Conference Programme

Friday, 25th of October

09.30 – 10.00 – Registration (New Academic Building – Lower Ground Floor)

10.00 – 11.00 am
Keynote I (Room NAB LG01)

Sara Farris, Goldsmiths: The State as ‘Space-Time’ of Convergences: Workfare, Migration and Feminism

11.15 am – 1.00 pm – New Materialist Perspectives on the State I (Room NAB LG01)

Christopher Green, University of Oxford: State, space and self: Poulantzas and Foucault on governmentality
Peter Libbey, Duquesne University/Universität Heidelberg: The Truth of False Consciousness: Althusser on Ideology and the Limits of ‘Revolutionary’ Discourse
Respondent: Peter Thomas, Brunel University

– Lunch Break –

2.30 – 4.15 pm – Parallel Panels

Cultural and Political Economy of the Neoliberal State (Room RHB137)

Radman Selmic, Goldsmiths, University of London: State, Derivative Logic and Liquidity
Emma Mahony, National College of Art and Design, Dublin: Where do they Stand? Deviant Art Institutions and the Liberal Democratic State
Matthijs Krul, Brunel University:  ‘Mainstream Political Economy and the State: The Conception of State Power and its Origins in the New Institutionalist Economic History
Respondent: Ayesha Hameed, Goldsmiths

Philosophies of the State I – Hegel and Marx (Room RHB256)

Ian Jakobi, Kingston University: The Eternal State of Temporal Crises: Hegel and Marx on political transformation
Nathanial Boyd, Brunel University: The socialisation of the political and the politicisation of the social: Hegel as a thinker of the problem of the modern state.
Danilo Scholz, EHESS Paris: The Rise of the World State: The Strange Encounter between French Hegelo-Marxists and German Conservatives in the 1950s and 1960s
Respondent: Sara Farris, Goldsmiths, University of London

– Coffee Break –

4.45 – 6.30 pm – Parallel Panels

Critiques of Democracy and Neoliberal Politics (Room RHB256)

Jonathan Baldwin, Royal Holloway, University of London: H. G. Wells’ Critique of the State: The Un-Utopianism of Democracy
Baraneh Emadian, University of Westminster: The Excrescences of Liberal-Democracy: Power of the People vs. Force of the State
JD Taylor, University of Roehampton: Are we post-political? Reading Spinoza on the civil state
Respondent: Saul Newman, Goldsmiths

Biopolitics of the State (Room RHB137)

Richard Morgan, University College London: “A Noxious Superstructure”: Peter Kropotkin, Degeneration and Bio-anti-statism
Zuleykha Mailzada, University of Glasgow: Human right to health after death of Soviet communism
Matthew Cole, London: Crisis, Proletarianization and the Limits of Real Subsumption or The Synthesis of the Biopolitical and the Biocapital
Respondent: Manfred Faßler, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt

6.45 – 7.45 pm
Keynote II (Room NAB LG01)

Bob Jessop, Lancaster University: Poulantzas on economic and political crises and the crisis of the state: historical lessons and contemporary relevance

Saturday, 26th of October

09.45 – 10.15 – Registration (RHB 342)

10.15-12.00 am – Parallel Panels

Creating Exceptions within State(s) of Emergency. On the notion of non-citizenship – refugee protests in Europe (and elsewhere) (Room RHB 342)

Sofia Bempeza, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna: Pro-testing democracy // The refusal to stay in one’s proper place
Jenny Kneis, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna: ‘REFUGEES ARE HUMAN BEINGS’, ‘WORLD HELP US’. Two Protest Banners.
Rachel Rye, Goldsmiths, University of London: ‘Unseeing’ Asylum Seekers: the sovereign state of Nauru and its Australian detention centre
Respondent: Stefan Nowotny, Goldsmiths

Philosophies of the State II – Politics of Community and Justice beyond the State (Room RHB 137)

Marita Vyrgioti, Goldsmiths, University of London: Community beyond identity: towards a rethinking of radical politics
Alison Hugill & Sami Khatib, Freie Universität Berlin: Community, Body Politics, and Profane Illumination. Reading Walter Benjamin with Jean-Luc Nancy
Mauro Farnesi Camellone, University of Padua: Leo Strauss and the Crisis of Liberal City. For a Non-Conservative Interpretation
Respondent: Massimiliano Tomba, University of Padua

– Lunch Break –

1.00-2.45 pm – Parallel Panels

The Sea, Shores, Islands – Territory, Sovereignty and the State (Room RHB342)

Daniel Fernández Pascual, Goldsmiths, University of London: The Construction of the End
Léopold Lambert, New York: The Political Archipelago: For a New Paradigm of Territorial Sovereignty
Jérôme Seeburger, Leipzig: The Multitude of Rackets – A Critique of the ‘Utopia’ of Micronations, its Propagandists and its Theory
Respondent: Leila Whitley, Goldsmiths

Crisis and Protest (Room RHB137)

Sara Salem, The Institute of Social Studies, Den Haag: The Egyptian military and the 2011 uprising: re-alignments within the ruling class.
Alen Toplišek, Queen Mary, University of London: Why Austerity is Working: The Paradox of Critique
José Borges Reis, Goldsmiths, University of London: From theology to economics to moral tales: the winding paths of crisis
Respondent: Emma Dowling, Middlesex University

– Coffee Break –

3.15 – 5.00 pm – New Materialist Perspectives on the State II (Room RHB342)

Chris O’Kane, University of Sussex: Between Vulgar Marxism and Marxology: The State as ‘the force of value’ in Alfred Sohn-Rethel
Lukas Slothuus, Central Saint Martins: State, Capital, and Crisis: Toward a Theory of Neoliberal State Capitalism
Respondent: Bob Jessop, Lancaster University

5.00 – 6.00 pm
Keynote III (Room RHB342)

Massimiliano Tomba, University of Padua: Beyond Political Theology and its Temporality. Benjamin vs. Schmitt