Critical Approaches to Neo-Reactionary Discourses and Aesthetics

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
NeMLA (March 21 - 24 2019, Washington, DC)
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Please submit your proposal for the below-described panel to take place at NeMLA 2019, from March 21st to 24th, 2019 in Washington, DC (


**Critical Approaches to Neo-Reactionary Discourses and Aesthetics**

The 2016 election of Donald Trump marks a particularly important axis of contemporary reactionism. However, the last decade has produced many reactionary figures and movements in the US and around the world. From the Tea Party, the alt-right, and figures like Milo Yiannopoulos to the “Dark Enlightenment” of Nick Land and Mencius Moldbug and the “Intellectual Dark Web” of Jordan Peterson and Sam Harris, reactionary political philosophy and practice have recently made their way into the mainstream. Many have already commented on these movements’ use of double-speak and irony, dog-whistle and identity politics, and their simultaneous deployment of and distancing from what is commonly labeled as postmodern discourse. You are invited to critically explore aspects of these reactionary movements and their place in contemporary political discourse. Of particular interest are their uses of (theories of) discourse and aesthetics, and these movements’ engagement with works of art and literature (from Ayn Rand to H. P. Lovecraft, the beautiful and the sublime, horror and the grotesque, works of popular culture and the digital realm of the internet and video games, etc).

To submit a proposal, please go to the NeMLA website, register, and complete the submission process:

Organizer/Chair: Nemanja Protic, York University, Toronto, Canada