The Politics of Poststructuralism Today Workshop

17 April 2015

Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Venue: Arts One, Room 1.28, E1 4NS

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It is generally accepted that the various strands of thought associated with 'post-structuralism' have had an extensive impact on the study of politics in the UK and the United States over the past 30 years. However, it is also clear from a number of recent publications that there is renewed interest in the vexed questions of how to define post-structuralism and how to evaluate its overall significance. We will use this workshop to take stock of the state of the art in post-structuralist political theory, while also identifying the key debates and issues that will shape the field in the future. The workshop brings together leading scholars from across the UK to address these questions, in order to provide a conceptual map of the politics of post-structuralism today.


9.30-10.00 Registration and welcome

10.00-12.30 Session 1

Benot Dillet (University of Kent): The Right to Problems: Post-Structuralism, Ontology and Politics Gulshan Khan (University of Nottingham): Post-Structuralism, Ontology and the Political Lasse Thomassen (Queen Mary): Post-Structuralism and Representation
Chair: Mark Wenman (University of Nottingham)

12.30-13.30 Lunch

13.30-15.30 Session 2

Iain MacKenzie (University of Kent) and Robert Porter (University of Ulster): From Occupy to Activate: Or, the (Re-)Politicization of Post-Structuralism in Everyday Life Mark Wenman (University of Nottingham): Rethinking Freedom: Political Agency after Post-Structuralism
Chair: Lasse Thomassen (Queen Mary)

15.30-16.00 Tea/coffee

16.00-18.00 Roundtable: Poststructuralism and Political Theory Today

Simon Choat (Kingston)
Eric Heinze (Queen Mary)
Kim Hutchings (Queen Mary)
Caroline Williams (Queen Mary)
Chair: Mark Wenman