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CREATIVE SPACES FOR COLLECTIVE VOICES – DPR15

Discourse, Power and Resistance Conference 2015

DPR15 – Creative spaces for collective voices
Goldsmiths, University of London, UK 15-17 April, 2015

We have for some time been looking into the effects of neoliberalism on culture, identity, and institutions – effects that have included ‘audit culture’ (Marilyn Strathern), self-branding, and the subsuming of any collective ‘voice’ into individualistic ‘consumer power’ (Nick Couldry). At the same time, we have struggled with the fading importance of structural inequalities in the minds of policymakers.

There are developing answers, though, in many theoretical idioms. Stephen Ball has commented that “both structural and poststructural theories and analyses are necessary for ‘bearing witness’ and for an adequate critical understanding of educational realities”. We could add to this that other kinds of practice, developed in fields like art or drama, also contribute to the working out of critique and the embodying of alternatives.

At DPR, these varied perspectives all find a home. Over the years, the conference has asked, how can we develop such creative theoretical approaches? And how would they look in practice? DPR 15 continues this line of work. Beyond critique, it asks how we can resist, subvert, and create spaces for multiple and collective voices, for change, and for social justice.

The conference brings together a range of practitioners, researchers, policy-makers, learners and teachers, who are actively engaged in these kinds of challenge. Presentations at the conference will take the form of papers, workshops, performances, exhibitions, and posters. We hope that presenters will come with ideas to share about research and practice, through single or joint presentations or as a contribution to any of the symposia that will be taking shape.

The DPR website is here.

If you have suggestions, or ideas for a contribution you would like to discuss, please contact the conference organizer,
Anna Carlile
DPRConference@gold.ac.uk
Call for Papers

We encourage proposals for presentations of papers (single or joint author), symposia, workshops, posters, exhibition work and performances. Please use the following format for your proposal:
·         Name(s) of presenter(s)
·         Institution(s), with country
·         Title of abstract
·         Format (paper, symposium presentation, workshop, poster, exhibition work, performance.)
·         Brief description (150-250 words)
Abstracts can be submitted here  or as Word attachments via email to DPRConference@gold.ac.uk Abstracts are available to be viewed at http://dprconf.wordpress.com/.

Deadline: January 30 2015

Presentations are allocated 35 minutes; presenters are encouraged to leave generous time (10 minutes or more) for discussion. Please let us know if you would like a double session (particularly if your proposal is for a workshop).

If you would like to discuss a presentation please contact Anna Carlile either by email
(DPRConference@gold.ac.uk) or on +44 (0)20 7717 2206.

 

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Knowledge

Knowledge

POSTDISCIPLINARY STUDIES IN DISCOURSE

Call for Book Proposals – new book series from Palgrave Macmillan

Postdisciplinary Studies in Discourse

Series Editors: Johannes Angermuller and Judith Baxter

Discourse Studies is a field studying the social production of meaning at the intersection of language & society. Its principal focus is upon the central role of meaning production for the construction of hierarchies and hegemonies, identities and subjectivities. The field comprises a range of approaches, strands and schools such as poststructuralist, critical, conversational, interactional, pragmatic and semiotic approaches to discourse to name but a few.

In the past, Discourse Studies have sometimes testified to a divide between theoretical and epistemological orientations on the one hand and more methodological, analytical and empirical orientations on the other. At the same time, an increasing exchange can be observed between various strands and approaches across the entire spectrum of the social sciences and humanities. The series invites contributions from different disciplines across the social sciences and encourages contributors to reflect upon the development of theoretical and methodological strands from both their own disciplinary perspective and from positions beyond their immediate discipline.

The “Postdisciplinary Studies in Discourse” series invites authors to address the theory/practice divide by integrating theory, data analysis and critique within a single research work. The series is open to new developments in Discourse Studies, including postmodern, constructivist, emergent and poststructuralist approaches to discourse theory and analysis, which may cross traditional disciplinary boundaries.

In summary, we invite you to send in your book proposal if your work responds to some of the following broad criteria:

  • Making an innovative, theoretical or epistemological contribution to the field of Discourse Studies
  • Offering an open and reflexive dialogue among different strands within the interdisciplinary space of language & society
  • Showing disciplinary self-reflexivity and making connections between different fields
  • Linking theoretical, critical and empirical challenges in Discourse Studies
  • Developing narratives between theory-development, empirical analysis and critique
  • Reflecting on how your research is or can be applied in non-academic contexts.

