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Crisis & Critique of the State
Interdisciplinary Goldsmiths Graduate Conference 2013

Friday, October 25 2013 – Saturday, October 26 2013

Goldsmiths, University of London
United Kingdom

Keynote speakers:
Sara Farris
Goldsmiths College, University of London

Massimiliano Tomba
University of Padua

Bob Jessop
Lancaster University

The conference is free and open to all.

Please register here

If you have any questions, please contact

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 – 13.00 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
Aylin Zafer, Goethe-University, Frankfurt: Reading Gramsci with Foucault. Subjectivity between Consensus and Discipline
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: tbc

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
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

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