CfP: People on Streets. Critical Phenomenologies of Embodied Resistance

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Call for papers for a conference at Paderborn University, Germany, May 2022. Submissions open for proposals: deadline July 15, 2021.

People on Streets. Critical Phenomenologies of Embodied Resistance
May 12 – 14, 2022, Paderborn University, Germany

In the last decade, massive street protests have again come to the fore as a go-to mode of expressing political criticism. Not only in countries perceived as championing democratic civil society but also in regions historically influenced by different forms of political oppression, where reluctance to take political action or indifference towards politics in general is a societal norm, people are now raising their voices and taking to the streets to protest against both long overdue forms of injustice and current perils to civil and human rights posed by right populist governments around the globe.

In this conference, the organisers are looking at what actually happens when people take to the streets. Reflecting upon the phenomenon of street protests, we pursue a better understanding of impulses leading to protests, their intersubjective dynamics, the structure and meaning of spaces where they are being enacted and the diverse practices of this enactment. In its attentiveness to embodied experience and commitment to critique, the burgeoning interdisciplinary field of critical phenomenology, broadly construed, offers a unique way to analyse the subjective and intersubjective dynamics of street protests, the role of embodied togetherness and the meaning of (re)claiming the public space.

For the full conference description, topics, and submission criteria see the website.

Submission guidelines
The organisers invite paper proposals including a title, an abstract of 300 – 350 words, name and affiliation of the author, as well as contact information. The organisers welcome a diversity of voices in global terms. The presentation time is 30 minutes with an additional 10 minutes for discussion. The conference language is English. Please submit your proposal by July 15, 2021 to [email protected].

Confirmed keynote speaker
Michael Marder, University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU), Vitoria-Gasteiz (ES)

Confirmed speakers
Luna Dolezal, University of Exeter (UK)
Rasmus Dyring, Aarhus University (DK)
Zeynep Gambetti, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul (TR)
Agnieszka Graff-Osser, University of Warsaw (PL)
Marina Gržinić, Vienna Academy of Art / Slovenian Academy of Science and Art (SL)
Olivia Guaraldo, University of Verona (IT)
Ari-Elmeri Hyvönen, Tampere University / University of Jyväskylä (FI)
Qrescent Mali Mason, Haverford College (US)
Danielle Petherbridge, University College Dublin (IR)
Simon Runkel, University of Jena (DE)
Kirsten Simonsen, Roskilde University (DK)
Ruth Rebecca Tietjen, University of Copenhagen (DK)
Wanelisa Xaba, University of the Western Cape (ZA)

Organization Team:
Marieke Borren, Open University Netherlands
Sara Cohen Shabot, University of Haifa
Katja Čičigoj, Paderborn University
Maria Robaszkiewicz, Paderborn University