Call for Papers : Violence, Space, and the Political

Published on 14 November par Heta Rundgren

Conference, 7-9 June 2018, National University of Ireland, Galway; deadline 9th February 2018.

Send approx. 250 word abstract to violenceandspace[at]gmail.com

In this, multi-disciplinary, conference we wish to think through the imbrications of violence, space, and the political. Given that our present conjuncture is one constituted by innumerable sites of apartheid, exclusion, oppression, and indeed, resistance(s), such an interrogation is both crucial and potentially productive in re-thinking questions of power and radical politics. In this zeitgeist the contingency of hitherto relatively stable configurations of power have been rendered visible through the failing allure of liberal democratic politics and the dislocation conjured by, among other things, its attendant ‘spectral dance of capital’ (Žižek, 2008). A void has been rift from which a plurality of discourses have proliferated that seek to address this moment of crises by either caging/bounding or expanding the social. That is, at stake in many contemporary political projects currently gaining traction is the redrawing of frontiers, the very bounds of inclusion and exclusion – from international borders and multilevel governance, to the remaking of frontiers within existing polities.

Violence/antagonism, in various iterations, is central to the (re)inscription of these frontiers (Laclau and Mouffe, 1985). Not only evident in ostensibly bellicose projects that seek to uphold, contest, or expand regimes of power through violent struggle, violence is imbricated in an other, perhaps more foundational or ‘originary’ sense (Arendt, 1963; Derrida, 1990). The redrawing of boundaries reconfigures differential relationships of power and propriety, which designate who has the right to speak sovereignly in a given space, who is a worthy and noble victim, and who is not, who is differentially exposed to systemic, symbolic and subjective forms of violence, whose life is ‘grievable’ and whose is not (Butler, 2009). By keeping the question of the spatial in view, both its making and breaking, we keep a focus not only the concrete practices of disruption, the democratic potentialities of space (Dikeç, 2015), new forms of liberation, domination, and property, but also the various spatio-political imaginaries that guide them.

The Power, Conflict and Ideologies Research Cluster at National University of Ireland, Galway invite potential participants from across the disciplinary spectrum to submit papers of 20 minutes duration. This conference may be of interest to those scholars working within, among others, the disciplines of: Social Theory, Political Theory, Feminist and Queer Theory, Philosophy, Sociology, Political Geography, Political Violence, War Studies, Anthropology, and Cultural Studies.

Please submit abstracts (approx. 250 words) to violenceandspace[at]gmail.com by the 9th February 2018. The abstract should be submitted as a word/pdf attachment, and contain the authors name, institutional affiliation, and a summary of the proposed paper.

For more info and registration details and fees see: violencespaceandthepolitical.com

Potential themes that speakers may seek to address:

Spaces of Democracy, Emancipation(s), and Resistance
Political Violence and Space
Vulnerability\Resistance and Spaces of the Political
Rethinking Territoriality
(De)Coloniality, Violence, and the Political
The Spatial Reproduction of the Collective Subject
Lost and New Spatio-Political Imaginaries
Precarity and the State
Rethinking Sovereignty
Histories/Genealogies of Spatial Violence
Race, Space and, the Political
Communities in Revolt
Security and Space
Border Politics
Property, Violence, and Propriety
Technologies, Space, and Power
Geographies of Rage
Spaces of Populism
Queering Space
Old and New Colonialisms
Rebel Spaces