RETHINKING CRITICAL THEORY WITH THE CRISIS OF SOCIAL REPRODUCTION

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THE BATH-BRISTOL STANDING SEMINAR IN CRITICAL THEORY 


Presents


RETHINKING CRITICAL THEORY WITH THE CRISIS OF SOCIAL REPRODUCTION


with 


ANA CECILIA DINERSTEIN


Critical Research in the Global Politics of Hope


Social & Policy Sciences


University of Bath 


12th of February 2019, 13:15-15:15


University of Bath 










Following the discussion held at the Seminar 'Critical Theory in Conversation with John Holloway', convened by the Bath-Bristol Standing Seminar in Critical Theory last October, Ana Dinerstein discusses critical theory today.


Abstract: "In this seminar, I will first explore the limitations of contemporary neo Adornian critiques of society and challenge the view that there can cannot be a political practice to fought Barbarism (Bonefeld). I suggest that such practice is not only possible but necessary and is being developed at the grassroots around the crisis of the social reproduction of life. Following Zechner and Hansen (2015) this crisis has opened onto a ‘myriad of struggles around social rights, resources and survival, all of which put life at their centre’.Second, I illustrate my argument with examples from The Art of Organising Hope projects in Mexico and Belgium. Third, I offer some ideas that can contribute to the development of a critical theory of hope based on Bloch’s philosophy.


My overall argument is that while neo-Adornian critical theory lacks a ‘front’, the critical theory of hope that I propose brings a front to the “world without Front”’ (Bloch 1959). This means, it brings openness to a world where there is no place from where ‘to enunciate or engage in responses to ‘badly existing’ realities to alter them. The critical theory of hope amends Adorno’s over appreciation of theory over practice within social praxis, and transforms the critique of political economy as a critique of society into a prefigurative critique of political economy as a critique of society, that engages with the ontology of the not yet reality offers by Bloch. The critical theory of hope brings a front to the struggles for alternative forms of the social reproduction of life in a wrecked world."




ALL WELCOME!








This talk is based on a BA sponsored Writing Workshop run at the Benemérita University of Puebla, Mexico, in September 2018: Writing for another world. More information, please see https://writingforanotherworld.wordpress.com





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When
12 Feb 2019 at 1:15pm
until 12 Feb 2019 at 3:15pm
Where
University of Bath
Claverton Down
BA2 7AY

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