2nd Global Conference
Revolt and Revolution
Tuesday 4th November – Thursday 6th November 2014
Prague, Czech Republic
Call for Presentations
Since Time Magazine, in the wake of the Arab Spring, named The Protester the person of the year of 2011, revolts, social unrest and demands for systemic change have continued to spread, from the anti-austerity street marches in Europe and the progressive ‘No Borders’ global movement, to neoconservative and xenophobic populist movements. The history that is currently being (re)written, not only in North Africa and the Middle East, but also in places like Ukraine and Thailand, shows us that the threat and promise of large scale political revolutions is still present across the world. The solidity that nations strive for is continuously being challenged.
Such moments do not need to be political to have far reaching consequences. Technological and economic revolutions are continuously emerging – sometimes being embraced and other times resisted.
As such, nations, societies and institutions are changing as they are confronted with revolt, revolution and resistance. In this second conference on Revolt and Revolution, we are trying to make sense of the complex interplays between order and change. This occurs not simply in the political sphere, but revolts and revolutions emerge in the world of art, media, sexuality, gender subcultures and across institutions such as universities, hospitals and financial institutions.
The conference aims to explore moments of change that question and alter established structures. Particularly, we are seeking to gain insights into the source of such moments and how they gain momentum.
Furthermore, how do established interests react and respond? How do conventional power structures change and enclose such movements? How do citizens and non-citizens shape these moments of change? And what happens afterwards, when the revolution is “won” and everyday life awaits?
Proposals, papers, workshops, performances and presentations are invited on themes such as:
● Reactionary revolts and anti-immigration movements
● The neoliberal revolution, challenges to capitalism and the enclosure of the commons
● Technological revolutions, piracy and the network society.
● Sexual Revolutions
● Postcolonial politics: resistance, revolt and revolution
● The politics and ethics of revolt and revolution
● The role citizens and non-citizens (including refugees, foreign workers and travellers) play in protests and revolutions?
● Revolutions in art, media and academia
● Gender in revolutions and social movements
● Power, discourse and language of resistance
● Backlash / Counterrevolutions
● Revolutions lost
We are particularly keen to encourage submissions that are not subsumed within disciplines, but cut across and between disciplinary vocabularies to provide new synergies, domains and inter-disciplinary possibilities. We warmly welcome proposals which go beyond traditional paper presentations and encompass also panels, performances and workshops.
In order to support and encourage inter-disciplinarity engagement, it is our intention to create the possibility of starting dialogues between the parallel events running during this conference. Delegates are welcome to attend up to two sessions in each of the concurrent conferences. We also propose to produce cross-over sessions between these groups – and we welcome proposals which deal with the relationship between The Erotic, Revolt and Revolution, Making Sense of Suffering and Truth and Truthfulness.
What to Send:
300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 27th June 2014. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 19th September 2014. Abstracts should be submitted to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats, following this order:
a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: RR2 Abstract Submission.
Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.
The conference is part of the Probing the Boundaries programme of research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting. All papers presented at the conference will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume.
Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation.
Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.