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Workshop at Koç University: Political Subjectivity and the End of Neoliberalism

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The workshop aims to intervene into ongoing debates on the constitution of political subjectivity in neo-liberal regimes, at a time in which many of the latter’s founding principles (international free trade and movement of people, the global spread of democracy, the protection of human rights and the rights of ethnic, sexual and religious minorities, etc.) appear under siege. The guiding hypothesis of the event is not, to be sure, that the ‘end of neoliberalism’ – as a rationality of global governance – is an accomplished fact. Rather, its goal is to stir a discussion over the forms of political subjectivity that are or may emerge as a result of its current transformations; where the term ‘subjectivity’ is to be understood in its duplicitous meaning, i.e. at the intersection between processes of subjection (political control) and subjectivation (autonomous self-constitution). If, as it has been suggested, the production of subjectivity is one of the main strategic ‘ends of neo-liberalism,’ its examination will hopefully contribute to shedding light on the latter’s present mutation and on what may come after its crisis, decline and ‘end’.

Important note: The workshop is free and open to all. There is no need to register in advance.

The workshop is of an interdisciplinary nature and counts, amongst its confirmed speakers, philosophers, cultural, political and literary theorists from some of the most prestigious Universities in Istanbul.Political Subjectivity - poster-page-001.jpg

Programme: 

Friday 4th May, 13:00 – 17:30 (Koç University, Rumelifeneri Campus, Founders Hall)

13:00 – 13:30. Introduction

13:30 – 14:15 – Ferda Keskin (Comparative Literature, Bilgi University). Neoliberal Subject and Entrepreneurial Authorship In Academia

14:30 – 15:15 – Andrea Rossi  (Philosophy, Koç University). Neoliberal Askesis

15:30 – 16:15 – Ebru Cigdem Thwaites (Social Sciences, Bilgi University). Digital Surveillance, New Media and the Neo-liberal Subject

16:30 – 17:15 – Mert Bahadir Reisoğlu (Comparative Literature, Koç University). Fear and Loathing in Social Media: Paranoia and Narrativity in Networks

Saturday 5th May (10:00 – 17:00, ANAMED Centre, Istiklal Cad. No:181)

10:00 – 10:45 – Terence Holden (Philosophy, Boğazici University). Recognition between Subjectivity and Intersubjectivity

11:00 – 11:45 – Umur Başdaş (International Relations, Koç University). Adorno and Hegel on the Colonization of Life by the Civil Society

12:00 – 12:45 – Ozgur Gursoy (Media and Communication, İzmir University of Economics). Politics or Ethics: Inclusive Disjunction as a Figure for Critical Reflection Today

13:00 – 14:00 – Lunch Break

14:00 – 14:45 – Georgia Axiotou (Comparative Literature, Koç University). The “Life-in-Death” Limit as a Political Form of Life

15:00 – 15:45 – Emre Şan (Philosophy, Istanbul 29 Mayıs University). Political Dissidence and Solidarity: Thinking Today with Jan Patočka

16:00 – 16:45 – Zeynep Direk (Philosophy, Koç University). Ethics, Social Bond, Solidarity

Written by aran arslan

April 29, 2018 at 4:42 pm

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