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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Instituto de Altos Estudios Sociales (IDAES) – Universidad Nacional de San Martín (Argenitna)

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October 25-26, 2018 • Instituto de Altos Estudios Sociales (IDAES) • Universidad Nacional de San Martín (Argentina)

It is often said that we live in a new age of riots. However, despite the pervasive use of “riot” as a way to name heterogeneous phenomena, we sense a certain lack of conceptual clarity around what precisely the "riot" implies. A theoretical and conceptual deficiency first of all, which seems mimetic to the riot’s very definition as something with neither roots nor explanations, neither past nor future, something constitutively “spontaneous” and immune to political organization. In short, theorists and philosophers of riots need to show that these unbridled “spontaneous” expressions of “force” have emerged as a form through which emancipatory demands are made and as part of a broader “repertoire” of class struggle.

To that end, this conference aims to think the concept of the “riot” on a global scale. Ports, as transnational places par excellence, are among the sites where the apparition of the riot first appeared. Against this background we propose to develop a genealogical approach that could show the multiple emergences and historical paths of the riot, thereby grappling its continuities without constructing an all-encompassing sociological study. Secondly, we aim to analyse the riot beyond its conceptual “isolation.” The riot will be inscribed along a conceptual constellation that includes, though not exclusively, “revolution”, “strike”, “rebellion”, “revolt”, and “commune” with the aim of illuminating the riot both as a concept and as a performance. Thirdly, we aim to grapple with the problem related to the processes of subjectivation in relation to this constellation. In this sense, we consider how, in the context of the riot, contradictions may become apparent as they concern specific power relationships, in particular between: capitalist exploitation, racial domination, and sexual oppression.

We invite scholars and militants to present papers that broadly engage the following themes:    

• Riot and Revolution
• Riot and Strike
• Riot and Property
• Riot and the Commune-form
• The times and spaces of Riots
• Riot and Race
• Riot and Feminist Struggle


The conference will consist of four workshops related to these themes. As such, we ask you to specify which of these six themes you intend to intervene in. Please submit a title and abstract (max. 500 words) of your intended participation as well as a short CV to workshopriot2018@unsam.edu.ar by June 8, 2018. Abstracts may be submitted in English and Spanish. Translation will be available. Participation is free but registration is required. Limited grants are available to cover your stay. In your e-mail to us, please indicate if you want your application to be considered for a grant and if your attendance depends on it.


Organizing committee: Maura Brighenti (IDAES-UNSAM), Lucía Cavallero (Universidad de Buenos Aires), Eleonora Cappuccilli (Edith Saurer Foundation, Austria), Niccolò Cuppini (SUPSI), Mithilesh Kumar (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Patna ), Alejo Stark (University of Michigan).


Preliminary program

Thursday, October 25, 2018

9.00 – Registration and Opening Remarks
10.00 – Workshop 1: The Feminist Tide and the Strike
15.00 – Workshop 2: Riot, Property, Commune
19.00 – Keynote lecture: Verónica Gago and Raquel Gutiérrez Aguilar

Friday, October 26, 2018

10.00 – Workshop 3: Times and places of the riot
15.00 – Workshop 4: Riot and Revolution
19.00 – Keynote lecture: Joshua Clover


Thursday, October 25, 2018

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

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: subversivepoltheory@gmail.com 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) – subversivepoltheory@gmail.com 





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