Love is revolting: a multidisciplinary symposium

17 May 2019
On 17-18 May, we invite interested scholars to come join us at the UTMN School of Advanced Studies in Tyumen, Russia for a two-day multidisciplinary symposium on the theme of love – its connection to matter and bodies; its revolutionary potential for imagining new futures and modes of belonging; its ambivalence, slipperiness and grotesqueness as both a practice and concept; its relationship to power and subject-formation; and the emergence of new forms of loving in our techno-ecological age.


Love is revolting. It both inspires revulsion and has revolutionary potential. From its sticky, intimate moments of boundary-crossing and home-making to its revolutionary potential in the arguments of Charles Fourier, Alexandra Kollontai, Martin Luther King Jr., and the ecosexuals, love strikes us as an ambivalent concept of pivotal importance to humans. In recent years, a growing number of thinkers have suggested that love be critically reinvigorated in both social and political thought and action. And yet, it continues to revolt (us), and this reinvigorating has yet to be done robustly and systematically.

Proposed questions for roundtable discussion:

  • Does love matter?
  • Is love a proper subject for academic research?
  • Can non-humans love?

Invited participants: 

  • Anna Malinowska, Visiting Professor (via Fulbright), New School for Social Research; Professor of English at Silesian University in Katowice, Poland; Editor of The Materiality of Love: Essays on Affection and Cultural Practice (Routledge, 2017) and Materiality and Popular Culture: The Popular Life of Things (Routledge, 2016).
  • James Martel, Professor of Political Science, San Francisco State University; author of many books, including Love is a Sweet Chain: Desire, Autonomy and Friendship in Liberal Political Theory (Routledge, 2001) and more recently The Misinterpellated Subject (Duke University Press, 2017). 
  • Tracy McDonald, Professor of History, McMaster University, Canada; author of Face to the Village: The Riazan Countryside under Soviet Rule, 1921-1930 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011) and filmmaker (
  • Amber Musser, Associate Professor of American Studies, George Washington University; author of Sensual Excess: Queer Femininity and Brown Jouissance (NYU Press, 2018) and Sensational Flesh: Race, Power, and Masochism (NYU Press, 2014).

You can find additional information at the symposium website.

If you would like to participate in the roundtables on the second day, please contact Zachary Reyna ( by 1 May 2019.

Source: UTMN School of Advanced Studies 

Venue: UTMN School of Advanced Studies, 2/1, 8 Marta St.

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