Upcoming Conferences

This weekend, March 21-22, the Department of Philosophy at the University of Memphis is hosting the conference “Dignity: The History of a Concept.” More information here.

The conference “Strategies of Critique: Decolonizing Anti-Racism” will take place from April 16-17 at York University in Toronto, Canada. The conference website can be found here.

Finally, the International Social Theory Consortium will be holding its 2014 meeting from May 15-17 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Keynote speakers include Gurminder Bhambra, Moishe Postone, John Holmwood, Courtney Jung, and Stephen Turner. More info here.

Origins of Truth: Extended CfP

There is still time to submit abstracts for the conference “Origins of Truth: Foucault’s Lectures on the Will to Know.” Here is the extended CfP from the conference organizers:


We still have space for a few additional papers. In order to fill some gaps in our coverage of the Lectures on the Will to Know, we are especially interested in papers which offer feminist, queer or critical race perspectives.  If you are working on Lectures on the Will to Know and would like to present your research–either as a full paper or as part of a more informal roundtable discussion–please send a 500 word proposal to foucaultsocietyorg@gmail.com.  We can accept new proposals on a rolling basis until February 14. 

Please also email us if you would like to serve as a moderator for a panel or paper presentation.

Suggested Topics:
The Lecture Courses: “The Will to Know” and “The Order of Discourse” ▪ Issues of Translation and transcription ▪ Continuities and disjunctions among the Lecture Courses ▪ Thematic connections to Foucault’s earlier or later works
 Intellectual History: Foucault and Deleuze ▪ Foucault and Nietzsche ▪ Foucault on Aristotle and the Sophists ▪ Foucault and Eastern Knowledge
Forms of Knowledge: Connaissance, Savoir and Truth ▪ Judgment ▪ Justice ▪  Measurement (Being) ▪  Repetition and Becoming ▪ The Event
Truth and the City-State: Law ▪ Money ▪ Sovereignty  ▪ Political Economy ▪ Purity/Impurity ▪ Criminality

 Please send 500 word proposals to: foucaultsocietyorg@gmail.com


For more information click here.

CfP: London Conference in Critical Thought 2014

London Conference in Critical Thought 2014:  Goldsmiths, University of London,  27-28 June 2014

Call for Papers

The third annual London Conference in Critical Thought (LCCT) will offer a space for an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas for scholars who work with critical traditions and concerns. It aims to provide opportunities for those who frequently find themselves at the margins of their department or discipline to engage with other scholars who share theoretical approaches and interests.

Central to the vision of the conference is an inter-institutional, non-hierarchal, and accessible event that makes a particular effort to embrace emergent thought and the participation of emerging academics, fostering new avenues for critically-oriented scholarship and collaboration.

The conference is divided into thematic streams, each coordinated by different researchers and with separate calls for papers, included in this document. We welcome paper proposals that respond to the particular streams below. In addition, papers may be proposed as part of a general stream, i.e. with no specific stream in mind. Spanning a range of broad themes, these streams provide the impetus for new points of dialogue. Read the full call for papers here.

·         Aesthetic Refusals: Oppositional Citizenship and Public Culture
·         Conceptions and Practices of Critical Pedagogy
·         Critical Approaches to Care Relationships
·         (Dis)orders of Migration
·         Dissenting Methods: Engaging Legacies of the Past, Defining Critical Futures
·         ‘entitled’
·         ‘everyday political’
·         How Does One Think Difference?
·         Legal Critique: Positions, Negotiations and Strategies
·         Moving Through the Intersection? Interrogating Categories and Postintersectional Politics
·         Philosophy and Critical Thought Inside and Outside The University
·         Pragmatism and Critical Traditions
·         Sounding the Counterfactual: Hyperstition and Audial Futurities
·         Strategies of Silence
·         Street Level: Towards a Critical Discourse on Urban Aesthetics
·         Subjects in Space(s): Navigating Multiplicity
·         The Critical Brain
·         The Human After Anthropocentrism? Life. Matter. Being.
·         Time Discipline
·         What is the Question of Critique?
Please send paper/presentation proposals with the relevant stream indicated in the subject line to paper-subs @ AT londoncritical.org|.

Submissions should be no more than 250 words and should be received by the 10th March 2014.

Participation is free (though registration will be required).

Contact us at inquiries @ AT londoncritical.org|.

