Call for papers: Between Urgency and Abstraction: Cultural Studies After Stuart Hall

stuart-hall-bw-obitJune 2014 (exact date TBC) Goldsmiths, University of London

“Against the urgency of people dying in the streets, what in God’s name is the point of cultural studies? … At that point, I think anybody who is into cultural studies seriously as an intellectual practice, must feel, on their pulse, its ephemerality, its insubstantiality, how little it registers, how little we’ve been able to change anything or get anybody to do anything. If you don’t feel that as one tension in the work that you are doing, theory has let you off the hook.”

– Stuart Hall

This conference will involve a genealogical reading of the field of cultural studies, opening up to an interrogation of its contemporary orientation, aims and (anti-) methodologies.

Contributions could include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

* The relation between cultural studies and sociology/science/philosophy/fine art/digital technologies

* History or historiography of cultural studies

* Cultural studies vs. critical theory (Frankfurt School)

* Cultural studies from a non-Western perspective

* Gender politics in cultural studies

* The relation between theory and practice

* Critical perspectives on methodologies and disciplinary structures

* Post-Marxism and cultural studies

* The university as site for political struggle

* Theory as ‘real abstraction’

* The interplay between art, research and politics

* Knowledge production under computation-based media technologies

Deadline for abstracts: 12th May 2014

Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words, for presentations of between 10-20 minutes. Please include a 100 word biography with your name, email address and institutional affiliation (where possible).

Submissions should be sent to Please include the words “CFP: Urgency and Abstraction” in the subject title.

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