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Empire of the Middle: Presence and immediate democracy

17 October

| Free

Isabell Lorey
Simultaneous translation English – Catalan
space 4
Free entrance. limited capacity

The critical movements with representation and identity manifested by the occupation of places since 2011 have invented new forms of democracy for which I have proposed the term “presentismo”. These new democratic practices can also be found in some municipal governments in Spain. Presentive democracy does not simply mean the denial or the other side of democratic representation. Presentism is not in a relation of dichotomy to representation, but arises from a rupture with the identity confrontations between “we” and “them”, through an exodus of the dualisms between rejection and rapprochement or consensus and conflict. In the midst of presentism, this exodus opens a way for cross-constituent processes, for a policy beyond the idea of ​​mediation. If presentism is not immediate and authentic, what can intercession mean in presentialist democracy?

Isabell Lorey is a theoretical political scientist at the European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies (eipcp) and co-director of the platform for cross-sectional experimental texts. She is a professor of gender policy at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Kassel.

She has been professor of social and cultural sciences and feminist and postcolonial theory at the Humboldt University in Berlin and in the universities of Vienna and Basel. His interests in research focus on labor and vital precarization in neoliberalism, social movements, critical theory of democracy and representation and political immunization. Among his most recent books are figures ranging from immune. Elemente einer politischen Theorie (Diaphana, 2011); State of Insecurity. Government of the Precarious (Verse, 2015), State of Insecurity. Governing the Precariousness, translation of Raúl Sánchez Cedillo (Dreams Traffickers 2016); Democratic Presence (2018). You can find more texts in Spanish here: http://transversal.at/bio/lorey.


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