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: SPACE & TIME II: THE SQUARE AND THE COMMUNE
Mar 9, 2021 / 12:30-2PM (NYC/EST Time) / Zoom signup
Our age of uprising has also been the age of the urban insurrection. And yet for all their sublime spectacularity, the insurrections seem to reach their own limit, unable to disrupt economic infrastructures or defeat repressive apparatuses. To add to the weakness of organized labor, insurrectionary forms of blockade and occupation—our so-called “movement of the squares,” signaled most emphatically by the name, Tahrir—themselves seem mired in a kind of fatal cycle of reenactment. In this context, the figure of the commune has returned to political thought almost as a line of flight; an exit from the square to more prosaic but durable forms of association. How do we think about this tension between insurrection and autonomy? What histories of ‘the commune,’ beyond its Eurocentric iterations, do we need to engage? What otherwise absented political traditions—anti-colonial, indigenous, feminist, antiracist—
should we account for in communal imaginaires?
Join the Kevorkian Center with With Joshua Clover, Dean Saranillio, Nazan Üstündağ, and discussant Lenora Hanson on March 9, 2021, at 12:30 pm (EST) to think through these questions and discuss these issues together. To register please follow the link here or copy and paste the link to your browser: bit.ly/NYUKevoGU39