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Registration Open!

Registration is now open for the 8th Annual London Conference in Critical Thought!

Please note that due to the occupation of the original location, the conference will now be held in the Richard Hoggart Building.

The 8th annual London Conference in Critical Thought (LCCT), hosted and supported by the Centre for Invention and Social Process (CISP) at the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, will offer a space for an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas for scholars who work with critical traditions and concerns.

Central to the vision of the conference is an inter-institutional, non-hierarchical, and accessible event that makes a particular effort to embrace emergent thought and the participation of emerging academics, fostering new avenues for critically-oriented scholarship and collaboration.

The conference is free to participate in and attend.

2019 Short Programme

2019 Long Programme

For further information about the conference in general, please visit ‘how it works‘.

To register, please visit our eventbrite page here.

 

LCCT 2019: Deadline extended

*Deadline Extended*
Now Closing: Sunday 31 March 2019

The deadline for the Call for Papers for the 8th annual London Conference in Critical Thought (LCCT), hosted and supported by the Centre for Invention and Social Process (CISP) at the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, has now been extended until Sunday, 31 March.

The LCCT is a free, inter-institutional, interdisciplinary conference in critical thought that takes place annually in different institutions across London. LCCT follows a non-hierarchical, decentralised model of organisation that undoes conventional academic distinctions between plenary lectures and break-out sessions, aiming instead to create opportunities for intellectual critical exchange regardless of participants’ disciplinary field, institutional affiliation, or seniority. LCCT has no overarching or predetermined theme.  The conference’s intellectual content and academic tone are set anew each year, stemming from thematic streams that are conceived, proposed and curated by a group of stream organisers.  The streams for #LCCT2019 are:

  • Art MANIFESTOS: The future of an evolving form
  • Automating inequality: AI, smart devices and the reproduction of the social
  • The Cold War Then and Now: Theories and legacies
  • Culture/Politics of trauma
  • Difference, evolution and biology
  • Gendered technologies, gender as technology
  • Immanence, conflict and institution: Within and beyond Italian Theory
  • Multiplying Citizenship: Beyond the subject of rights
  • Radical Ventriloquism: Acts of speaking through and speaking for
  • Rethinking new materialisms: Ethics, politics and aesthetics
  • Thinking critically with care

The full call for papers with details of the streams can be found at:

LCCT 2019 Call for Papers

Please send abstracts for papers and presentations proposals with relevant stream title indicated in the subject line to: paper-subs@londoncritical.org. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words and must be received by the extended deadline of Sunday, 31 March 2019.

We aim to make the LCCT open and accessible to all.  For any queries about accessibility requirements, please get in touch with us at: access@londoncritical.org.

More information about the conference is available at www.londoncritical.org.

2019 Call for Papers

London Conference in Critical Thought (LCCT)
Friday & Saturday 5-6 July 2019
Goldsmiths, University of London 

Call for Papers

The Call for Papers is now open for the 8th annual London Conference in Critical Thought (LCCT), hosted and supported by the Centre for Invention and Social Process (CISP) at the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London.

The LCCT is a free, inter-institutional, interdisciplinary conference in critical thought that takes place annually in different institutions across London. LCCT follows a non-hierarchical, decentralised model of organisation that undoes conventional academic distinctions between plenary lectures and break-out sessions, aiming instead to create opportunities for intellectual critical exchange regardless of participants’ disciplinary field, institutional affiliation, or seniority. LCCT has no overarching or predetermined theme.  The conference’s intellectual content and academic tone are set anew each year, stemming from thematic streams that are conceived, proposed and curated by a group of stream organisers.  The streams for #LCCT2019 are:

  • Art MANIFESTOS: The future of an evolving form
  • Automating inequality: AI, smart devices and the reproduction of the social
  • The Cold War Then and Now: Theories and legacies
  • Culture/Politics of trauma
  • Difference, evolution and biology
  • Gendered technologies, gender as technology
  • Immanence, conflict and institution: Within and beyond Italian Theory
  • Multiplying Citizenship: Beyond the subject of rights
  • Radical Ventriloquism: Acts of speaking through and speaking for
  • Rethinking new materialisms: Ethics, politics and aesthetics
  • Thinking critically with care

The full call for papers with details of the streams can be found at:

LCCT 2019 Call for Papers

Please send abstracts for papers and presentations proposals with relevant stream title indicated in the subject line to: paper-subs@londoncritical.org

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words and must be received by Monday, 25 March 2019.  We aim to make the LCCT open and accessible to all.  For any queries about accessibility requirements, please get in touch with us at: access@londoncritical.org.

 

LCCT 2019 Call for Streams

We’re delighted to announce that the London Conference in Critical Thought 2019 will be hosted by the Centre for Invention and Social Process (CISP) in the Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London.

The Call for Streams is now open. Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss any details before applying at inquiries@londoncritical.org. The text of the Call is below:

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London Conference in Critical Thought 2019
Friday & Saturday, 5-6 July 2019
Goldsmiths, University of London
Call for Streams

The Call for Streams is now open for the 9th annual London Conference in Critical Thought (LCCT), hosted and supported by the Centre for Invention and Social Process (CISP) at the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London.

The LCCT is a free, inter-institutional, interdisciplinary conference in critical thought that takes place annually in different institutions across London. LCCT follows a non-hierarchical, decentralised model of organisation that undoes conventional academic distinctions between plenary lectures and break-out sessions, aiming instead to create opportunities for intellectual critical exchange regardless of participants’ disciplinary field, institutional affiliation, or seniority. The conference is envisaged as a space for those who share theoretical approaches and interests but who may find themselves at the margins of their academic department or discipline. Following this decentralised, ‘margins-at-the-centre’ logic, LCCT has no overarching or predetermined theme.  The conference’s intellectual content and academic tone are set anew each year, stemming from thematic streams that are conceived, proposed and curated by a group of stream organisers.  Each stream generates its own intellectual rationale and Call for Papers, with conference participants responding to the accepted stream proposals.

