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Spaces of Depoliticisation, Spectres of Radical Politics Dezembro 28, 2016

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The Post-Political and Its Discontents

Spaces of Depoliticisation, Spectres of Radical Politics

edited by Japhy Wilson and Erik Swyngedouw

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Through a multi-dimensional and fiercely contested assessment of contemporary depoliticisation, The Post-Political and Its Discontents urges us to confront the closure of our political horizons and re-imagine the possibility of emancipatory change.

Our age is celebrated as the triumph of liberal democracy. Old ideological battles have been decisively resolved in favour of freedom and the market. We are told that we have moved ‘beyond left and right’; that we are ‘all in this together’. Any remaining differences are to be addressed through expert knowledge, consensual deliberation and participatory governance. Yet the ‘end of history’ has also been marked by widespread disillusion with mainstream politics and a rise in nationalist and religious fundamentalisms. And now an explosion of popular protests is challenging technocratic regulation and the power of markets in the name of democracy itself.


This collection makes sense of this situation by critically engaging with the influential theory of ‘the post-political’ developed by Chantal Mouffe, Jacques Rancière, Slavoj Zizek and others. Through a multi-dimensional and fiercely contested assessment of contemporary depoliticisation, The Post-Political and Its Discontents urges us to confront the closure of our political horizons and re-imagine the possibility of emancipatory change.

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Western democracies are only the political facade of economic power. A facade with colours, banners, and endless debates about sacrosanct democracy. We live in an era where we can discuss everything. With one exception: Democracy. She is there, an acquired dogma. Don’t touch, like a museum display. Elections have become an absurd comedy, shameful, in which the participation of the citizen is very weak, and governments represent the political commissionaires of economic power. There isn’t democracy, only the appearance of democracy. We live in a simulation. If we want real democracy, we will have to create it ourselves. José Saramago (2006)

In Seeing, the final installment of his magisterial urban trilogy, José Saramago offers an incisive dissection of our current political predicament. A few years after a strange episode of collective blindness, city administrators are preparing for a general election. The great day for the democratic festival is a miserably rainy Sunday, and once all the ballots are counted, it turns out that a large percentage of people have spoiled their votes. The city elites of the Party of the Left, the Party of the Middle, and the Party of the Right are disquieted, if not alarmed. Something must have gone wrong, these surmise, probably the bad weather . . . A week later, the elections are repeated. This time the weather is better, but the electoral outcome is even worse: 83 per cent of the citizens vote blank. What Saramago calls ‘the simple right not to follow any consensually established opinion’ deeply troubles the city government. One minister refers to it as a conspiracy against the democratic system itself. In its desperate attempt to understand what is going on, and to root out what must be an organised subversion against the sacrosanct democratic principle, the government declares ‘a state of emergency’, unleashing all manner of repressive tactics to uncover the masterminding source of the anti-democratic plot. But none can be found. In a final desperate attempt to make the city and its citizens come to their senses, the government decides to decamp to another place, leaving the residents to their own devices and anticipating a descent into anarchic catastrophe. However, nothing of the sort happens. Everyone goes about his or her daily life, and the city continues as normal.

In this allegory, first published in 2004, Saramago ruthlessly satirises the disaffection of a growing number of people with the instituted rituals of representative democracy. Thousands of passive rebels refuse to do what is expected of them. They reject the ballot box, and just go on with life as if nothing has happened. With chilling precision, Saramago diagnoses the deadlock of contemporary ‘democratic’ governance. We live in times both haunted and paradoxical. Instituted representational democracy is more widespread than ever; identitarian concerns and all manner of issues and problems are made visible and politicised; ‘participatory’ and ‘inclusive’ forms of governance are nurtured and fostered on a range of geographical scales; and lifestyle preferences, the unsustainable re-engineering of our climate, the sexual escapades of the former IMF chairman, the heroic resistances of indigenous peoples, fracking, the repression of gay people in Russia, the garbage left on the sidewalk, the plight of the whale, the governments’ austerity agendas to get the economy out of the doldrums – all these issues and an infinity of others are politicised in certain ways. That is, they are discussed, dissected, evaluated, raised as issues of public concern and debated at length in a variety of public and political arenas. Everything, so it seems, can be aired, made visible, discussed, and rendered contentious.

(in Seeds of Dystopia: Post-Politics and the Return of the Political, Japhy Wilson and Erik Swyngedouw, pp. 1-2)

Thank you, George Michael: an LGBTQ+ tribute Dezembro 26, 2016

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The LGBTQ community does indeed owe George Michael a debt of gratitude. Alongside the rest of the world, we thank him for his amazing musical legacy, for his ability to make us sing, dance and cry. However, we in the LGBTQ community should also be thankful to have had George Michael as one of ‘our own’. A trailblazer, something of a rebel, a social non-conformist who said ‘fuck you’ to the moralisers and bigots, both queer and not, George, we salute you.

