International conference on ”The Global Economy in a Time of Uncertainty: Capitalist trajectories and progressive alternatives” Muttukadu, Chennai, India, 24-26 January, 2012.

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International Development Economics Associates will mark a decade of existence in 2011. This has been a period of rapid change in the global economy. The need for analytically sound and empirically grounded but creative heterodox economic thinking that IDEAs was set up to encourage and propagate has become steadily more apparent with the multiple crises in global and national economies. This is also a time when people across the world are searching with greater urgency for progressive economic alternatives to the current paradigms.

To celebrate the survival and expansion of IDEAs, and to look to the future, IDEAs will organise a conference over 24-26 January, 2012 in Muttukadu, Chennai, India.

The proposed conference intends to examine a range of issues, including the following:

  • Is a sustained recovery possible within the current global economic architecture?
  • Is the financial genie out of the box? Or is a capitalist trajectory in which finance capital is regulated and reined in still a possibility?
  • What are the forms and implications of the changing organisation of global production (in both goods and services)?
  • Where do ”emerging markets” feature within these global production shifts? How far has this transition gone, and what are the prospects for the future?
  • How has agricultural production been restructured and redistributed across the globe? What dilemmas do these pose for development and how will they be resolved?
  • Assuming that the competition for resources is unlikely to moderate in the near future, what implications does it have for the processes of accumulation and for socio-economic conditions?
  • Given the fears generated by economic and social circumstances and the needs created by demographic shifts, how would patterns of international migration change and evolve?

The programme of the conference follows below:

Day 1 : Tuesday, 24 January, 2012

Session I: Global Crisis: How deep and for how long? (9:00 am- 11:00 am)

Moderator: Pronab Sen (Perspective Planning Division, Planning Commission, New Delhi)

Panelists: Jan Kregel (Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, New York)

Alex Izurieta (UN-DESA and University of Cambridge, New York)
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Edward Fullbrook (World Economics Association, Bristol)
 
Rohit (South Asian University, New Delhi)
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Session II: Can the Euro Hold? (11:15 am – 1:15 pm)

Moderator: Venkatesh Athreya (M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai)

Panelists: Michael A Landesmann (Vienna Institute of International Economic Studies, Vienna)
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Mario Tonveronachi (University of Siena, Siena)
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Rainer Kattel (Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia)
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Session III: The Future of Finance (2:15 pm – 4:15 pm)

Moderator: Sushil Khanna (Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta)
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Panelists: Sunanda Sen (Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi)

Todd Tucker (Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, Washington D.C.)

C.P. Chandrasekhar (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)
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Session IV: Long-run Roots of the Crisis (4:30 pm – 6:30 pm)

Moderator: Amiya Bagchi (Institute of Development Studies, Kolkata)

Panelists: Prabhat Patnaik (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)
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Erik S. Reinert (The Other Canon Foundation, Norway & Talinn University of Technology, Estonia)
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Nobuharu Yokokawa (Musashi University, Tokyo)
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Day 2 : Wednesday, 25 January, 2012

Session I: The Agrarian and Food Crises (9:00 am – 11:00 am)

Moderator: Himanshu (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)
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Panelists: Timothy Wise (Global Development and Environmental Institute (GDAE), Tufts
University, Medford, Masachusetts)
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Utsa Patnaik (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)
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Vikas Rawal (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)
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Madhura Swaminathan (Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata)
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Session II: Competition for Resources (11:15 am – 1:15 pm)

Moderator: Amitabh Kundu (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)

Panelists: Praveen Jha (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)
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Smita Gupta (Institute for Human Development, New Delhi)
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Parthapratim Pal (Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta)
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Erik S. Reinert (The Other Canon Foundation, Norway & Talinn University of Technology, Estonia)
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Session III:  Is Decoupled Growth Possible (2:15 pm – 4:15 pm)

Moderator: Sheila Bhalla (Institute for Human Development, New Delhi)

Panelists: Abhijit Sen (Jawaharlal Nehru University and Planning Commisssion, New Delhi)

Hendri Saparini (Econit Advisory Group, Jakarta)
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Juan Carlos Moreno Brid (Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLAC), Mexico)
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Surajit Majumdar (Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University, Delhi)
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Session IV: Changing Global Production Structures (4:30 pm – 6:30 pm)

Moderator: Jayati Ghosh (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)

Panelists: Sumangala Damodaran (Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University, Delhi)
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Vamsicharan Vakulabharanam (University of Hyderabad,, Hyderabad)
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Ravi Srivastava (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)
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Day 3 : Thursday, 26 January, 2012

Session I: Challenges to Neoliberalism 1 (9:00 am – 11:00 am)

Moderator: K.N. Harilal (Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum)

Panelists: Chang Kyung-Sup (Seoul National University, Seoul)
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Chirashree Dasgupta (Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University, Delhi)

Saumyajit Bhattacharya (Kirorimal College, Delhi Universityt, Delhi)

Rashed Al Mahmud Titumir (Unnayan Onneshan: A centre for research and action on development, Dhaka)

Session II: Challenges to Neoliberalism 2 (11:30 am – 1:30 pm)

Moderator: Mridul Eapen (Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum)

Panelists: Alicia Puyana (FLACSO, Mexico)
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Prasenjit Bose (Research Unit, Communist Party of India (Marxist), New Delhi)

Erinç Yeldan (Bilkent University, Turkey)
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Mritiunjoy Mohanty (Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta)
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