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Friday, January 27, 2017


Dinner Meet and Greet

Tequila Factory in Old Town San Diego: 2467 Juan St, San Diego, CA 92110 (619) 260-8124

Saturday, January 28, 2017


Registration (Montezuma Lounge #290B)


Opening Remarks (Theatre #270)

  • Mike Roberts, Department of Sociology (San Diego State University)
  • Norma Bouchard, Dean of the College of Arts and Letters (San Diego State University)
  • David Fasenfest, Editor Critical Sociology, Department of Sociology (Wayne State University)
  • Christine Payne, Department of Sociology/Science Studies (University of California San Diego)


Plenary #1: Political Economies of Slavery, Desire and Revolt: Nietzsche and Critical Theory for the 21st Century (Theatre #270)

  • “Good Europeanism and Colonialism,” Rebecca Bamford (Quinnipiac University)
  • “Nietzsche’s Economy: Reconsidering the Slave Revolt in Morals,” Allison Merrick (California State University San Marcos)
  • “Revolutionary Desire Beyond Good and Evil: Queer Theory as Anti-Morality,” C. Heike Schotten (University of Massachusetts Boston)

10:45am-12:15pm (Panels 1A, 1B and 1C)

(Panel 1A) Politics: Pain, Pleasure, Play (Templo Mayor #231)

  • “Naked Philology” Or “Undressing in the Photo Booth with Friedrich Nietzsche”: Toward a Hedonistic Politics of Imagination and Pleasure for the New Millennia,” William A. Nericcio (San Diego State University)
  • “A God that Knows How to Dance: Play in Nietzsche and Foucault,” Dawn Helphand (University of Chicago)
  • “Salvation Through BDSM: A Contemporary Example of Nietzsche’s Call for Change,” Sarah Craig (George Washington University)

(Panel 1B) Tensions: Terror, Tragedy, Transfiguration (Aztlan #230A)

  • “Nietzsche and the Immanence of Tragedy,” Ricky DeSantis (San Diego State University)
  • “Transvaluations in and of LGBTQ History, Now,” Richard Cante (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  • “Cruising Zarathustra’s Will-to-Power-Bottom, or: Nietzsche’s Queer Cynicism,” Samuel R. Galloway (University of Chicago)

(Panel 1C) Aesthetics and Autonomy (Metztli #230B)

  • “Nietzsche, Aesthetics and Justification” Harvey Goldman (University of California San Diego)
  • “Adorno’s Nietzsche,” Arash Falasiri (York University)
  • “Adorno and Bloch on Nietzsche’s Aesthetic Autonomy,” Nazanin Ghanavizi (York University)

Lunch: Not provided.

Options on the ground floor of the Student Union include: Oggi's, Pizza Express, The Habit Burger, Chipotle, Aztec Market and Starbucks. Options across the footbridge include: Bangkok Poco the Restaurant and Trujillo's Taco Shop.

1:30-3:00pm (Panels 2A, 2B and 2C)

(Panel 2A) All-Too-Human: Animals, Automation, and Amor Fati (Templo Mayor #231)

  • “‘No Longer Animals’: Nietzsche's Anti-Darwinian Humanism,” Peter Atterton (San Diego State University)
  • “For what then are the machines”: Nietzsche, Critical Theory and the Philosophy of Technology,” Edward Hamilton (Capilano University)
  • “Amor Fati and the Event: Nietzsche, Deleuze and Complexity Science,” D. Emily Hicks (San Diego State University)

(Panel 2B) The History of Genealogy: Volume 4 (Aztlan #230A)

  • “Foucault’s Nietzsche: Will to Know, Aesthetics of the Self and Critique,” Dominika Partyga (London School of Economics)
  • “Events of Truth, Events of Justice: Foucault’s Nietzsche in the Early Courses at the Collège de France,” Alex Feldman (Penn State University)
  • TBA