Fonte: Thank you, George Michael: an LGBTQ+ tribute

(rip) George Michael Dezembro 26, 2016

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Hoje para relembrar George Michael poderia escolher inúmeras músicas. Escolhi “one more try”. Nem sei quais serão as razões mas esta balada faz parte dos momentos eternos da minha vidinha de adolescente nos perdidos anos 80/90.

 

I’ve had enough of danger
And people on the streets
I’m looking out for angels
Just trying to find some peace
Now I think it’s time
That you let me know
So if you love me
Say you love me
But if you don’t
Just let me go

Cause teacher
There are things that I don’t want to learn
And the last one I had
Made me cry
So I don’t want to learn to
Hold you, touch you
Think that you’re mine
Because there ain’t no joy
For an uptown boy
Whose teacher has told him goodbye
Goodbye
Goodbye

When you were just a stranger
And I was at your feet
I didn’t feel the danger
Now I feel the heat
That look in your eyes
Telling me no
So you think that you love me
Know that you need me
I wrote the song, I know it’s wrong
Just let me go

And teacher
There are things
That I don’t want to learn
Oh the last one I had
Made me cry
So I don’t want to learn to
Hold you, touch you
Think that you’re mine
Because there ain’t no joy
For an uptown boy
Whose teacher has told him goodbye
Goodbye
Goodbye

So when you say that you need me
That you’ll never leave me
I know you’re wrong, you’re not that strong
Let me go

And teacher
There are things
That I still have to learn
But the one thing I have is my pride
Oh so I don’t want to learn to
Hold you, touch you
Think that you’re mine
Because there ain’t no joy
For an uptown boy
Who just isn’t willing to try
I’m so cold
Inside
Maybe just one more try

(CFP) III Seminário Latino-Americano de Geografia, Gênero e Sexualidades Dezembro 13, 2016

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III Seminário Latino-Americano de Geografia, Gênero e Sexualidades

CHAMADA DE TRABALHOS
UNIVERSIDAD AUTÓNOMA METROPOLITANA
Unidades Iztapalapa y Azcapotzalco

Convidam especialistas e pessoas interessadas na reflexão sobre gênero, espaço e sexualidades a participar com trabalhos no II Congresso Internacional sobre Gênero e Espaço que se celebrará em conjunto com o III Seminário Latino-Americano de Geografia, Gênero e Sexualidades entre 16 e 19 de maio de 2017 no Centro Histórico de la Ciudad de México (Ciudad de México)

Formato
Conferencias magistrais
Mesas redondas palestras individuis
Apresentação de outros documentos: vídeos, fotografias, maquetes, testemunhos, performances.

Formas de participacição
As pessoas que desejem participar deverão enviar o trabalho para o seguinte endereço: segundocige@gmail.com com um resumo do trabalho, ou uma proposta de material documental com 400 palavras, antes de 30 de dezembro de 2016.

Tanto o resumo como a proposta de apresentação de outros documentos podem ser escritos em inglês, espanhol ou português. O título deve ser centralizado (em negrito, escrito com iniciais maiúsculas e o restante minúsculas, Arial 12). O texto do resumo deve ser letra normal (Arial 12 com espaçamento simples).

O resumo deve vir com uma folha com os seguintes dados:
Nome:
Grau acadêmico:
Especialidade:
Afiliação Institucional:
Cidade e País de residência:
Endereço eletrônico:
Resumo do currículo: (máximo 300 palavras)
Indicação do tema abordado no resumo

O Comitê Acadêmico do Congresso realizará a avaliação das propostas. Os proponentes receberão aviso sobre o aceite entre  29 de janeiro e 3 de fevereiro de 2017, junto com a programação completa do evento.

As pessoas com resumo aceito deverão enviar os textos completos até 01 de março de 2017 para serem incluídos nos Anais do Seminário. A próxima circular informará sobre as normas para os trabalhos completos e os procedimentos para as inscrições.

Temas
– A problemática do espaço e o gênero: aproximações epistemológicas e conceituais.
– Produção do espaço generificado, poder, reprodução social e conflitos: experiências, práticas, representações textuais e visuais, imaginários, discursos e instituições
– Espaço doméstico e novas formas de configurar e habitar no âmbito da domesticidade
– Espaços urbanos e rurais
– Geografías feministas
– Sexualidades e espaço: heteronormatividade, diversidade sexual,dissidência sexual, sexualidades queer
– Dimensões espaciais da violência e insegurança além da visão policial na produção generificada dos corpos
– A imaginação literária, fílmica e artística
– Gênero, identidades étnicas e raciais
– Espaço, gênero e vida cotidiana
– Gênero, espaço e exclusão
– Corpo, gênero e espaço
– Gênero, espaço e movimentos sociais
– Gênero e lugares de memória
– Corpo, espaço, emoções e afetos
– Dimensões espaciais dos processos migratórios
– Espaços virtuais e ciberespaços
– Mobilidade cotidiana e gênero

 

Inscrições
Até 15 de março de 2017 – $ 100,00 USD
De 16 de março de 2017 até 16 de maio de 2017 – $ 125,00 USD
Estudantes de licenciatura o pós-graduação devidamente matriculado
pagarão 50% do valor da inscrição.