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RN06 - Critical Political Economy

RN06 Critical Political Economy consists of a community of critical political economy scholars and activists, departing from the understanding that without the hypothesis that a different world is possible, there can be no politics.

RN06 Critical Political Economy (CPERN) seeks to reassert the centrality of critical political economy perspectives, and to promote and facilitate research aimed at understanding recent transformations of capitalism and capitalist societies. 

CPERN was established in 2005 and provides a crucial hub for interdisciplinary exchange between scholars and activists from Europe and beyond, straddling the disciplines of political economy, sociology, politics, economics, but is also reaching out to geography, social policy and law. 

CPERN is committed to facilitating cutting-edge emancipatory social science: we seek not only to critique existing structures of social inequality, be it alongside class, gender- and race-based forms of oppression, but also to formulate visions for alternative futures, and contribute actively to the politicization and the resilience of social struggles within and beyond the academe. The unification of theory and practice and acts of solidarity take centre stage. We believe that solidarity entails a strong transformative dimension: acts of solidarity do not necessarily involve agents that are alike, nor do they need to result in political imaginaries and trajectories that are devoid of conflict. To the contrary, what Gramsci referred to as a ‘collective intellectual’ is by definition composed of a plurality of forms of the philosophy of praxis. Multiple imaginary futures and horizons of common possibility may co-exist, coincide or even contradict themselves. 

CPERN is a heterodox network in terms of theoretical orientation and in terms of its composition: activists, in addition to scholars and scholar activists, are always welcome to join workshops and conferences organised by CPERN. CPERN consists of a lively community of scholars and activists in Europe and beyond and currently counts nearly 2.500 Facebook members, 1000 followers on Twitter and 1.300 subscribers to its mailing list. CPERN members can use the various social media channels for scholarly exchanges, announcing new articles and books, as well as calls for papers, job openings, PhD positions or research funding opportunities. The CPERN board seeks to keep the mailing list and Facebook postings as non-intrusive as possible by ensuring that social media is exclusively used for and by CPERN members, rather than commercial publishers or conference organisers.

CPERN thrives through its active and inspiring community of scholars and activists, collaborations with other organisations and welcomes future cooperation with other ESA Research Networks.You can find more about our activities on our website. Feel free to subscribe to our mailing list, or our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter

Read more about CPERN here.