20th Annual Conference Sponsored by the Philosophy Graduate Student Union (PGSU)
March 13-14, 2015
New Encounters in French and Italian Thought
Keynote: Jason E. Smith
The negotiation between French and Italian activists and intellectuals in
the mid-twentieth century opened a field of theoretical experimentation, the
effects of which pose a challenge for contemporary politics. This encounter
materialized through various collectives, traversing the neat intellectual
and practical boundaries of the academy. Whether through the images of
intellectuals in the streets, or through radical activist groups extending
from the Situationist International to Tiqqun, the laboratory of French and
Italian thought poses a constellation of conceptual weapons that remain
vital for any contestation with the state of things. These implements have
been successful in intervening within contemporary struggles on the level of
theory, practice, and the construction of history in the present.
Under the inheritance of this tradition, this conference invites submissions
from the interstices and margins of recent French and Italian philosophy.
Possible paper topics include feminist recapitulations of post-workerism,
the theoretical legacy of biopolitics as it is taken up in Agamben and
Esposito, and the ongoing challenges for theory and practice posed by social
movements extending from Latin America to the Mediterranean in the wake of
events such as Mohamed Bouazizi’s self-immolation.
Other topics include, but are not limited to:
Decolonial challenges to eurocentric thought and strategies
Wages for Housework and care economies
Realism and contemporary ontologies
Re-interpretations of the Gramscian legacy
Philosophies of life and the problem of vitalism
Lacanian psychoanalysis and its heritage
French and Italian receptions of Spinoza, Hegel, and Marx
Affect theory and imagination in cultural productions (e.g. film and media)
Collective organization and social ontologies
The Philosophy Graduate Student Union at Villanova University welcomes
graduate students and junior faculty to submit any of the following to be
considered for our conference: paper abstracts of 250-350 words, papers of
approximately 3000 words (including co-authored work) suitable for a 20
minute presentation, or proposed panels. Authors of accepted abstracts
should send completed papers by March 1, 2015.
Please send submissions, prepared for blind review, by December 21st, 2014
This conference is committed to accommodating people with disabilities.
Conference participants and attendees are encouraged to contact the above
email address to discuss accommodations.