Call for Papers
Theme: After the 'End of History'
Subtitle: Philosophy, History, Culture, Politics
Type: 14th Annual International Interdisciplinary Conference
Institution: Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics
(CAPPE), University of Brighton
Location: Brighton (United Kingdom)
Thirty years after the end of the Cold War, this conference looks
both backwards and forwards to explore the legacies of 1989. Francis
Fukuyama famously claimed that this moment marked the “End of
History”: an end to ideological struggle which would open the way for
the inexorable spread of liberal democracy across the globe. How do
we understand 1989 and its legacies today?
Arguably, the current conjuncture remains marked by the revolutions
of ‘89 and their consequences: the global spread of neoliberal
capitalism; the numerous devastating wars that have followed the end
of the Cold War; growing inequality within states and across the
globe; the mass movement of people; the rise of various brands of
right-wing populism and fascism across the globe; and much more
besides. The cultural and political impasse that once wore the name
of postmodernism is today commonly read as a confluence of
catastrophes: environmental, political, social, and economic. This
apocalyptic malaise is all too often accompanied by a sense that
“there is no alternative”. The idea that the future is there to be
made, that it could be better than the present, is likewise lacking.
Simultaneously, this political impasse is being seized upon by a
This interdisciplinary conference invites papers which reflect on the
multiple impacts and legacies of ’89: cultural, political, historical
and philosophical. Where are where we are now; where we are heading;
and where we should be heading? How are philosophers, historians,
analysts, activists and artists responding to these challenges? How
ought they to respond?
- Politics after “The End of History”
- Philosophy after “The End of History”?
- Political and historical agency
- Political subjectivity
- Past, Present and Future: the question of historical temporalities
- History after “The End of History”
- The revolutions of 1989 and their legacies
- Global perspectives on 1989
- The rise of the far-right after the end of the Cold War
- What has philosophy to say to fascism and how should it say it?
- Culture after “The End of History”
- Aesthetics after “The End of History”
- Does Populism threaten democracy? Does it threaten capitalism?
- The politics of austerity
- Ethics after Stalin
- The aestheticisation of politics
- Radical and reactionary cultural interventions
We anticipate that these and related issues will be of interest to
people working in, among other areas, cultural studies, philosophy,
political theory, history of ideas, art, design, politics, sociology,
media studies, social geography and history.
Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be emailed by 31 January
2019 at the latest, to Bob Brecher: R.Brecher@brighton.ac.uk
The conference fee is £120 / £40 (unwaged/student). This includes
refreshments, lunch on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and a dinner on
the Thursday evening.
Please note: the conference fee does not include accommodation and,
unfortunately, we are unable to offer travel grants or other forms of
financial assistance (except for a small number of fee waivers – see
below). A limited amount of reasonably priced student halls of
residence accommodation is available on a first come first served
There is a small number of fee waivers available for
under-represented colleagues, especially those outside the
Please indicate if you wish to be considered for a reduced rate when
sending your abstract.
Esther Leslie, Birkbeck, University of London
Please e-mail any general enquiries to the CAPPE Administrator, Ian