(Panel 2C) Hegemonies in Crisis (Metztli #230B)

  • “Beyond Utopia: Marx and Nietzsche’s Divergent Counterhegemonic Discourses,” Luca Delbello (University of Illinois at Chicago) and Nabil Nazha (University of Illinois at Chicago)
  • “Class Consciousness: the Significance of Nietzsche,” aimee imlay (San Diego State University)
  • “Zombies, Nietzsche and Popular Culture,” Elizabeta Shifrin (San Diego State University) and Dan Frumer (San Diego State University)

3:15-4:45pm (Panels 3A, 3B, and 3C)

(Panel 3A) Capitalism, Commodification, and Cultural Crises (Templo Mayor #231)

  • TBA
  • “Reactionary Tribalism Revisited: Nietzsche, Schmitt, & Benoist,” Robert J. Antonio (University of Kansas)
  • “Nietzsche and the Artistic Critique of Capitalism,” Gary Yeritsian (University of California Los Angeles)

(Panel 3B) Nietzsche’s Rhetoric and Reception (Aztlan #230A)

  • “The Will to Be Misunderstood: Radical Critique in the Thought of Nietzsche and Derrida,” Tom Semm (San Diego State University)
  • “The One Thing Needful: Nietzsche as a Resource for Style in Dialectic of Enlightenment,” Sid Simpson (University of Notre Dame)
  • “Nietzsche’s Rhetoric: Dissonance and Reception,” Simon Lambek (University of Toronto)

(Panel 3C) Subjecting the Self to Scrutiny (Metztli #230B)

  • “The Self Which is Not One: Toward Personal and Political Implications of Nietzsche’s Critique of the Subject,” Ali Beheler (Hastings College)
  • “Cogito and Madness: Derrida and Foucault on Nietzsche,” Camila Yadeau (University of California, Berkeley)
  • “Dual-Process Psychology and ‘Gay’ Science: Nietzschean Responses to Objective Measures and Split Entrepreneurial Subjects,” Chad J. Valasek (University of California San Diego)


Keynote: “A Nietzschean Critique of Trump,” by Dr. Douglas Kellner Distinguished Professor and George F. Kneller Philosophy of Education Chair, University of California Los Angeles (Theatre #270)


Reception: Oggi’s Pizza (patio located on first floor directly below theatre)


Sunday, January 29,2017


Plenary #2: Ressentiment, Revaluation, Redemption (Theatre #270)

  • “Why Nietzsche, Why Now” Stanley Aronowitz (Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Urban Education, the Graduate Center, City University of New York)
  • “Nietzsche, Adorno and the Musical Spirit of Ressentiment and Redemption,” Nancy S. Love (Appalachian State University)
  • “Nietzsche on the Destruction of Nations,” Babette Babich (Fordham University)

10:45am-12:15pm (Panels 4A, 4B and 4C)

(Panel 4A) The Necessity (?) of Nietzsche for the Social Question(Templo Mayor #231)

  • “The Social Individual and the Last Human: Marx and Nietzsche Agree to Disagree,” Ishay Landa (The Open University of Israel)
  • “Weird White Guy Stuff: Nietzsche and the Limits of Existential Sociology,” Michael Kilivris (Contra Costa College)
  • “Rage, Revenge and Ressentiment,” Lauren Langman (Loyola University Chicago)

(Panel 4B) Master Motifs: Übermenschen, Will-to-Power, and Eternal Return (Aztlan #230A)

  • “Superfluous Supermen: Dostoevsky, Nietzsche, Horkheimer, Adorno, and the Disruption of the Underground,” Matthew H. Hartman (University of Notre Dame)
  • “The Cultivation of Will: Nietzsche’s Ideal Individual,” Daniel Driscoll (University of California San Diego)
  • “The Use of Nietzsche’s Doctrine of the Eternal Return as a Model for Thinking About Precedent in American Constitutional Law,” Laura A. Cisneros (Golden Gate University School of Law)

(Panel 4C) Timely Meditations: Nietzsche, Gender and Feminist Theory (Metztli #230B)

  • “Burning it In: Gender, Memory and the State,” Marie Draz (San Diego State University)
  • “The Value of Nietzsche’s Critique of Slave Morality for Feminist Analysis of Power,” Sharare Sharoki (Contra Costa College)
  • “Nietzsche: the Caitlin Jenner of Philosophy?” Sandra Wawrytko (San Diego State University)


Lunch: Not provided.

