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Call for Papers
Third Meeting of the Critical Genealogies Workshop

PDF of call for papers

Venue: University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, United States, United States

Date: May 9–11, 2019

The Critical Genealogies Workshop provides a space of collaboration and experimentation for scholars who deploy genealogy in order to investigate problematizations of the contemporary. The purpose of the event is to present in-progress genealogical work so as to thematize and reflect on larger questions of research design, strategy, and structure and practical questions about conducting genealogical research.

We seek submissions from scholars from any disciplinary or field background who deploy genealogical methods and practices in their work: previous events have included scholars from Philosophy, Political Science, History, Media Studies, and other backgrounds. Approaching genealogy largely through the lens of Foucault and Nietzsche, we also welcome other genealogical approaches of diverse inspiration. Above all, we endeavor to take seriously Foucault’s challenges to inherited practices of philosophical critique by taking up genealogy to interrogate the history of the present.

The format of the workshop involves pre-circulation of in-progress work. This will be a pre-read event; participants are expected to share their papers by March 2019 and are expected to read papers from other participants prior to arrival. Concurrent sessions will feature paper presentations consisting of two sets of brief commentaries (5 minutes each) followed by group discussion (35 minutes). The event will also feature a plenary roundtable on method and research design as well as a methods workshop session.

Please send an abstract of no more than 750 words in “.pdf” format to the event co-directors Verena Erlenbusch-Anderson (University of Memphis), Colin Koopman (University of Oregon), and Bonnie Sheehey (University of Oregon) at by Nov. 2, 2018. Indicate “Critical Genealogies Workshop submission” in the subject line. Decisions will be conveyed by Dec. 15, 2018.

Logistical information about accommodations & transportation will be provided with program decisions. There will be no registration fees associated with this event.

For further information see our website ( or contact CGW co-founders Verena Erlenbusch-Anderson ( and Colin Koopman (

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