Global Uprising // A year-long series 2020-2021:
Global Uprising is a year-long series that revolves around one question: how do we rethink collective action from our present? Taking the current anti-racist uprising in America and the tenth anniversary of the Arab revolts as launching points for a set of workshops this series delves into the global coordinates of uprising today. Read more about the series here.
GLOBAL UPRISING: THE PROTRACTED PRESENT OF UPRISING
Oct 20, 2020 / 6:30-8PM (NYC/EST Time) / Zoom signup
What are the political concepts we need to make sense of the last ten years of uprising? Can or should we think of these uprisings in temporal terms? Can we go further and historicize them—what would this be the age of exactly? And how has uprising, understood as a kind of praxis, changed over the decade? In turn, how might we think through what is left of the concept of revolution, and its various dilemmas (vs revolt, vs reform etc.)? Are other adjacent concepts—insurrection, riot, rebellion etc.—now more useful? And finally, what does parsing the temporality of the uprisings across a “global” scale do to still standing political distinctions between the “liberal-democratic” and “post-colonial” worlds?
Join the Kevorkian Center with Banu Bargu, Ghassan Hage, Alberto Toscano, and discussant Lisa Duggan on October 20, 2020, at 6:30 pm (EST) to think through these questions and discuss together issues of the protracted present of uprising. To register please follow the link here or copy and paste the link to your browser: bit.ly/NYUKevoGU1020
In order to prepare for this event, we recommend that you read the following articles provided to you by our panelists and the Kevorkian Staff.
- Michael Denning, Wageless Life
- Tiqqun - Let's Disappear (Extract from To Our Friends, 2015)
- Salvage Editorial Collective "Burn it all Down"
Banu Bargu is associate professor of History of Consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz and currently a member at the Institute for Advanced Study. She is a political theorist, with a focus on modern and contemporary political thought and critical theory. Her first book, Starve and Immolate: The Politics of Human Weapons (Columbia UP, 2014), explored self-destructive protests in the context of Turkish prisons through the ethnography of a radical movement. This book received the First Book Prize given by the Foundations of Political Theory section of the American Political Science Association and was named an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice. Bargu is also the editor of Turkey's Necropolitical Laboratory: Democracy, Violence, and Resistance (Edinburgh UP, 2019), co-editor of a special issue of the journal Rethinking Marxism on Louis Althusser (2019), and co-editor of Feminism, Capitalism, and Critique (Palgrave, 2017).
Ghassan Hage is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Melbourne. He has worked for many years on racism and white nationalism from a comparative perspective. His recent work Is Racism an Environmental Threat? (2017) deals with the common basis for the colonial practices of racialization and exploitation of people and the speciesist practices of exploitation of nature. His main ethnographic work has been on Lebanese diasporic culture. A monograph on the topic will be published by the University of Chicago Press in 2021. He has a long interest in critical anthropological theory and has written Alter-Politics: Critical Anthropological Thought and the Radical Imaginary (2015). He is currently writing a book on Pierre Bourdieu also for Duke University.
Alberto Toscano is Reader in Critical Theory and Co-Director of the Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is the author of Fanaticism: On the Uses of an Idea and Cartographies of the Absolute (with Jeff Kinkle). He edits The Italian List for Seagull Books and sits on the editorial board of the journal Historical Materialism.
Discussant: Lisa Duggan is a journalist, activist, and Professor of Social & Cultural Analysis at New York University. She is author of Sapphic Slashers: Sex, Sensationalism and American Modernity and Twilight of Equality? Neoliberalism, Cultural Politics and the Attack on Democracy, co-author with Nan Hunter of Sex Wars: Sexual Dissent and Political Culture, and co-editor with Lauren Berlant of Our Monica, Ourselves: The Clinton Affair and National Interest. Mean Girl: Ayn Rand and Neoliberal Greed is in the new e-book series she is co-editing with University of California Press, American Studies Now. She was president of the American Studies Association during 2014-2015.