Power and Resistance: Current Debates and Historical Background
POLITSCI '15 / Third Political Science Conference will be held on October 15-16, 2015 at Istanbul University. The conference is coordinated by Istanbul University's Chair of Political Science and DAKAM (Eastern Mediterranean Academic Research Center) and organized by BİLSAS (Science, Art, Sport Productions).
This year's conference will focus primarily on power and resistance. The means of formation of authoritarian power, potentialities of resistance to authoritarianism, social movements, dialectics of force and consent in the creation of power, and the means of ideological legitimization of government policies are among the themes to be tackled within the framework of the 2015 conference.
The conference aims to constitute a forum for prolific exchanges between different theoretical perspectives, interests and concerns prevalent within political science. We welcome papers based on original research in politics. We also encourage submission of abstracts derived from papers in other disciplines, including history, philosophy, and economics, hoping to engage in inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary dialogues that will add to our understanding of what political theory may mean for people today living in rapidly changing national, social and cultural contexts. Our hope is to initiate fruitful discussions aiming at expanding the horizons of political theory through problematizing
traditional boundaries, mainstream perspectives and concerns.
Presently the world is witnessing a series of radical transformations in the political sphere; the debate about the great transformation of the 2010s is focusing on the process of authoritarianization on the one hand, and on social and political resistance movements on the other. A manifold of political and social scientists tend to situate power and resistance in the contemporary world within a broader process, and tend to analyze them as components of political and social dynamics related to late capitalism, or, of neo-liberalization. The current forms of political power (including “illiberal democracy” and other less conventional forms of authoritarian regimes) can be also linked to the destruction of the public sphere in the real sense of the word, and to the creation of an imagined/fabricated “public sphere”. This process implies the use of means such as the rewriting of history, and distortion of reality, within a seemingly democratic and participatory framework and renders analyses related to forms of power and resistance and the importance of creating genuine public spaces crucial. We believe the gathering of scholars who work on the complex web of relationships between political institutions, society, and the individual with a focus on the dialectics between consent and coercion in politics and who seek to transcend perspectives that tend to confine the question of authoritarianism to a schematic struggle between State and civil society will be most fruitful.