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Symposium: Crisis and Communitas: Performative Concepts of Commonality in Arts and Politics

Vorträge und Symposien 14. November 2019 13:00 Uhr

Crisis is a term increasingly heard these days – climate crisis, migration crisis, crisis of representation, identity, masculinity... Contemporary societies often react to crises by installing mechanisms of classification and order. Identitarian communities perceive themselves as an antidote to personal and social crises.

Our goal is to ask how crises bring about movement and the transgression of borders – be they social or racial, cultural or political, state or institutional borders. Thus, we invite to think about new forms of communitas, of inclusionary bonding across discursive borders. Instead of searching for common traits, it embraces diversity and difference through the interaction of bodies and their communicative performativity. Migration, shifting contexts and bodily movement are explored as a trajectory of self-empowerment and agency. Crisis frames new political utopias.

In three panels, we are exploring the aesthetics and politics of commonality, the way bodies and affects constitute the commonal power, and how knowledge migrates in the context of arts. The programme includes presentations by an international group of researcher and is accompanied by a keynote lecture by Susan Buck-Morss, lectures by curators Adam Szymczyk and Marc Streit, as well as the screening of the film Via Carpatia (2018).

The symposium is organized by the project team Crisis and Communitas (Prof. Dr. Dorota Sajewska, Dr. Nina Seiler, Tadeusz Koczanowicz, MA, Sandra Biberstein) and funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

PANEL 1: AESTHETICS AND POLITICS OF COMMONALITY
November 14, 13:00 to 17:45

1. Introduction – Dorota Sajewska (Zurich)
2. The Avant-Garde of Destitution – Mikkel Bolt (Copenhagen)
3. Crisis of Communitas or the Extension of «Our» World – Nina Seiler (Zurich)
4. Potent Collectivities: Aesthetics of Solidarity – Jeremy Gilbert (London)
5. Speculative Communities: Designing Contact Zones in Times of Eco-Eco-Crisis – Malgorzata Sugiera (Krakow)
6. How Attitudes Escape Form – Adam Szymczyk (Zurich)

KEYNOTE
YEAR 1 INTERPELLATES REVOLUTION TODAY
BY SUSAN BUCK-MORSS (NEW YORK)
November 14, 18:30 to 20:00