23.7.13

Para hablar de responsabilidad convendría apuntar: the “I” is already social

Sigo con Dispossession: the performative of the political y la conversación entre Athena A. y Judith B. llega quizás al punto más interesante en el capítulo titulado "Responsiveness and Responsibility". En éste, desde el comienzo, se plantean: ¿Cuál es el lugar de cada una de nosotras para ser responsivas y responsables y poder vivir una vida política éticamente? ¿Cómo las diversas formas de precariedad, ya sean materiales y por las subjetividades que constantemente nos constituyen influyen esta respuesta?  


Lo primero que hacen plantear cómo es que hoy día la conversación sobre el ser 'responsable' o éticamente responsable está constituido de forma tan arraigada por los discursos neoliberales que ubican cualquier discusión o sentido de responsabilidad en los términos de 'responsabilidad personal', 'intereses', 'self-entitlement' (no encuentro un término en español que lo acoja completamente) y auto-preservación. Ejemplos como la idea de 'responsabilidad social corporativa' o la idea del voluntariado y la moralidad de las acciones 'caritativas' o del sacrificio personal, que comunmente escuchamos en este tipo de conversación e ilustraciones, son algunos de los ejemplos que ellas mencionan. Y luego de poner en cuestionamiento esa idea de la responsabilidad desde el 'yo', ambas pasan a explicar cómo podríamos concebir conscientemente otras formas de responsabilidad que se ubiquen en las afueras de estos discursos del proyecto liberal. Dejo un fragmento que ilustra lo rica que se pone la discusión. !Salud!.


AA: “We might consider what kinds of enabling spaces of politics open up on occasions where we find ourselves affected, undone, and bound by others’ calls to respond and assume responsibility. In a world of differentially shared sociality, if we are already “outside ourselves”, beyond ourselves, given over, bound to others, and bound by claims that emerge from outside or from deep inside ourselves, our very notion of responsibility requires this sense of dispossession as disposition, exposure, and self-othering….

Could you explicate the ways in which responsibility does not amount to the liberal and neoliberal apparatuses of moral narcissism and entrepreneurial governmentality?

JB: …

For me, the question of ethics is always a question of an ethical relation, that is, the question of what binds me to another and in what way this obligation suggests that the “I” is invariably implicated in the “we”. So, when I am called upon to care for another, or, indeed, to resist a social condition of inequality, or to oppose an illegitimate war or devastating occupation, it is not a matter of finding my bearings in my personal morality or my individual disposition. Rather, it is precisely because I am from the start implicated in the lives of the other that the “I” is already social, and must begin its reflection and action from the presumption of a constitutive sociality.” ...


21.7.13

El día menos pensado (documental sobre la población en las cárceles del país)

Ante el proyecto de ley bipartidista (P. de la C. 1296) que propone quitarle el derecho al voto a la población carcelaria, conviene que miremos detenidamente, una vez más, este tema y sus aristas.

Preparémonos, una vez más, para las propuestas recicladas, que parecen no tener distinción entre un gobierno y otro, más bien, perfecta continuidad y sincronicidad. Como hablaba el otro día con una colega, frente al gobierno anterior tuvimos que enfrentar la propuesta de limitar el derecho constitucional a la fianza. En este gobierno y en abierta coordinación con el partido anterior, se presenta un hecho quizás aún más grave, con la anuencia de ambos partidos, tendremos que enfrentarnos al intento de privarle a los confinados nada más y nada menos que el derecho al voto, el ícono de la democracia representativa. Si nos dejamos llevar por las premisas más básicas de esa representatividad, ¿qué voz tendría entonces la comunidad carcelaria, ya de por sí tan violentada reiteradamente en sus derechos civiles, antes y después del encarcelamiento? Aquí dejo el documental y, sin duda, continuaremos con el tema.

El día menos pensado from 80grados on Vimeo.

El día menos pensado (octubre 2008) 59 min
Productor Ejecutivo: Luis Fernando Coss
Dirección, fotografía y edición: Leandro Fabrizi Ríos
Producción General: César Colón Montijo
Guión: César Colón Montijo y Leandro Fabrizi Ríos


CfP: Democracy in Global Perspective (Oxford)

Democracy in Global Perspective:

Globalization, Neo-liberalism, and Resistance

Third Oxford Graduate Conference in Political Theory
University of Oxford   |   28th-29th April 2014
Contemporary processes of neo-liberal globalization present significant challenges for democratic politics: notably, the concentration of power in multinational corporations and financial capital, the growing influence of international political and financial institutions, and widening inequalities within and between states. The past few decades, however, have also been characterized by a range of radically democratic practices of resistance, encompassing the ‘alter-globalization’ movement, the so-called ‘pink tide’ in Latin America, and more recent anti-austerity movements.
This conference aims to advance discussion on core elements of democratic theory—popular sovereignty, citizenship, and human emancipation—and what they might mean in a global perspective, beyond the nation-state. It seeks to explore the challenges and possibilities facing contemporary democratic politics by addressing global structures of power that escape popular control.
In an era of neo-liberal globalization, whither democracy? When more and more areas of public life are being subjected to the demands of the market rather than the democratic forum, are we necessarily consigned to a de-politicizing, technocratic mode of governance? What avenues still remain for democratic politics, and what role do grassroots resistance movements have to play in this respect? This conference encourages papers addressing such concerns, and related issues, from a range of approaches within political theory.
Keynote speakers
Two keynote addresses will be given by Professor Wendy Brown (Berkeley) and Dr. Rahul Rao (SOAS).
Submissions
We invite proposals for papers from graduate students working in diverse theoretical traditions, including critical social theory, philosophy, political economy, geography, history, and international relations. Practitioners and scholar-activists are also encouraged to attend and participate. Accepted papers will be arranged into themed panels, including discussion by Oxford graduate students and faculty members. There will also be a roundtable discussion involving Oxford faculty and the keynote speakers.
Relevant topics may include, but are not limited to:
  • Global governance, global capital, and state sovereignty
  • Global financial and economic crisis
  • Austerity, debt, and structural adjustment
  • Feminist perspectives on global political economy
  • Gender, agency, and resistance
  • Race, modernity, and de-coloniality
  • Empire, neo-imperialism, and resistance in the Global South
  • Uneven development, international trade, and the world system
  • Commodification of the global commons
  • Global supply chains and organized labour
  • Land, ecology, and indigenous resistance
  • Globalization from below: local and global citizenship
  • Space, place, and migration
  • Transnational social movements and global solidarity
  • Neo-liberal governance and the democratic subject
Proposals should be no longer than 500 words for papers of approximately 20 minutes. We welcome proposals that address the intersections of multiple topics. Submissions are due by 31st January 2014and accepted papers must follow in full by 31st March 2014. Please submit abstracts formatted for blind review, along with your name and a brief academic CV, to oxfordpoliticaltheory@gmail.com. Registration details to follow shortly.

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