21 July 2019, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada

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The 14th WAPE Forum on “Class, State and Nation in the Twenty-First Century’ will be held 19-21 July 2019 at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada in conjunction with the Geopolitical Economy Research Group (GERG) at the University of Manitoba. The theme is designed to address the interaction of class, nation and state at the domestic and international levels. It will address the centrality of the state in tackling issues societies face domestically – such as the continuing economic malaise after 2008, the polarization of politics and the re-emergence of class politics and the hopeful signs of a resurgence of wider progressive politics – including feminist, anti-racist and anti-imperialist and indigenous movements and parties. It is also designed to draw attention to the central role of states in the increasingly multipolar world order, transformed by the rise of China and other developing nations, as evidenced in trade wars, proliferating sanctions, the role of new powers in the middle east, the challenges to the international role of the dollar and so on. Finally, it will also cover the interaction of nation-hood with all these, from progressive to reactionary national movements to the interaction of nations and nationalisms with international institutions and structures.

Topics for papers and panels include:

1. Understanding 21st century capitalism
2. 21st Century Visions and models of socialism
3. Left and progressive movements in the 21st century, including Labour, Indigenous, anti-racist, peasants’, land-reform, anti-imperialist, women’s and environmental movements
4. Right, far right and fascist movements and rising authoritarianism
5. Nationalisms, progressive and reactionary
6. Imperialism and resistance in the 21st century
7. Multipolarity and changing South-South and North-South Relations and regional cooperation
8. Sanctions, trade wars and international struggles
9. Contemporary flashpoints: Political economy of international migration, Middle East, the political economy of war

Both individual papers and complete panels on the above theme and proposed topics are welcome. You are also welcome to propose other topics on the theme.

How to apply to attend the fourteenth WAPE Forum

• Please send a paper abstract of 500 words and your full curriculum vitae in English to [email protected] by 1 March 2019
• Acceptances and instructions for registration will be sent out by 1 April 2019.
• You must register and pay registration fees upon acceptance of your abstract.
• When your payment is confirmed, you will receive an official invitation, which you may use for visa purposes.
• Full papers must be submitted by 1 June 2019, so that it can be translated in to Chinese and considered for publication in our journals.
• You also have the option to apply to attend the forum without a paper. In that case, you will be sent an invitation letter for visa purposes upon registration and payment of registration fees.

Important dates

Deadline for proposals: 1 March 2019.
Notice of acceptance: 1 April 2019.
Deadline for full paper: 1 June 2019.

Registration fee

US$200 for online payment before May 31, 2018;
US$220 for online payment after May 31, 2018 or on-site payment.
Reduced rate fee (unemployed, retired and student) USD$50


1. On-site registration will be available throughout the conference.
2. WAPE Council meeting/WRPE editorial meeting on 19 July 2019 morning.
3. The conference will run from 19 July afternoon through 21 July 2019.