Caring for the World: A Conference on Ethos and Partisanship

23 November 2018, 19:00 / Casco HQ

This international conference aims at discussing the ethical and political foundations of revolutionary politics by bringing together different strands of critical theory, political philosophy and feminist thought. Its goal is to reflect on the groundings of contemporary forms of political commitment, from communist to feminist and queer politics, from anti-colonial/decolonial struggles to antiracist activism, from civil disobedience to ‘uncivil’ engagement. Casco Art Institute hosts the final gathering of the conference in the Casco Office Gallery.

Casco’s contribution facilitated an exercise in knowledge production by asking “What stayed with you?” and recording the responses. You can find them below.

How to organize a separation of politics and religion without erasing the power of imaginary?

How can the “I” and the “we” be equally fostered and further developed to grow within durable, collective, political organizing?
Informal yet powerful, academic yet practically optimistic
Somehow we have to assume that not every structure (or institutionalization) is oppressive. But, how do we translate then social movements into something which enables governability?
Today I found out I’m a closet liberal bourgeois 
The personal is political

Real thinking happens when disagreement is favored over consensus
I don’t care, I don’t want to communicate → I liked this statement, lets keep it radical
“Higher anarchism” contemporary political misery → joining the pack → academics, politics → caring for the world → transforming?
Riots are political! & how to avoid despair
Destructive forces of excesses can act on all people regardless of political affiliations. “I” is already a fiction.
As a student interested in the concept of love as a political tool/frame, caring for the world provided new and enriching questions to ask. It was inspiring to see contesting ideas about the “world” and the political as well or theoretical approaches that spoke to each other.
Caring as involving an action. Riots as ways of finding flaws in the current political system/institutional models

Uncivil disobedience vs civil disobedience
What happens to affective infrastructure of partisan politics after forming government?
Party? New form of organization? New form (force) of leadership? Self-practice?
Claiming a differential “we” is difficult, but I still think, altogether this conference, to work for it is most important!
The affective infrastructure of the practice!
“Uncivil disobedience” as a very interesting theoretical term. “I don’t care. I don’t want to communicate.”


Georganiseerd door Dr. Jamila Mascat (Utrecht University, Gender Studies) en Dr. Marieke Borren (Open University NL, Philosophy; Utrecht University, Gender Studies)

Deze conferentie is mogelijk gemaakt met financiële steun van de volgende organisaties: Universiteit Utrecht, ASPASIA fonds and research focus area Cultures, Citizenship, and Human Rights; Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, Universiteit van Amsterdam; Open Universiteit Nederland, Steunfonds Cultuurwetenschappen

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