Bremer Kolloquium zur Politischen Theorie

In the Bremen Colloquium on Political Theory, which takes place weekly at the InIIS, contributions from guests and InIIS members as well as discussions of current literature from the field of political theory alternate.
The series "Wilde Theorie" deserves special mention. It consists of a series of lectures and workshops on current work in political theory, to which the participants of the colloquium and other interested parties are cordially invited. We invite theorists to Bremen, who are in the phase between doctoral thesis and professorship, to present their current projects - and hopefully further develop them in exchange with us. There will be a public lecture at the colloquium followed by a workshop. This workshop is intended to serve the productive discussion of the topic by reading and discussing relevant texts and/or the work of the Bremen participants. We kindly ask you to register for the workshops in advance (see contact in the program), at the latest one week in advance, so that we can involve all interested parties well.
Texts (scanned literature and papers of the speakers) will be made available in advance via the colloquium mailing list. All those interested are invited - so please feel free to pass on this programme. If you would like to be added to the mailing list, please contact Christian Leonhardt at chleon@uni-bremen.de.
The discussion languages of the colloquium are German and English; the primary language used in each case depends on the language of the contribution title. It is always helpful to understand the other language at least passively.

 

Koll. zur Politischen Theorie

Subjektverständnisse bei Castoriadis, Laclau und Rancière

Aristotelis Agridopoulos, Prof. Dr. Martin Nonhoff09.07.2019
Place:
UNICOM, InIIS
Room: 7.2210

Bremen
Time:
18:00 - 19:30
Lecture Series :
Bremer Kolloquium zur Politischen Theorie
Semester:
SoSe 2019

Place:
UNICOM, InIIS
Room: 7.2210

Bremen
Time:
10:30 - 14:30
Lecture Series :
Bremer Kolloquium zur Politischen Theorie
Semester:
SoSe 2019

Public lecture with workshop

Download the programme and the poster (PDF).

Lecture by Shalini Randeria | Vienna, Geneva, Bremen
Demographic Panics and the Violence of Soft Authoritarianism
with Michael Flitner and Klaus Schlichte | Bremen
02.07.19 | Tuesday | 18:00 - 20:00 | Rotunda (Cartesium), Uni Bremen

Workshop with Shalini Randeria and Ranabir Samaddar | Calcutta Research Group
Soft Authoritarianism, Primitive Accumulation and the Law
Moderator: Martin Nonhoff | Bremen
03.07.19 | Wednesday | 10:30 - 14:30 |UNICOM 7.2210 (InIIS, Mary-Somerville-Straße 7, Haus Wien)
Please register for the workshop at woc@uni-bremen.de .

Both events will be held in English.

The lecture will address the politics of demographic panics which we are currently observing across the globe and which are entangled with geo-political interests and the increasing strength of ethno-national identities. Imaginations of the purity of the nation coupled with perceptions of differential fertility rates fuel pro-natalist discourses and policies especially in Eastern Europe, which is also witnessing a strong antifeminist backlash. The same mix of factors, however, lead to selective anti-natalism for the poor and for religious minorities in India, for example, where a model of economic development based on neo-Malthusian premises continues to animate a state-driven population control program. The links between soft authoritarianism and the demographic imagination in different regions of the world will be explored to delineate the intimate ties between body politics and the body politic. Contemporary dynamics of the governance of reproduction in a world imagined as simultaneously under-populated and over-populated will be considered against the background of the global history of (post)-colonial population control.

Shalini Randeria, Rector of the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna and Director of the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy (IHED) in Geneva, was nominated Excellence Chair of the University of Bremen in January 2019. She is Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology teaching at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva. In Bremen, Shalini Randeria is setting up an interdisciplinary research group as part of the collaborative initiative "Worlds of Contradiction" (WoC) dedicated to exploring and analysing the current developments of “Soft Authoritarianism”.

Anyone is cordially invited to the workshop on the following day, especially young scientists (MA, PhD and Postdoc).

Reading for preparation:

Randeria, Shalini. (2007). “The State of Globalization: Legal Plurality, Overlapping Sovereignties and Ambiguous Alliances between Civil Society and the Cunning State in India”. Theory, Culture & Society 24
(1): 1–33.
In deutscher Fassung: Randeria, Shalini. (2006). „Rechtspluralismus und überlappende Souveränitäten: Globalisierung und der »listige Staat« in Indien“, Soziale Welt 57: 229-258

The public lecture and the workshop are organized by WoC together with the InIS and the Institute for Ethnology and Cultural Studies of the University of Bremen.
Both events are part of the Bremer Colloquium for Political Theory.

