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CfP: Fourth Meeting of the Critical Genealogies Workshop

We are happy to share the Call for Papers for the fourth meeting of the Critical Genealogies Workshop, which will take place in Richmond, VA, from October 21 to 22, 2022:

The Critical Genealogies Workshop provides a space of collaboration and experimentation for scholars who deploy genealogy in order to investigate problematizations, possibilizations, and assemblies of the contemporary. The purpose of the event is to present in-progress genealogical work so as to thematize and reflect on larger questions of research design, strategy, and structure and practical questions about conducting genealogical research.

The workshop seeks submissions from scholars from any disciplinary or field background who deploy genealogical methods and practices in their work: previous events have included scholars from Philosophy, Political Science, History, Media Studies, and other backgrounds. Approaching genealogy largely through the lens of Foucault and Nietzsche, the organizers also welcome other genealogical approaches of diverse inspiration. Above all, they endeavor to take seriously Foucault's challenges to inherited practices of philosophical critique by taking up genealogy to interrogate the history of the present.

The format of the workshop involves pre-circulation of in-progress work. This will be a pre-read event; participants are expected to share their papers by mid-September 2022 and are expected to read papers from other participants prior to arrival. Concurrent sessions will feature paper presentations consisting of two sets of brief commentaries (5 minutes each) followed by group discussion (35–40 minutes). The event will also feature a plenary roundtable on method and research design as well as a methods workshop session.

Please send an abstract of no more than 750 words in .pdf format to the program organizers Verena Erlenbusch-Anderson (Syracuse University), Colin Koopman (University of Oregon), Ladelle McWhorter (University of Richmond), and Bonnie Sheehey (Montana State University) at by March 31, 2022. Indicate "Critical Genealogies Workshop submission" in the subject line. Decisions will be conveyed within one month of the deadline.

Logistical information about accommodations & transportation will be provided with program decisions. There will be no registration fees associated with this event, and attendees will need to fund their own travel, lodging, and (most) meals. To facilitate interaction in the evening after sessions, attendees are encouraged to stay at the conference hotel, details of which will be announced with program decisions.

For further information see the website of the Critical Genealogies Workshops.

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