1 st Macau Philosophy Conference

rethinking resistance


December 16-18, 2011

While the idea of total revolutions might sound hopelessly anachronistic today, there is a consensus about the centrality of certain forms of political, ethical and aesthetic resistance. These forms are directed at multiple relations of increasingly intertwined domination. The conference, conceived in the context of global neoliberalism, aims to address the significance of practices of protest and public dissent ranging from traditional forms of civil disobedience to more recent practices including fun guerilla, protest art and resistance in the digital network.

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Questions to be addressed include:

-How, if at all, can resistance be defined in different socio-historical contexts?

-How do the destructive and the creative-utopian dimensions of resistance relate to each other?

-In what ways do resistance, conformism and oppression not only oppose, but also constitute each other?

-How do different philosophical traditions in the West (e.g. poststructuralism, deconstruction, critical theory) and in the East (e.g. Confucianism, Buddhism, Daoism, Maoism, Gandhism) conceive of the value and practice of resistance?

-What is the relationship between the theory and the practice of resistance?

The conference invites papers on such topics as:

-Political resistance: Which socio-historical circumstances and forms of governance call for what forms, communities and repertoires of political resistance (e.g. event coalition, indigenous activism, networked movements)? Through what means are they mobilized and performed?

-The ethics of resistance: what are the ethical implications of non-compliance, dissent and opposition? Is there a right to resistance? What is the significance of resistance and affirmation for a good and happy life?

-Aesthetic resistance: How do different aesthetic media and works of art constitute specific forms of resistance? What kinds of failure and opportunities to resist arise from aesthetic autonomy?


Invited Keynote Speakers

JM Bernstein (New School for Social Research): On Violent Resistance

Christopher Connery (Fudan University): Student Movements: Sixties and Present

Stephen Duncombe (New York University): No-Place: Utopia as a Space of Resistance

Lydia Goehr (Columbia University): Seeing Red: Contesting art(s) at the Opera

Wang Hui (Tsinghua University): TBA

Nikolas Kompridis (University of Western Sydney): Receptivity, Reflective Disclosure, and the Normativity of Critique

Martin Seel (University of Frankfurt): TBA

Authors are invited to submit an abstract of no more than three hundred words to "rethinkingresistance@gmail.com. " The deadline is 31 July 2011 and acceptance of papers will be announced by 20 August 2011. The conference is being hosted by the University of Macau. Admitted speakers will have to cover the transportation, accommodation as well as registration fees. Although it is expected that the proceedings of the conference will be published, final decision as to inclusion of a participant's article remains dependent on the results of peer and publisher review.