If you have any queries or are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact the Commissioning Editor Rebecca Brennan on rebecca.brennan@palgrave.com, or contact the series editors directly.

 

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Glenn Rikowski’s latest paper, Crises in Education, Crises of Education – can now be found at Academia: http://www.academia.edu/8953489/Crises_in_Education_Crises_of_Education

 

Glenn Rikowski’s article, Education, Capital and the Transhuman – can also now be found at Academia: https://www.academia.edu/9033532/Education_Capital_and_the_Transhuman

Marxism Against Postmodernism in Educational Theory

Marxism Against Postmodernism in Educational Theory

RESILIENCE: INTERNATIONAL POLICIES, PRACTISES AND DISCOURSES

CALL FOR PAPERS

Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses Invites you to Submit your Paper

Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses (http://www.tandfonline.com/resi) creates a platform for dialogue about the processes, spaces, policies, practices and subjectivities through which resilience is seen to operate. As such, this journal draws together academic expertise from disciplines such as international sociology, geography, political theory, development studies, security studies, anthropology and law.

Find out why you should submit your paper to Resilience and read the full call for papers here:  http://explore.tandfonline.com/cfp/pgas/resilience-call-for-papers

You can also visit our Author Services website (http://journalauthors.tandf.co.uk/) for further resources and guides to the complete publication process and beyond.

To keep abreast of Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses, sign up for table of contents alerts: (http://www.tandfonline.com/action/doUpdateAlertSettings?action=addJournal&journalCode=resi20

Best wishes and festive greetings,
David Chandler
d.chandler@wmin.ac.uk
Editor, Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses (http://www.tandfonline.com/resi

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Communisation

Communisation

DPR CONFERENCE NEWSLETTER – OCTOBER 2013

DISCOURSE, POWER AND RESISTANCE IN EDUCATION

DPR14Research and Practice: Exchange and Change
University of Greenwich, UK – 8-10 April, 2014

Dear Colleagues

The conference is taking shape. The first call for papers is 3 December 2013; but abstracts are already coming in. Click here to see the abstracts already accepted, and here for the symposia proposed so far. DPR is democractic; and the conference reflects this, taking shape and developing its agenda as colleagues discuss ideas and as proposals come in. We strongly encourage you to get involved at this early stage by sending in proposals for papers, workshops, posters, exhibition work or performance relating to the issues around exchange and change. Help to shape the conference agenda.

Recently I asked colleagues what DPR meant to them. DPR conferences have been held each year since 2002, a book series has widely published conference themes and issues, for the last five years the journal Power and Education has extended the discussion, and an international network is growing as DPR colleagues work together and share ideas. What is this all about, and why does it matter? Here are some of the answers colleagues gave me:

  • DPR is a space for rebellious thinking and a master class in theory and philosophy around contemporary culture and education
  • DPR is a stimulating environment to be immersed in
  • DPR is a seed bank – a nuclear bunker – where ideas, values, practices, things that really matter can be kept safely alive until the sickness of neoliberalism has gone by
  • DPR is not elitist: it’s a good place to be for researchers and practitioners new and old
  • DPR is serious, but it’s extraordinarily friendly and invigorating.

 

Here is a quote from the flyer for DPR14: “DPR is political because teaching, learning and research are political: social justice requires that new understandings lead to action. DPR14 sets out to understand and to share the huge diversity of insights that only a truly international conference can bring together; to take courage, with a view to making things change.”

The DPR website has been updated. We hope it will be easy to use and a quick way to find out everything you need to know about the conference, the venue, travel, accommodation, registration and fees. Further information is being added regularly so please keep browsing the site.

Two news items:

1.       Pat Sikes has asked me to circulate information about the 2014 Qualitative Book of the Year Award: Call for Nominations. (Deadline: November 15, 2013). Click here to find out more.
2.       Dorit Kedar has sent information about the publication of her major project: The Book of Inter-religious Peace in Word and Image. Click here to read more.

