New Encounters in French and Italian Thought

March 13, 2015 - March 14, 2015
Villanova University

United States

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Jason E. Smith

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The negotiation between French and Italian activists and intellectuals in
the mid-twentieth century opened a field of theoretical experimentation, the effects of which pose a challenge for contemporary politics. This encounter materialized through various collectives, traversing the neat intellectual and practical boundaries of the academy. Whether through the images of intellectuals in the streets, or through radical activist groups extending from the Situationist International to Tiqqun, the laboratory of French and Italian thought poses a constellation of conceptual weapons that remain vital for any contestation with the state of things. These implements have been successful in intervening within contemporary struggles on the level of theory, practice, and the construction of history in the present.

Under the inheritance of this tradition, this conference invites submissions from the interstices and margins of recent French and Italian philosophy. Possible paper topics include feminist recapitulations of post-workerism, the theoretical legacy of biopolitics as it is taken up in Agamben and Esposito, and the ongoing challenges for theory and practice posed by social movements extending from Latin America to the Mediterranean in the wake of events such as Mohamed Bouazizi’s self-immolation.

Other topics include, but are not limited to:

    Post-Althusserian philosophy
    Decolonial challenges to eurocentric thought and strategies
    Wages for Housework and care economies
    Realism and contemporary ontologies
    Re-interpretations of the Gramscian legacy
    Philosophies of life and the problem of vitalism
    Lacanian psychoanalysis and its heritage
    French and Italian receptions of Spinoza, Hegel, and Marx
    Affect theory and imagination in cultural productions (e.g. film and media)
    Collective organization and social ontologies

This conference is committed to accommodating people with disabilities. Conference participants and attendees are encouraged to contact the above email address to discuss accommodations.

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