Friday, September 14, 2012

CFP: Cultural Studies<=>Critical Methodologies

"Moving Biopolitics"

A Special Issue of the journal Cultural Studies<=>Critical Methodologies
Michael Giardina & Joshua Newman, Guest Editors

Who is claiming the body? Who claims how we should know the body, its uses, and its effects? Whose interests intercede upon our everyday lives, and the everyday uses of our own individual bodies? In keeping with the mission of Cultural Studies<=>Critical Methodologies to provide an explicit forum for the intersections of cultural studies, critical interpretive research methodologies, and cultural critique, we solicit contributions which seek to achieve and/or address at least one (and ideally all three) of the following goals as they relate to conceptions of 'moving biopolitics':

1) advance the critical interrogation of the biopolitics of human 'movement' – extending, through empirical and/or theoretical exploration, those issues raised by the likes of Foucault, Agamben, Rose, Kristeva, Clough, and Esposito (and many others) around technologies of bioscientific and biotechnological control (particularly how they relate to active forms of embodiment and physical culture, broadly conceived);

2) Explore ways in which we might 'move' within (or out of) regimes and systems of biopolitical subjectivity (see, e.g., Hardt & Negri, Nancy, and others), and explore how we might move biopolitics, move with(in) biopolitics, and move against contemporary (neoliberal) biopolitics?;

3) Utilize evocative, emotive, 'moving' methods of writing, representation, and performance to bring to light contemporary biopolitical struggles, contestations, and power relations – producing creative interplays between bodies and texts, the theoretical and sensual, research techniques and bodily pleasure.

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted jointly to Michael Giardina ( and Joshua Newman ( by 1 October, 2012. Those invited to contribute will be expected to submit full papers in January 2013.

Information about the journal can be found online at

Michael & Joshua

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