7th Sep 2016 - 9th Sep 2016
Grand Parade, University of Brighton
Wednesday 7th – Friday 9th September 2016
University of Brighton, UK
Mary Evans, Centennial Professor, Gender Institute, LSE
Steve Davies, Education Director, Institute of Economic Affairs
Natalie Fenton, Goldsmiths College
Ever since the 1970s, it is often claimed, radicalism has been in decline. But has it? Isn’t the neoliberal revolution then initiated itself genuinely radical? To ask this question is to ask, in effect, just what it is for something to be radical, whether politically, culturally or socially; and to begin to press the question of the normative status of the radical. In so doing, we want to suggest, there might open up the possibility of a dual debate: just what is it to be radical; and why does that matter?
In particular, what might it be radically to reconfigure both the content of politics, culture and society and their inter-relations? Might the fundamental questions of politics, for example, concern at least as much how politics is understood and what counts as political, as the specific content of particular positions understood as paradigmatically political?
To begin to think about these issues, we invite contributions from philosophy, politics, political philosophy, cultural studies of all varieties, sociology, social studies and related disciplines or areas that address matters relevant to these issues. Topics covered included, but were not limited to:
Academics working in, among other areas, cultural studies, philosophy, political theory, art, politics, sociology, media studies, social geography and history were in attendance.