CfP: Philosophy of Race

From Gender, Race and Philosophy: The Blog

Philosophy of Race: Introductory Readings
Call for Abstracts
Due by May 1, 2014


Interest in Philosophy of Race is growing. This collection of readings will celebrate and contribute to that growth.

Some philosophical questions about race are metaphysical or ontological, or existential:

Do races exist? If so, what are they? What does their existence depend on? What determines what racial category or categories an individual is a member of? How might race relate to biology, appearance, social facts, history and other categories and characteristics? What is it like to be of a particular race, and of mixed race? How does race affect our conscious experiences? How does race affect our unconscious assumptions?

Other questions, related to the metaphysical questions, are ethical, social and political:

What is the nature of racism and racial prejudice, discrimination and stereotypes? Why are these wrong? Can racial preference, of any kind, be justified? Is racial solidarity, or racial pride, justified? Can affirmative action, or quotas, be justified? If a racial group has been harmed, what should be done to address that harm? Are racially-oriented hate speech and hate crimes uniquely wrong, and deserving of special punishment? Can racial profiling be justified?

These are just a few questions in philosophy of race: there are many, many more, including how race relates to philosophical theorizing and the experiences of philosophers as persons and professionals. For more topics, see the list below from PhilPapers*:

While there is much scholarship in these areas, this collection seeks to intentionally bring the issues and arguments of that scholarship to readers with little philosophical background, such as students and general interest readers, as well as scholars new to the field. Diverse submissions, representing a plurality of theoretical, practical and lived perspectives, are sought for this collection.

Submissions must be new, but can be developments of, or reflections on, prior work: e.g., authors might submit an essay that explains a previous argument or inquiry and offers subsequent thoughts, to encourage readers to pursue that earlier work. Final submissions should each be about 2000-5000 words, or longer if necessary, and written in any manner appropriate for a general audience, either as a traditional philosophical essay or an essay infused with personal narrative.

Abstract(s), ideally consisting of an introduction and an outline of the essay, are due by May 1, 2014. Early submissions are encouraged: multiple abstract submissions are allowed. Accepted authors will be notified soon after that deadline; rough drafts will be due at the end of summer; final drafts due early fall.

The intention is that this collection of high quality readings will be be published in an open-access format, as well as a low cost paperback, to allow for maximal access and use, in classrooms and beyond.

Please contact Nathan Nobis, Department of Philosophy and Religion, at Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA USA, with questions and suggestions: nathan.nobis@morehouse.edu404-825-1740

PDF of this Call for Abstracts is available here. Please re-post and share this Call. Thank you. 

A list from PhilPapers (used with their permission) provides more topics in Philosophy of Race.

CfP: Strategies of Critique: Conference of the Graduate Program in Social & Political Thought

York University, Toronto, April 17th & 18th, 2014


In their article “Decolonizing Anti-Racism,” Bonita Lawrence and Ena Dua (2005) suggest that people of colour are complicit in colonization, and that anti-racism movements exclude Aboriginal people and perspectives. This article sparked a response by Nandita Sharma and Cynthia Wright (2008), who critiqued Lawrence and Dua’s conflation of settler colonialism and immigration, which Sharma and Wright argue includes in the definition of “settler” those who immigrate due to the impacts of colonization elsewhere. Sharma and Wright (2008) also questioned the implications of achieving decolonization through a nationalist project. These two seminal texts sparked a heated debate among scholars from various disciplines and have led to increased studies, discussions, and theorizations that consider, as a starting point, ongoing settler colonialism in Canada and elsewhere.

The theme “Decolonizing Anti-Racism” lays at the intersections of struggles for liberation, yet, at the same time, questions the possibilities of freedom in the context of the ongoing colonization of indigenous peoples and lands. Strategies of Critique invites scholars, activists, and artists to reflect on the contradictions that arise in struggles stemming from a “postcolonial world” in which colonialism is not past, but rather still very much present. We seek papers that attend to the implications of anti-racism activism and scholarly engagements that reimagine the socio-political world in which we live by having at their forefront a concern for the experiences of Indigenous peoples. Further, we are interested in the ways that anti-racism theory and practice uphold and sustain colonial discourse, and how, conversely, we can imagine our communities and ourselves without reproducing colonial dynamics within social movements and scholarship that works within a social justice framework.

