Materialism and World Politics - conference...

The perspective of using materialist notions, assemblage thinking and actor-network theory in social theory is growing. That is no news. There are now very good reviews in the fields of geography, critical geography, urban studies and emergence of using this also in collective action and social movement studies. Will point to those later.

Here is extract from upcoming workshop Materialism and World Politics at LSE, London:
In contrast to the dominant discourses of neorealism, neoliberalism and constructivism, the materialist position asks critical questions about rational actors, agency in a physical world,
the role of affect in decision-making, the biopolitical shaping of bodies, the perils and promises of material technology, the resurgence of historical materialism, and the looming environmental catastrophe. 
The purpose of this conference will be to solidify this important shift and to push its critical
edges further. Against the disembodied understanding of International Relations put forth by mainstream theories, this conference will recognize the significance of material factors for world politics.
Full email I received is here:

Materialism and World Politics, 20-22 October, 2012
LSE, London, UK
Registration is now open here for anyone who wants to attend.
(http://millenniumjournal.org/annual-conference/)

Scheduled Speakers:
Keynote: The ontology of global politics
William Connolly (Johns Hopkins University)

Opening Panel: What does materialism mean for world politics today?
John Protevi (Louisiana State University)
More TBC

Closing Panel: Agency and structure in a complex world
Colin Wight (University of Sydney)
Erika Cudworth (University of East London)
Stephen Hobden (University of East London)
Diana Coole (Birkbeck, University of London)

ANT/STS Workshop keynote:
Andrew Barry (University of Oxford)

ANT/STS Workshop roundtable:
Iver Neumann (LSE)
Mats Fridlund (University of Gothenburg)
Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths, University of London)
More TBC
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The annual conference for volume 41 of Millennium: Journal of
International Studies will take place on 20-22 October, 2012 at the
London School of Economics and Political Science. This includes 2 days
of panels and keynotes on the weekend, and a special Monday workshop
on actor-network theory (ANT), science and technology studies (STS),
and alternative methodologies. Space for the latter is limited though,
so let Millennium know of your interest in attending it as soon as
possible.

The theme of this year’s conference is on the topic of materialism in
world politics. In contrast to the dominant discourses of neorealism,
neoliberalism and constructivism, the materialist position asks
critical questions about rational actors, agency in a physical world,
the role of affect in decision-making, the biopolitical shaping of
bodies, the perils and promises of material technology, the resurgence
of historical materialism, and the looming environmental catastrophe.
A large number of critical writers in International Relations have
been discussing these topics for some time, yet the common materialist
basis to them has gone unacknowledged. The purpose of this conference
will be to solidify this important shift and to push its critical
edges further. Against the disembodied understanding of International
Relations put forth by mainstream theories, this conference will
recognize the significance of material factors for world politics.

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