CFP: Violence and Necropolitics

Submission deadline: September 27, 2019

Conference date(s):
September 27, 2019 - September 28, 2019

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Conference Venue:

Philosophy Department, DePaul University
Chicago, United States

Topic areas


Our socio-political present is marked by an admixture of violence––some inherited, stable structures and systems, some transformations and renewals of old forms of violence, and some wholly new phenomena. All of these urgently require conceptual frameworks which can make them intelligible and thus act as a step towards resistance. Movements of resistance and response to the violence of the present likewise require analysis and conceptualization. Confrontations with these myriad forms of violence provide thinkers today with vastly different access-points for conceptualizing harm. These diverse perspectives can shed light on the radically different types of violence constitutive, characteristic, and resultant of our social, political, and economic structures, and our everyday ethical dealings.

This conference is open to a wide range of topics and approaches, including:

·         Afro-pessimism

·         Ongoing structural violence instated by colonialism, racism, sexism and resulting instances of physical violence

·         Trauma and reconstituting the self

·         Biopolitics and Necropolitics

·         Rhetoric of violence

·         Legitimacy of violence as an ethical response

·         Forgiveness

·         Retributive and restorative justice

·         General possibilities of ethical community

Abstracts Submission Deadline: June 15th 2019

Submission requirements: Papers of 2500-3000 words, suited for a presentation of 20 minutes. Please send an abstract of no greater than 500 words to , along with your name, institutional affiliation, program, and the title of the paper. Please send files in .docx format and for blind review.

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