*Call for Participation: Our Economy!  Economic Democracy and System Change*

*April 12**th**, 2019*

Can the economy be democratized? How can we transform it into a more
socially inclusive and ecologically sustainable system?  How can we combat
the growing concentrations of power and wealth?  What current practices
point toward a participatory democratic and resilient next system?

*Our Economy! Economic Democracy and System Change* is a conference
designed to stimulate and explore these questions, to be held April 12th,
2019 in midtown, Manhattan.

There is growing interest in forms of ownership that are meaningfully
different from the traditional capitalist forms (whether privately owned or
publicly traded), build equity for individuals and communities, and utilize
forms of decision-making that are more empowering than representational
democracy.  This includes, among other forms, cooperatives (worker-,
consumer-, producer-), co-determination, community land trusts, mutual
housing associations, credit unions, participatory budgeting, intentional
communities, and calls for basic income or a federal jobs guarantee.  Many
of these forms of economic democracy have been around for a long time but
have never had that much impact within the larger frameworks of a liberal
capitalist political economy.  Are they up to the task of the present
moment?  How can they be updated and interconnected to take on the
intensifying political, economic, technological, and ecological problems
that define our chaotic unequal present?

The School of Labor and Urban Studies (SLU) at the City University of New
York is convening a conference for academics, activists, organizers,
practitioners, advocates, policy researchers, and policy makers to discuss
and analyze the current state of the theories and practices of economic
democracy. We want to explore the concepts and values as well as the forms,
organizations and movements.  (For example, what does “self-determination”
mean in a volatile landscape of 7 billion interdependent humans?
Inclusion?  Solidarity?  Sustainability?  Resilience?)  We seek a broad
range of papers and perspectives that will help to further define and
refine the language of “economic democracy” and will draw upon both
historical and contemporary practices to understand the field, where it has
been, where it is, and where it needs to go.

The conference will take place at The CUNY School of Labor and Urban
Studies at 25 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036.

There are two different ways to participate in the conference: as a paper
presenter or as a panel/roundtable organizer or participant. Paper
presentations should be in-depth analyses of their topics.
Panel/roundtables should be dialogical discussions of their topics.

Submissions may focus on:

·      Theorizing the field of economic democracy and system change

·      The relationships between economic democracy and the “urban”
contexts in which these practices have emerged or are emerging (e.g.
fearless cities, rebel cities…)

·      The relationships between economic democracy and climate change in
theory and practice (e.g. just transition, energy democracy, green new deal)

·      The ways in which race, class, nativity/legal status, and gender
power relations interact with economic democracy

·      Questions of scale/proliferation

·      Questions of “municipalism,” “regionalism,” (anti)globalization in
economic democracy

·      Questions of the role of the state and government agencies,
regulations, administration in economic democracy; both in theory and in

·       Analyses of specific forms (e.g. coops) and how they can be
strengthened or connected with other processes or structures (e.g.
participatory budgeting, public banks, local or digital currencies)

        Democratic Innovations in Specific Solidarity Economy Movements
(e.g. Quebec, Brazil, Greece, Italy)

        The Democratic Possibilities of Technology in Political Economic
Transformations (e.g. platform cooperativism, P2P, digital currencies)

Different perspectives for framing, messaging (e.g. Solidarity Economy, the
New Social Contract; Next System, New Economy, EconD)

*Planning/Advisory Board*

Kafui Attoh (CUNY SLU), Evan Casper-Futterman (Bronx Cooperative
Development Initiative), James DeFilippis (Rutgers University), Jessica
Gordon-Nembhard (John Jay College/CUNY), Roger Green (CUNY Law), Carmen
Huertas-Noble (CUNY Law), Steve London (CUNY SLU), Rebecca Lurie (CUNY
SLU), Michael Menser (Brooklyn College/CUNY), Cathy Mulder (John Jay

*Guidelines for Submission and Process for selection:*

If you are interested in presenting a paper, please submit an abstract no
longer than 500 words to  *cunyecondemc...@gmail.com
<cunyecondemc...@gmail.com>*.  If you are interested in organizing or
participating in a panel/roundtable, please send an email of no more than
500 words describing the panel/roundtable (what it would cover, who would
participate, etc.) to *cunyecondemc...@gmail.com

Abstracts and organized panel inquiries must be submitted by December 1st,
2018. Responses with acceptances will be made by January 15th, 2019.


Evan Casper-Futterman, MURP
PhD Candidate - Planning and Public Policy
Rutgers University

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