‘Applied Baudrillard’ Conference (Oxford, 2018)

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Date: 5th – 7th September 2018 (Wednesday to Friday)

Venue: School of Architecture, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, United Kingdom.


Confirmed Keynote Speakers to date:

Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi ”. Session Chair: Gary Genosko

[An Italian critic and media activist. Friend of Baudrillard. One of the founders of the notorious Radio Alice, a pirate radio station that became the voice of the autonomous youth movement of Bologna in the late 1970s, Bifo is the author of multiple works of theory, including The Soul at Work, Félix Guattari, and Precarious Rhapsody. Bifo has recently written about Baudrillard’s work, he considers Baudrillard to be one of the most important philosophers of the second half of the  twentieth century] See:


Mike Gane (Loughborough University) ‘Carnivalization and Hegemony’

[Author of many books including: Baudrillard’s Bestiary: Baudrillard and Culture (Routledge), Baudrillard: Critical and Fatal Theory (Routledge), Jean Baudrillard: In Radical Uncertainty (Pluto Press), Baudrillard Live: Selected Interviews (Routledge), Jean Baudrillard 4 Volumes (Sage)]

William Merrin (Swansea University) ‘Weaponizing Reality: Trump, Fake News, Russian Disinformation Warfare and the legacy of Baudrillard’

[Author of Baudrillard and the Media: A Critical Introduction (Polity), Jean Baudrillard: Fatal Theories (Routledge), Media Studies 2.0 (Routledge) and Digital War: A Critical Introduction (Routledge)]

Richard G Smith (Swansea University) International Journal of Baudrillard Studies Lecture on ‘Baudrillard’s Photographic Theory’

[Editor of the International Journal of Baudrillard Studies, his books include: Jean Baudrillard: Fatal Theories (Routledge), The Baudrillard Dictionary (Edinburgh University Press), Jean Baudrillard: From Hyperreality to Disappearance, Uncollected Interviews (Edinburgh University Press), Jean Baudrillard: The Disappearance of Culture, Uncollected Interviews (Edinburgh University Press).

Special Conference Guest:

Chris Turner – writer and expert translator into English of, among other things, numerous Baudrillard books over the past thirty years, including: America, The Illusion of the End, Cool Memories I to V, The Perfect Crime, The Consumer Society, Impossible Exchange, The Spirit of Terrorism, Screened Out, Paroxysm, The Intelligence of Evil, FragmentsPasswords, Exiles from Dialogue, Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?, Carnival and Cannibal.

Authors of Books on Baudrillard from around the world will be speaking at the conference, including:

Ryan Bishop – editor of Baudrillard Now: Current Perspectives in Baudrillard Studies (Polity Press)

Jeremy Fernando – author of Why Hasn’t JB Already Disappeared? (Delere Press)

Gary Genosko – author of Baudrillard and Signs: Signification Ablaze (Routledge), McLuhan and Baudrillard (Routledge), and The Uncollected Baudrillard (Sage Publications)

Brian Gogan – author of Jean Baudrillard: The Rhetoric of Symbolic Exchange (Southern Illinois University Press)

Paul Hegarty – author of Jean Baudrillard: Live Theory (Continuum)

Kip Kline – author of Baudrillard, Youth, and American Film: Fatal Theory and Education (Lexington Books)

Francesco Proto – author of Baudrillard for Architects (Routledge), and Mass Identity Architecture: Architectural Writings of Jean Baudrillard (John Wiley & Sons)

An International and Multidisciplinary Conference:

We are pleased to say that the response to the 1st Call for Papers has been substantial, global, and multidisciplinary. Just as we had hoped! Delegates will be attending from many countries, from the UK, USA, Italy, France, Germany, Canada, Singapore, Netherlands, Taiwan, New Zealand, Norway, Malaysia, Hungary, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, China, to name but a few.

Conference Exhibition: ‘Collecting Baudrillard

The year 1968 saw the publication of both Baudrillard’s first book – The System of Objects – and Baudrillard’s involvement in the protests through his position at Nanterre (where Baudrillard taught with Henri Lefebvre) and his involvement as an editor and contributor to the radical journal of urbanism and architecture: Utopie.