 

Place:
Cartesium
Room: Rotunde
Enrique-Schmidt-Straße 5
Bremen
Time:
18:00 - 20:00
Lecture Series :
Bremer Kolloquium zur Politischen Theorie
Semester:
SoSe 2019

Public lecture with workshop

Download the programme and the poster (PDF).

Lecture by Shalini Randeria | Vienna, Geneva, Bremen
Demographic Panics and the Violence of Soft Authoritarianism
with Michael Flitner and Klaus Schlichte | Bremen
02.07.19 | Dienstag | 18:00 - 20:00 Uhr | Rotunde (Cartesium), Uni Bremen

Workshop with Shalini Randeria and Ranabir Samaddar | Calcutta Research Group
Soft Authoritarianism, Primitive Accumulation and the Law
Moderator: Martin Nonhoff | Bremen
03.07.19 | Wednesday | 10:30 - 14:30 |UNICOM 7.2210 (InIIS, Mary-Somerville-Straße 7, Haus Wien)
Please register for the workshop at woc@uni-bremen.de .

Both events will be held in English.

The lecture will address the politics of demographic panics which we are currently observing across the globe and which are entangled with geo-political interests and the increasing strength of ethno-national identities. Imaginations of the purity of the nation coupled with perceptions of differential fertility rates fuel pro-natalist discourses and policies especially in Eastern Europe, which is also witnessing a strong antifeminist backlash. The same mix of factors, however, lead to selective anti-natalism for the poor and for religious minorities in India, for example, where a model of economic development based on neo-Malthusian premises continues to animate a state-driven population control program. The links between soft authoritarianism and the demographic imagination in different regions of the world will be explored to delineate the intimate ties between body politics and the body politic. Contemporary dynamics of the governance of reproduction in a world imagined as simultaneously under-populated and over-populated will be considered against the background of the global history of (post)-colonial population control.

Shalini Randeria, Rector of the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna and Director of the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy (IHED) in Geneva, was nominated Excellence Chair of the University of Bremen in January 2019. She is Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology teaching at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva. In Bremen, Shalini Randeria is setting up an interdisciplinary research group as part of the collaborative initiative "Worlds of Contradiction" (WoC) dedicated to exploring and analysing the current developments of “Soft Authoritarianism”.

Anyone is cordially invited to the workshop on the following day, especially young scientists (MA, PhD and Postdoc).

Reading for preparation:

Randeria, Shalini. (2007). “The State of Globalization: Legal Plurality, Overlapping Sovereignties and Ambiguous Alliances between Civil Society and the Cunning State in India”. Theory, Culture & Society 24
(1): 1–33.
In deutscher Fassung: Randeria, Shalini. (2006). „Rechtspluralismus und überlappende Souveränitäten: Globalisierung und der »listige Staat« in Indien“, Soziale Welt 57: 229-258

The public lecture and the workshop are organized by WoC together with the InIS and the Institute for Ethnology and Cultural Studies of the University of Bremen.
Both events are part of the Bremer Colloquium for Political Theory.

 

Place:
UNICOM, InIIS
Room: 7.2210

Bremen
Time:
18:00 - 19:30
Lecture Series :
Bremer Kolloquium zur Politischen Theorie
Semester:
SoSe 2019

Place:
InIIS, UNICOM
Room: 7.2210

Bremen
Time:
18:00 - 19:30
Lecture Series :
Bremer Kolloquium zur Politischen Theorie
Semester:
SoSe 2019

Workshop "Wilde Theorie"

Debt, Dependency and the Commodification of Desire

Clare Woodford, Prof. Dr. Martin Nonhoff29.05.2019
Place:
UNICOM, InIIS
Room: 7.2210

Bremen
Time:
10:15 - 12:45
Lecture Series :
Wild Theory
Semester:
SoSe 2019

Wilde Theorie #22 mit Clare Woodford

The event is open to all interested persons. Registration is required for participation in the workshop (martin.nonhoff@uni-bremen.de). 

Für die Teilnahme am Workshop ist eine Anmeldung erforderlich (martin.nonhoff@uni-bremen.de). 

The poster as PDF.

Talk
From Melancholia and Mourning to Hatred and Fear: 'Left' politics against polarization and hate
Tuesday, 28 May 2019, 18h, InIIS, Room 7.2210


The rise of the far-right and increasing polarization of political views across Europe and the Americas have dashed post-2008 hopes of a more progressive turn in world politics. In response we may look to the left to help mobilize resistance to widespread xenophobia, yet many argue that the left is trapped in melancholia, still struggling to remake itself after the Cold War ‘loss’ of Marxism. I suggest that the melancholia diagnosis risks contributing to further polarization. In contrast I argue that, although at first it appears to fall prey to the same concerns, when freed from the restraints of the messianic, Jacques Derrida’s work of mourning Marx can help us ‘work through’ the post-Cold War impasse more productively, indicating two areas that require urgent attention. First, institutional design which better supports emancipation, and second construction of effective strategies to confront the dominance of the affective matrix of xenophobia.

