Call for applications



Workshop – October 25-26, 2018 • Colorado College (USA)

Funded by the 2018 Collaborative Project Proposal Grant of the Academy of Global Humanities and Critical Theory, this workshop seeks to bring together faculty and graduate students who are working on ways to radically rethink the political in the face of a growing convergence between neoliberalism and neo-fascism. We are interested in interrogating the de-politicization that characterizes neoliberal hegemony, while at the same time investigating the differential modes that resistance to the exploitation of commodified and uncommodified life takes under new structures of disavowal. Our quest for today's subversive theories of the political was inspired by the relational thinking of black feminist theorizing, queer of color critique, intersectional Marxism, critical indigenous studies, decolonial theory, and disability studies, and we believe that the very important work done in these traditions can help us to develop more nuanced theories of the political. But we also want to put these traditions in conversation with each other, to evaluate the concepts developed in each of them, and the problems they have identified. 



These two-day workshop will take place at Colorado College on October 25-26. Interested applicants should submit a CV and an abstract

by July 15 (11:59 EST)

to the following e-mail address: with the following subject heading in the e-mail: "Subversive Theories of the Political Workshop." Final decisions will be made on July 22 and all applicants will be notified shortly afterwards.

All accepted faculty applicants will be supported with $200 in funds, and all graduate students will be supported with $400 in funds. Accepted participants should confirm their attendance by August 6 and make their own individual arrangements for airfare tickets and lodging. They should keep their receipts in order to be reimbursed.

All participants are expected to discuss work-in-progress, and to identify two sessions in which they would like their contributions to be considered


Contacts: Michael Sawyer Assistant Professor, Race, Ethnicity, Migration Studies (Colorado College) Andres Fabian Henao Castro Assistant Professor, Political Science (University Of Massachusetts Boston) – 





FIRST SESSION: After Hegemony and Bio/Necropolitics? Conceptualizing the Political 
SECOND SESSION: After the Demos? Conceptualizing Political Subjectivity 
LAURA PADILLA LECTURE: by Associate Professor ROBYN MARASCO (Hunter College)


FIRST SESSION: Rethinking The Political 
SECOND SESSION: Rethinking Political Subjectivity 
THIRD SESSION: Rethinking De-Politicization