International Sociological Association's Research Committee on Economy & Society

Call for Abstracts: Special Issue "World-Systems Analysis in the Anthropocene" deadline: 30 June 2019

Call for Abstracts

Journal of World-Systems Research Special Issue

World-Systems Analysis in the Anthropocene

Guest editors:

Leslie Sklair, London School of Economics &

Michael Warren Murphy, University of Pittsburgh


Building upon a long tradition of scholarship deploying World-Systems Analysis to understand global environmental change, in this special issue we wish to explore the past, present, and future of the World System with/in the Anthropocene. We ask contributors to consider the socioecological dynamics of the World System, in the Anthropocene Epoch, as they intersect with nationalism, racialization, colonialism, gender and sexuality, nonhuman species, and geological transformation. We also welcome submissions that radically imagine the next World System and how we will get there. Overall, we invite submissions that engage topics including, but not limited to, the following:

  • The future of the World System (and/or World-Systems Analysis) in the Anthropocene

  • Analyses at the intersections of World Systems and Earth Systems Research

  • Racialization of/in the Anthropocene (or Plantationocene)

  • Gendered and sexualized dimensions of the Anthropocene

  • Ecologically unequal exchange and the Anthropocene

  • Power, politics, and political mobilization in the Anthropocene

  • Decolonial and postcolonial perspectives on the Anthropocene (from the Global South or Periphery of the World System)

  • Considerations of nonhuman species in the World System

The Journal of World-Systems Research is the official journal of the Political Economy of the World-System Section of the American Sociological Association. It develops and disseminate scholarly research from a variety of disciplines on topics relevant to the analysis of world-systems (www.jwsr.org). JWSR reaches a global audience and is among the most established open access scholarly journals, published since 1995. 

Special issue editors will review abstract submissions and invite contributions of full papers for peer review. Abstracts should be submitted by 30 June 2019 to be considered for this special issue. Editors will invite full papers later in the summer, 2019. Full papers that are ready for external peer-review are due by January 15, 2020, and final accepted papers ready for production are due in June 2020. We are aiming to publish this special issue in the Summer/Fall issue of 2020.

Send abstract submissions and inquiries to: Michael Murphy MWM46@pitt.edu and Leslie Sklair L.Sklair@lse.ac.uk. Please include the subject line “JWSR Anthropocene”


Conference: Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, Geneva, 25-26 June 2019

Call for Applications: NSF summer paid undergraduate research experience in Community GIS and Citizen Science in Belize and Orlando : deadline 15 March 2019