Please will you help to spread the word about the conference by forwarding this Newsletter to colleagues, networks and institutions you think may be interested. Please contact me if there is any further information you would like, or to discuss a possible contribution to the conference.

With all best wishes
Jerome  (Jerome Satterthwaite – on behalf of the DPR Management Team)

STOP PRESS: Stefan Collini – author of What Are Universities For? (Penguin, 2012) has agreed to be a keynote speaker. For a foretaste of his brilliant wit and comprehensive understanding of contemporary Higher Education, read his Sold Out in the London Review of Books, 24 October 2013.

Note: Click here to read this newsletter via the DPR website.

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Alternative Education

Alternative Education

DISCOURSE POWER RESISTANCE CONFERENCE: DPR14, APRIL 8-10, 2014

Discourse Power Resistance

DPR is an annual international conference that has been held each Spring since 2002. The conferences began with a focus on the social, economic, political and cultural forces that shape education policy and practice world-wide. Over the years this broad focus has been maintained; but what has established the international reputation of DPR has been the on-going critical analysis of issues of social justice, and the commitment to enable silenced and marginalized voices to be heard: discourse, power, resistance.

DPR14 – Research and Practice: Exchange and Change

University of Greenwich, UK 8-10 April, 2014

At least in the humanities and social sciences, research needs to be reciprocal: asking questions, we are called in question, the researcher researched; and the outcome is mutual understanding one of another. The otherness of strangers, our essential strangeness one to another, brings us together to new insights which are never complete but always shared: to research is to be, in John Donne’s word, involved. Research should be mutual exchange.

All well and good! But if anything is to come of this deepened understanding – this coming together – it needs to be political. Research – exchange – is not enough. DPR is political because teaching, learning and research are political: social justice requires that new understandings lead to action. DPR14 sets out to understand and to share the huge diversity of insights that only a truly international conference can bring together; to take courage, with a view to making things change. This is the praxis Karl Marx had in mind: Philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it.

How can a conference change anything? Let us say it again: we come together, we share our ideas and questions and concerns; we take courage, because we need courage to challenge and change bad practice, tired conformity. We have left on the website the abstracts that were accepted for 2013 and from the two previous years, so as to demonstrate the conferences’ on-going commitment to sustained critical analysis leading to constructive change.

Presentations at the conference will take the form of papers, workshops, performances, exhibitions, and posters. The conference brings together a range of practitioners, researchers, policy-makers, learners and teachers, with ideas to share about research and practice, through single or joint presentations or as a contribution to any of the symposia that will be taking shape. Please keep an eye on the DPR web pages for further details.

See: http://www.dprconference.com/

If you have suggestions, or ideas for a contribution you would like to discuss, please contact the conference organizer,

Jerome Satterthwaite
jnsatterthwaite@gmail.com

 

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Educating from Marx

Educating from Marx

POWER AND EDUCATION – Volume 5 Issue 1 (2013)

Just published at: www.wwwords.co.uk/power/content/pdfs/5/issue5_1.asp

POWER AND EDUCATION

Volume 5 Number 1 2013, ISSN 1757-7438

SPECIAL ISSUE

Changing the Discourse of Education
Guest Editors: HEATHER PIPER, JEROME SATTERTHWAITE & PAT SIKES

 

CONTENTS:

Heather Piper, Jerome Satterthwaite & Pat Sikes. Introduction. Changing the Discourse of Education

Gert Biesta. Interrupting the Politics of Learning

James Avis. Post-Fordist Illusions: knowledge-based economies and transformation

Liz Atkins. From Marginal Learning to Marginal Employment? The Real Impact of ‘Learning’ Employability Skills

Kristina Alstam. Ideologies of Mothering in an Internet Forum: hurting narratives and declarative defence

Eugene C. Schaffer, Sam Stringfield, David Reynolds & Justin Schaffer. Opportunity and Justice: building a valuable and sustainable educational experience for disenfranchised and disengaged youth

Michele Moore & Heather Brunskell-Evans. Foucault, Pollyanna and the Iraq Research Fellowship Programme: political grace and the struggle to decolonise research practice

Jennifer Patterson. Punch Drunk on Research Impact: a critical analysis of textual power politics

BOOK REVIEWS
The Assault on Universities: a manifesto for resistance (Michael Bailey & Des Freedman, Eds), reviewed by Celina McEwen
The Evolving Significance of Race: living, learning, and teaching (Sherick Hughes & Theodorea Regina Berry, Eds), reviewed by Joyanne De Four-Babb
Curriculum, Community, and Urban School Reform (Barry M. Franklin), reviewed by Vonzell Agosto

Access to the full texts of current articles is restricted to those who have a Personal subscription, or those whose institution has a Library subscription.

