‘The end of prophecy’ keynote address by Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi @ Applied Baudrillard conference (You Tube)

‘The end of prophecy’. Keynote address by Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi at the 2nd International Multidisciplinary Conference on Baudrillard Studies held in the United Kingdom at Oxford Brookes University (5-7 September, 2018). Conference organized by Francesco Proto (Oxford Brookes university) and Richard G. Smith (Swansea University). Session Chair: Gary Genosko (University of Ontario). Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi is an Italian critic and media activist. Friend of Jean 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 Jean Baudrillard’s work, he considers Baudrillard to be one of the most important philosophers of the second half of the twentieth century.

Snapshots from La bibliothèque de Jean Baudrillard (Paris, June 4th)

Biblio Baudrillard

Foreground: Hubert Tonka (left) and Marine Baudrillard (middle)

Panel (left to right): Nicolas Poirier; Marc Guillaume; François L’Yvonnet; Pierre-Ulysee Barranque; Emmanuelle Fantin; Albert Dichy

La BibliothequeLa Biblio 2La Biblio 3La Biblio 4

* « Mourir n’est rien, il faut savoir disparaître. Mourir relève du hasard biologique, et ce n’est pas une affaire. Disparaître relève d’une plus haute nécessité. Il ne faut pas laisser à la biologie la maîtrise de sa disparition. Disparaître, c’est passer dans un état énigmatique qui n’est ni la vie ni la mort… »


Registration NOW OPEN for ‘Applied Baudrillard’ (5-7 September 2018) Oxford Conference

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Event Package


Cost – £250.00 (including VAT)

Oxford Brookes Delegate (50% discount)

Cost – £125.00 (including VAT)


Both registration payment options include the cost of the main conference dinner (including some wine/soft drinks) at New College (Oxford University) on Thursday evening, and the all-day refreshments over the three days of the conference (i.e. the drinks and biscuits in the session breaks (not Breakfast and Lunch).

Please email BOTH Francesco Proto (fproto@brookes.ac.uk) and Richard G Smith (r.g.smith@swansea.ac.uk) if you have: (1) any special mobility/access requirements we need to know about; AND (2) any special dietary requirement information (e.g. Vegetarian, Vegan, No Nuts, Gluten Free, No Wheat, No Dairy/Lactose, Other) we need to pass onto New College and the conference caterers.


SECOND Call For Papers – 2nd International Multidisciplinary Conference on Baudrillard Studies (‘Applied Baudrillard’ Oxford UK, 5th – 7th September 2018)




Date: 5th – 7th September 2018

Venue: Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, United Kingdom.

This is the 2nd 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”. The response to the 1st CFP was substantial, international and multidisciplinary. Delegates are attending from all over the world. The conference includes several keynote speakers, two exhibitions, presentations from numerous leading Baudrillard scholars, and a Conference Dinner at New College, Oxford University. See details here: https://baudrillardstudies.com/applied-baudrillard/

Given the state of the art facility at Oxford Brookes where the conference is taking place, we have the capacity to keep receiving Abstracts for a while longer. 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 all abstracts have been received and reviewed.

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

Please complete the abstract submission form available from this web page:


Conference Organizers:

Francesco Proto: p0078265@brookes.ac.uk


Richard G Smith: r.g.smith@swan.ac.uk

Further Details about the Conference are available on this web page:



The web page 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 (our intention is to charge as low a fee as possible), timetable, and advice for accommodation in Oxford.

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



Critical Theory

Cultural Politics

Cultural Studies


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




Politics, International Relations & Conflict Studies

Photography and the Arts

Romance Studies

Science Fiction Studies


Terrorism Studies

Urban Studies

Visual Culture

Note: The intention of the conference organizers is to publish a selection of papers from/contributions to the conference in: (a) The International Journal of Baudrillard Studies; (b) Special issues of other international journals; and (c) An edited book.

For all enquiries please contact:

Dr Francesco Proto

School of Architecture

Abercrombie Building

Headington Campus

Oxford Brookes University


0X3 0BP

+44 (0) 1865 483204




Dr Richard G. Smith

Editor, International Journal of Baudrillard Studies

Department of Geography

Swansea University

Singleton Park



+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/