Materialism and World Politics, featuring William Connolly

The 2012 Millennium conference on ‘Materialism and World Politics’ is quickly coming together, and we’re pleased to announce that Professor William Connolly (Johns Hopkins, author of Neuropolitics and A World of Becoming) will be the keynote speaker this year.

In addition, other speakers will include John Protevi (Louisiana State University, author of Political Affect), Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths University, author of Fanaticism), and Erika Cudworth and Stephen Hobden (University of East London, authors of Posthuman International Relations). More speakers will be confirmed in the coming weeks!

The call for papers is posted below the fold…

The annual conference for volume 41 of Millennium: Journal of International Studies will take place on 20-21 October, 2012 at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

The theme of this year’s conference will be on the topic of materialism in world politics. In contrast to the dominant discourses of neorealism, neoliberalism and constructivism, the materialist position asks critical questions about rational actors, agency in a physical world, the role of affect in decision-making, the biopolitical shaping of bodies, the perils and promises of material technology, the resurgence of historical materialism, and the looming environmental catastrophe. A large number of critical writers in International Relations have been discussing these topics for some time, yet the common materialist basis to them has gone unacknowledged. The purpose of this conference will be to solidify this important shift and to push its critical edges further. Against the disembodied understanding of International Relations put forth by mainstream theories, this conference will recognize the significance of material factors for world politics.

Proposed panel topics include:

    • Affect
    • Biopolitics
    • Complexity Theory / Self-Organising Matter
    • Discourse and Materiality
    • Environmental Crisis
    • Historical Materialism / Marxism
    • Neuroscience and Politics
    • Philosophical Materialism
    • Political Geography
    • Scientific Realism
    • Technology
    • The Body / Gender

Individuals interested in presenting a paper are requested to submit a 300 word abstract to: millennium@lse.ac.uk by 23 April, 2012. Submissions for panels are also welcome.

A selection of the conference papers will be published in Millennium: Journal of International Studies, volume 41, no. 3.

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