Divided We Stand or Revolutionary Love in the Making. A lecture by Katarzyna Bojarska

If as Ernst van Alphen claims, «affect is the opposite of personal: it is social.» What it means is not so much that affects are not owned by individuals but rather, that their very origin is social, they are produced by and in interactions with numerous agent such as other people (their bodies most specifically) […]

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An Introduction to the Symposium «Crisis and Communitas»

Crisis is a term increasingly heard these days – climate crisis, migration crisis, crisis of representation, identity, masculinity… Contemporary societies often react to crises by installing mechanisms of classification and order. Identitarian communities perceive themselves as an antidote to personal and social crises. On 14 and 15 November 2019, the symposium «Crisis and Communitas. Performative […]

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The Avant-Garde of Destitution. A lecture by Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen

Within art historical scholarship it is customary to argue that the avant-garde disappeared with World War Two or at the latest in the 1960’s. As Rosalind Krauss writes in her influential essay “The Originality of the Avant-Garde”: “The historical period that the avant-garde shared with modernism is over.” Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen argues in his lecture […]

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Crisis of Communitas or the Extension of «Our» World. A lecture by Nina Seiler

Even though communism initially builds upon a concept of communitas as an egalitarian, open community, its historical reality often turned out more on the side of immunitas: mechanisms of othering and detachment led to the exclusion and condemnation of people because of their class, beliefs, language or ethnical background. “March 1968” symbolically marks a turn […]

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Speculative Communities: Designing Contact Zones in Times of Eco-Eco-Crisis. A lecture by Malgorzata Sugiera

In her lecture, Małgrozata Sugiera premises on Arturo Escobar’s observation that the recent global Eco-Eco-Crisis is “the crisis of a particular world or set of world-making practices, the dominant form of Euro-modernity” (Designs for the Pluriverse, 2017). Therefore, what is urgent is “a transition from the hegemony of modernity’s one-world ontology to a pluriverse of […]

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Potent Collectivities: Aesthetics of Solidarity. A lecture by Jeremy Gilbert

A key feature of neoliberal culture has been its systematic inhibition of the emergence, survival and empowerment of ‘potent collectivities’ on any scale: from socially functional neighbourhoods to national political movements to transnational networks of solidarity. Democracy itself might be described as the potentiation of complex collectivities; and the directly anti-democratic, anti-social nature of neoliberalism had […]

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Cultural change in Poland. The end of conservative consensus or a fascist future?

Comments that appeared in the public sphere after the autumn elections in Poland didn’t take into account an important cultural dimension of the elections. The same can be said about the articles on the upcoming presidential elections in May 2020. People writing about Polish politics seem to look only at surveys or analyze performances of […]

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The philosophical debate about biopolitics in times of CoVid-19

At the end of February, the philosopher Giorgio Agamben reacted to the measures taken by the Italian government to face the CoVid-19 pandemic. “[T]he invention of an epidemic”, he wrote, “could offer the ideal pretext for broadening such measures beyond any limitation”[1] and thus reinforced his well-known thesis on the normalisation of the use of […]

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Die Krise-Communitas-Schleife im Kunstkontext. Prämisse

Der schottisch-amerikanische Anthropologe Victor Turner war massgeblich an der konzeptuellen Herausarbeitung des Zusammenhangs von Communitas und Krise beteiligt. Die Communitas als offene, egalitäre und solidarische Gemeinschaftlichkeit sucht ethnische, nationale und sozialhierarchische Grenzen wie Geschlecht oder Klasse zu überwinden und ein Gegengewicht zur «kalten», normierenden Struktur der Gesellschaft zu bilden. Gemäss Turner basiert Communitas nicht auf […]

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Transformation. Memory and Matter in Early Polish Capitalism

The process of political and economic transformation which started in Poland in the late eighties is narrated in terms of regaining freedom and establishing democracy. The end of the totalitarian regime also brought the end of censorship and political persecution, the beginning of the free market, and the free flow of commodities. However, on the […]

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On the origins of post-enlightenment nation in Poland

The present political majority in Poland (which supports the right-wing government) is characterized by nationalism and anti-refugee sentiments. The genesis of a thus-shaped majority should be traced back to post-1989 deregulation of social rights and dismantling of the working and peasant class. Following the disintegration of the previous class order, the only political subject capable of exerting influence on the government turned out to be a nationalistic community. This community treats nationalism as the basis of its political contract with the authorities and regards xenophobia as an instrument of its own agency.

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Im transgenerativen Prozess. Die Angst als Drehmoment

Panikattacken und Angstzustände – aufgrund familiärer Zusammenhänge? Generationenüberschreitende Ängste können trennendes wie verbindendes Moment zugleich sein. Die feministische psychoanalytische Bindungstheorie arbeitet hier mit dem Konzept der intersubjektiven Beziehung – einer nicht-hierarchischen Bindung zwischen Menschen, auf die Gemeinschaft und Gesellschaft hochgerechnet werden kann.