PERSONAL SUBSCRIPTION (single-user access) Subscription to the 2013 volume (including full access to ALL back numbers) is available to individuals at a cost of US$50.00. If you wish to subscribe you may do so immediately at www.wwwords.co.uk/subscribePOWER.asp

LIBRARY SUBSCRIPTION (institution-wide access) If you are working within an institution that maintains a Library, please urge them to take out a subscription so that we can provide access throughout your institution; details of subscription rates and access control arrangements for libraries can be found at www.symposium-journals.co.uk/prices.html

For all editorial matters, including articles offered for publication, please contact p&ejournal@mmu.ac.uk

In the event of problems concerning a subscription, or difficulty in gaining access to the journal articles on the website, please email the publishers at support@symposium-journals.co.uk

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Education

DISCOURSE, POWER & RESISTANCE IN EDUCATION – CONFERENCE 2013

Discourse, Power, Resistance: DPR 13      

DISCOURSES OF INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION
9 – 11 April, 2013 – University of Greenwich, United Kingdom

Power can be a wonderful thing, as Terry Eagleton told the DPR conference in 2008: wonderful and essential for the achievement of our best and most generous purposes. But it can also be abused.

A widespread abuse of power is to organise the social world into groups that are included and others that are excluded, using the discourse of the powerful group, like subtly barbed wire, to distinguish the insiders from the outsiders on the grounds of gender, ethnicity, age, wealth, sexuality, class and other grouping. Communities may then disintegrate. The excluded members may seek to be admitted to the privileged group by learning and adopting its discourse; or they may resist this assimilation and celebrate their difference in defiant counter-cultures of their own.

What is the scope of research, learning and teaching in this contested space? What knowledges and methodologies should be included or excluded, and why? These are the issues the conference will consider.

Exchanging words and papers is a powerful academic practice at the heart of DPR. But the conference is about the discourses of inclusion and exclusion, so images, music, performance, display, story-telling – the variously imaginative ways of sharing our understanding – must have their space. DPR13 will include the contributions of the creative and performing arts so that the conference tells and shows a freshly inclusive vision.

Preparations and plans for DPR13 are already well under way with over 60 abstracts accepted and more coming in daily. The Second Call for Papers is Friday 21 December. This is not a deadline but we strongly encourage delegates planning to offer papers, workshops, posters or exhibition work to send abstracts as soon as possible. Details of 12 projects and seminars already in preparation are posted on the website.

Further proposals are being developed and will be posted soon. For further information or to discuss ideas, please contact Jerome Satterthwaite by email at jnsatterthwaite@gmail.com

Conference website for full details and registration: dprconference.com

Power and Education journal: www.wwwords.co.uk/POWER

 

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Mediation

MAPPING COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA RESEARCH

Mapping Communication and Media Research: Conjunctures, Institutions, Challenges

by Juha Koivisto, Juha and Peter D. Thomas

218 p.
ISBN: 978-951-44-7920-5 29.00€
Publisher: Tampere University Press. TUP

Communication and media research has emerged in recent years as one of the most successful and dynamic fields of activity in the contemporary university. The explosive growth has prompted concern about a ‘lack of clarity’ of the field and its capacity to respond productively to current and future challenges. How can we account for the spectacular rise of communication and media research? What type of academic activity is it? Is it a ‘discipline’, an interdisciplinary ‘field’, a new ‘discourse’ or an ‘institution’ including different approaches?

Communication and media research is analysed in this study as a ‘hegemonic apparatus’, or a terrain of conflicting forces and organisation forms upon which social, cultural and political projects and values are produced, criticised and challenged. The authors argue that contemporary communication and media research can only be understood by referring to the concrete social, cultural and political contexts in which it occurs.

