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Power 2012 conference

Power & Difference. 3rd International Conference, Tampere, 27-29 August 2012

Our warmest thanks to all the participants of the conference for making it a great success! See you all in two years, in the 4th Power Conference!

Inspired by the great success of the Second International Conference on Power & Knowledge held on 6-8 September 2010, we carry on probing questions of power. This year the conference will concentrate on linkages between power and difference.

Divide et impera, said the ancient Romans, a maxim that exemplifies one of the ways in which power is entangled with difference. Small privileges allotted to subgroups prevent resistance against the rule by dividing the subjects, and similarly, treating units such as nation-states as separate, unique entities prevents us from realizing global structures and trends. On the other hand, aiming at equality, and hence at unity, is hardly possible without identifying the injustice related to differences such as age, class, ethnicity, or gender. Furthermore, from an epistemological perspective, the concepts we use are tools to simplify and standardize reality into a manageable number of categories relevant from the viewpoint of governance and control. These and many other linkages between power and difference will be tackled in this biennial conference now to be organized for the third time.

Keynote speakers included:

Lisa Adkins, University of Newcastle, Australia (presentation based on: Adkins, Lisa (2012) ‘Out of Work or Out of
                                                                                           Time: Rethinking Labor After the Financial Crisis’ South Atlantic
                                                                                           Quarterly 111(4): 621-641. (Special Issue on Labor’s Contingency:
                                                                                           New Spaces and Times of Work.)
Leena Alanen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Karen Armstrong
, University of Helsinki, Finland
Colin Bennett
, University of Victoria, Canada (presentation slides)
Laura Huttunen, University of Tampere, Finland (presentation slides)
Jan Nederveen Pieterse, University of California Santa Barbara, USA (presentation slides)
Göran Therborn, University of Cambridge, UK (presentation slides)
George Thomas, Arizona State University, USA



Registration for the conference has ended! Session programme has been published!

Please see Participant's info sheet and the venue map (updated!) for more details about participation.

For more information, contact the organizing committee at power2012@uta.fi.

 

PREVIOUS POWER CONFERENCES:

Power: Forms, Dynamics and Consequences (2008)

Power & Knowledge (2010)

 
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