Call for Papers: Protest. University of Glasgow College of Arts Postgraduate Conference 2014
Friday, January 17, 2014
Posted by: Jennifer Studebaker
Confirmed keynote speakers:
– Dr. Priyamvada Gopal, University of Cambridge.
– Tom Leonard,
poet and writer,
in Creative Writing at University of Glasgow.
Prof. Dennis Tenen,
University of Columbia.
Recent years have seen the world enter a new political
era, one defined
by changing methods
of popular protest
across the globe.
From the Occupy movement to the Arab Spring, and from the actions of online hackers Anonymous to whistle‐blowers
like Bradley Manning
and Edward Snowden,
society is navigating a situation of profound upheaval. Advances in technology increasingly
bring a future of permanent connection, across cultures
and languages. Yet to navigate the uncertain terrain
of this emerging world, we need to better
understand the possibilities and implications of this connection.
Reflecting on examples and methods of protest both contemporary and historical, we invite papers that interrogate the changing
face of political activity. What are the true implications of the Internet for political
action? How is the idea of privacy
changing? How have material
factors shaped protest
across the ages?
Papers may address
any aspect of protest, including
but not limited
‐ Methods of protest
in the past and in the present;
the role of social media in contemporary forms of protest.
‐ The role of the Internet in political action; government and state-‐ sponsored surveillance.
‐ Literary works, films, comics,
artworks and songs that protest against an existing
condition of oppression, or narrate
resistance to such oppression, whether political, social,
economic, cultural or linguistic.
‐ Changing theories
‐ Forms of gendered
protest in the present and in the past; feminism; gay, bisexual and transgender struggles.
‐ Writers, artists, philosophers, politicians and religious
figures who have actively
stood up for a cause or been persecuted for the content of their work.
‐ The political nature of art; the political methodology of any artworks.
Abstracts of a maximum
of 250 words, accompanied by a brief biographical note, should be submitted to email@example.com by the deadline of