Drawing upon a series of detailed reports covering communication and media research internationally, from Germany, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Finland, Estonia, the USA, the UK, Australia, Japan and South Korea, the study provides a global overview of the contemporary situation and assesses future challenges and opportunities. Key indices include university departments, professorships and research centres, doctoral studies, gender relations, research funding, internationalisation and publishing and the impact of university reforms.

This study will be essential reading for all those concerned with the current state of this successful ‘non-discipline’ and its significance for critical intellectual practice today.

Orders and further information are available here: http://granum.uta.fi/english/kirjanTiedot.php?tuote_id=20194

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The Lamp Post

6TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN INTERPRETIVE POLICY ANALYSIS

Call for papers or proposals:
6TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN INTERPRETIVE POLICY ANALYSIS: DISCURSIVE SPACES. POLITICS, PRACTICES AND POWER
http://www.ipa-2011.cardiff.ac.uk/

I am soliciting papers for the panel:

Panel 20: Globalizing Technology and Innovation Policies: Interpretative and Critical Approaches Chair: Jeremy Hunsinger, Center for Digital Discourse and Culture, Virginia Tech
Send proposals to: jhuns@vt.edu

This panel addresses technology and innovation policies as politico-ethico-juridico- technical systems comprised of arrangements of things and peoples. Through it, we are particularly interested in the transitions these systems undergo as they migrate from local and national applications to transnational and global systems. These systems undergo significant translations, modifications, and reorganizations as they come to match the sensemaking practices of global and transnational interests and their policymaking regimes. Examples of such transitions and translations ongoing now are: questions of information technology, intellectual property, genetically modified organisms, internet governance, STEM education funding, Mode 2 centered research funding and many, many others.

Given the plurality of possibilities for this panel, it is important to maintain two themes in your submissions: 1. center on technology, innovation, or research policy, 2. the trend from local to global in the application of these policies.    As fitting with the core concepts of the conference, this panel will consider critical and interpretive approaches with those two themes

Submissions due 5 February, 2011

Jeremy Hunsinger
Center for Digital Discourse and Culture
Virginia Tech

http://www.tmttlt.com

Whoever ceases to be a student has never been a student.
-George Iles

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Lost Generation

DISCOURSE, POWER AND RESISTANCE IN EDUCATION CONFERENCE 2011

DPR10: Discourse, Power, Resistance Conference 2011

Theme: CHANGING EDUCATION

University of Plymouth, United Kingdom, 13-15 April 2011
Sponsored by the School of Secondary and Further Education Studies

Official DPR Conference Website: http://www.dprconference.com

The DPR conference returns to Plymouth in its tenth year, bringing together learners, teachers, researchers and policy-makers from the international education community to look at the crises in contemporary education, not just at post-compulsory level but across the board from pre-school to post-graduate. The need for change in education has never been more urgent. The conference will bring colleagues from around the world to think radically about education changing, and needing to change.

The conference will be divided into 7 streams:

– What is the point of education?
– Anticipative education: policy and practice
– Education in a funding crisis
– Widening participation: for real
– Education across the boundaries of faith: challenging fear and hatred
– The future of post-compulsory education: the internet and 
   the role of the university
– DPR: open

The DPR conference is a site for the radical critique of discourse, power and resistance within and beyond the discipline of education, looking at concerns which are currently troubling learners, teachers and researchers engaged at all stages from pre-school to postgraduate. The conference looks more widely at the impact on education of powerful interests in and behind the policy-making apparatus as they exert their influence to reshape the goals and ethos of learning, teaching and research. DPR transgresses inter-disciplinary boundaries, attracting scholars from across the humanities and social sciences. A continuing concern of the conference is the contested issue of research methodology and the related issues of the problem of knowledge.

The conference has an international reputation, drawing delegates from a wide range of the developed and developing nations and attracting world-class keynote speakers.

The DPR journal, Power and Education (www.wwwords.co.uk/POWER), was launched in 2009.

