[Blueboard] Call for Papers for Third World Solidarity after the Cold War International Conference

Arjan P. Aguirre aaguirre at ateneo.edu
Wed May 6 18:30:22 PHT 2015

Third World Solidarity after the Cold War

International Conference organized by the journal
*Social Transformations: Journal of the Global South*

School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University
Quezon City, Philippines
4–6 February 2016
Keynote Speakers: Dilip Menon and Walden Bello


For most of the Cold War, the international Left mainstreamed issues and
problems relating to the Global South, then known as the Third World.
Whether it was through the Soviet Union and China providing financial and
moral support to Vietnamese guerillas or independent socialist movements
fund-raising for Cuban revolutionaries, leftists of various tendencies
shaped the terms of “Third World solidarity.”

The attachment to the anticolonial movements of the non-developed world
came amid the ossification of Soviet socialism and popular disillusionment
with Stalinism. Certain countries in Asia, Latin America, and Africa became
new centers of revolutionary imaginaries. Nevertheless, the divisions of
the Cold War ensured that Third World revolutionary movements became
beneficiaries of Second World largesse. The remaining prestige of “actually
existing socialism” in the USSR was hinged on perceptions of its continued
anti-imperialist foreign policy, despite decay from within. Although
officially neutral, many of the states at the 1955 Asia-Afro Conference in
Bandung exhibited more sympathy for the Soviet Union than the Western
powers. The anti-colonial imagination was implicitly tied to older Marxist,
revolutionary traditions.

This conference seeks to investigate the Third World, now the Global South,
after the period of three worlds. The end of the Cold War not only marked
the collapse of the Soviet Union, but it also saw the ebb of revolutionary
zeal in Communist China. With the weakening and collapse of revolutionary
“fatherlands,” how has solidarity for revolution in the Third World
changed? What is the global historical conjuncture that anti-imperialist,
socialist, and social justice movements in the Global South find themselves
in? In asking these questions, the conference seeks to understand how
global political trends transform local realities.

This conference seeks to address these questions through paper
contributions from scholars from different disciplines who are working on
the following topics:

1. Case studies of guerilla and revolutionary movements in the Global South
2. Marxism and socialist theory in the Global South
3. The international political economy of Third World solidarity
4. Alternative conceptions of the Third World/Global South after the Cold
5. Global and international activist networks
6. South to South solidarity and dialogue

Abstracts of proposed papers should not exceed 250 words. Panel proposals
should provide abstracts of individual papers as well as a 100-word
rationale for the panel.

Please email abstracts to Mr. Arjan Aguirre at aaguirre at ateneo.edu. The
deadline for abstracts and panel proposals is 15 October 2015. Notification
of acceptance will be sent by 15 November 2015.

Selected papers that pass the refereeing system will be published in *Social
Transformations: Journal of the Global South*.

Registration fee (inclusive of lunches, refreshments, and conference
Until 8 January 2016: US$85
>From 15 December 2015 to 8 January 2016: US$100
After 8 January 2016: US$120

Inquiries as well as panel and paper proposals can be addressed to:

Dr Jose Jowel Canuday
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University
Email: jcanuday at ateneo.edu
Telephone: (632) 4266001 extn. 4619

*Social Transformations: Journal of the Global South* is an outlet for
critical but engaged knowledge about social justice, collective well being,
and sustainable development within and across the Global South, a region we
take to refer to societies in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Pacific
that are economically, politically, and culturally marginalized. Such
studies trace interrelations and solidarities between and among peoples,
states, and movements, while acknowledging tensions and contradictions
within the South, as well as the legacies, manifestations, and trajectories
of the North’s dominance. We support work that analyzes and enables
positive change emerging from social movements, development paradigms,
policies, and community and grassroots-based interventions. We publish
interdisciplinary empirical and conceptual contributions from the different
social and human sciences. We also encourage writing that is accessible to
specialists and nonspecialists, avoiding both excessive theoretical
abstraction and unreflexive empiricism. The journal is published twice a
year on February and August.

This journal is dedicated to the Global South and published in the Global

For more details, please visit the conference website

Thank you.

*Mr. Arjan P. Aguirre, M.A.*
Instructor, Department of Political Science
Coordinator for Student Mobility Program
School of Social Sciences
LH 300, Ricardo & Dr. Rosita Leong Hall
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Quezon City 1108
Phone: (+63-2) 426-6001 loc. 5250
Telefax: (+63-2) 426-0906
Cellphone: (+63) 917-5071092
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