In a contemporary discourse suffused with the theme of ‘crisis’ – political, economic, educational, social, ecological, technical – what are the resources of philosophy at this moment for thinking power relations and potentialities? ‘Power’ has long been a central concept for philosophy and critical thought. The theme gained particular influence in the wake of Michel Foucault’s studies of the 1970s and ’80s, spurring productive dialogue with different accounts of power and domination provided by the feminist, post-colonial and Marxist traditions, and in race/ethnicity, gender and queer studies. More recent European thought – drawing on influences as broad as Spinoza, Marx, Aristotle, Heidegger, Benjamin, mathematics and religious texts – has provided challenging new resources for thinking power, potency, potentiality, subjectivities and politics.
For all this, to what extent can philosophy in 2014 help comprehend contemporary social and political forces? Can it think the powers and potentialities at work within our modern context? Have the concepts of power, potency and potentiality been adequately theorised? How might these concepts help us to think the relation of theory and practice? How do powers and other force relations manifest themselves in the very location of philosophical and critical thought itself?
Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University London 2015 Graduate Conference invites papers from a broad spectrum of disciplines engaging with modern European philosophy, on topics that could include (but are not limited to):
- contemporary conceptualisations of power (Marxist, post-Marxist, post-colonial, feminist and other)
- historical potentialities
- theorising the reversibility of social power relations in gender, sexuality and race/ethnicity studies
- actualisations of philosophy, contemporary impacts
- theories of resistance
- the potential of philosophical history: dynamis, energeia, potestas, potentia
- regimes, discourses, institutions of power
- power and limits of critique
- contemporary political power, crisis, and philosophical/critical responses
The event will take place on Thursday 21st – Friday 22nd May 2015. Deadline for abstracts is 28th February 2015
Confirmed keynote speaker: Alenka Zupančič (Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts/EGS)
Please send 300-word abstracts to: firstname.lastname@example.org by 28th February 2015.