NO PRESENT: NEW ENCOUNTERS IN FRENCH AND ITALIAN THOUGHT
March 13-14, 2015
Keynote: Jason E. Smith
The negotiation between French and Italian activists and intellectuals in the latter part of the twentieth century (marked by 1968 in France and 1977 in Italy) opened a field of theoretical experimentation, the effects of which pose a challenge for contemporary politics. This encounter materialized through various collectives, traversing the neat intellectual and practical boundaries of the academy. Whether through the images of intellectuals in the streets or through radical activist groups extending from the Situationist International to Tiqqun, the laboratory of French and Italian thought poses a constellation of conceptual weapons that remain vital for any contestation with the state of things. These implements have been successful in intervening within contemporary struggles on the level of theory, practice, and the construction of history in the present.
Under the inheritance of this tradition, this conference invites submissions from the interstices and margins of recent French and Italian philosophy. Possible paper topics include feminist recapitulations of post-workerism, the theoretical legacy of biopolitics as it is taken up in Agamben and Esposito, and the ongoing challenges for theory and practice posed by social movements extending from Latin America to the Mediterranean in the wake of events such as Mohamed Bouazizi’s self-immolation.
Other topics include, but are not limited to:
- Post-Althusserian philosophy
- Decolonial challenges to eurocentric thought and strategies
- Wages for Housework and care economies
- Realism and contemporary cntologies
- Re-interpretations of the Gramscian legacy
- Philosophies of life and the problem of vitalism
- Lacanian psychoanalysis and its heritage
- French and Italian receptions of Spinoza, Hegel, and Marx
- Affect theory and imagination in cultural productions (e.g. film and media)
- Left Heideggarian reflections on community between Nancy and Agamben
The Philosophy Graduate Student Union at Villanova University welcomes graduate students and junior faculty to submit any of the following to be considered for our conference: paper abstracts of 250-350 words, papers of approximately 3000 words (including co-authored work) suitable for a 20 minute presentation, or proposed panels. Authors of accepted abstracts should send completed papers by March 1, 2015.
Please send submissions, prepared for blind review, by Dec. 21, 2014 to YUcont2015@gmail.com
This conference is committed to accommodating people with disabilities. Conference participants and attendees are encouraged to contact the above email address to discuss accommodations.
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