PE29
Dialectical Anthropology Panel A: producing political positions and political futures

Convenors:
Kathy Powell (NUI Galway)
Chair:
Winnie Lem
Location:
University Place 6.212
Start time:
9 August, 2013 at 14:30
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

This panel considers the challenges facing the production of radical political positionality and futurity in adverse critical and normative contexts and argues for the analytical recovery of the political subject and of material and political longings.

Long abstract:

This panel considers the intellectual and empirical challenges facing radical political positionality and political futures: with the invasion of the social sciences by economism and critical theory increasingly dominated by post-structuralism and its neglect of the political subject, the field of political normativity has been left open to colonization by liberal abjections, cynical 'wisdoms' and revanchist forms of conservatism which marginalize and silence radical politics. In such a context there are strong arguments for the analytical 'recovery' of political positionality, organization and mobilization grounded in commitment to ideas and to political and material longings which seek to exceed a violently configured present.