Power & Governance: Forms, Dynamics, Consequences

Power, domination, enforced cooperation, consent, and hegemony. Violence, threat of violence, scarcity, need, constrained interaction, charisma, and ritual. Structure, system, dispositif, institution, custom, fashion, habit, and drive.

These are some of the words used to describe power and governance, i.e. patterned social interaction in which some actors are better off than others, and some paths for the future are opened while others closed. For the sixth biennial Power Conference at the University of Tampere, participants will probe whether something general can be said about the forms, dynamics and consequences of power. The organisers of this conferencem will ask how alternative ways can be studied to approach the issue and what kind of irreconcilable contradictions there are. Participants will be asked to also seek ways to open and promote new and fruitful approaches in the field. Parallel, open sessions provide the possibility to discuss versatile topics, whereas plenary sessions with two keynote talks and a related special session with three or four papers are this time on the following topics: theorizing power relations, global governance, power and knowledge, and critique of power. 

The keynoters who also act as discussants in the special sessions are:

•    Amy Allen, Pennsylvania State University

•    Robin Celikates, University of Amsterdam

•    Gili Drori, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

•    Risto Kunelius, University of Tampere

•    Vivien A. Schmidt, Boston University

•    Peeter Selg, Tallinn University

•    Sylvia Walby, Lancaster University

For more information, please see the conference website at www.uta.fi/yky/en/power2018/.