CFP: Riot, Revolt, Revolution

Submission deadline: January 6, 2012

Conference date(s):
September 5, 2012 - September 7, 2012

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Conference Venue:

Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics, University of Brighton
Brighton, United Kingdom

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It is very rare for societies or institutions to change unless they are confronted by specific forms of resistance. This conference investigates those moments of historical change when existing orders are put into question. In particular, it seeks to challenge us to rethink ways in which we might understand resistance and asks us to read the past in order to inform the present through a focus on riot, revolt and revolution, and on the interplay between them.

Papers which address these themes from any discipline are welcome. Suggested topics might include:

  • Modernism and post-modernism in the arts
  • What is revolution?
  • The French Revolution
  • 20th-century revolutions
  • The neo-liberal revolution
  • Occupy Wall Street
  • Resistance today
  • Civil War
  • The politics of riot
  • Ethics of revolt
  • Resistance to change
  • Burke or Kant?
  • The limits of reform
  • Challenges to capitalism
  • Neo-liberal economics
  • Financial crisis: a real opportunity?
  • Postcolonial politics
  • Discourses of Resistance
  • Languages of Resistance

We anticipate that these and related issues will be of interest to people working in, among other areas, philosophy, political theory, politics, sociology, international relations, cultural studies, the arts, history, government and law.
Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be emailed by 6th January 2012, at the latest, to Nicola Clewer, ([email protected]).

The conference fee is £210. This includes refreshments, lunch on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and a buffet dinner on the Thursday evening.
There are a limited number of places available for graduate students and for people who have no institutional affiliation at the reduced price of £105. Please indicate if you wish to be considered for one of these places when sending your abstract; or contact Nicola Clewer at ([email protected]) as soon as possible.
Please note: the conference fee does not include accommodation and, unfortunately, we are unable to offer travel grants or other forms of financial assistance. A limited amount of reasonably priced student halls of residence accommodation is available on a first come first served basis.  
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