Options on the ground floor of the Student Union include: Oggi's, Pizza Express, The Habit Burger, Chipotle, Aztec Market and Starbucks. Options across the footbridge include: Bangkok Poco the Restaurant and Trujillo's Taco Shop.

1:30-3:00pm (Panels 5A, 5B, and 5C)

(Panel 5A) Slave Revolts, Social Formations, and Self-Overcomings (Templo Mayor #231)

  • “Frantz Fanon and the Place of Nietzsche in Decolonial Philosophy,” Romy Opperman (Penn State University)
  • “Toward Nietzschean Social-Political Formations: the Nomadic War Machines of Hacktivism, Graffiti, and Black Lives Matter Protests,” James Mollison (Purdue University)
  • “Nietzsche’s Anti-Essentialism and the Problem of Racial Narratives,” John Murphy (University of Miami) and Jung Min Choi (San Diego State University)

(Panel 5B) Morality and its Discontents (Aztlan #230A)

  • “God is Dead but not Forgotten: Horkheimer’s Critique of Nietzsche’s Philosophy of Religion,” Dustin J. Byrd (Olivet College)
  • “Nietzsche and Freud on Guilt and Civilization,” Guy Elgat (School of the Art Institute of Chicago)
  • Antichrist: A Nietzschean attempt at persuasion & propaganda,” Brian Pines (Staffordshire University)

(Panel 5C) Truth and Method (Metztli #230B)

  • “The Aspect of the Earth: Remaining True to Nietzsche,” Phillip R. Campanile (University of California, Berkeley)
  • “From Nietzsche to Contemporary Social Science via the Frankfurt School,” Daniel Sullivan (University of Arizona)
  • “In the style of a moraliste: Nietzsche’s re-description of compassion and its bearing on multi-disciplinary ethical studies,” Jeffrey Minson (University of California San Diego)

3:15-4:45pm (Panels 6A, 6B and 6C)

(Panel 6A) Advantages and Disadvantages of History in Light of Life (Templo Mayor #231)

  • “Practicing history as shock: Nietzsche, Benjamin, DuBois,” Ingrid Diran (Pacific Northwest College of Art)
  • “History for Life: Nietzsche and Benjamin,” Martin Schwab (University of California Irvine)
  • “Beyond Good and Evil: Nietzschean Pedagogy in the History Classroom,” Eve Kornfeld (San Diego State University)

(Panel 6B) Beyond Truth and Relativism (Aztlan #230A)

  • “The Question of Ideology in Light of Perspectival Knowledge: the Truths of Marx and Nietzsche,” Christine Payne (University of California San Diego)
  • “Proposal for a Dialectical Perspectivism: Multiplicity and Utility in Service to Values,” Jeremiah Morelock (Boston College)
  • “Nietzsche and Weber: On Perspectivism and Interpretation,” Seth Merritt (University of California San Diego)

(Panel 6C) Beyond Capitalism and Socialism: Rejection, Revolution, Radical Revaluation (Metzli #231A)

  • “Twilight of Work: The Labor Question in Nietzsche and Marx,” Mike Roberts (San Diego State University)
  • “Power and Culture: Nietzsche and Syndicalist Politics,” Kristin Lawler (College of Mount Saint Vincent)
  • “Promising Subjects: Nietzsche and the Politics of Responsibility,” Jonathan Cutler (Wesleyan University)