Hello NANS friends,
Please see below for an interesting and important conference in Nietzsche scholarship by our friends over at the Friedrich Nietzsche Society! The due date for the call for abstracts (500 words) is coming up quickly, so get yours in: April 30, 2018. Further information below.
FNS 2018: Call For Abstracts
24th International Conference of the Friedrich Nietzsche Society
"Nietzsche and the Politics of Difference"
Newcastle University, UK, September 20-21, 2018
Call For Abstracts
Traditionally, difference is understood as that which pertains between given entities or identities but, starting with Nietzsche, the thought of an originary difference that is irreducible to identity and, moreover, constitutive of identity gains traction. At the same time the affirmation of difference as plurality or multiplicity goes hand in hand with difference as an ontological issue. The Nietzschean thought of difference thus marks the intersection of the ontological and the political.
Given that today we are faced with a host of political challenges of domination and resistance, the question we want to raise in this conference is how Nietzsche helps us to think through and to address some of the problems with which we are faced today but also how his writings complicate our desire for swift solutions to seemingly intractable problems: how to resist slavishness in thought and action, how to maintain hard-won civil liberties and rights in the face of encroaching hegemonic discourses, practices and forces, or how to counteract global environmental degradation, in short, how to oppose ‘totalitarian’ movements of homogenisation, universalisation, equalisation, and instead to affirm, both politically and ontologically, a culture of difference.
Although on the one hand Nietzsche was deeply critical of politics and politicians, on the other hand he advocated a ‘grand politics’ and frequently expressed his admiration for great statesmen such as Napoleon. Although, on the one hand, he questioned the value and implications of democracy and the ideal of equality it involves, on the other hand later thinkers, e.g., Jean-Luc Nancy, have recently extracted a Nietzschean sense of democracy from his writings. In fact, it has often been noted that Nietzsche’s thought contains – or at least implies – a complete political ontology, and this has been teased out by a host of twentieth-century post-structuralist thinkers, above all by Derrida, Deleuze, Foucault, Irigaray, Lyotard, Nancy and those who come after them. They, and we, are grappling with thorny questions of the possible intersections between political theory and political engagement, how to envisage forms of resistance without agency, what ateleological action looks like, and how to maintain a sense of the political without relapsing into the intellectual co-ordinates provided by a substance metaphysical framework and its purported grounds.
At the intersection of ontology and the political, Nietzsche’s thinking beyond subject, substance, telos or ground, and in terms of differentials of forces and impersonal events and processes, induces us to examine our traditional ways of thinking and our cherished anthropocentric investments. Given these strictures, the question is, in what ways does Nietzsche’s thought harbour the resources for a contemporary politics of difference and a thought of difference equal to it? These are some of the most intractable, yet at the same time most urgent questions facing anyone aiming to think with Nietzsche in these dark times. This is not to suggest that these are completely new questions – they have been asked in a variety of texts for many decades – but they have taken on a new urgency, given the perilous state the world is in at present. And since Nietzsche is arguably one of the most rigorously post-metaphysical thinker, if we pay close attention to what he says, we might be able to reinvigorate our political thinking beyond modes supported by the established consensus.
Some of these questions might be put as follows:
We invite established academics, junior researchers, doctoral students and independent scholars in the fields of philosophy, politics, political theory, sociology, German studies, literary studies etc. to contribute to this conference.
Possible areas of investigation for a Nietzschean thought and politics of difference, although these are just suggestions:
Applications for 30-minute papers with abstract are invited by the deadline of 30 April 2018. Please submit abstracts (max. 500 words) by email to andrea.rehberg(at)ncl.ac.uk as a pdf attachment prepared for blind review. Please include a title in the body of the abstract. Please name the file with the following format when you save it FNS2018ABSTRACT_YOURLASTNAME:
In the body of the email, please state:
In the subject line of the email, please state only the following: FNS2018ABSTRACT_YOURLASTNAME.
