WSF-PEWS Conference

2013 Annual Meeting of the Political Economy of World-Systems Section of the American Sociological Association

and the

World Society Foundation Award of Excellence Program

for Research Papers on World Society

April 12-13, 2013

v. 4-10a-12

The Political Economy of the World-System Section of the American Sociological Association (PEWS) and the World Society Foundation (WSF) have joined forces to sponsor a conference at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). This will be the 37th Annual Spring Conference of PEWS and the 4th World Society Foundation Award Program for Research Papers. The conference will be held April 12-13, 2013.

Conference Theme:

“Structures of the World Political Economy and Future Global Conflict and Cooperation”

Some see recent developments in the world political economy as fundamental departures from the structures of the past while for others these recent changes are similar to those that have occurred in earlier centuries. The international division of labor in the world economy seems to be in a constant state of flux, and the most recent wave of financialization has sent the global economy into a crisis   Rising food prices and high unemployment have contributed to an increase in anti-authoritarian movements in the Middle East and elsewhere, while many developed countries are facing unsustainable levels of sovereign debt and pressures for greater austerity.  

What are the implications of these developments for the future of global conflict and cooperation? Western powers are engaged in several wars in the Middle East.  The “rogue” states of Iran and North Korea command a great deal of international attention.  Moreover, a handful of semiperipheral countries including China, South Korea, Brazil and Russia continue to vie for a more prominent place on the world stage. There are struggles within international organizations between the old world powers and those that are rising.  Thus, the world-system seems to be evolving toward an increasingly multi-polar political structure in which the ability of the U.S. to generate hegemonic consensus and order has declined. 

The World Society Foundation and the ASA PEWS Section are encouraging researchers to investigate the evolution of the world economic structure in the 21st century, contending scenarios for the future of global conflict and cooperation and particularly the relationship between the two. Issues that may be addressed at the conference include, but are not limited to, the following:

·                                Qualitative, quantitative or historical studies of important changes to the structure and/or the logic of the world political economy, including the rise and fall of leading sectors and their changing geographical distribution;

·                                Empirically informed considerations of theoretical concepts including the core/periphery hierarchy, the semiperiphery, North/South relations and global class formation;

·                                The role of firms and supra-national organizations in the evolution of the world

political economy and/or conflict and cooperation;

·                                Empirical considerations of the rise of new blocks or international coalitions and the rise of important contending national powers;

·                                The future of global governance and global state formation in world historical perspective;

·                                Coalition-formation among contemporary antisystemic social movements and potential

coalitions with progressive regimes in the Global South in world historical perspective.

Keynote speakers

Wilma A. Dunaway

·                                 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

·                                 Sexism after Bifurcation? The Arrow of Women’s Time and Utopistics for a New World Order

William I. Robinson

            University of California-Santa Barbara

            Policing the Global Crisis

Jason Moore

·                                 Binghamton University

·                                 The End of Cheap Nature, or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying about ‘the’ Environment and Love the Crisis of Capitalism

Randall Collins

·                                 University of Pennsylvania

·                                 Routes towards the end of capitalism in mid-21st Century: World-System cycles, and proletarianizing the electronic middle-class


The conference will be located at the University of California, Riverside (UCR), California, USA.

A map of the relevant part of the UCR campus and the location of White Horse Ranch is at


Program (the latest draft version of the program is at ) please check frequently for changes


Sixty papers will be presented at the conference. There will be three plenary sessions and fourteen regular sessions with three sessions running concurrently. Most sessions are 100 minutes. With 4 papers, a discussant and time for the audience that means 15 minutes per presentation. Projectors will be available for PPT presentations. Abstracts of the papers to be presented are at



The World Society Foundation Awards of Excellence Program for Research Papers on World Society, with a prize of US$ 10,000 (First Prize) and US$ 5,000 (Second Prize), will be presented at the Awards Dinner on Saturday evening April 14. The World Society Foundation's Board of Members and the Organizing Committee of the Conference will act as the jury for this evaluation.  


If you intend to attend the conference please fill out a participation form and send it to

Nelda Thomas <> and Chris Chase-Dunn <>

The participation form is at



The conference begins at 8:20 am on Friday, April 12. Those coming from out of town should arrive Thursday. The conference is over after the Awards Dinner on Saturday. Those coming from out of town may want to leave Sunday.

The conference hotels (The Mission Inn and the Riverside Marriot) are in downtown Riverside, about 2 miles from UCR. We will provide van transportation from the hotels to UCR and back for conference attendees. For those who are on the program as paper presenters or discussants we will make your hotel reservations. Please let Nelda and Chris know when you will be arriving and which nights you will be staying over.

The best airport for arriving at UCR is Ontario International Airport (ONT) in Ontario, California.  It is about 30 minutes from Riverside.  There is no longer free shuttle service provided by the Mission Inn or Marriott. Taxi service costs approximately $40 one way. Super Shuttle is $39 for the first person and $9 per person in the same group. Rental cars from ONT range from $39-$56 per day. We will send vans to ONT to bring people to the conference hotels on Thursday evening. If you are scheduled to arrive at ONT on Thursday afternoon or evening please let us know when and which airline you will be on. 


 For those coming from abroad it may not be possible to fly in to ONT, but it would be far more convenient if it is possible. The other option is Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). If you fly in to LAX you will need to either rent a car or take Super Shuttle (outside baggage claim) to Riverside. Supershuttle from, LAX to Riverside costs $79.00 for the first person and $9.00 for any additional. It takes about 1 and ½ hours or more if traffic is bad. You can also return to LAX via Super Shuttle. Make a reservation with them to be picked up in time to make your flight. We have gotten a discount code for Supershuttle that will allow you a 20% discount. All guests must book online and use their credit card in order to receive the discount.

note the code in the box in the upper left hand corner of the supershuttle page.

For those who are driving: The University Theatre address is 400 Humanities, when you come into the University you can park in Lot 6, there will be 2 attendant available for any additional questions you might have about the buildings. There is no charge for parking, so you can park there all day.

It is also possible to take the Metrolink Train from Union Station and other locations in Southern California to Riverside. The schedules are at


There will be two publications coming out of this conference. One, selected by the WSF's board, will be in a volume of World Society Studies, the WSF's edited book series. A second, selected by the PEWS Organizing Committee, will appear in the PEWS series, published by Paradigm.

Organizing Committee: Christopher Chase-Dunn (UC-R), Matthew Mahutga (UCR), David A. Smith (UC-Irvine), Christian Suter (University of Neuchâtel),  Immanuel Wallerstein (Yale).


Nelda Thomas <> and Chris Chase-Dunn <>



For more information on the World Society Foundation and its activities, please check out our web site:  

The PEWS web site is at

The IROWS web site is at .

The conference web site is at

Archive: for those of you with an interest in intellectual history the web site for the PEWS Conference held at UCR in 2002 is here.


Stiftung Weltgesellschaft 

World Society Foundation


Political Economy of World-Systems

Section of the American Sociological Association


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