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Call for PapersThe Politics of Critique

2nd Critical Studies Research Group Conference

Organised by the Critical Studies Research Group (CSRG)

18-19 July 2012, University of Brighton, UK


What is the meaning of critique today?

Riot, revolt, protest, occupation: the current historical conjuncture is marked by the confluence of multiple crises and the (re)emergence of oppositional activity against the political and economic status quo.  In defiance of the powers that seek to entrench inequality, movements across the world have emerged to act as living forms of critique.  Yet what we understand as critique – and what we understand as its politics – remains a pressing question.  We must therefore ask: what might the politics of critique mean for societies experiencing seismic shifts in light of the crises of the past decade?

This conference challenges engaged intellectuals to think though the revolutionary heritage in light of the extraordinary changes of the past decade.   It is an opportunity to look back in order to look forward; to situate ourselves theoretically and politically in relation to emergent forms of struggle and resistance; to re-imagine the stale binary of reform and revolution;  to question the relationship between theory and praxis; to rearticulate and reinvigorate the politics of critique.

We invite researchers from across the humanities and social sciences, particularly post-graduate students, to contribute to this interdisciplinary conference with papers that explore the above themes.  The event is the culmination of a year long seminar series which featured lectures from well known participants and commentators on the role and place of critique in contemporary society. These include Benjamin Noys, Saul Newman, Mark Devenney, Nina Power, Diana Coole, Alan Finlayson, Sarah Franklin, Costas Douzinas, and Howard Caygill.  Alongside keynote addresses, the conference will include both panel sessions and themed workshops convened by one or a combination of academics.

Abstracts of around 300 words should be sent to no later than 2nd April 2012.   Presentations should be 20 minutes in length.  Conference fee is £40, which includes inter-session refreshments.

This event is hosted in collaboration with:

CAPPE (Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics, and Ethics)  

CRD (Centre for Research & Development)


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Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics
University of Brighton, UK

7th International Interdisciplinary Conference
Wednesday 5th – Friday 7th September 2012

Call for Papers

It is very rare for societies or institutions to change unless they are confronted by specific forms of resistance. This conference investigates those moments of historical change when existing orders are put into question. In particular, it seeks to challenge us to rethink ways in which we might understand resistance and asks us to read the past in order to inform the present through a focus on riot, revolt and revolution, and on the interplay between them.

Papers which address these themes from any discipline are welcome.

Suggested topics might include:

Modernism and post-modernism in the arts
What is revolution?
The French Revolution
20th-century revolutions
The neo-liberal revolution
Occupy Wall Street
Resistance today
Civil War
The politics of riot
Ethics of revolt
Resistance to change
Burke or Kant?
The limits of reform
Challenges to capitalism
Neo-liberal economics
Financial crisis: a real opportunity?
Postcolonial politics
Discourses of Resistance
Languages of Resistance

We anticipate that these and related issues will be of interest to people working in, among other areas, philosophy, political theory, politics, sociology, international relations, cultural studies, the arts, history, government and law.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be emailed by 6th January 2012, at the latest, to Nicola Clewer,

The conference fee is £210. This includes refreshments, lunch on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and a buffet dinner on the Thursday evening.

There are a limited number of places available for graduate students and for people who have no institutional affiliation at the reduced price of £105. Please indicate if you wish to be considered for one of these places when sending your abstract; or contact Nicola Clewer at as soon as possible.

Please note: the conference fee does not include accommodation and, unfortunately, we are unable to offer travel grants or other forms of financial assistance. A limited amount of reasonably priced student halls of residence accommodation is available on a first come first served basis.

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