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Conference Program


Saturday April 20th, 2013 The New School for Social Research, 6 East 16th St., Wolff Conference Room, #1103

11.00 AM Welcome

11.30 AM--1.00 PM Panel I: Contexts of State Power -- From subjects to social movements

Misbah Hyder, St. John’s University, “Reconstructing the Refugee Regime: Iraqi SIVs as a Case Study.” Devin Finn, Georgetown University, “Apprehending Political Violence: Scientific Process and Social Practice.” Erin Hern, Cornell University, “The Imperatives of Governance: How State Policy Affects Political Participation among Zambian Women.” Bilal Ali Kotil, NSSR, “What is the Medium of Modernization? State and Publics in the Early Turkish Republic.” Discussant: Mark Frazier, NSSR

1.00 PM--2.00 PM Break

2.15 PM--4.00 PM Panel II: Interrogating the Political

Niloofar Sarlati, University of Minnesota, “Marx and the Cookshops of the Future.” Loubna El Amine, Yale University, “Beyond the West: the Confucian Conception of the Political.” Mykolas Gudelis, NSSR, “The Untimely Politics.” Lisa McKeown, NSSR, “Power-plays: Censorship’s link to art and agency.” Discussant: Banu Bargu, NSSR

4.15 PM--6.00 PM Panel III: Constituting Global Politics

Mark Romaniw, George Washington University, “Reevaluating Classical Realist IR Theory.” Anthony Szczurek, Commissioning Editor of E-IR, “The Non-Aligned Movement and the Potential in Global Politics.” Discussant: Joshua Simon, NSSR

6.15 PM--8.00 PM Keynote Address

Paul Mattick, Jr. Chair, Department of Philosophy, Adelphi University

8.00 PM--10.00 PM Reception Dinner and Drinks

2013 Call for Papers

10th Annual UPSS Graduate Student Conference



APRIL 20th, 2013

Abstract submission deadline (maximum of 300 words) : March 18th, 2013

Send abstracts and papers to:

(Applicants will be notified by March 25th;

full papers [max. 3000 words] will be due by April 10th)

The Politics Department at the New School in conjunction with the Union of Politics Students (UPSS) is sponsoring a Graduate Student Conference that will broadly examine the concept of politics in its theoretical, practical, historical, scientific and methodological dimensions. We welcome research papers and essays from all vantages of political analysis. In presentations and discussions, we hope to draw out a conversation about the following questions: What do we mean by the term ‘politics’ in analysis as well as in praxis? How do we define, presuppose or problematize the notion of politics within research? Paper proposals are encouraged from all subfields of the study of politics and beyond.

The capacity for political practice presupposes the idea of ‘the political.’ Therefore, the movement from political science to politics entails in itself a political act. Marx’s famous political assertion that ‘philosophers have only interpreted the world; the point, however, is to change it’ will always be counterbalanced by Heidegger’s claim that meaningful change requires interpretation. From a study of power, to a study of economy, from a study of nuanced historical context, to a study of broad trends and processes -- the concept of ‘politics’ eternally belongs to a realm of struggle where opposing paradigms are employed and mobilized to specific ends. It is the objective of this conference to make this realm visible again.

Potential topics may include but are not limited to:

  • the general concept of politics, or ‘the political’ and its meaning
  • politics and power: sovereignty, discipline, punishment
  • politics and life: biopolitics, biopower, thanatopolitics
  • politics and the exception
  • identity politics
  • global politics
  • politics and history
  • politics and the state: institutions, party organizations, political systems
  • political economy: capitalism, class politics
  • the relation between politics and science: problems of causality, description, explanation, prediction, etc.  
  • ethnographic approaches
  • comparative approaches
  • anthropological and sociological approaches
  • methodological issues in the study of politics
  • political struggle and the question of radicality  
  • agency and structure in politics

Interested participants, at all levels of their academic career, should submit approximately 300-word abstracts by 18 MARCH 2013. Submissions for panels of 2-3 people are also welcome. Those selected to present will be asked to submit final copies of their papers no later than 10 APRIL 2013. In your cover letter or email, please include: name, affiliation, and contact information.

To submit or request additional information, please email: