CfP: Genealogy, special Issue – Political Genealogy After Foucault.

CfP on a special issue of Genealogy (ISSN 2313-5778, webpage)

Submission Deadline: 15 November 2017; Guest Editor: Prof. Dr. Michael Clifford

CfP. Genealogy is now accepting submissions for a special issue on the theme, “Political Genealogy After Foucault.”  Inspired by the work of Michel Foucault, this issue invites essays from scholars employing political genealogy as a methodology and model of theoretical inquiry representing a wide range of disciplines, from the social sciences to the humanities, from philosophy to geography to urban studies to cultural theory.  The goal of this special issue is to publish some of the best and most current work in political genealogy, showing how this work invites us to rethink many of the key concepts in political theory as well as real ground-level political practice.  Broadly conceived, the editorial team is interested in articles which demonstrate how political genealogy helps us to understand what Foucault calls “the history of our present,” while at the same time looking to our future, to what being a political subject will look like in a post-representational world.

Some of the topics that would be appropriate for this special issue include but are not limited to:

  • How and in what ways political genealogy aims, in the words of Nikolas Rose, “to reshape and expand the terms of political debate, enabling different questions to be asked, enlarging the space of legitimate contestation.”
  • Genealogies of cosmopolitanism and post-national identity.
  • Counter-memory as an instrument of political freedom.
  • Genealogy as a method for understanding the new world order (with respect to, for example, globalization, Trumpism, Brexit, neo-populism, the rise of terrorism).
  • Re-thinking, through genealogy, the politics of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
  • Genealogy and neo-liberalism; genealogy and corporatocracy.
  • Genealogy in practice, with respect to, for example, how governmentality and its institutions affect the lives of real individuals.

Guest Editor: Prof. Dr. Michael Clifford; Department of Philosophy and Religion, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS  39762 USA; Website, E-Mail:; Interests: Political Philosophy, Genealogy, Foucault, Political Identity