This conference sets out to explore the complex and dynamic relationships of ‘power’ and ‘order,’ and seeks to situate both within frames of intellectual and/or empirical challenges and critiques. Scholarship of recent decades has been attentive to the ways in which power is exercised and political and social order is maintained; taking this work as a foundation, this conference will consider the question of resistance in relation to power and order - its multiple forms, meanings, and possibilities. The aim of this conference is both diagnostic and constructive: it serves not only to identify contemporary examples of resistance, but also to rethink and evaluate the concept in light of progressive politics. Of fundamental importance is the relation between resistance and order: is it always one of negativity and externality, or can resistance be understood as interior to the order that it seeks to change? Special attention will be accorded to normative judgments ascribed to the use of violence, both in the deployment of resistance and in the maintenance of order.
We invite submissions from all subfields of Political Studies, as well as from other disciplines.
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