Workshop Asad Haider: Emancipation and Exhaustion
March 3, 14.00-16.00 | 1-2 ECTS
Centre for Continental Thought
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On Wednesday, March 3, Asad Haider will join us for an online talk and discussion on his current work on emancipation and exhaustion. In this workshop, we will discuss one of his recent articles, titled “Emancipation, Political and Real,” alongside a text by French sociologist and political theorist Sylvain Lazarus. The event is scheduled from 16.00-18.00 and will take place on Zoom; in order to register and receive the workshop readings, please send an email to email@example.com.
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Asad Haider: Emancipation and Exhaustion
The contemporary moment presents a crisis for political thought. It is not difficult to see that the resurgence of authoritarianism, the breakdown of political systems, and the approach of ecological apocalypse require a concerted and creative theoretical effort. Just as significant as the catastrophe of the present is the parallel emergence of unexpected social movements – but they have not succeeded in arresting the relentless drive to disaster. This talk proposes that we are unable to theorize our reality because we lack a vantage point of emancipation. This vantage point is not one which we could step out of history to assume, but rather is one which appears in particular moments, and ultimately recedes – it becomes exhausted. If we are unable to conceive of emancipation beyond the failure of previous attempts, we can only think the necessity of the existing situation. Exhaustion is the fate of emancipatory sequences whose forms and practices cease to be oriented towards an emancipatory politics.
Asad Haider is author of Mistaken Identity (Verso, 2018) and a co-editor for The Black Radical Tradition (Verso, forthcoming). He is also a founding editor of Viewpoint magazine, an investigative journal of contemporary politics.