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This intervention would like to return to the genealogy of feminist insurrectionary currents that have problematized self-defence as a global politics of struggle against the liberal state and capitalism: self-defence is thought of as the recourse to a power of embodied self-organization, sexual, social, sanitary, intellectual, that generates other modes of collective organization and reproduction of life, and that targets the mortifying dimension of patriarchy proper to hegemonic modernity.

Event details of Thinking through the Crises #4 | Feminist self-defence against Violence. A vital critique of neoliberalism as a regime of death
Date 22 April 2021
Time 15:30 -17:00
Elsa Dorlin

In the context of the pandemic, of the unlimited capitalist predation and of the intensification of the neo-colonial police repression within the historical democracies, it will be a question of rethinking the positioning of a part of the feminist movements as revolutionary power.

About the Speakers

Elsa Dorlin is Professor of Social and Political Philosophy at the University of Paris 8 Vincennes/Saint-Denis in France. In 2009, she won the bronze medal of the CNRS for her work on feminist theory and philosophy of gender. She was Visiting Associate Professor at the Critical Theory Program of the University of California, Berkeley (2010-2011) and Abigail R. Cohen Senior Fellow at the Columbia Institute for Ideas & Imagination (2018-2019). A specialist in social and political philosophy, Dorlin’s research focuses on black feminist epistemology and Fanonian phenomenology. Her latest book Self-defense: A philosophy of violence (Paris, Zones éditions, 2017), winner of the 2018 Frantz Fanon Book Prize from the Caribbean Philosophical Association, is forthcoming in English (Verso).

Jan-Therese Mendes holds a PhD in Social and Political Thought from York University, Canada (2019). Mendes is currently a postdoctoral fellow in studies of gender and race with the Centre for Gender Studies at the University of Stavanger and a 2020-2021 visiting scholar with the Amsterdam Research Centre for Gender and Sexuality. Invoking frames of analyses from Black feminist theory and Afro-pessimism Mendes’ research examines Northern welfare states’ penal fixation on the Black womb, Black mournability, pedagogies of assimilation and humiliation, and the possibilities of willful strangeness in Black visual art.

Polly Pallister-Wilkins is an associate professor in international relations and conflict resolution and governance at the UvA, with a PhD from SOAS, University of London. Pallister-Wilkins specialises in the intersection of humanitarian intervention and border control and is currently researching what she terms ‘humanitarian borderwork’ in Europe that builds on previous research into humanitarianism, border policing and the political sociologies of walls, fences and security barriers. Pallister-Wilkins’ work therefore broadly sits in the borderland between International Relations, Critical Security Studies and Political Geography with a regional expertise focused on the Mediterranean, specifically Greece, and the Middle East. Pallister-Wilkins is the author of the forthcoming Humanitarian Borders: Unequal Mobility and the Need to Save Lives (Verso).

Date and Time

The event will take place on 22 April 2021 from 15:30-17:00 (CEST).

Online Event

The event will take place online as a webinar.

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