Next DUST event features two talks by Katerina Kolozova (Director, Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Skopje, Macedonia) at Basic Space Gallery and Studios.
Monday 24 June @ 1pm
***Both talks are free and do not require prior registration***
1-2pm: “Solidarity in Suffering with the Non-Human”
4-5pm “Slavoj Zizek on the Center and on the Margins of Europe”
1pm: “Solidarity in Suffering with the Non-Human”
Building Butler’s politics of grief and Haraway’s post-humanist discourse of universality, I will argue that “identification with suffering itself” could constitute a form of political solidarity which is established independently from and at an instance beyond or anterior to language. If we identify with the “suffering itself” we are identifying with the purely “evental,” i.e., with the sheer experience (of subjection to pain) which is a pre-linguistic category. The “suffering itself” is but a taking-place of pain and/or of trauma. Put in Laruellian parlance, it is the “lived” par-excellence. Thus pain is the real in the Laruellian as well as in the Lacanian sense of the word. The figures of Christ in Donna Haraway and Oedipus in Sophocles’ tragedies will be discussed as non-humanist models of political universalism.
4pm: “Slavoj Zizek on the Center and on the Margins of Europe”
Slavoj Zizek’s universalism and realism provide an epistemological
possibility for creating a revolutionary political stance and a radically new horizon
of thought. Paradoxically, Zizek’s own political vision of Europe is anything but
revolutionary. The political rendition of his formal universalism represents reification
of an internationalism of a postcolonial subject – that of ‘Leftist Eurocentrism’, a
project he advocates. It seems that the leftism attached to the hegemonic ‘Eurocentric’ Subject is intended to redeem it from hegemony and absolve it from the
exclusive stance any centrism entails.
Katerina Kolozova is the director of the Institute in Social Sciences and Humanities-Skopje and a professor of philosophy, sociological theory and gender studies at the University American College-Skopje. She is also visiting professor at several universities in Former Yugoslavia and Bulgaria (the State University of Skopje, University of Sarajevo, University of Belgrade and University of Sofia as well as at the Faculty of Media and Communications of Belgrade). In 2009, Kolozova was a visiting scholar at the Department of Rhetoric (Program of Critical Theory) at the University of California-Berkeley. Kolozova is the author of The Lived Revolution: Solidarity with the Body in Pain As the New Political Universal (2010), The Real and “I”: On the Limit and the Self 2006), The Crisis of the Subject with Judith Butler and Zarko Trajanoski (2002), The Death and the Greeks: On Tragic Concepts of Death from Antiquity to Modernity (2000), and editor of a number of books from the fields of gender studies and feminist theory, among which the one together with Svetlana Slapshak and Jelisaveta Blagojevic: Gender and Identity: Theories from/on Southeastern Europe, Belgrade/Utrecht: The Athena Network Publishing (2006). She is also the editor in chief of the Journal in Politics, Gender and Culture “Identities,” member of the Editorial Board of Punctum Books, member of the Non-Philosophical Society (ONPHI) and AtGender (The European Network for Feminist and Gender Studies).