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International Sociological Association

Capital, Labor and South-South Development
School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University
New York, USA
October 9-11, 2015
Abstracts: January 31, 2014

The School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University is pleased to announce a call for papers to be presented at an international conference on “Capital, Labor and South-South Development”, to be held at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, on October 9-11 2015.

The dynamic of global development in the 21st Century differs from the historically unidirectional “North to South” flow of capital, technology, and models of development. Rising economies from the Global South, most prominently China, India, Russia, Brazil and South Africa, have become major sources of foreign direct investment, international aid and loans, and technological and managerial know-how, especially in many developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. South-South development poses new questions and possibilities for the scholarly and policy communities. This conference seeks to explore major processes and institutions related to capital, management, industrial relations, labor politics, and state policies constituting and shaping this monumental transformation.

We are interested in original research papers on the following (and other related) themes within the context of South-South development:

• nature, structure and sectoral distribution of global capital flows
• the role of international or regional financial institutions
• labor market development and job creation
• characteristics of production regimes and management and labor relation practices set up by Southern capital
• dynamics of internal and international labor migration
• unionism, patterns of industrial conflict, labor law reforms
• new forms of domestic and transnational labor activism
• national industrial or investment policies and politics
• paradigms and ideologies of development

We welcome submission of abstracts by scholars at all career stages, including graduate students, from within and outside the United States. Abstracts should include author’s name, institutional affiliation, contact information, and a 200-word summary of the planned paper. Send abstract via email to: , with “South-South Conference” on the subject line. The deadline for submission is January 31, 2014.

Organizers of the conference will cover round trip air tickets from authors’ home base to Ithaca, New York, meals and local accommodation during the conference.

For further questions, please contact any of the organizers: Sarosh Kuruvilla (, Eli Friedman ( and Ching Kwan Lee (
International Sociological Association