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Cardiff University, 10-12 June 2015

Organiser: Paul Bowman

Martial Arts Studies: An International Interdisciplinary Conference


What is martial arts studies?

What could it be?

Is it a specific new field or is it always going to be a subsection of other disciplines?

What are the possibilities and limitations of creating or developing martial arts studies?

What are its key concerns, problematics, theories, orientations, and methodologies, and why?


Building on recent work, such as the 2014 special issue of JOMEC Journal on martial arts studies, this conference invites proposals for 20minute papers that engage with key questions about the field, as well as papers that present current work in any aspect of martial arts studies

JOMEC Journal: Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

Special issue on ‘Martial Arts Studies’:


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Apocalypse Now: Neoliberalism and Apocalyptic Narratives

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Graduate colloquium

English Department, University of Lausanne

22-23 June, 2015 – Lausanne, Switzerland

With the participation of the University of York, and the University of Utrecht


Keynote Speakers:

Christian Arnsperger, University of Lausanne

Adam Kelly, University of York

Organizer: Anas Sareen (



Western culture has a long-standing investment in the apocalyptic. Events such as 9/11, global warming, or the financial crisis of 2008 have directly impacted the way we perceive the world, and the ways in which we conceive of social structures. The recent events in Paris exemplify these apocalyptic interruptions in Western society, which bring issues of freedom of speech and democratic ideals to the fore, and reveal unresolved questions of race, religion, and ethnicity. Similar dynamics exist between the U.S. and North-Korea. After cyber terrorists hacked Sony Pictures in retaliation against the release of the film The Interview, public debates on race, satire, and cyber-terrorism have reanimated tensions between the two countries. The highly publicized hacker group Anonymous demonstrates yet another case of Internet-born geopolitics, though the ambivalence the group evokes does raise questions about our public sentiments towards the placelessness of virtual security. Evidently, the apocalyptic abounds today, and urges us to re-think issues of national identity, economy, and ethics in light of shifting geopolitical configurations. Immersed in such geopolitical shifts, neoliberal capitalism is the silent victor of many an apocalypse.

As established by David Harvey among others, the elusive object that capitalism is resurges with a renewed ideological agenda during the 1970s, particularly under the governments of Thatcher in Britain, and Reagan in the U.S., coalescing into what we now term ‘neoliberalism’ or ‘neoliberal capital’. Evidently, the apocalyptic urges us to consider the geopolitical configurations of national identity, economy, ethics. Neoliberal capitalism and the apocalyptic recently converged in the 2008 financial crisis, a circumstance of speculative excess pushed over the brink and salvaged by American and European government bailouts. Given these ties between neoliberalism and the nation, what might we mean today when we speak of the apocalyptic?

The ambivalence of the term ‘apocalypse’ may be the starting point of this reflection. If the ‘apocalypse’ means both the ‘end of the world’, and a ‘revelation’, then what does the apocalyptic reveal?

This colloquium aims to explore the ways in which the apocalyptic destabilizes social or narrative structures and, in doing so, reveals the constructed nature of both inclusionary and exclusionary modes of being/living. What are the dynamics behind ‘the end’ and behind renewal? What remains? What disappears? How long does an apocalypse last? Questions of temporality invite articulations around issues of questions of gender, sexuality, race, subjectivity, politics, and ethics among many others.

Therefore, we seek contributions that address such critical categories from a number of different locations, objects, and orientations. We invite innovative papers of 20 minutes (followed by 10 min discussion), which explore the apocalyptic/and neoliberal capitalism by engaging in contemporary cultural products.

Topics may include (but are not restricted to) the following:

  • Architecture and dystopia in contemporary film and literature
  • Apocalypse and the nation in contemporary film and literature
  • Apocalypse and the everyday
  • Apocalypse, capitalism, and seriality (TV series, comics)
  • Civil disobedience and/or “epistemic disobedience” (see Walter Mignolo, 2009)
  • Dancing on the edge: dance and capitalism/dance and the apocalyptic
  • De-colonial perspectives on capitalism/the apocalyptic
  • Hi-stories of apocalyptic capitalism from the Global South
  • Interrupted flows: music, capitalism, and the apocalyptic
  • Nuclear families, and alternative modes of belonging, kinship (queer theory, for example Lee Edelman’s No Future, Judith Butler’s Antigone’s Claim)
  • Posthumanism and capitalism (zombies, cyborgs, animals)
  • ‘Revealing race’ and the geopolitics of the apocalyptic
  • Staging apocalyptic capitalism
  • Social mouvements, and countering neoliberalism (new forms of political activism)
  • Subjectivity and affect under neoliberalism (for example Lauren Berlant’s Cruel Optimism)
  • The narrative architecture of the apocalyptic (the immediate and the aftermath)
  • The political capital of (cyber-) terrorism


