Worlds in Contention workshop

Check out the reflections about the conference by an interdisciplinary group of graduate students selected as conference fellows here!


Worlds in Contention poster


The Worlds in Contention research workshop will be held from 10:00AM - 5:00PM on May 7-8, 2021. This event is an interdisciplinary, multi-regional conference looking at local protests and transnational struggles associated with neoliberalism around the world. Participants include Isabel Altamirano-Jiménez (University of Alberta), Alyshia Gálvez (CUNY), Hyun Ok Park (York), Quinn Slobodian (Wellesley College), and others. Papers will be distributed before the event. Click this link to register. View the schedule for the workshop below: 

Worlds in Contention: Race, Neoliberalism, and Injustice (May 7-8, 2021)

Organized by Benjamin McKean and Inés Valdez (Political Science)

Tentative Schedule (subject to revision)

Friday, May 7

10am-12pm - Panel 1: Ethnicity, States, and Federations 

  • Amy Offner, “Claiming Resources, Claiming Concepts: Ethnic Formation and State Formation in Colombia’s Cauca Valley”
  • Hilary Appel, “The Long Reach of the EU: Neoliberalism, Minority Rights, and Norm Promotion in Eastern Europe’s Accession Process”

12:30pm-2:30pm - Panel 2: Legal Subjection and Racial Capitalism

  • Inés Valdez, “The Brown Family and Social Reproduction in U.S. Capitalism”
  • Megan Ming Francis, “The Crimes of Freedom”

3-5pm - Panel 3: Communities, Peoples, and Refusal

  • Isabel Altamirano-Jimenez, “Refusing the Violence of Resource Extraction in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec”
  • Mary N. Taylor, “Of the people, peoples and solidarity. Is the nation necessary?”

Saturday, May 8

10am-12pm - Panel 1: Apocalypse, Disaster, and Capitalism

  • Quinn Slobodian, “Apocalypse Economics: Moneydeath and Racial Purity on the Far Right”
  • Hyun Ok Park, “The Desire for the Real: Disaster, Capitalism, and Fascism”

12:30pm-2:30pm - Panel 2: Violence at the Frontiers of Nature and the Domestic 

  • Thea Riofrancos, “The Endless Frontier: Green Technologies, Geopolitics, and Planetary Extraction”
  • Jennifer Suchland, “Domesticating Trafficking and Relations of Domestic/Violence”

3pm-5pm - Panel 3: Food, Logistics, and the Visibility of Neoliberalism

  • Charmaine Chua, “The Logistics Counter-revolution: Decolonial Struggle along the Transpacific Supply Chain.”
  • Alyshia Gálvez “COVID Clarifies: How the pandemic revealed the neoliberal logic underlying our transnational food and health systems

Generously sponsored by: The Ohio State University’s Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Slavic and East European Studies, and East Asian Studies Center, with funds from the U.S. Department of Education Title VI grants. With support from the Department of Political Science, the Center for Ethics and Human Values, and Latina/o Studies.