The exhibition will be curated by Richard G. Smith on the theme of ‘Collecting Baudrillard’. It is fifty years since The System of Objects (Baudrillard’s first book) was published. The System of Objects includes an essay on ‘Collecting’ and consequently this part of the exhibition will display many rare, obscure, unique, and interesting materials by and on Baudrillard from Richard G Smith’s extensive ‘Baudrillard collection’ which has been assembled over the past 25 years. A part of this exhibition will concern Baudrillard’s membership of the Utopie group of radical sociologists, philosophers, and architects. The Utopie group was formed in 1967 just before the events of 1968, and was active for about a decade, the exhibition will include a selected display of many of the group’s original publications.

Follow Up Conference Colloquium (Rome, 2018)

Later in the year the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma (MACRO) will be hosting a round-table discussion on Baudrillard’s philosophy as a follow-up event to the ‘Applied Baudrillard’ conference.

Conference Dinner:

The Conference Dinner (Example of typical Menu) on the evening of Thursday 6th September will be at Hogwarts, or rather New College, Oxford University:

Reception in the Cloisters of New College:

New College Cloisters

This is the Call For Papers for the 2nd International Conference on Baudrillard Studies to be held in the United Kingdom (September 2018, Oxford Brookes University). The title and overarching theme of the conference is: “Applied Baudrillard”. We invite participants from all over the world from all disciplines and fields of knowledge whether within or outside of academia to contribute to this international and multidisciplinary conference. We welcome all contributions that engage with Jean Baudrillard’s (1929–2007) ideas and oeuvre. For this 2nd International Baudrillard Studies Conference we especially welcome contributions that pertain to the applicability of Baudrillard’s philosophy in established and emerging fields of enquiry across and beyond the humanities and social sciences.

Moving on from the 1st International Conference on Baudrillard Studies – “Engaging Baudrillard” held at Swansea University in 2006 – the ‘Applied Baudrillard’ conference at Oxford Brookes University seeks to capture the ever increasing significance and importance of Baudrillard’s writings and ideas across the world in numerous disciplines. In the first instance the conference organizers invite and welcome brief abstracts for presentations. Our intention is to organize received papers into themed panel sessions which will be decided by the organizers once abstracts have been received and reviewed.

Abstracts of no more than 200 words should be sent BEFORE 18th May 2018.

Please complete the Applied Baudrillard Abstract Form.

Conference Organizers:

Francesco Proto (fproto@brookes.ac.uk)

Richard G Smith (r.g.smith@swansea.ac.uk)

Note: As we are in the mid-phase of planning the conference please also contact us if you want to volunteer to organize a panel, or if you have a suggestion for a panel/theme at the conference.

This webpage will be updated regularly as the conference approaches to include more information on the keynote speakers, special events/exhibitions at the conference, panel organizers and sessions, and information on the conference fee (there will be a reduced rate for postgraduate students), timetable, and advice for accommodation in Oxford.

The Registration Form will be available here after all submitted abstracts have been reviewed before the end of May 2018. Payment of the conference fee will be electronic ONLY and must be made through Oxford Brookes University. The electronic link to make the conference fee payment will be available here from late May 2018.

The interdisciplinary nature and scope of Baudrillard’s philosophy and oeuvre means that the themed panels will cover numerous disciplines, such as (this list is not exhaustive):

American Studies, Architecture, Anthropology, Critical Theory, Cultural Politics, Cultural Studies, Cyberculture, Film Studies, French Studies, Gender Studies, Human Geography, Urban Design, Urban Studies, History and Cultural History, History and theory of Religion, Literature & Literary Theory, Media and Communication Studies, Management Studies, Pedagogy, Philosophy, Psychology/Psychoanalysis, Politics, International Relations & Conflict Studies, Photography and the Arts, Romance Studies, Science Fiction Studies, Sociology, Terrorism Studies, Urban Studies, Visual Culture, War Studies, and so on.

For all enquiries please contact:

Dr Francesco Proto

School of Architecture, Abercrombie Building, Headington Campus, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, 0X3 0BP

+44 (0) 1865 483204



Dr Richard G. Smith

Department of Geography, Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea, SA2 8PP

+44 (0)1792 602558



Venue: Oxford Brookes University

Located in the South East region of England, with direct and easy access to Oxford City centre and London, the School of Architecture at Headington Campus, Oxford Brookes University has recently been endowed with award-winning facilities that makes of it one of the most advanced learning environments in the country. Direct links to Oxford city centre, London city centre and London airports run 24h a day with dedicated stops just off the campus (buses, coaches, taxis, train).

Maps and Directions: https://www.brookes.ac.uk/about-brookes/contacts-maps-and-campuses/headington-campus/