We aim to inform delegates of the outcome of their submission in early June 2018. If you have a particular pressing reason to request earlier notification of abstract acceptance, please contact andrea.rehberg(at)ncl.ac.uk
Per Allie Shi, Assistant Editor of Genealogy, the aforementioned call for papers for the special issue "Genealogy after Foucault" now as an extended deadline of 1 June 2018 (extended from the earlier deadline of 1 March 2018).
For more information, see our earlier CFP announcement on this blog, or the webpage for the special issue, which can be found at:
UPDATE (02/05/2017): the deadline for submissions for this call for papers has been moved from 1 March to 1 June 2018, per the editorial board of Genealogy.
We have received a call for papers for a special edition of the journal Genealogy that we thought may be of interest to some of you. Please see the below message from Genealogy's editorial staff for further information.
Genealogy (ISSN 2313-5778, http://www.mdpi.com/journal/genealogy) is currently running a Special Issue "Political Genealogy after Foucault" which is guest edited by Prof. Dr. Michael Clifford of Mississippi State University.
"Genealogy is now accepting submissions for a Special Issue on the theme, "Political Genealogy After Foucault.” Inspired by the work of Michel Foucault, this issue invites essays from scholars employing political genealogy as a methodology and model of theoretical inquiry representing a wide range of disciplines, from the social sciences to the humanities, from philosophy to geography to urban studies to cultural theory..." For further reading, please visit the Special Issue website:
The manuscript delivery deadline is 1 March 2018.
We cordially invite you to contribute to this volume. If you have any questions, please contact the guest editor Prof. Dr. Michael Clifford (email@example.com) or the journal editor Ms. Allie Shi (firstname.lastname@example.org).
When your paper is ready, please submit it through the following link:
On behalf of the editorial team,
Ms. Allie Shi
MDPI Branch Office, Beijing
Genealogy Editorial Office
Tel. + 86 10 81521170
St. Alban-Anlage 66, 4052 Basel, Switzerland
Tel. +41 61 683 77 34; Fax. +41 61 302 89 18
Dear NANS Friends,
I am pleased to announce that plans are rapidly advancing for the next biennial NANS conference, which will be held at Stanford University on October 5-6, 2018. A call for abstracts is attached. We are very excited to be anticipating keynote lectures from Jessica Berry (Georgia State) and Alexander Nehamas (Princeton) at the meeting. Paul Katsafanas (Boston) has stepped up to chair the program committee for the event, and we are looking forward to a terrific and intellectually stimulating meeting. I hope to see you all here in the Fall.
In the mean time, you can find the most up-to-date information about the conference as it becomes available here, and bring your membership in the Society up to date here. Dues remain modest ($20 for fully employed members; $10 for students, independent scholars, and retired colleagues), but the resources your dues provide are essential to our ability to mount events like the upcoming conference. All dues and any donations to forward the work of the Society are tax deductible (at least until the law changes; Act Now!).
I also hope to see many of you at this year’s Eastern Division Meetings of the APA in Savannah, GA. We are sponsoring a terrific session at the Savannah meetings: Aaron Ridley will speak on “Nietzsche: the Self Expressed,” and we will also hear comments on the talk by Lisa Hicks. I am looking forward to an extremely stimulating discussion.
Best wishes to all for a productive Winter, and safe travels to our two upcoming meetings,
The North American Nietzsche Society will run a session featuring Aaron Ridley (Southampton) at the Eastern APA Meeting in 2018:
Nietzsche and the Expressivist Theory of Action
Chair: R. Lanier Anderson, Stanford University
Speaker: Aaron Ridley, University of Southampton
Title: “Nietzsche: the Self Expressed"
Commentator: Lisa Hicks, Stanford University OHS
The APA meeting will take place 3rd-6th of January 2018 at the following location:
Savannah Convention Center
1 International Dr
Savannah, Georgia 31402
One can contact the APA meeting staff at: email@example.com
NANS now has a brand new website! This part of the site will be used to draw attention to new work in Nietzsche studies. If you would like your paper/book/other interesting Nietzsche work to be featured on here, please use the contact form which can be found here.