We are now accepting submissions for streams, encouraging especially stream proposals that stimulate a range of cross-disciplinary responses and which approach critical thought in an open, non-prescriptive way. Streams may comprise multiple conference sessions, a series of workshops, or roundtable discussions coalescing around a central problematic. Rather than focus on single theorists or intellectual traditions, streams are envisaged as interdisciplinary spaces, whether interdisciplinarity is understood as research at the intersection of distinct disciplines (across the arts & humanities, social sciences, and beyond) or as an approach that identifies a problematic that can elicit responses across disciplines. Past streams have included topics such as Actor-Network Theory, Radical Transfeminisms, Micro-Politics of Desire, and The Vernacular Aesthetics of the Global City. For a full list of past streams, look at the details of previous conferences.

Those whose stream proposals are accepted play an active role in the organisation of the conference, taking organisational responsibility for their own stream as well as contributing to, and participating in, the LCCT organising collective. Further guidance, including examples of successful proposals, how streams and papers are selected, what it means to be a stream organiser, and more information on the ethos and organising structure of the LCCT can be found on our website: http://londoncritical.org/how/2-2.  Stream organisers also have the opportunity to submit a collection of papers for consideration for inclusion in the London Journal of Critical Thought. For more information on the journal, please visit: http://londoncritical.org/journal.

Wherever possible, we are keen to facilitate alternative presentation and stream formats. If you have something particular in mind but aren’t sure if it is feasible, please don’t hesitate to get in touch: inquiries@londoncritical.org.  We aim to make the LCCT open and accessible to all.  For any queries about accessibility requirements, please get in touch with us at: access@londoncritical.org

The deadline for submissions is Friday, 25 January 2019.

Stream Proposals should not exceed 500 words and should be sent to:

 stream-subs@londoncritical.org

Call for Papers 2018

London Conference in Critical Thought, 29th & 30th June 2018
University of Westminster

Call for Papers

The 7th annual London Conference in Critical Thought (LCCT), hosted by the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Westminster, will offer a space for an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas for scholars who work with critical traditions and concerns. Central to the vision of the conference is an inter-institutional, non-hierarchal, and accessible event that makes a particular effort to embrace emergent thought and the participation of emerging academics, fostering new avenues for critically-oriented scholarship and collaboration.

The conference is divided into thematic streams, each coordinated by different researchers and with separate calls for papers, included in this document. We welcome paper proposals that respond to the particular streams below. In addition, papers may be proposed as part of a general stream, i.e. with no specific stream in mind. Spanning a range of broad themes, these streams provide the impetus for new points of dialogue.

  • Art and Automation
  • Capital, Event and Agency (1968-2018)
  • Disruptions, Interventions and Liminalities: Critical Performative Pedagogies
  • Infrastructure, “infrapolitics” and experimentation
  • Politics of/in the Anthropocene
  • Resistant Bodies. On resistance and its corporeal challenges
  • Taking Positions
  • The Politics of Truth
  • Thinking Affect and Postcoloniality Together
  • Time, Cities, Bodies
  • Writing to Think

The Full Call for Papers can be found here: LCCT CfP 2018 15 march

Please send paper/presentation proposals with the relevant stream indicated in the subject line to inquiries@londoncritical.org. Submissions should be no more than 250 words and should be received by Monday, 02 April 2018. (Deadline has been extended to 02 April due to disruption of academic strike.)

2018 Call for Streams

London Conference in Critical Thought 2018
University of Westminster, 29-30 June

Call for Stream Proposals

The Call for Streams is now open for the 7th annual London Conference in Critical Thought (LCCT), hosted and supported by the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster.

LCCT is an inter-institutional, non-hierarchical, and accessible event which makes a particular effort to embrace emergent thought and foster new avenues for critically-orientated scholarship and collaboration. The conference is a space for those who share theoretical approaches and interests, but who frequently find themselves at the margins of their department or discipline.  There is no pre-determined theme for the conference.  Instead, we encourage people to apply to organise thematic streams which attract responses from across disciplines.

Stream proposals form the basis of our call for papers, and as such, are at the heart of the academic tone and content of each year’s conference. We welcome submissions for streams that seek to stimulate a range of cross-disciplinary responses.

More details and how to submit can be found in the full call available here.

On redundancies at the IOE Students’ Union

Like many informal groups of researchers who use the Bloomsbury campus, London Critical holds most of its meetings in the Institute of Education students’ union bar. Having such a space in the centre of the campus is invaluable for allowing a space where staff, students and those not employed in the local universities can meet, exchange ideas and collaborate on projects.

The staff of the catering service have always been supportive and friendly to us, and we are very disappointed to hear of UCL’s plans to make the catering staff redundant. We feel that UCL’s decision to close the IOE students’ union is short-sighted, and their approach to industrial relations is disappointing. We will support efforts by the affected workers and their supporters to resist unfair treatment by UCL.

See UCL Save the Institute Bar on Facebook for more information.

LJCT: Volume 1, Issue 2

We’re pleased to announce the online launch of the second issue of the London Journal of Critical Thought (LJCT). LJCT is an open access and peer reviewed academic journal that publishes ‘collections’ of short pieces that emerge in conversation from participation in the London Conference of Critical Thought (LCCT). The LJCT is distinct from a traditional proceedings journal in that the pieces are not framed as stand-alone work, but rather a part of its particular collection.

Read the journal here: Volume 1, Issue 2

You can find more information about the journal and how to submit material on the journal pages.