Stream organisers: Naomi Millner, Julian Brigstocke, Sam Kirwan and Lara Montesinos
Coleman with The Authority Research Network.
What does it mean to be engaged in critical research, today?
There are long histories of defining critique in relation to praxis, and critical theories from Marxism to post-structuralism have attempted to site the production of critical knowledge against a backdrop of colonial, gendered, and race-inflected power relations. From the 1960s, participatory approaches to methodology have also sought to bridge divides between “activist” forms of knowledge, communities of practice, and academic scholarship. But have we escaped the ivory towers of a complex jargon distanced from everyday understandings and concerns? Should we? What place is there for scholarship within the political, environmental and economic struggles that will define human and more-than-human futures?
At the heart of this issue is the experience and performance of temporality. Economic and environmental legacies threaten to colonise the future as well as the present. Moreover, emergent critical theory can sometimes forget the longer trajectories of struggle and invention which have shaped contemporary public institutions, as well its own critical concepts. We are interested in drawing together reflections on critical research as it relates to its own pasts, the place of the scholar in confronting precarious futures, intergenerational exchanges and disconnections, “knowledge-by-experience” through space and time, and the importance of thinking politics for specific historical moments.We invite papers engaging within contemporary material struggles which emphasise critical methodologies, scholarship and dissent, and/or the place of academia with a particular emphasis on connecting legacies of the past with critical futures. Contributions may be primarily theoretical or empirical but should relate to attempts to devise methodologies and theories that are adequate to the struggles they confront.
Please send abstracts for 20-minute papers to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Dissenting Methods’ in the subject line.