Theory Now

deadline for submissions: 
February 1, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
University of Glasgow

Call for Papers: Theory Now

University of Glasgow, Friday 22nd March 2019

The last ten to fifteen years have witnessed a decisive shift in theoretical focus, away from the predominantly linguistic and representational preoccupations of poststructuralism and so-called High Theory towards ontology, materiality and non-human agency. Whilst these new theories and philosophies arguably continue earlier strategies for deposing the Subject in her sovereignty, many (such as Bennett’s Vital Materialism, Latour’s Actor Network Theory or Morton’s Dark Ecology) also draw upon science and technology to enact renewed praxiological and political focus. To this extent, the new theory promises new modes of engagement and critique, but it also poses interesting disciplinary and institutional questions regarding the validity of theory’s conventionally literary and aesthetic backdrop. This conference welcomes reflections upon theory’s new political ends, its revised disciplinary affiliations, its institutional status, and its pertinence to the literary-aesthetic field upon which it once flourished.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

The relation between contemporary philosophy and contemporary literature

Turns away from critique

The socio-political dimensions of new ontologies

The pedagogical and / or institutional challenges posed by the new theory

Contemporary theory and periodisation

Theories covered may include, but are not limited to:

New materialist feminisms

Object Oriented Ontology

Speculative Realism

Actor Network Theory

Affect Theories

Contemporary Marxist critique

Contemporary anti-critique

Vital Materialism

Agential Realism


Please send abstracts of 500-1000 words to Dr Sophie Vlacos at by 1st February 2019. 

Contact: Dr Sophie Vlacos, lecturer in Post-1900 Literature, School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow