The Centre for Critical Thought at the University of Kent in Canterbury has announced a two-day conference entitled Matter, Life and Resistance, taking place in Canterbury on 1-2 July 2013. Located within the general field of political theory, the event seeks to explore the crossover, feedback and influence (both historically and in current trends) of theories of materialism, vitalism and resistance within the discipline. The lineup of keynote speakers features Samantha Frost, whose work engages with the body, biology, feminism and new materialisms; and Sjoerd van Tuinen, prolific scholar specialising on Deleuze and Sloterdijk.
Proposals are still wanted, with suggested areas for contributions including, inter alia: reinterpreting the history of political thought, particularly the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century materialists; connecting a poststructuralist conceptualisation of of life, matter and resistance with biology and the neurosciences (ontogenesis, transductive relations, plasticity, synaptogenesis); and the consequences of speculative materialism in political theory. The deadline for abstracts is set for 5 May 2013. More details can be found on the Matter, Life and Resistance conference blog.