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LCCT 2016: Call for Stream Proposals

Download Views PDF_2  Call for Stream Proposals 2016 │ Read more about how the conference works

The call for streams is now open for the 5th annual London Conference in Critical Thought (LCCT). 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. 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.

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 that seek to stimulate a range of cross-disciplinary responses. Our definition of critical thought is not prescriptive and the conference as a whole should reflect the state of contemporary critical thought. Previous streams have been on diverse topics such as: New Materialisms; Dissenting Methods; Transdisciplinary Law and Culture; Radical Transfeminism; The Politics and Practice of “Just Making Things”; Re-thinking Political Violence; Memory and Law; Eating as Encounter; Legacies of the Immaterial in the Arts and Practice. A full list of past streams, panels, and papers can be found on the past conferences pages.

Stream organisers are integral to the working of the conference; those whose proposals are accepted will be expected to take an active role as stream coordinators working in the LCCT organising collective. Further guidance, including what it means to be a stream organiser, how streams and papers are selected, examples of successful proposals, and more information on the ethos and organising structure of LCCT can be found on our website. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch at

LCCT 2016 is hosted and supported by the Birkbeck Law Department, University of London.

The deadline for submissions is 1 December 2015. Proposals should not exceed 500 words and should be sent to

This year at the conference we will be launching the first issue of the London Journal in Critical Thought, associated with the LCCT. This open access publication is intended to provide an alternative to standard academic publishing, representing the dynamic, emergent and interacting nature of the conversations and themes of the conference, rather than isolated pieces. More information on the journal, and the selection and editorial process involved, can be found on the journal pages.

Programme and registration

We’re pleased to announce that the full programme for the 2015 conference is now available. Please note that this programme is provisional and subject to change:

Download Views PDF_2  Short Programme 2015 V2 [UPDATED 2015-06-23]

Download Views PDF_2  Full Programme 2015 (UPDATED 2015-06-23)

LCCT 2015 will take place on 26-27 June 2015 at UCL.

UCL Anthropology
University College London
14 Taviton Street
London WC1H 0BW

You can register for LCCT 2015 through Eventbrite.

Call for Papers 2015

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The fourth annual London Conference in Critical Thought (LCCT) will offer a space for an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas for scholars who work with critical traditions and concerns. It aims to provide opportunities for those who frequently find themselves at the margins of their department or discipline to engage with other scholars who share theoretical approaches and interests.

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.

  • The Return of Actor Network Theory
  • Art and its Externalities
  • Bad Language, Wrong Signification
  • Eating as Encounter
  • Legacies of the Immaterial in the Arts and Practice
  • Interruptions
  • The Politics and Practice of “Just Making Things”
  • Music and Sound at Work
  • Re-thinking Political Violence, Memory and Law
  • The Digital 1: Noology and Technics: Algorithmic governmentality, automation and knowledge in the age of the digital economy
  • The Digital 2: ‘Questioning the Digital’: Critical Approaches to Digital Worlds
  • Theory Lessons: Theorizing the Classroom
  • Radical Transfeminism
  • Truthful Politics

Please send proposals for 20 minute papers or presentations, with the relevant stream indicated in the subject line, to paper-subs@londoncritical.orgSubmissions should be no more than 250 words and should be received by the deadline of MONDAY 16 MARCH 2015.

The conference will take place on 26th and 27th June 2015. Participation is free (though registration will be required).


The London Conference in Critical Thought is finished for another year. Thanks to all who participated, attended and joined the conversations – and to the collective (especially but not limited to Anna, Vic, Sam W, Ed, Matt, Tiffany, Eva, Ruth, Sam B, Linnette, Henry, Nathan, Toby, Chrysi).

We’ll be following up with announcements about LCCT 2015, but if you’re interested in getting involved, or if you’d like to know more about LCCT in general, please get in touch – our contact details are in the sidebar.

If you made any recordings of LCCT 2014, we’d be very interested in hosting them on this site. Please get in touch with Matt if you’ve got some that you’d like to share.

Thanks again,

The LCCT collective.