Conf/CfP - The Matter of Resistance, 29 April 2016, UK
"The Matter of Resistance" conference seeks to provide an introduction to the appearances of "resistance" and "resistance studies" for a wide and diverse population, to question and develop basic understandings of resistant appearances specifically, and to present examples of such.
Call for Papers
There is an escalating crisis in resistance studies. A decade ago, there was already such variation in conceptualizing resistance that "little consensus on the definition of resistance" existed, as "the term resistance remains loosely defined, allowing some scholars to see it almost everywhere and others almost nowhere." It seems both conclusions ring true today, yet in recent years there appears to be an arising need to understand the term. Between the Arab Spring and what has fallen in its wake, such as ISIS, Occupy grew, along with Mexico's Disappeared, Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement, Greece's Anti-Austerity, USA's Black Lives Matter, Lebanon's #YouStink, and the UK's Free Education, to name a few. What has been called "the age of uprising" and "the age of resistance" has most recently been observed by social scientists, such as Costas Douzinas, as an age where philosophers and social theorists lack participation and understanding in "resistance."
Confirmed Speaker Information:
Professor Howard Caygill is the Professor of Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University, London. His ranging work has focused on such figures as Kant, Kafka, Benjamin, and Levinas, and Prof Caygill's recent work, featured in his 2013 book, On Resistance: A Philosophy of Defiance, showcases a comprehensive study of both the politics and philosophy of resistance.
Priyamvada Gopal is Reader in Anglophone and Related Literatures in the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge. She has published two books: Literary Radicalism in India: Gender, Nation and the Transition to Independence (2005) andThe Indian English Novel: Nation, History and Narration (2009). She is currently working on a third, Insurgent Empire: Anticolonialism in the Making of Britain (forthcoming with Verso). She has written for various newspapers and magazines in Britain, USA and India including The Guardian, The Nation, The Hindu, New Humanist, and Al Jazeera.
Professor Thomas Docherty teaches in the English and Comparative Literary Studies Department at the University of Warwick, where his teaching ranges from the renaissance to the present, while specializing in the philosophy of literary criticism, critical theory, and cultural history in relation primarily to European philosophy and literature. With his most recent book, Universities at War (2014), Docherty continues to study with how resistance can and cannot occur within the power dynamics of the University.
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