(Un)commons: theory and public space

Country: USA

City: Pittsburgh

Abstr. due: 15.07.2015

Dates: 25.09.15 — 26.09.15

Area Of Sciences: Sociology;

Organizing comittee e-mail: pittsburghphilosophy@gmail.com

Organizers: Pittsburgh Continental Philosophy Network


The Pittsburgh Continental Philosophy Network is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Pittsburgh Continental Philosophy Conference, “(un)commons: theory and public space.” Devoted to a critical examination of the public sphere, the conference is seeking papers and artworks that deal with philosophy, criticism, and analysis of public space, as well as those which deal with philosophy, criticism, and analysis in public space.

Towards the end of interdisciplinary collaboration, this conference invites contributions from a range of disciplines including philosophy, architecture, geography, psychology, religious studies, communication, rhetoric, and sociology, among others. Additionally, we strongly encourage artists and performers whose work deals with the notion of the “public” or the “common” to submit samples or descriptions of works in any medium—visual, musical, performance, installation, etc. We will accept paper and panel proposals on any topic relevant to continental philosophy, and particularly encourage those that seek to cross the bounds between multiple disciplines.

Areas of interest include, but are certainly not limited to:

·      Phenomenology of public space

·      Deconstruction of the “commons”

·      “Doing philosophy” in public

·      The psychology or psychoanalysis of space

·      Critical disability studies and public space

·      Technology and the public (e.g. podcasts/blogs)

·      Embodiment and space

·      Queer theory and orientation

·      Communication and rhetoric in public space

·      The racialization of public space

·      The ethics of the commons

·      Ecological analysis of public space

·      The politics of the commons

·      Critical geography and architecture

Conference Web-Site: http://pittsburghphilosophy.com/

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