The Critical Governance Studies conference was held at the University of Warwick, UK, on 13th and 14th December 2010.  This event brought together scholars and practitioners from across the social sciences to consider what taking a critical position on the study and practice  of governance will mean in the coming years.  The keynote speaker was the world-renowned Professor Nancy Fraser (New York’s New School for Social Research).  Professor Nigel Thrift (Vice Chancellor, University of Warwick), gave the opening address. Other distinguished contributors included professors Mark Bevir (Berkeley, California), Catherine Casey (Leicester), Colin Crouch (Warwick), Janet Newman (Open University), Helen Sullivan (Birmingham) and Hugh Willmott (Cardiff).  The conference attracted papers from many parts of the world on a fascinating variety of topics and was an event filled with vibrant cross-disciplinary dialogue.

We welcome individual abstract submissions from now until Friday 26th November and invite colleagues to submit abstracts on themes that might include, among others, critical approaches to the governance of citizens, space, money, networks, risk, security, science and universities. Proposals for panels and streams along these lines are also welcome. Abstracts for both panels and individual papers should be between 200 and 500 words and including the names, positions, affiliations and contact details of all proposers and contributors.As the conference theme is “challenging orthodoxies”, we ask colleagues to address it directly in abstracts and papers by describing a problematic orthodoxy, subjecting it to critical challenge and outlining new areas of inquiry and new social practices based on the critical approach. At the same time, we encourage people to problematize the key terms, governance, orthodoxy and critique.After the conference, we plan to publish an edited collection with selected papers, showcasing the best critical governance research fromacross the disciplines.

We are able to offer a small number of discounts to scholars and doctoral students who would otherwise be unable to attend. If you wish to apply for a discounted fee, please state this at the end of your abstract and explain why you need financial support. Please email abstracts and any questions you may have about the event to esme.farrington@wbs.ac.uk and register for the conference at http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/wbs/projects/orthodoxies/