>From: David Pan <[log in to unmask]>

The Third Annual TELOS Conference
January 16, 2010
New York City

Call for Papers:
 From Lifeworld to Biopolitics: Empire in the Age of Obama

In the context of a dramatic reorganization of the relationships 
among state, market, and society, the 2010 Telos conference will turn 
its attention to competing accounts, both theoretical and empirical, 
of the new modalities of administration, domination, and power. 
Facing the authoritarian state and a politicized market, how does one 
"defend society"?

The conference will address the extension of politicized control into 
ever greater realms of social life. What theoretical tools are 
available? How can we trace the process historically? Classical 
Critical Theory of the mid-twentieth century described a "totally 
administered society" in which an elaborate bureaucracy combined with 
a "culture industry" in order to eliminate spontaneity. Yet some 
viewed the era of deregulation (and the paradigms of postmodernism) 
as a rollback of administration and homogeneity. Do we now face the 
return to the strong state and a repoliticization of society in the 
name of left populism in the United States? Or has it been the 
transition from the old mass media to the Internet that has reshaped 
the dynamic of politics and culture?

Meanwhile, the brief moment of a presumed single superpower and 
unilateralism is shading into an international disorder of multiple 
power conflicts among strong states, no longer confronted with human 
rights expectations or a democratization agenda. The resurgent 
control of society has taken on global proportions: China, Russia, 
North Korea, Iran, and Venezuela. How does international power 
operate in new forms of empire? Have "military-industrial complexes" 
been replaced by cultural hegemonies, defined by the spread of 
languages and religions? Do developments such as political Islam or 
Chinese nationalism indicate that "society" has been the hidden 
driver of state power all along? What about the shared "liberal" and 
"realistic" assumption that economic liberalization will produce 
political opening and democratization? Has state capitalism in the 
East responded better to the global economic crisis than market 
capitalism in the West?

Presentation topics can include (but are not limited to) themes such 
as: theories of domination in Critical Theory, post-structuralism, 
and other traditions (e.g., Schmitt, Arendt, Agamben); phenomenology 
versus bureaucracy; executive authority (Schmitt) and the defense of 
society against "biopolitics" (Foucault); "civil rights" or "human 
rights"?; terrorism, the war on terror, and continuities from Bush to 
Obama; the structural transformation of the press and of public 
criticism; new technologies and power; populism, elites, and the new 
class; "smart power" and the role of intellectuals; traditions, 
religion, and resistance.

Proposals (one-page abstract) for twenty-minute conference papers are 
due by October 1 at [log in to unmask] (Please put the words 
"conference proposal" in the subject line of your email.)
Conference Registration Fee: $95 (before October 15), otherwise $115 
(includes one-year subscription to Telos). For current holders of 
individual subscriptions to Telos, the registration fee is $35 until 
October 15 and $55 thereafter.

If you have any further questions about the conference, please 
contact us at [log in to unmask]

>David Pan
>Associate Professor, German Dept.
>400 Murray Krieger Hall
>University of California, Irvine
>Irvine, CA 92697-3150
>Telephone: (949) 824-6406
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