For full information, including a Call for Papers and registration details, please visit the conference website: http://www.dprconference.com

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Global Power

10th ESSEX CONFERENCE IN CRITICAL POLITICAL THEORY

THEORY IN THE FACE OF GLOBAL CHALLENGES: CAPITALISM & ECOLOGY, COMMUNITY & CITIZENSHIP

Call for Papers
Dates: 16-18 June 2010
Location: University of Essex, Colchester, UK
Call for Papers Deadline: 30 April 2010
Website: http://www.essex.ac.uk/idaworld/10th_Essex_Conference_in_Critical_Political_Theory.html
All Inquiries to: polcon@essex.ac.uk

Keynote Speakers
ROMAND Coles is Professor of Community, Culture & Environment at Northern Arizona University.
DIANA Coole is Professor of Political & Social Theory at Birkbeck, University of London.
STEPHEN K. White is James Hart Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia.

Other Confirmed Speakers Include:

JANE Bennett, The Johns Hopkins University (USA)
WILLIAM E. Connolly, The Johns Hopkins University (USA)
ERNESTO Laclau is Emeritus Professor of Political Theory at the University of Essex.
FRANCISO Panizza, London School of Economics and Political Science (UK)

Organizing Committee at the University of Essex
JASON Glynos, Department of Government, University of Essex
DAVID Howarth, Centre for Theoretical Studies, University of Essex
ALETTA J. Norval, Centre for Theoretical Studies, University of Essex
JONATHAN Dean, Department of Government, University of Essex
KHAIRIL Ahmad, PhD Candidate, Department of Government, University of Essex
GRAHAM Walker, PhD Candidate, Department of Government, University of Essex

Methodology Workshops Organizing Committee
GRAHAM Walker, PhD Candidate, Department of Government, University of Essex

The Conference Theme: Theory in the Face of Global Challenges: Capitalism & Ecology, Community & Citizenship

FEW doubt, today, that we face a series of connected global challenges: the dangers of climate change and environmental degradation; a crisis of international finance and global capitalism; an ever-increasing logic of minoritization, which threatens to fragment communities and societies; greater social and economic inequalities, both nationally and globally; the intensification of various forms of religious belief, including fundamentalism, alongside a growing secularization of communities and societies; and a palpable disillusionment with politics and politicians.

THEORISTS and scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and the natural sciences also face new challenges: insistent demands to show the ‘relevance’ of their research for the ‘real world’; diminishing resources and institutional support; a growing marginalization from mainstream and corporately subsidized research. Universities and colleges are being compelled to show that their research has a ‘direct impact’ on the economy, public policy, or society in order to secure funding and research grants.

‘THEORY in the Face of Global Challenges: Capitalism & Ecology, Community & Citizenship’ takes up the challenge of rethinking different aspects of global capitalism, religion, the place of minorities, and the environment. It will also problematize and explore the role of theory in the academy and in relation to the pressing issues we confront.

HOW do we problematize and critically explain these new phenomena? What are the limits and potentials of contemporary political and ethical theory in addressing these new issues? What is the relationship between community, citizenship, and democracy? What kind of ethos needs to be cultivated in the face of these new challenges, and how can it be brought about? Must ecology be sacrificed on the altar of rebuilding the global capitalist system, or is an eco-egalitarian alternative possible? In what ways can various fundamentalisms be challenged and engaged with in the name of a democratic politics that is not itself fundamentalist in character? What is the relationship between cultural theory, radical materialism and various sorts of naturalism? What are the prospects and limits of pluralizing pluralism? Ought we to restrict agency to humans, or does it extend to the material and non-human world more generally? What is the relationship between nature and culture? How can cultural theory respond to recent developments in science? How do these broad sets of issues and questions get addressed in specific contexts and policy arenas? And what theoretical languages and methods are best able to respond to these changes and trends?

THESE are just some of the tasks of critical political theory today. Our invited speakers shall deliver keynote addresses to the conference that will shape the discussions with their distinctive voices and perspectives. Each of the speakers will address one or more of the themes announced in the title.

