Just ran across this Times article, which feels germane to our ongoing discussion on how exodus/general strike/autogestion might occur, what it might look like, and what it means to think of physical construction. It also makes me think about Harvey’s insistence on paying attention to the workers that actually build the city:
This means that Egyptians are figuring out anew how they relate to one another and to the city they have always occupied without quite fully owning — figuring out how to create that city for themselves, politically and socially, as well as with bricks and mortar. Headlines have naturally focused on the macro-battles, but the bird’s-eye view does not always reveal what is happening at street level, on corners and in neighborhoods, where daily life today means navigating new relationships with fellow citizens and the spaces they share.
Here is a nice piece by Isabell Lorey wherein she argues something very similar to what Ranciere, Hardt and Negri, Virno, and I do: that democracy and representation are opposites. Democratic government is an oxymoron. Lorey reads the uprisings in Spain and Greece (and perhaps Portugal) as examples of the kind of non-representational democracy she is calling for, a democracy captured in Spain in the slogan Democracia Real Ya. She sees in those movements a manifestation of and experimentation with constituent power that I was trying to articulate as well in my talks at the AAG, especially in the session on local politics.
Wish I’d known about this earlier; maybe some of the Portland folks can make it.
Just been asked to post about this – begins tomorrow, and its location will make this relevant to just a few, but looks interesting and hopefully something will be done with the papers.
An international conference on the notions of critique and social justice in critical theory today will be hosted by the Department of Philosophy at the University of Oregon, 19-20 April 2013 in the Knight Library Browsing Room.
Organized by Assistant Professor Rocío Zambrana (University of Oregon), the conference will feature: Amy Allen (Dartmouth College), Cinzia Arruzza (New School for Social Research), Albena Azmanova (University of Kent), James Bohman (St. Louis University), Anita Chari (University of Oregon), Maeve Cooke (University College Dublin), Deborah Cook (University of Windsor), Andrew Feenberg (Simon Fraser University), Alessandro Ferrara (University of Rome “Tor Vergata”), Eduardo Mendieta (Stony Brook University), Kevin Olson (University of California, Irvine), Antonio Vasquez-Arroyo (University of Minnesota).
The conference is…
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A possible piece to add to the reading list: Isabell Lorey’s “Non-representationist, Presentist Democracy“…
I’m sitting in LAX after the AAG conference and my computer is about to die, but I wanted to get a post out there about the book I was reading on the plane flying down, the book I mentioned in both the panels I participated in. I’m only halfway through Gerald Raunig’s newFactories of Knowledge, Industries of Creativity, but I think it speaks to posts on this site by Amy and Gene.
Three of the primary points to which I’m currently connecting are as follows:
1) The idea of “gently striating” or “streaking” smooth space. In his elaborations on Kafka’s “Josephine the Singer, or The Mouse Folk,” Raunig tells us that in order to express some sort of solidarity, we need little reterritorializations (“never believe that a smooth space will suffice to save us”). In his telling of the story, the mouse folk are constantly on the…
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Here’s a link to the Tumblr site one of my students set up for this quarter. I posted the class description a few months ago, and though we’ve only had three classes, I’ve been extremely pleased. The students come from majors all over the campus and range from freshmen to seniors. So come, take a look, and see what we’re up to.