CFP: Revolution, Resistance, and Methodologies of Transgression (1/15/07; 4/27/07-4/28/07)

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Revolution, Resistance, and Methodologies of Transgression
April 27th - 28th, 2007

Hosted by the Philosophy, Interpretation, Culture (PIC) program at=20
Binghamton, State University of New York

     We have long since ceased to dream of the Revolution. The Revolution=20
of that dream was at once too grand, promising a new heaven and a new earth=20
(but most often resulting merely in a new hell, not all that different than=20=
old ones), and far too modest, neglecting to imagine that the Revolution in=20
even its most sober guise must necessarily be ontological. But the fact th=
at we=20
have ceased to dream of the cataclysmic Revolution that would somehow save=20
the world does not mean that we have given up on even the most radical=20
revolutionary possibilities; least of all does it mean we have given in to t=
seductions of a culture of political despair.
     Rather, we find ourselves among those who maintain that revolution-and,=
indeed, perhaps the Revolution-is in fact immanent in and as the=20
heterogeneity, even heteronomy, of the proliferation of local, micropolitica=
l, practices of=20
resistance and methodologies of transgression, in practices and methodologie=
that as such bear with them new, specifically ontological, possibilities. =20
Our revolution is therefore the object neither of nostalgia nor of=20
anticipation: the revolution is here, now, or it is nothing at all.
     To abandon the fantasy of a Revolution that was always either yet to=20
come or already over, a Revolution that would change everything except the=20
present, is also to abandon the ambition to explain everything in the grande=
ur of a=20
universal metatheory, in favor of =E2=80=9Cminor=E2=80=9D theoretical and ph=
considerations of the micropolitics of discrete, local struggles. The risk=
such a move is, of course, that of entropy: that such struggles and such thi=
risk isolation and stasis in their very self-affirmation. However, the=20
wager of many such struggles, and of much radical political thought in recen=
years, has been that it is possible to establish contingent connections and=20
relations between apparently disparate struggles. =20
     We conceive of this conference to be one of innumerable relay points or=
conjunctions where the work of connection and relation among radical politic=
struggles can be undertaken. We therefore seek contributions (from, but no=
limited to, interdisciplinary work in philosophy, women's studies, cultural=20
studies, visual/ performative art, postcolonial studies, film/media studies,=
translation studies and ethnic/American studies) that will help us=20
think-practically, philosophically, aesthetically-about revolution, resistan=
ce, and=20
transgression; about how such practices can make the connections and relatio=
ns that=20
constitute a network, and about the relation of radical micropolitical=20
practices and methodologies to the macropolitics of the world economy, the s=
tate form,=20
transnational militarization, and the various genocides of the current=20
situation, for example-in short, to actually existing fascism. =20

Submission Guidelines:
*Submission deadline: January 15, 2007.
Please submit your paper in full with a cover letter that includes your name=
academic affiliation, contact numbers, complete mailing address, e-mail=20
address, as well as a brief (300 word) synopsis of the paper.

Papers will be considered for a 20 minute presentation, followed by=20
discussion, so please limit the length of paper to 10-12 pages.

Email address for the electronic submission of papers:
While we prefer electronic submission, we will also accept hard copies at th=
  following address: Atttention: Victoria Delaney, PIC Conference
         Program in Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture (PIC)
         Binghamton University
         PO Box 6000
         Binghamton, New York 13902-6000
 For more information visit PIC at:
Please direct questions to: =20

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