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Subject: [Nietzsche] CFP: Nietzsche, Power and Politics (fwd)


Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006 17:04:24 +0200
From: Thomas Fossen <t.fossen-AT-umail.leidenuniv.nl>
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Subject: [Foucault-L] CFP: Nietzsche, Power and Politics

This may be of interest to some. See the website for further 
information: http://www.fns2007.leidenuniv.nl/
Thomas Fossen


THE 16TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE SOCIETY OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND

Nietzsche, Power & Politics

March 23 =96 25, 2007
UNIVERSITY OF LEIDEN, THE NETHERLANDS

CALL FOR PAPERS


Nietzsche=92s legacy for politics and political thought is profoundly 
ambivalent and controversial. A self-declared =91antipolitical=92 German, he 
condemned politics and all things political, yet he also called for a 
=91grosse Politik=92. While a fierce critic of modern democracy, pleased to 
be called an =91aristocratic radical=92, he also acknowledged democracy as 
the signature of modernity and valued it as a quarantine against tyranny.

Over the last 10 years Nietzsche=92s significance for political thought 
has become a central and hotly contested area of Nietzsche research, 
especially in the Anglophone world: Is Nietzsche a political thinker at 
all, or an antipolitical philosopher of values and culture? Is Nietzsche 
an aristocratic political thinker who damns democracy as an expression 
of modern Nihilism, or can his thought, especially his thought on the 
Greek agon, be appropriated for contemporary democratic theory? Do 
Nietzsche=92s criticisms of democracy allow for a politics that is 
compatible with democratic commitments? Nietzsche is known to be an 
important source of inspiration for Hannah Arendt, but does Arendt=92s 
concept of politics and the public sphere go decisively beyond Nietzsche 
=96 or are they fundamentally compatible as political thinkers? These are 
some of the issues being currently debated.

The 2007 conference will follow the standard FNS conference format of 
five parallel sessions and five plenary sessions with well-known 
speakers in the field. But it will also depart from this format in the 
sense that three of the plenary sessions will involve not a single 
speaker, but two speakers, each making the case for one side in some of 
the current controversies mentioned above.

Confirmed plenary speakers include:

Dan Conway (Texas A&M University) on Nietzsche as a political thinker

Paul van Tongeren (Radbound University, The Netherlands) on Nietzsche as 
antipolitical thinker

William Connolly (Johns Hopkins University) on Nietzsche and radical 
democracy

Dana Villa (UC Santa Barbara) on Arendt contra Nietzsche

James Conant (University of Chicago) on Nietzsche=92s Perfectionism and 
Democracy

Keith Ansell-Pearson (Warwick University) will chair the round table 
discussion.


The Friedrich Nietzsche Society welcomes proposals for 30-minute papers 
on all topics relevant to the conference theme, including the following:

* Nietzsche and ancient political philosophy / Nietzsche and modern 
political philosophy

* Nietzsche and political values: freedom, justice, equality, pluralism 
/ tolerance, identity & community

* Nietzsche and political action: praxis and poiesis

* Nietzsche and political power

* Topics in Nietzsche=92s political thought, including =91grosse Politik=92, 
the critique of democracy, aristocracy, the agon, legislation, Germany / 
das Reich, the Greeks

* Nietzsche and Liberalism / Republicanism / Aristocratism / Agonistic 
democracy

* Nietzsche and the Frankfurt School / Critical Theory; Foucault; Leo 
Strauss; Hannah Arendt; Carl Schmitt; Machiavelli; Spinoza; Rousseau; 
Hobbes; Plato; Thucydides

* Nietzsche and Nineteenth Century politics / political thought 
(Bismarck; Napoleon; Burckhardt, Marx, Feuerbach, de Tocqueville, Mill; 
Wagner)

Papers on other relevant topics will also be considered.


Abstracts (no longer than 400 words) should be submitted by 01 November 
to Herman Siemens (fnsleiden2007-AT-hotmail.com). Early submissions are 
welcome.

Webpage under construction at: http://www.fns2007.leidenuniv.nl/




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