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CFP: The Right of Resistance: Theory, Politics, Law (16th-21st century)
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Brunel University - London
CALL FOR PAPERS
RIGHT OF RESISTANCE: Theory, Politics, Law (16th-21st century)
Brunel University – London, 8th-9th February 2012
The connection between the right of resistance, the pluralism of rights, powers, and jurisdictions, weakens after the sunset of the medieval legal system in the early modern age. On the one hand, the forces that resisted the establishment of the power of the modern state and that played a major role within the political conflict of the earlier ages, were progressively ejected from the sphere of legitimacy. On the other hand, reflection on the right of resistance became the principal argument of opposition against the theoretical and legal positions supporting the construction of the modern State.
With the social tensions, struggles for recognition, and constitutional integration in the 19th and 20th century we see the rising of different theories of opposition, transferring older practices of resistance to new legal institutions and bodies. Thus the tension between democracy (intended as power and absolute government) on one hand, and constitutionalism (intended as a theory and practice of limited government) on the other, remains latent yet present.
Here lies the proposal of a fresh reflection on theories of resistance between the early modern and the contemporary period. Within those theories, we aim to individuate alternative proposals to the formation of the modern state, as well as to understand the elements of affinity and continuity with today’s oppositional and conflictual practices on a global scale.
We will devote two conferences to this topic in Spring 2012. The first one will be held in London, at Brunel University, and the second one in Rome, at the Fondazione ‘Adriano Olivetti.’ Selected papers from the conferences will be considered for publication.
Speakers include: Warren Montag (Occidental College, Los Angeles), Antonio Negri (Uninomade), Susanne Sreedhar (Boston University), Mario Turchetti (Université de Fribourg).
The conference organizers welcome interdisciplinary papers, comparative works and different methodologies. Proposals are invited for the London conference, for 30-minute papers in English which may address, but are not limited to, the following authors, topics, and areas:
• Machiavelli, Calvin, Althusius, Hobbes, Spinoza, Locke, Rousseau, Montesquieu, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Schmitt, Benjamin, Lenin, Gramsci, Fanon, Deleuze, Foucault.
Please email your proposal, including a 500 word abstract (with title), curriculum vitae or brief academic biography, contact information, and audiovisual needs, if any, to Filippo Del Lucchese (Brunel University – London): firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com, by November 30th, 2011.
Funding might be available. Please indicate if you can self fund, or if not, what level of assistance you would need.