(inter)disciplinarities: The “New Relationality”? (April 24-25, 2010)

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University of Victoria's Cultural, Social, and Political Thought Graduate Conference
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The University of Victoria’s interdisciplinary program in Cultural, Social, and Political Thought and Peninsula: A Journal of Relational Politics are pleased to present you with a joint call for papers. Click HERE to see the conference’s poster or see below for its description.

CONFERENCE CALL FOR PAPERS

(inter)disciplinarities: The “New Relationality”?
April 24-25, 2010

The interdisciplinary program in Cultural, Social, and Political Thought at the University of Victoria is proud to announce its 2nd annual conference on the contemporary debates concerning relationality.

Claims about relationality have driven debates in ontology, ethics, and politics over at least the last century. The critique of the modern subject, the problem of power and resistance, and debates about structure and agency, alterity, recognition, ecologies and systems have all been shaped by ambitions for relational solutions to problems arising from practices of separation and principles of autonomy. Acknowledging that attempts to affirm principles of relationality have such an extensive lineage, we invite proposals for papers that engage with this problematic in provocative ways. Recognizing both the diverse ways that relational problems have been posed and the commonalities across (apparently) distinct debates, we especially invite proposals addressing four broad, yet exemplary, contexts:

Postcolonialism
Network Theory
Translation
Transversality

Applicants are invited to submit a 250-350 word proposals for a paper, panel, performance, or video presentation by February 25th, 2010. Proposals will be blind- reviewed. Presentations should take no longer than 20 minutes. Admission is $15. Lunch will be provided. Send all proposals and inquiries via email, fax or mail to:

(inter)disciplinarities: The “New Relationality”?
c/o Sagi Cohen saggcster@gmail.com
Department of Political Science
University of Victoria
PO Box 3060 STN CSC
Victoria, BC V8W 3R4
Email: c/o Sagi Cohen
Fax: +1 (250) 721-7485

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JOURNAL CALL FOR PAPERS

Peninsula: A Journal of Relational Politics

Call for Papers: Politics as Relationality

The University of Victoria’s graduate journal in political theory, Peninsula, welcomes submissions for papers from various methodological approaches that interpret the theme of relationality in politics. If political thought takes place within unacknowledged and often totalizing theoretical frames – those

The University of Victoria’s graduate journal in political theory, Peninsula, welcomes submissions for papers from various methodological approaches that interpret the theme of relationality in politics.

If political thought takes place within unacknowledged and often totalizing theoretical frames – those ontological/epistemological frames which include and exclude, objectify and subjectify, and so on – then uncovering frames is a kind of academic activism. Thinking in terms of relationality might therefore constitute a critical-ethical approach to Western political thought and its foundational assumptions about (the relations between) self, other, and community.

Focusing on the relational dimension of politics means emphasizing understandings of politics as a shared and common reality – as something that concerns plurality and multiplicity, but also communality, mutability and openness. Hence, reflections on relationality might involve re-interpreting classic and modern texts, re-examining overlooked arguments, disrupting consensual assumptions in the “canon”, inquiring into the interstices of traditional conceptual divisions, or imagining other ways of being together. Hopefully, then, these modes of reflection will not only be “critical”: they will also evoke the friendship inherent in the history of ideas.

Submissions

Peninsula will publish peer-reviewed articles or artworks, reviews, and reflections, in French and English. One thematic issue per year will include reflections on the thematic, and more general articles, reviews, and reflections will be published on an ongoing basis. The journal’s first issue will appear in September, 2010, and will be partly devoted to the question of relationality. Submissions are due on June 1, 2010.

For detailed information on the submission process, please visit uvic.ca/peninsula or contact the editor, Liam Mitchell liamm@uvic.ca.

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