Workshop
Against inequality and hatred? Neoliberalism and desire
Wednesday, 29 May 2019, 10:15-12:45
InIIS, Room 7.2210

In this workshop I hope to discuss the differences and similarities between Deleuze and Lacan’s conception of desire and the relevance for a radical politics that can fight economic inequality today. Although these themes may seem disparate both Deleuze and Lacan strongly influence the poststructuralist politics at the forefront of a new left theory and collective practice emerging from the 2011 wave of protests, anti-austerity marches and the Arab spring. However concerns remain about complicity between poststructuralism and neoliberalism that also feed into concerns about the current proliferation of hatreds prevalent in democratic politics today. The question for the workshop is whether the concept of desire (and which concept of desire) In Lacan and Deleuze’s work (part of a tradition that is at the centre not just of poststructuralist thought, but the wider critical theory tradition) can help us theorise strategies of resistance to neoliberalism or will hinder any such project. The workshop will draw on feminist and queer theory (Adriana Cavarero and Judith Butler), affect theory (principally in the work of Sara Ahmed), as well as the work of Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Jacques Lacan, Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Rancière, Bonnie Honig and Christoph Menke.

Place:
UNICOM, InIIS
Room: 7.2210

Bremen
Time:
18:00 - 19:30
Lecture Series :
Wild Theory
Semester:
SoSe 2019

Wilde Theorie #22 mit Clare Woodford

The event is open to all interested persons. Registration is required for participation in the workshop (martin.nonhoff@uni-bremen.de). 

Für die Teilnahme am Workshop ist eine Anmeldung erforderlich (martin.nonhoff@uni-bremen.de). 

The poster as PDF.

Talk
From Melancholia and Mourning to Hatred and Fear: 'Left' politics against polarization and hate
Tuesday, 28 May 2019, 18h, InIIS, Room 7.2210


The rise of the far-right and increasing polarization of political views across Europe and the Americas have dashed post-2008 hopes of a more progressive turn in world politics. In response we may look to the left to help mobilize resistance to widespread xenophobia, yet many argue that the left is trapped in melancholia, still struggling to remake itself after the Cold War ‘loss’ of Marxism. I suggest that the melancholia diagnosis risks contributing to further polarization. In contrast I argue that, although at first it appears to fall prey to the same concerns, when freed from the restraints of the messianic, Jacques Derrida’s work of mourning Marx can help us ‘work through’ the post-Cold War impasse more productively, indicating two areas that require urgent attention. First, institutional design which better supports emancipation, and second construction of effective strategies to confront the dominance of the affective matrix of xenophobia.

Workshop
Against inequality and hatred? Neoliberalism and desire
Wednesday, 29 May 2019, 10:15-12:45
InIIS, Room 7.2210

In this workshop I hope to discuss the differences and similarities between Deleuze and Lacan’s conception of desire and the relevance for a radical politics that can fight economic inequality today. Although these themes may seem disparate both Deleuze and Lacan strongly influence the poststructuralist politics at the forefront of a new left theory and collective practice emerging from the 2011 wave of protests, anti-austerity marches and the Arab spring. However concerns remain about complicity between poststructuralism and neoliberalism that also feed into concerns about the current proliferation of hatreds prevalent in democratic politics today. The question for the workshop is whether the concept of desire (and which concept of desire) In Lacan and Deleuze’s work (part of a tradition that is at the centre not just of poststructuralist thought, but the wider critical theory tradition) can help us theorise strategies of resistance to neoliberalism or will hinder any such project. The workshop will draw on feminist and queer theory (Adriana Cavarero and Judith Butler), affect theory (principally in the work of Sara Ahmed), as well as the work of Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Jacques Lacan, Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Rancière, Bonnie Honig and Christoph Menke.

Place:
UNICOM, InIIS
Room: 7.2210

Bremen
Time:
18:00 - 19:30
Lecture Series :
Bremer Kolloquium zur Politischen Theorie
Semester:
SoSe 2019

Koll. zur Politischen Theorie

Die Demokratisierung der Demokratie

Philip Manow, Prof. Dr. Martin Nonhoff07.05.2019
Place:
UNICOM, InIIS

Bremen
Time:
18:00 - 19:30
Lecture Series :
Bremer Kolloquium zur Politischen Theorie
Semester:
SoSe 2019

Place:
UNICOM, InIIS
Room: R. 7.2210

Bremen
Time:
18:00 - 19:30
Lecture Series :
Bremer Kolloquium zur Politischen Theorie
Semester:
SoSe 2019