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Subject: [RK] Aesthetics and Radical Politcs, Manchester, 2nd Feb 2007
From:    "Matteo Pasquinelli" <matteopasquinelli la gmx.it>
Date:    Thu, November 30, 2006 16:43
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DEADLINE: December 15th 2006.

University of Manchester

Sponsored by the SGSA www.sgsa.org.uk

There has always been a strong connection historically between
aesthetics and radical politics, and this is no less true for the
global justice movement's current preoccupation with cultural
approaches to political action. This conference seeks to bring
radical artists, activists, theorists and academics together to
discuss past and present convergences between the theories and
practices of artists and writers and the theories and practices of
movements for radical social change.

There is already a massive amount of literature on Marxist approaches
to aesthetics, art and literature, and whilst we welcome papers
engaging with such approaches, we would also encourage presentations
and discussions that address these issues from other radical critical
positions - whether they be anarchist, autonomist, ecological or
otherwise. Such perspectives have often been overlooked historically,
but it is arguable that they now more centrally influence the
activities of radical artists and activists.

The event will be defined by those who participate. What would you
like to see happen? What kind of discussions do you think are
important? Would you like to present a paper, facilitate a
discussion, propose a panel presentation, organise a workshop or
contribute in other ways?

We imagine papers, discussions & workshops about things like:

Carnivalesque protest and theatrical interventions

Affect and political action


Anarchist literary criticism

Situationism and its reception by contemporary activists

'Second wave' anarchism and culture - John Moore, Hakim Bey etc.

Anarchism and Modernism

Cultural production and immaterial labour

Anarchism and poststructuralism

The politics of the avant-garde

Anarchist fiction, biographies and autobiographies


Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words, along with a
brief biographical introduction. Papers from all perspectives will be
considered. Papers should aim to be accessible and to encourage

We are also considering publishing selected papers in a special issue
of Anarchist Studies.


Please send us a proposal (1 page at most) which addresses the
following questions:

* how long would you want for your session (e.g., 1 or 2 hours)? * do
you want to limit the number of participants? If so, how many? * what
are the aims of the session? What do you envision coming out of it? *
how does the session work toward those aims? * what experience would
you bring to the session? *

DEADLINE: December 15th 2006.

REGISTRATION: Costs of participation have yet to be determined but
will be kept to an absolute minimum and on a sliding scale. If
possible, we also aim to provide a small number of travel grants.
Please contact us to be kept up to date on these details.


We welcome groups interested in aesthetics and radical politics to
participate by organising workshops, sending folk along or providing
materials for distribution (whole info stalls or bunches of leaflets,
flyers, etc).


Proposals toward evening entertainments, artistic interventions, etc
very welcome!

CONTACT for submissions, proposals, registration, etc :

Gavin Grindon Gavin la cyber-rights.net

Gavin Grindon Department of English and American Studies University
of Manchester Oxford Road Manchester M13 9PL United Kingdom

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