Online Workshop with Robin Celikates, Avery Gordon, Robyn Maynard, Christoph Menke, Praveen Sewgobind, Vicki Squire, and Mathijs van de Sande
March 12th, 2021, 14.00-19.30
Concluding the series “Critique(s) of Violence” is a workshop on the question: What does it mean to abolish something? And in particular: How is it possible to overcome state-inflicted violence? The occasion for this series is the 100th anniversary of the writing and publication of Walter Benjamin’s essay “Critique of Violence”. After analyzing a number of distinct forms of legal violence, the essay, in its final paragraph, calls for “the deposition of law and the violence it depends on, finally therefore the abolition of state power”. This event, like the whole series, is not “about” Benjamin in the narrow philological sense. It rather asks international scholars and activists to address the question of abolition from the perspective of their own research, field of expertise, political practice, and the theoretical tradition they situate themselves in. This way, the workshop hopes to create a panorama of insights, examples and experiences that shed light on this difficult question and thus to connect philosophical inquiry with contemporary social struggles and actual politics.
All times are local Amsterdam time.
14.00 Daniel Loick (Amsterdam): Introduction
14.20 Robyn Maynard (Toronto): Abolish the Carceral State
15.00 Mathijs van de Sande (Nijmegen): Prefigurative Politics
15.50 Vicki Squire (Warwick): Unruly Migrations
16.30 Robin Celikates (Berlin): Migrant Solidarity
17.30 Praveen Sewgobind (Amsterdam), title tbd
18.10 Avery Gordon (Santa Barbara), title tbd
18.40 Christoph Menke (Frankfurt): Is there nonviolent action?
19.20 Final Discussion and Farewell
To receive the zoom link, register here: https://uva-live.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwsc-yorzsvHdYL4Tsl9l5r6BPyoLLGv6PM
The series is supported by the Philosophy Department of the University of Amsterdam, the Philosophy & Public Affairs Group, the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis (NICA) and the Goethe-Institute Amsterdam.