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CASCA/SANA2016 panel CFP: Emerging economic futures: The intersections of informality and formality


2016 CASCA/SANA Conference: Call for Panel Papers

May 11-15, 2016. Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Co-organizers: Alan Smart (University of Calgary) and B. Lynne Milgram
(OCAD University)

Panel Abstract:
Emerging economic futures: The intersections of informality and formality

One of the key legacies of Keith Hart's original work is that current
scholarship has replaced the informal/formal sector dualism with the
recognition that informality/formality are interdependently linked.
Indeed, both academic analysis and development policy increasingly
bring informal and formal together, especially as policies encourage
the formalization of informality. This panel will broaden the terms of
this engagement by analyzing a range of formal/informal intersections.
Governments and corporations, for example, may formalize informality
by engaging informal actors as subcontractors or salespeople; within
supra-national institutions formality/informality are negotiated and
enforced through non-legally binding (soft law) tools (e.g., treaties,
conventions); and NGOs, grassroots movements and civic associations
often struggle to formalize and legalize their practice. By analyzing
the myriad ways in which formality and informality intersect and
interact – subordination, toleration, regularization, eradication,
exploitation and subversion – panel papers will effectively inform the
economic futures that emerge in a less Euro-centric global economy.

Key words: formality/informality; legality/illegality; Global South;
development; governmentality

• DEADLINE: We ask that paper proposal Abstracts and Key Words be submitted by
January 15, 2016. Please also include your full contact and
affiliation details.
• Please send paper proposal Abstracts of 100-150 words to both panel
co-organizers at: and
• Notification of acceptance of proposals will be sent by January 22, 2016.
• Note: In order to present a paper at the 2016 CASCA/SANA conference,
presenters must be members of one of these organizations.
• Further information about the conference is available at:

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