ROMAND Coles is Professor and Director of the Programme in Community, Culture & Environment at Northern Arizona University. He works at the intersections between radical democratic theory, continental philosophy, and grassroots democratic activism. During his two decades at Duke University he co-founded and co-directed an interdisciplinary project called Dialogical Ethics and Critical Cosmopolitanism, as well as The Third Reconstruction Institute, which cultivated collaborations between scholars and grassroots organizers across the South-Eastern United States. He currently directs the Programme for Community, Culture, and Environment at Northern Arizona University where he writes, teaches and organizes politically on issues pertaining to building grassroots democracy in schools, developing a green economy, crafting public spaces, immigration rights, urban agriculture, and the engaged pedagogy movement in higher education. His writings include: Self/Power/Other: Political Theory and Dialogical Ethics; Rethinking Generosity: Critical Theory and the Politics of Caritas; Beyond Gated Politics: Reflections Toward the Possibility of Democracy; and (with Stanley Hauerwas) Christianity, Democracy, and the Radical Ordinary: Conversations Between a Radical Democrat and a Christian. Romand’s address will explore possibilities for radical democratic transformation toward a green political economy, focusing on vital micro-relational dynamics among humans and the nonhuman that nurture revolutionary enthusiasms, hopeful visions of possibility, and networks of political power necessary for constructing alternatives to ecocidal global capitalism. His discussion will make connections between grassroots community organizing initiatives in which he is involved, theories of mimesis and mirror neurons, and broadening experiments in alternative political economy.

DIANA Coole is Professor of Political and Social Theory at Birkbeck, University of London. Her many books and articles include Women in Political Theory: From Ancient Misogyny to Contemporary Feminism, 2nd Edition (Hemel Hempstead, Harvester-Wheatsheaf & Colorado, Lynne Rienner, 1993); Negativity and Politics: Dionysus and Dialectics from Kant to Poststructuralism (London & New York, Routledge, 2000); Merleau-Ponty and Modern Politics after Anti-Humanism (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007); Materialism and Subjectivity (Duke University Press, 2007). Her address will focus on the discursive and ethical framing of question the population question for developed countries. Her concerns thus engage the intersection between capitalism and the environment, whilst raising significant controversies about immigration, community and new forms of citizenship. Drawing on her extensive knowledge of modern political and social theory, and contemporary continental political philosophy, she will also explore the role of theory and theorists in addressing these issues and their policy implications.

STEPHEN K. White is James Hart Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia. His books include The Recent Work of Jurgen Habermas (Cambridge University Press, 1988) and Political Theory and Postmodernism (Cambridge University Press, 1991); Edmund Burke: Modernity, Politics and Aesthetics (Sage, 1994). He has also edited volumes entitled Lifeworld and Politics: Between Modernity and Postmodernity (University of Notre Dame Press, 1989) and the Cambridge Companion to Habermas (Cambridge University Press, 1995). His contribution to the forthcoming conference arises from his most recent book – The Ethos of a Late-Modern Citizen – where he contends that the global challenges facing Western democracies require a systematic re-examination and re-articulation of the role of citizens and citizenship. His approach does not deny, in the name of tradition, the force of what is new, nor does he imagine that we can adequately confront change by simply rejecting the traditions of modern Western political thought. Instead, he offers an incisive interpretation of our late-modern ethical-political condition and explains how a distinctive “ethos” or spirit of citizenship might constitute part of an exemplary response. This ethos requires reworking basic figures of the modern political imagination, including our conception of the self, citizenship, and democratic politics.

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THE TENTH CONFERENCE IN CRITICAL POLITICAL THEORY at the University of Essex provides a space to address and engage with these issues. The conference has achieved a renowned reputation for the quality of the papers presented and the large number of international participants. Previous guest speakers have included Bill Connolly, Michael Hardt, Wendy Brown, Judith Squires, Quentin Skinner, Joan Copjec, James Tully, Jane Bennett, Fred Dallmayr, Bonnie Honig, David Owen, David Campbell, Simon Critchley, Ernesto Laclau, and Chantal Mouffe, amongst others. This year the conference will be hosted by the IDAWorld, Centre for Theoretical Studies, and the Department of Government at the University of Essex.

THE conference provides an important opportunity to engage with the contemporary challenges and possibilities of social and political theory and to exchange views on ongoing research. We welcome papers from all scholars, including postdoctoral researchers, postgraduates and early career scholars from a wide variety of backgrounds in the field of social and political theory. But as is customary with the Essex conference, the themes are in part shaped by the thought and writings of our invited guests, and this year is no exception. We are delighted to host Professors Romand Coles, Diana Coole, Ernesto Laclau & Stephen White.

