We are inviting proposals for original papers on alternatives to privatization and the provision of public services in the global South, to be presented at an international conference from April 13-16, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa.
The conference will bring together researchers, activists, labour representatives, development practitioners and policy makers from around the world working to promote progressive public services, with an emphasis on health, water and electricity. We are seeking papers that showcase promising alternatives to private provision, as well as those which push forward our conceptual and methodological understandings of how public attitudes and practices arise, how they are constituted, and how they might be sustained. While there can be no universal definition of ‘public’ (or counter-publics) the conference aims to improve dialogue and expand global networks on public alternatives, with a focus on Asia, Africa and Latin America. We expect papers to go beyond a mere critique of privatization to offering practical and theoretical understandings of pro-public services (past, present and future).
Please refer to the call for papers and panels to learn more about topics and guidelines for submission.