We invite scholars, activists and artists to engage in critical inquiry that addresses the potential tensions between Indigenous and people of colour movements. Possible questions for exploration include: What are some of the bridges that can be built between Indigenous peoples and people of colour in struggles against racism, social exclusion, poverty, racialization, police violence, as well as through shared histories of colonization and dispossession? Is it possible to think of an anti-racist politics that is devoid of anti-colonial politics? In what ways do extant imperial and colonial forces operate differently towards these communities in terms of necropolitics (Mbembe, 2002) in determining who is invited into the realm of social life and who, instead, is confined to social death? This question—who must die so we may live—is central to our discussion on the theme of “decolonizing anti-racism.”

We welcome submissions from all fields that relate to Indigenous studies, social and political theory, critical race theory, anti-racism theory, settler-colonialism, postcolonial theory, art and literature, critical disability studies, gender, feminist and women’s studies, and equity studies.

We extend this invitation to community members and social justice activists who engage in this discussion through their community work or activist endeavours.

Possible topics include, but are in no way limited to:

  • Indigenous sovereignty
  • Immigration and citizenship
  • Racialization
  • Police brutality/racial profiling
  • Environmental racism
  • (Neo)colonialism and settler-colonialism
  • Who/What is a “settler”?
  • Decolonization of the land and the mind
  • Shared histories of colonization
  • National and alternative memories
  • Decolonizing gender, sex, and sexuality
  • Homonationalism
  • Disciplining of bodies
  • Diaspora
  • Notions of home and belonging
  • Critical intersectionality
  • Trauma and healing
  • Indigenous methodologies/decolonizing scholarship
  • Creative and narrative resistance
  • Alliances and oppositions in anti-racism and decolonization projects
  • Submission Guidelines:

Please submit your abstract no later than January 15, 2014 by email to strategies2014[at]gmail[dot]com.

Submissions must include the following elements in order to be considered:

1. A document (.doc or .pdf) containing an abstract of no more than 250 words, with title. Ensure that the author’s name(s) does not appear in the document, or in the text in a way that will compromise the anonymity of the review process.

2. A separate document (.doc or .pdf) containing biographical details: author name(s), institutional affiliation(s) (if applicable) and contact information.

3. Panel proposals should include a 250-word statement of the panel’s focus, and the abstracts and bios of proposed presenters.

Applicants will be notified of the decisions of the review committee by mid-February. For more information, please contact the conference committee at strategies2014[at]gmail[dot]com.

CfP: 7th International Critical Theory Conference of Rome

May 8-10, 2014

John Felice Rome Center of Loyola University Chicago

The John Felice Rome Center of Loyola University Chicago is hosting the seventh international conference on Critical Theory of Rome, which will be held at its campus in Rome, Italy – Via Massimi 114/A.

The conference will examine the importance and the developments of the Frankfurt School by addressing both the philosophical tradition of the early stages of Critical Theory – and in particular the works of Walter Benjamin, Theodor W. Adorno, Max Horkheimer and Herbert Marcuse – as well as the application of their theories to our contemporary society.

In order to reflect the wide range of topics addressed by Critical Theory, the conference will cover different aspects of philosophical reflection on justice, politics, aesthetics, sociology, technology, literature and any other relevant field of study.

The conference will be held at the Rome Center of Loyola University Chicago on May 8-10, 2014.  It will begin on Thursday morning and end by Saturday afternoon (with a welcoming reception on the evening of Wednesday, May 7).  During the sessions, each speaker will have 30 minutes. All presentations will be made in English.

Coordinator: Stefano Giacchetti Ludovisi, Loyola University Chicago, JFRC

Keynote speakers:

  • David Ayers, University of Kent
  • Deborah Cook, University of Windsor, Canada
  • Idit Dobbs-Weinstein, Vanderbilt University
  • Andrew Feenberg, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver
  • Alessandro Ferrara, University of Rome, Tor Vergata
  • Hille Haker, Loyola University Chicago
  • David Ingram, Loyola University Chicago
  • Stefano Petrucciani, University of Rome, La Sapienza

If you are interested in presenting a paper or organizing a panel (of up to 5 speakers), please submit a 1-2 page abstract by February 28, 2014 (including name, eventual institutional affiliation and mailing address).  Abstracts should be submitted by email.  Decisions regarding the program will be made by March 2014.

To submit an abstract, or for more information, contact:

Stefano Giacchetti Ludovisi, PhD – sgiacch@luc.edu ; Tel: (+39) 06-81905467

Website: http://www.luc.edu/rome/study-abroad-programs/callforpapers/

Conference fees: Unwaged: 80 Euro; Waged: 120 Euro.

Sponsored by the John Felice Rome Center, the Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University and the Philosophy Department of Loyola University Chicago