>Subject: CFP: Aesthetics and Radical Politics (UK) (12/15/06; 2/2/07)
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>CALL FOR PAPERS, COLLABORATIONS AND INTERVENTIONS: AESTHETICS AND
>Fri 2nd Feb 2007, University of Manchester
>Sponsored by the SGSA
>There has always been a strong connection historically between
>aesthetics and radical politics, and this is no less true for the
>global justice movement's current preoccupation with cultural
>approaches to political action. This conference seeks to bring
>radical artists, activists, theorists and academics together to
>discuss past and present convergences between the theories and
>practices of artists and writers and the theories and practices of
>movements for radical social change.
>There is already a massive amount of literature on Marxist
>approaches to aesthetics, art and literature, and whilst we welcome
>papers engaging with such approaches, we would also encourage
>presentations and discussions that address these issues from other
>radical critical positions - whether they be anarchist, autonomist,
>ecological or otherwise. Such perspectives have often been
>overlooked historically, but it is arguable that they now more
>centrally influence the activities of radical artists and
>The event will be defined by those who participate. What would you
>like to see happen? What kind of discussions do you think are
>important? Would you like to present a paper, facilitate a
>discussion, propose a panel presentation, organise a workshop or
>contribute in other ways?
>We imagine papers, discussions & workshops about things like:
>Carnivalesque protest and theatrical interventions
>Affect and political action
>Anarchist literary criticism
>Situationism and its reception by contemporary activists
>'Second wave' anarchism and culture - John Moore, Hakim Bey etc.
>Anarchism and Modernism
>Cultural production and immaterial labour
>Anarchism and poststructuralism
>The politics of the avant-garde
>Anarchist fiction, biographies and autobiographies
>Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words, along with a
>brief biographical introduction. Papers from all perspectives will
>be considered. Papers should aim to be accessible and to encourage
>discussion. We are also considering publishing selected papers in a
>special issue of Anarchist Studies.
>WORKSHOPS & FACILITATED DISCUSSIONS:
>Please send us a proposal (1 page at most) which addresses the
>* how long would you want for your session (e.g., 1 or 2 hours)? *
>do you want to limit the number of participants? If so, how many? *
>what are the aims of the session? What do you envision coming out
>of it? * how does the session work toward those aims? * what
>experience would you bring to the session? *
>DEADLINE: December 15th 2006.
>REGISTRATION: Costs of participation have yet to be determined but
>will be kept to an absolute minimum and on a sliding scale. If
>possible, we also aim to provide a small number of travel grants.
>Please contact us to be kept up to date on these details.
>We welcome groups interested in aesthetics and radical politics to
>participate by organising workshops, sending folk along or
>providing materials for distribution (whole info stalls or bunches
>of leaflets, flyers, etc).
>ARTS & ENTERTAINMENTS:
>Proposals toward evening entertainments, artistic interventions,
>etc very welcome!
>CONTACT for submissions, proposals, registration, etc :
>Gavin Grindon [log in to unmask]
>Department of English and American Studies
>University of Manchester
>For updates see:
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