Comrade is a term of address, carrier of expectations, and figure of political belonging. Promising new relations of equality and solidarity, it provides liberation from the conventions of oppressive bourgeois society, liberation from expectations linked to sex and race. Comradeship is a relation of sameness, the sameness that comes from being on the same side. Anyone but not everyone can be a comrade. This lecture by professor of political science Jodi Dean will focus on the energy and enthusiasm of women comrades.
Het Nieuwe Instituut
3015 CB Rotterdam
Students, CJP, Friends and Members of Het Nieuwe Instituut€ 3,75
The event is the first of a series of discursive gatherings, curated by iLiana Fokianaki, entitled "Gossips” inspired by Silvia Federici's writings and her recent book Witches, Witch-Hunting and Women.
The Gossips lecture series aims to bring women together, to re-generate and re-perform the original concept of “the gossip” as a support structure for women’s ideas, thinking processes and exchanges. It also wishes to collectivise feminisms discourses and create a platform through which there can be new utterances to counteract and address anew all the words used to define and degrade women (Federici) and deconstruct and unfold them. Moreover, it aims to offer an open dialogue with its audiences, through real life case studies and sharing of non-linear knowledges, breaking epistemic injustices; knowledges that wish to operate contrary to sexist rhetorics and patriarchal ways that we witness in culture and society, by way of practicing and being otherwise, as a cultural workers and women. Aspects of theory that we will touch upon through the feminist perspective for this series are: labour, reproduction, intersectionality, hate speech & fake news, feminism vs the alt-right.
Jodi Dean is Professor of Political Science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. She has held the position of Erasmus Professor of the Humanities at University of Rotterdam. Her many books include Democracy and Other Neoliberal Fantasies (2009), The Communist Horizon (2010), Crowds and Party (2016) and Comrade: An Essay on Political Belonging (2019).
Before the Thursday Night you can grab a bite to eat with the speakers and staff of Het Nieuwe Instituut. At 18:00 Het Nieuwe Café will a light vegetarian meal. Dinner vouchers are available for € 7.70 up to a day before the particular Thursday Night event via the Tickets link.
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