Hi all

Once more for good luck: a plug for the following two related sessions at the IAG 2021 conference (6-9 July, Sydney) on dimensions of, and contestation over, 'ethical/responsible' capitalism. Abstracts due 5 April.


Session title: Stakeholder Capitalism? Exploring the Practices and Politics of Commercial Responsibilisation

Session organisers: Ryan Jones, Tom Baker, Nicolas Lewis, Larry Murphy

Session abstract: Economic orthodoxy of the late-twentieth century was that the sole purpose of a corporation was to serve the interests of its shareholders. In recent years, however, there have been rhetorical and practical shifts in corporate conduct. Business leaders now talk of creating value for their stakeholders and making wider, positive contributions to social welfare. In financial markets, and the ‘real’ economy, there are a host of emerging products and initiatives that claim to avoid harm, create social and environmental benefits, or otherwise address critical policy problems such as climate change. In this session, we aim to explore these developments as indices of an unfolding process of commercial responsibilisation. The session seeks to explore how economic sectors or commercial enterprises are becoming responsible for policy problems, as well as the material and political consequences of their attempts to address them. We call for papers that examine efforts to incentivise, regulate, or deliver forms of commerce that claim to provide social and environmental benefit. Subjects of interest include, but are not limited to: financial innovations such as impact bonds or responsible investment; technical and regulatory devices such as carbon footprinting or the sustainable development goals; and economic initiatives such as regenerative agriculture or sustainable fashion. We encourage submissions from postgraduate students and welcome submissions from a diverse range of perspectives.

Contact: Ryan Jones ryan.m.jones@sydney.edu.au


Session title: Contesting green finance

Session organisers: Gareth Bryan, Sophie Webber 

Session abstract: Geographers have long studied the commodification, marketization and financialization of nature and environmental governance. In doing so, they have charted innovation and experimentation, identified new forms and sites of value, and examined emerging expertise and scientific knowledge. But, geographers have also demonstrated that attempts to make nature and finance compatible are spatially and socially uneven, produce environmentally flawed outcomes and include undemocratic and unjust processes. In response to the acknowledged contradictions, failures and limits of the economization of nature, this session invites papers that offer new analyses and critical perspectives on green finance. We particularly encourage submissions that identify and analyse more collective, common, decommodifying, reparative, decolonising, and democratic proposals for financing and governing environments and environmental changes. We invite papers that are analytical, empirical and/or practical and from a plurality of conceptual approaches and geographical sites. The goal of the session is to offer emerging and creative assessments and alternatives to the increasingly privatised and financialised governance of nature, something that will be increasingly necessary in responding to multiple environmental crises.

Contact: Gareth Bryant gareth.bryant@sydney.edu.au


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