1st Global Conference: Revolt and Revolution (November 2013: Athens, Greece)

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Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net

1st Global Conference
Revolt and Revolution

Monday 4th November 2013 – Wednesday 6th November 2013
Athens, Greece

Call for Presentations
While contemporary nations pride themselves of their political stability, the reality is that our world is continuously experience revolt and revolution. From the events of the Arab Spring, to the anti-austerity street marches in Europe, the reactionary TEA Party in the United States and the progressive 'No Borders' global movement, the solidity that nations strive for is continuously been threatened.

Such moments do not need to be political to have far reaching consequences. Technological and economic revolutions are continuously emerging – sometimes being embraced and other times resisted.

As such, nations, societies and institutions are continuously changing as they are confronted with revolt, revolution and resistance. In this conference, we are aiming to understand the complex interplays between order and change. This occurs not simply in the political sphere, but revolts and revolutions emerge in the world of art, media, sexuality, gender subcultures and across institutions such as universities, hospitals and so on.

We are aiming to explore moments of change that question and alter established structures. Particularly, we are seeking to gain insights into the source of such moments and how they gain momentum.

Furthermore, how do established interests react and respond? How does conventional power structures change and enclose such movements? How do citizens and non-citizens shape these moments of change?

Papers, workshops, performances and presentations are invited on any of the following themes:

-Resistance today including Occupy Wall Street
-Reactionary revolts including the TEA Party and anti-immigration movements
-The neoliberal revolution, challenges to capitalism and the enclosure of the commons
-Postcolonial politics: resistance, revolt and revolution
-The politics and ethics of revolt and revolution
-The Arab Spring and its aftermath
-The role of citizens and non-citizens (including refugees, foreign workers and travellers) play in shaping such politics?
-Revolutions in art, media and institutions
-Revolutionary change in movements around sexuality, gender and subcultures
-Power, discourse and language of resistance
-Technological revolutions, piracy and the network society.

Such changes are happening all around us, and the location of the conference, in Athens (Greece) is of particular significance in the recent turbulent years that has seen the economic, cultural and social revolution of the European Union emerge and unravel.

The Steering Group welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 14th June 2013. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 13th September 2013.

What to Send:
300 word abstracts or presentation proposals should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract.
E-mails should be entitled: RR1 Abstract Submission.

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs
James Arvanitakis and Martin Fredriksson: J.Arvanitakis@uws.edu.au
Rob Fisher: rr1@inter-disciplinary.net

The conference is part of the Probing the Boundaries programme of research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting. All papers presented at the conference will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume.

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Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.