Rethinking Transformation

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March 7, 2018 to March 8, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Philosophy, Political History / Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Humanities



Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Puerta de Toledo Campus

Salón de Grados,

7-8th March 2018.


0930-1000hrs: Welcome and Registration

1000-1015hrs: Opening Remarks

1015-1115hrs: Session 1―Politics

Chair: Gavin Rae

Conceptualizing Political Non-change: When Do Things Stay the Same?

            Martin Beckstein (University of Zurich, Switzerland)

Recovering the Problem of Founding in Contemporary Political Thought

Eno Trimçev (Greifswald University, Germany)

1115-1145hrs: Coffee Break

1145-1315hrs: Session 2―Psychoanalysis

Chair: Sacha Golob

Sexual Difference and Transformation

Emma Ingala (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain)

Law and the Psyche: Lacan and Kristeva on Authority and Transformation

          Gavin Rae (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain)

Between Rupture and Reproduction: Castoriadis Imagines Transformation

          Agatha A. Slupek (University of Chicago, USA)

1315-1530hrs: Lunch

1530-1700hrs: Session 3―From Existentialism to Poststructuralism

Chair: Emma Ingala

Rethinking Transformation: Sartre, Foucault, and Systemic Change

            Marieke Mueller (King’s College London, England)

Strategies of Transformation in Bataille and Deleuze

            Sacha Golob (King’s College London, England)

Transformation and its limits: Deleuze, Rancière, and the Meaning of Political Change

            Keren Shahar (Tel Aviv University, Israel)


0945-1015hrs: Registration and Welcome

1015-1115hrs: Session 4Ethics and Epistemology

Chair: Emma Ingala

Transformation in Ethics: Malcolm X and the Politics of Self-Determination

            Arun Rasiah (Holy Names University, USA)

Skepticism as a Practice of Epistemological Transformation

            Rico Gutschmidt (University of Konstanz, Germany)

1115-1145hrs: Coffee Break

1145-1315hrs: Session 5Self and Society

Chair: Rob Jackson

It’s Time for Change—Political Temporalities and Social Transformation

            Miri Rozmarin (Bar Ilan University, Israel)

Oral Transformations: Empire, Ideology, and Indigenous Stories

            Carolyn Eichner (University of Wisconsin, USA)

Beyond Dialectics: Arnold Van Gennep's ‘Passage’ as a Dynamic Structure

            Nitzan Rothem (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev/Bar Ilan University, Israel)

1315-1530hrs: Lunch

1530-1630hrs: Session 6Marxism and Beyond

Chair: Miri Rozmarin

A Materialism of Transformations: Practice and Social Change in Marx’s Thought

            Andrés Saenz De Sicilia (University of Roehampton, England)

‘Molecular’ Transformations in Gramsci and Deleuze

            Robert Jackson (Manchester Metropolitan University, England)

1630-1645hrs: Coffee Break

1645-1815hrs: Session 7Bio-politics

Chair: Marieke Mueller

In Another Life

            Kennan Ferguson (University of Wisconsin, USA)

Limits of Identity, Limits of Language: Plasticity as Transformation in Catherine Malabou

Janna Gonwa (Yale University, USA)

From ‘Enemy’ into ‘Adversary’: An Unexamined ‘Conversion’ as the Structure of Chantal Mouffe’s Agonistic Political Theory

            Tamara Caraus (University of Bucharest, Romania)

1815-1830hrs: Closing Remarks.


Conference Organizers: Dr. Gavin Rae (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid), Dr. Emma Ingala (Universidad Complutense de Madrid).

Conference Website:

Funding: The conference forms part of the activities for the Conex Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Project ‘Sovereignty and Law: Between Ethics and Politics’ co-funded by the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, the European Union’s Seventh Framework Program for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration under Grant Agreement 600371, The Spanish Ministry of the Economy and Competitivity (COFUND2013-40258), The Spanish Ministry for Education, Culture, and Sport (CEI-15-17), and Banco Santander. More information about the research project can be found at: Support is also being provided by the Department of Theoretical Philosophy, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, where the conference forms part of the activities for the research project ‘Pensamiento y Representación Literaria y Artística Digital ante la Crisis de Europa y el Mediterráneo’ PR26/16-6B-3.