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On Bridges and Walls

Call for Papers

Theme: On Bridges and Walls
Subtitle: Towards a Philosophy Without/Beyond Borders
Type: Graduate Student Philosophy Conference
Institution: New School for Social Research
Location: New York, NY (USA)
Date: 6.–7.4.2018
Deadline: 11.2.2018

Discourse concerning the role of bridges and walls has become
commonplace in our contemporary political scene. Xenophobic, racist,
and nationalistic calls for the building of walls are opposed by
calls to construct bridges by those seeking to form coalitions of
solidarity and resistance. Yet, it is often ignored that both terms,
in their own ways, preserve the logic of otherness and create
relations of internality and externality, reinforcing hierarchies and
structures of power. In this way, it is possible to identify a
correlation between the use of this binary and the existence and
perception of suffering and diverse instances of exclusion. Thus,
this conference wishes to explore the normative consequences of the
ubiquitous discourse of epistemic and geographic stratification by
interrogating the way in which this metaphor is used — implicitly and
explicitly — within philosophy, to the extent that the latter, as a
frame of epistemological and experiential articulation, also builds
its own bridges and walls.

It is with this in mind that at this year’s NSSR Graduate Student
Philosophy conference we wish to provide a platform for a very
particular kind of ‘philosophical investigation’ in which a vast
range of approaches concerning the significance and use of spatial
metaphors within philosophical debates could take place. Such an
investigation of margins, bridges, walls, localization and beyond
should be undertaken in a manner that makes room for ontological,
ethical, epistemological, phenomenological, political and
psychoanalytic discourses. To this end, we encourage full liberty and
creativity with how this topic could be approached. This is because
we conceive this investigation as an open, interdisciplinary kind of
quest whose aim will be to rethink the way in which we conceive of
boundaries, gaps, stages and common spaces for the purpose of
interrogating the tensions underpinning our current political
discourse, while also showing the ways in which these affect the way
in which we conceive of Philosophy.

Possible Topics (This list is by no means exhaustive):

- Walls and Bridges as Philosophical Metaphor
- Migration and (In)Justice
- Decolonial Theory and the Use of Walls/Bridges
- The role of Bridges and Walls in the construction of Imagined
- Walls/Bridges and Political Membership
- Walls and Solidarity
- Walls/Bridges and Globalization
- Social Epistemology and Imagined Walls
- Persuasion as an Epistemological Bridge
- Political Topologies and the Role of Walls/Bridges
- Privacy, Space and the Political
- Walls/Bridges and Human Rights
- Administrative Violence
- Philosophical Topologies/Political Topologies
- Space and Violence
- Localized Violence
- Violence in Bodies
- Bridges/Walls and Cross-cultural Discourse
- Digital divisions and Digital Connections
- Technology and Changing Spatial Relations

Please submit complete papers (word Limit: 3500) by February 11th in
the form of a Word attachment (.docx) to:

Please include your name, institution, and degree-program in the body
of the message.

Keynote Speakers:
Alberto Moreiras (Texas A&M)
Falguni Sheth (Emory)


Graduate Student Philosophy Conference
"On Bridges and Walls"
New School for Social Research
Email: NewSchoolOnBridgesAndWallsConf(at)