Elsa Dorlin | Feminist Self-Defence Against Violence | #ThinkingThroughTheCrises 4


🔎 ARC-GS’ Thinking Through the Crises #4: Feminist Self Defence Against Violence: A Vital Critique of Neoliberalism as a Regime of Death by Elsa Dorlin 🔎

📖 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. 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.

🎓 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).

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