*Paper Session: *The Corporation

*Session Organizers:* Benjamin Goldstein (chair), Sanaz Chamanara, and
Joshua Newell

*Description: *

The Dutch East Indies Company. Standard Oil Company. General Motors.
Google. Since the ‘long 16th century’, the corporation has made an
indelible mark on the world. Once founded by kingdoms and courts, the
world’s biggest corporations now dwarf many countries in terms of economic
clout, personnel, and cultural influence (Goldstein and Newell, 2019).
Channeling immense flows of people, information, capital, materials and
energy around the planet, corporations sculpt material, cultural,
socio-economic and mental landscapes (Dicken, 2011). A cobalt miner in the
Congo, a smelter in Mongolia, a factory worker in Taiwan, a cellphone user
in Frankfurt, and an e-waste recycler in Ghana are linked across time and
space by the financial and material exchanges of companies large and small.
Through capital accumulation, corporations drive uneven development (Smith,
2008). Despite their salience to understanding the environmental and social
dimensions of the contemporary economy, corporations are seldom
‘first-class’ subjects in the academy (Goldstein and Newell, 2019).

This objective of this session is to delve into the anatomy that is the
corporation. We welcome submissions on a range of theoretical, conceptual,
methodologically, and empirical inquiries on the corporation and its
practices. We envision this session will connect disparate researchers from
across Geography and other disciplines who are studying corporations. We
encourage submissions on a range of possible topics, including but not
limited to:

·         Global production networks (GPNs) and the corporation

·         Global value chains (GVCs) and the corporation

·         Global commodity chains (GCCs) and the corporation

·         Environmental and social change and the corporation

·         Consumption and the corporation

·         Corporate social responsibility and greenwash

·         NGOs activism and the corporation

·         Methodological approaches to track corporate supply chains

·         Political Ecologies of the corporation

Preference will be given to papers that study specifics (i.e. individual)
corporations rather than sectors writ large (e.g. forestry, etc).

Please email abstracts (max 250 words) to Benjamin Goldstein (
ben...@umich.edu) and Sanaz Chamanara (sana...@umich.edu <san...@umich.edu>)
by Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019 or any extended AAG deadline.   We will then
notify you if your paper has been selected for the session.  Please email
the session organizers if you have any questions. Those confirmed to the
session, will need to submit their abstract online and send us their
PIN by Wednesday,
Oct. 30, 2019 or any extended AAG deadline. See
 for more information.


Goldstein, B. and J.P. Newell. 2019. Why academics should study the supply
chains of individual corporations. *Journal of Industrial Ecology*.

Dicken, P. 2011. *Global Shift: Mapping the Changing Contours of the World
Economy*. *The Guildford Press*. Vol. 6th.

Smith, N. 2008. *Uneven Development*. 3rd ed. Athens: The University of
Georgia Press.

Benjamin Goldstein
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of Michigan | School for Environment and Sustainability
Urban Sustainability Research Group | Erb Institute
Samuel T. Dana Building #2544 | 440 Church St. | Ann Arbor, MI | 48109-1041

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"Potential to curb the environmental burdens of American beef consumption
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