Broad Themes Include
* Rethinking Community and Citizenship
* Critical Political Economy
* Discourse & the Media
* Politics of Immanence and Transcendence
* Ecology and Capitalism
* Politics and Technology
* Latin American Politics
* Universalism and Particularism
* Democracy and Representation
* Capitalism, Multiculturalism, Globalization
* Identity Politics and Mobilization
* Subjectivity and Psychoanalysis
* Religion, Faith and Pluralism
* Discourse and Affect
* Fundamentalisms
* New Ecologies
* Philosophies of Nature
* Discourse, Governance & Public Policy
* Culture and Political Economy
* The Politics of Space, Time and Territoriality
* Reworking Identity/Difference

Proposals for Papers, Panels and Roundtables
The conference organizers welcome proposals for individual papers; full panels (with papers); and roundtables (focused on discussion of a common theme rather than the formal presentation of papers). Paper, panel, and roundtable proposals (short abstracts) should be sent to polcon@essex.ac.uk no later than 30th April, 2010. Inquiries may also be sent to that address. Decisions on proposals will be made on a rolling basis. Inquiries may also be sent to that address. Final papers will be posted on the conference website.
Methodology Workshops

Some of the sessions will be devoted to methodological workshops. The 90-minute workshop sessions feature specialists in different aspects of critical and poststructuralist political analysis. The workshop sessions take the form of a “master-class”, with senior researchers meeting a small number of early career researchers using a particular methodological strategy or technique. The focus will be on questions raised by researchers, and their research will be treated as case studies to generate and engage a set of methodological questions.
The workshops aim at creating a setting where early career researchers can benefit from interaction with experts in their field. The sessions will be facilitated by fellow early career researchers, and the discussants will be established and renowned names in the field of interpretative political analysis, such as Jason Glynos, David Howarth and Aletta Norval. The sessions are fully incorporated into the regular conference program, and the sessions are open to all conference participants.

In order to take part in a workshop session, early career researchers invited to present their work in one of these will be asked to introduce their research project in a 2-3 page summary, pointing to the particular difficulties or methodological questions that arise from their research that they would like to explore in the workshop. Please note it clearly in your inquiry if you wish to be considered for inclusion in a Methodology Workshop. The deadline for inquiries is 30 April 2010. For additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact the chair of the Methodology Workshop Advisory Board (polcon@essex.ac.uk) marking your inquiry clearly for attention: Graham Walker.

Conference Fees*
Conference fees for Staff: £140
Conference fees for Early Career Researchers: £80
*Conference fees include coffee/tea, 3 lunch vouchers and the conference dinner (excluding wine) on Thursday night.
Note: Those not wishing to attend the conference dinner may subtract £30 from the conference fee.

Conference Site
The University of Essex is located in the ancient market town of Colchester and near the picturesque village of Wivenhoe in Northeast Essex. It is about 45 minutes from London by rail, 30 minutes from London’s Stansted Airport by cab or about an hour by bus. The conference programme will offer opportunities to enjoy the traditional villages and countryside in this scenic part of England. More information about accommodation, costs, and venue is available on the website.

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DISCOURSE, POWER AND RESISTANCE CONFERENCE 2010 – CALL FOR POSTERS

DISCOURSE, POWER, RESISTANCE

Annual Conference 2010
30 March – 1 April

University of Greenwich, London

The 9th conference in the ‘Discourse, Power, Resistance’ (DPR) series will take place at the School of Education and Training at the University of Greenwich, London. The conference looks at issues of trust and distrust in the academy and beyond – in management, teaching, learning and research and in institutions and communities across cultural, social and racial boundaries.

Full information on the conference is available at http://www.gre.ac.uk./edu/dpr

CALL FOR POSTERS

We have set aside one hour on the Wednesday evening of the conference for delegates to view and discuss posters in a relaxed and informal atmosphere with wine and nibbles. Posters will be displayed in the Council Room of the Queen Anne Building.

Proposals for posters should be submitted to dpr@gre.ac.uk in the form of an abstract of 150-250 words, with title, name(s) of author(s) and institution(s). Posters accepted may be placed after the conference on a Posters Webpage, so that discussion can be continued after the conference, and may be submitted (preferably in PDF or Word format) to dpr@gre.ac.uk before 30 March 2010.

Information about the DPR’s journal Power and Education can be found at http://www.wwwords.co.uk/POWER

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