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Archeologia traumy aborcyjnej

Na kilka dni przed premierą Klątwy Oliviera Frljicia, która stała się spektakularną manifestacją konfliktu teatru i Kościoła we współczesnej kulturze polskiej, uczestniczyłam w zdarzeniu, które kazało mi gruntownie przemyśleć problematykę aborcji jako istotnej stawki w rozgrywce sztuki awangardowej o władzę symboliczną, a zarazem jako zagadnienia transnarodowego, którego lokalne przejawy stanowią symptomy przemian zachodzących w polityce […]

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Anthropospectral Mismatches in Konwicki’s Zwierzoczłekoupiór: An Outline

Polish writer Tadeusz Konwicki’s 1969 novel Zwierzoczłekoupiór (The Anthropos-Spectre-Beast) may be regarded as a children’s tale, but it is just as much a mapping of the social and cultural order after the events of the so-called Polish March 1968. Its escapist note reflects the isolation and despair felt by individuals in the crisis of commonality[1] […]

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Antonin Artaud zur Kulturkrise

Zu Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts fand sich Europa in einer regelrechten Kulturkrise wieder: ein radikaler kultureller Wandel wälzte aufgrund der Industrialisierung im 19. Jahrhundert das Alltagsleben, die Arbeitswelt wie auch Wissenschaft und Kunst um. Wahrnehmungs- Denk- und Handlungsmuster wurden erschüttert. Dies führte dazu, dass sich völlig neue Verhaltensweisen  herausbildeten. Insbesondere das Theater der historischen Avantgardebewegungen […]

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Polish Transformation: Community Crisis and Question of Ephemerality in Arts. A lecture by Dorota Sosnowska

The process of political and economic transformation which started in Poland in late eighties is narrated in terms of regaining freedom and establishing democracy. The end of totalitarian regime brought the end of censorship, of political persecution, the beginning of the free market and free flow of commodities. But on the other hand Polish transformation […]

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BEHAVE, O BODY: scripting my corporeality in face of Covid-19

In recent weeks, one practice in particular became (in)famous in slowing down the Covid-19 pandemic: social distancing. But the strategy of „distancing“ first and foremost means physical separation and disciplining along scripts for the performance of bodies. Thus, the interaction with others and ourselves gains an edge on body awareness. A glimpse at a corporeality in Zurich, Switzerland.

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Wirus kapitalizmu

Prawda o nieludzkim i antydemokratycznym charakterze kapitalizmu rzadko bywa tak dobrze widoczna jak podczas pandemii, której jesteśmy świadkami. Zarazem jest ona okazją do postępowej zmiany społecznej na wielką skalę. Czy to prawda, że jak mawiał Mao Zedong, skoro na świecie zapanował chaos, sytuacja jest znakomita?

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Lockdown hinter einem Fenster

Abstandhalten, Maskenpflicht, Ausgangssperre… Das ist kein Horrorfilm, das ist unsere Realität. Im Jahr 2020 leidet die ganze Welt unter einem gefährlichen Virus und alle Menschen sind davon betroffen – wir sind alle wegen des Virus in unserem Alltagsleben eingeschränkt. In meiner Fotoserie will ich mithilfe des Motivs von Fenstern versuchen, unsere heutige Zwangssperre wiederzugeben.

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Der gemeinschaftliche Theatertraum in Covid-19-Zeiten

Die Pandemie des Covid-19 trifft im Theaterbetrieb einen besonders sensiblen Nerv. Von der physischen Bühne zum bodenlosen Cyberspace, vom Publikum zur unsichtbaren Internet-Crowd ist der „gemeinschaftliche Traum“ neu zu erfinden, und dies unter technisch-ästhetischen Bedingungen, die das Theater eher wie ein alter Alptraum anmuten lässt. Doch über die jetzige Krisensituation hinaus mag dies dazu ermuntern, das „Gemeinsame“ des Theaters bzw. der Kunst in einer digitalisierten Kultur zu reflektieren.

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«The Winter of Absolute Zero»: Interview with Shaj Mohan

The philosopher Shaj Mohan talks in the interview with Auwn Gurmani about hypophysics, a thinking that identifies Gandhi’s description of the “good value” of a thing with “natural state”. He notes that hypophysics is a species of racism. The idyllic a priori that Gandhi refers to corresponds to the experiences of privileged groups, the life of the highest castes. This idyll is maintained by colonial conditions. As an alternative, Shaj Mohan pleads for a “world democracy”, which we achieve through the obscure experience.

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The Sociology of Belarusian Protest. A webinar

Belarusian voices are few and far between in international debates about the ongoing protests in Belarus. In this webinar, Belarusian sociologists will share their views and analysis of the current protest wave. Among other things, they discuss the role of striking workers; class, gender, and violence; patterns of mobilization and self-organization; the mobilizing effects of trauma; the impact of urban space; the legacy of previous protests; the role of protest in forging different types of communities; and the ways in which the post-industrial shift and other long-term transformations in Belarusian society have affected its political economy.

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Die Chöre der Angekommenen. Eine indiskrete Platzbefragung

Drei Jahre lang war der Berliner Oranienplatz von Geflüchteten und ihren Unterstützer*innen besetzt. Im April 2014 wurde der Platz geräumt und damit auch der Protest gegen die Residenzpflicht und Abschiebepraxis mit Polizeigewalt beendet. Das Schwabinggrad Ballett und die aus der Refugee-Gruppe «Lampedusa in Hamburg» hervorgegangenen Arrivati haben Besetzer*innen interviewt und die Konflikte in die «Chöre […]

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«The silence on the streets should never be mistaken for a quiet submission in politics» – An interview with Shaj Mohan

In the interview with Krithika Varagur philosopher Shaj Mohan talks about the protests in India and its similarities to the situation in the United States. He points out that what we perceive as extreme events, such as pogroms and lynching, are prepared by everyday discriminations.

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“I can’t breathe”: Riots against racism as new grounds for international solidarity

“I can’t breathe”: the last sentence of the African-American George Floyd, who was stifled by the Minneapolis police, resonates powerfully in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. Indeed, the global health crisis has highlighted the inequalities in health care systems, especially in the US, where the African-American population is particularly affected. Beyond police violence, it […]

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