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POWER AND RESISTANCE – STUDIES IN POLITICAL THOUGHT ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2012

Studies in Social and Political Thought Annual Conference – Power and Resistance

June 15-16, 2012

Universityof Sussex, Brighton

Keynote Speakers: 

Werner Bonefeld (York)

Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths)

While governments around the world have initiated austerity measures on a grand scale and have even been ousted in favour of technocratic administrations, pockets of sustained resistance continue to manifest themselves. Whether it is the populist Occupy movement, ultra-left theorists of Communisation, anti-cuts protesters, or even the rioters who took to the streets ofLondonand beyond, the struggle against the apparent status quo continues. When taken in the light of the Arab Spring, questions must be asked in regards to the relationship between resistance and revolution. These movements managed to turn a tide of resistance into a force for revolution. Is this a paradigm-shift in the way this relationship must be thought?

Alongside these movements and despite the optimism generated by them, the power of the governments to crush, de-legitimise, and ignore opposition appears to remain. Some critics blame a lack of coherent message and agenda; others say that the forces of opposition are not dealing with the reality of the situation. This critique, however, does not have the last word. These forms of resistance, in their many guises, challenge the state’s belief that it has a monopoly on reality. They challenge the very legitimacy of the state to disseminate the status quo and, therefore, represent a radical alternative even if they do not, or cannot, dictate what the alternative may be. What role do the concepts of power and resistance play in our analysis of the current situation? Do they require a reassessment or does the contemporary conjuncture simply represent a reassertion of the same old forces in a different guise?

Power is one of the core concepts of social and political thought. Yet there is plenty of disagreement about what is, how it functions and how it should be contested. Our present conjuncture is witnessing many different manifestations of power and resistance. However, there is a lack of serious theoretical engagement with the current situation. We are seeking papers that engage theoretically with the current situation, and which emphasise the central roles of the concepts of power and resistance. Possible theoretical frameworks include, but are not limited to, theories of biopolitics, instrumental reason, critical theory, post-colonialism, discourse and democratic theory, structuralism and post-structuralism, recognition, soft-power, hegemony, world-systems, sovereignty, legality, and legitimacy.

 

Programme:

June 15, 2012

9-10 – Registration

10-1045 – Gianandrea Manfredi (SussexUniversity): Understanding the structural form of resistance and the processes by which resistant social spaces are negated

1045-1130 – Jeffery Nicholas (Providence College/CASEP (London Metropolitan University): Reason, Resistance and Revolution: Occupy’s Nascent Democratic Practice

1130-1215 – Svenja Bromberg (Goldsmiths), A critique of Badiou’s and Ranciere’s notion of emancipation

1215-1315 – Lunch

1315-1400 – Khafiz Tapdygovich Kerimov (American University in Bulgaria), From Epistemic Violence to Respecting the Differend: The Fate of Eurocentrism in the Discourse of Human Sciences

1400-1445 – Jorge Ollero Perón & Fernando Garcia-Quero (University of Granada), Can ethics be conceived as an economic institution? An interdisciplinary approach to the critique of neoliberal ethics

1445-1530 – Marta Resmini (KU Leuven), Participation as Surveillance? Counter-democracy versus Governmentality

1530-1600 – Coffee Break

1600-1645 – Alastair Gray (University of Sussex), Activity Without Purpose: Parrhesia, The Unsayable and The Riots

1645-1730 – Zoe Sutherland (University of Sussex) & Rob Lucas (Independent Researcher) – A Theory of Current Struggles

June 16, 2012

945-1045 – Registration

1045-1130 – Sarit Larry (Boston College), The Status of Vagueness, Mythical Events and the Israeli Social Justice Movement

1130-1215 – Mehmet Erol (York), Bringing Class Back In: The case of Tekel Resistance in Turkey

1215-1315 – Lunch

1315-1515 – Keynote: Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths)

1515-1530 – Coffee Break

1530-1615 – Torsten Menge (GeorgetownUniversity), A deflationary conception of social power

1615-1700 – Sarah Burton (University of Cambridge), Reimagining Resistance: misrule and the place of the fantastic in John Holloway’s anti-power

1700-1900 – Keynote: Werner Bonefeld (York)

 

Please email ssptconference2012@gmail.com  to register and check ssptjournal.wordpress.com  for more information.

There will be a £15 conference fee (£7.50 for one-day) payable in cash on the day to help cover expenses.

For information about travel and accommodation see:  http://www.sussex.ac.uk/aboutus/findus

 

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Bonuses for Some

THE RADICAL/FAR LEFT IN CONTEMPORARY WESTERN EUROPE

Political Studies Association
Labour Movements Group Workshop

Queen Mary College, London
School of Economics and Finance Seminar Room
Thursday 26 May 2011

Programme

10.45 Welcome and introduction
John Kelly, Birkbeck College, London

11.00 Radical Left Parties in Contemporary Europe
Luke March, University of Edinburgh
Chair/Discussant: John Callaghan, University of Salford

12.00 The Southern European Far Left
Myrto Tsakatika, University of Glasgow
Chair/Discussant: tbc

1.00pm Lunch

2.00 The Radical Left in Germany: Die Linke
Dan Hough, University of Sussex
Chair/Discussant: tbc

3.00 The European Party of the Left
Richard Dunphy, University of Dundee
Chair/Discussant: Mark Wickham-Jones, University of Bristol

4.00 General discussion

4.30 Closing remarks

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Economic Crisis

14th BERLIN ROUNDTABLES ON TRANSNATIONALITY: FINANCIALIZATION AND EVERYDAY LIFE

Dear colleagues

Please find below information on the 14th Berlin Roundtables on Transnationality on the topic “Financialization and Everyday Life.” We kindly ask you to circulate this information among potential candidates (students, PhD candidates and post-docs to a maximum of five years after the PhD).

Thank you!!
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Essay Competition – Conference – Research Grant

14th Berlin Roundtables on Transnationality, 25 – 29 June 2011
“Financialization and Everyday Life”

Based on an international essay competition, up to 30 applicants will be invited to discuss their research with prominent scholars at one of Europe’s leading research institutions. Cost for travel and accommodation in Berlin will be covered by the Irmgard Coninx Foundation.

The conference will be divided into two workshops:

Workshop I ‘Deconstructing Credit and Money in Neoliberalism: Power, Culture, and History’ chaired by Jane Guyer (Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University) and Susanne Soederberg (Global Development & Political Studies, Queen’s University, Canada) and

Workshop II ‘Financialization and Corporate Social Responsibility: Consumers and Investors as the New Policymakers?’ chaired by Boris Holzer (Sociology, University of Bielefeld) and Bryane Michael (Economics, Stockholm School of Economics)

For further information please visit our homepage and the background paper at: http://www.irmgard-coninx-stiftung.de/index.php?id=271

Deadline for essay submission: 27 March 2011

Among the conference participants, an international jury will award up to two three-month fellowship to be used for research in Berlin. The grant includes a monthly stipend of 1,000 € plus appropriate accommodation.

For inquiries please contact us: info@irmgard-coninx-stiftung.de  

Irmgard Coninx Stiftung
c/o Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin
für Sozialforschung
Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 25491-411
Fax: +49 30 25491-684
Email: info@irmgard-coninx-stiftung.de

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