Please send abstracts of 300 words, including an author’s bionote,

to by 21 March 2015. Notification of acceptance on 1 Apri l 2015.

Scientific committee:

Catherine Chen (Columbia University), Anna Iatsenko (University of Geneva), and Anas Sareen

(University of Lausanne)




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Speculative Realism

Speculative Realism



New Forms of Realism in Contemporary Philosophy

In cooperation with the International Institute of Studies of Humanities and Social Sciences (Athens)



June 26th – July 3rd 2015 in Ohrid, Macedonia



The Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities – Skopje in cooperation with the International

Institute of Studies of Humanities and Social Sciences (based in Athens) announces the summer school program “New Forms of Realism in Contemporary Philosophy.” Part 1 will be held in Ohrid (Macedonia) 26 June-3 July, 2015.

The “New Forms of Realism in Contemporary Philosophy” summer school in Ohrid will focus on the recent trends of realism in contemporary philosophy which has been labeled often erroneously under a single and vague category such as “speculative realism” or “new materialism” etc. Unpacking such generalizations and aiming at specific authors who have generated distinct strands of thought that nonetheless constitute what we have vaguely termed “new realisms in philosophy,” we conceptualized the sub-courses:

– “The non-standard philosophy of François Laruelle”; sub-course leader: François Laruelle

– “Non-standard epistemologies”; sub-course leader Anne Françoise Schmid

– “Magic Realism and Socialist Realism: Arts and Persuasion”; sub-course leader Svetlana Slapšak

– “Exploration of possibilities for realist readings in contemporary feminist philosophy in line with non-standard philosophy and the writings of Marx”; sub-course leader: Katarina Kolozova

Working language of the summer school will be English and French (with translation into English).


Prof. Dr. François Laruelle, Prof. Dr. Anne Françoise Schmid, Prof. Dr. Katarina Kolozova, Prof. Dr. Ray Brassier (TBC) and Prof. Dr. GDil rA.nSvidejtalrana Slapšak, Prof.

Summer school Director:

Prof. Dr. Katarina Kolozova, Executive Director of the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities – Skopje

Summer school academic coordinator:

Dr. Jordan Šišovski, Assistant Professor in the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities – Skopje


-Participants must be MA students or PhD candidates in any field belonging to the social sciences or humanities

-Participants must submit an abstract for a presentation in one of the summer school’s workshops or for one of the final presentations sessions;

-Participants from other countries are also eligible to participate;


Early bird Registration: until February 20th

Participation fee: 140 Euro for 9 day course

Early bird applications from at least three persons from same institution: 100 Euro

Normal Registration: February 21st – March 20th

Participation fee: 170 Euro for 9 day course

Applications from at least three persons from same institution: 130 Euros

Late applications:

Registration: March 21st – April 10th

Participation fee: 210 euro for 9 day course

Late applications from at least three persons from same institution: 170 Euros

Number of participants: 50

Process of Selection

Members of the boards  of the Internaitonal Institute in Athens and of ISSHS will form the organizing committee and selection committee that will review the applications

Interested applicants should send short CV, abstract for presentation and the available application form.

Deadline for submitting an application: April 10th 2015

Deadline for announcing the results of the selection process: April 30th 2015


It is entirely up to each student to decide accommodation of their own choosing. The organizers will provide information and enable and inform about possibilities for discount accommodation, and will be available to help logistically.

Contact persons:

Dr. Jordan Šišovski, Project Coordinator, e-mail:,

Applications should be sent to the Project Coordinator to either of these two addresses.

Prof. Dr. Katarina Kolozova, Executive Director of Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities – Skopje, e-mail:

Address: 20 Oktomvri nr. 8 (second floor), 1000 Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

Tel/Fax: +389 2 3 113 059



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