This section invites papers from the poststructuralist and anti/post-foundationalist approach topolitics. Submissions may include case studies or theoretical work, or a combination of both. Weparticularly invite papers dealing with contingency and conflict, and meaning-making as a form ofpolitics. The papers may wish to focus on concepts, discourse, logics, narratives, rhetoric or specifictropes, and may draw from a range of theoretical perspectives associated with the linguistic turnand poststructuralism (Derrida, Foucault, Lacan, Laclau, Mouffe, Rancière, Skinner, etc.).The section hopes to focus on the political, and would like to devote some time in making clearthe contributions of this kind of approaches to the study of politics - rather than cultural studies, linguistics or sociology, just to name a few neighbouring fields where the focus may differ.The empirical case studies may range from an area specific focus (e.g. Latin America, Europeanpolitics), to theoretico-empirical topics such as feminism, ethnicity or populism, or urban politics,politics of the past, and politics and art. Politics under investigation may take place on the global, national, transnational, regional or local level. The study of language, metaphors and visual imagesor sounds – or indeed the classics, time and space – is encouraged but not expected. Dealing with poststructuralist and anti/post-foundationalist approach to politics, this sectionproposes to interrogate those precise moments and ideas of ground and grounding, rupture andcontingency – besides discussing the issues presented in the panels. How and what to study, whenstudying the political or politics in its various dimensions? A large part of the section will be held only in English to meet the demand for such panels byinternational researchers working in the Nordic countries, who are expected to join Nordic colleagues at the NOPSA Conference 2011.
Vaasa, Finland: NOPSA , 2011.