Transforming Capitalism through Real Utopias. Featuring Erik Olin Wright’s legacy
The Center for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra is organizing an International Conference around the legacy of American neo-Marxist sociologist Erik Olin Wright, who unfortunately passed away recently. With the expected participation of some of his most prominent fellow social scientists, this Conference will mark the date of the first anniversary of his disappearance and it will be organized around major theoretical pillars articulating Olin Wright’s academic career: class analysis, capitalism critique and real utopias. These three major lines unfold a series of diverse themes that will lead to a group of panel sessions coordinated by guest specialists. In articulation with the Conference organizers, these specialists will be responsible for the thematic planning and the selection of the participants’ proposals. All participants are invited to deliver papers from which a selection will be published in a couple of indexed periodicals, and in a book by a distinguished international press. Following some of Olin Wright’s titles, we suggest five subareas for these panels: (1) “Real Utopias”; (2) “Class Analysis”; (3) “Genderlessness”; (4) “Wealth and Income Inequalities”; (5) “Changing the Capitalist State”.