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"political uses of the body/bodies"

Draft proposition for a University

This meeting has as a goal to put the accent on the power of resistance of bodies, of their counter-political uses. This will be accomplished through demonstration of political approaches for exploiting the body. The project is thus focused on the active rather than the reactive, on the projective rather than the descriptive. It is this recentring on the projective by means of discussion that can orient the exchanges.

The discussion will be carried out in a way that is radically multicultural. Through the valuable diversity, origin, and acculturation of the participants the discussion will involve varied concepts of the body and multiple and varied treatments. A comparative orientation will thus be fundamental. The question of what the body is and can do, will thus also involve again the issue of ethics.

The question of the various politics of migration will also be a general focus including the processes of discrimination that they (migration politics) often involve : the issues of body marking, their legal and punitive dimensions, and the role of biometric measures. The exchange of biometric information among airline companies and governments as well as the idea of a biometric identity card for individuals to access social services will be discussed with their implications for power relations as well as their connection to dealing with critical protests.

Another topic will be the body as a target of massive political abuse such as in the universality of torture and the diversity of torture practices and also the issue of what is called the “management of human resources” which includes political agents intervening secretly including projects of “evaluating” children to detect potentials for delinquency to the double implications of the political usage which is suicide at work. If these concerns do not forget Foucault’s thinking, they are nevertheless an integral part of medical, philosophical and political practice, whatever the continent.

More generally, it is helpful to consider the immense technological and scientific investment in the attention to the body (from the dietary and medical to the electronic and neurologic that radically changes the view of what one considers a body as a living human being to the point where it attempts to render the concept obsolete thus setting up new ideas about what is normal. In this effort, the question of gender is involved including the processes of differentiation and domination, especially through the biologising of the female and feminine. But also the structural and subjectivating relationsip to the question of racist normativity and to power regimes that the latter constructs through the racialization of bodies and through political modalities of its refutation. From this critical perspective, the aesthetic uses of the body will permit us to consider the political implications of art. We will also explore the power of the body as resistance and as an instrument of manipulation. This question connects our biological status to linguistic processes of subjectivation and of acculturation, and can thus be used to legitimize the diverse forms of power as well as the denunciation of their abuse.

The issues of jouissance belong to those political usages, as much as the usage of pleasures of which the homosexual claims are emblematic. As opposed to the way in which these become instruments of economic manipulation through the extension of the mass media attention to sports or through prostitution networks. It would be good to investigate the question of the place of the body in the environment in terms of the economic powers that invest it and of the the political claims that it hosts.

This session of the University on the move would attempt to bring in the historical perspective of the third world, or the de-linking from the capitalist regime, that was shared by South America, Asia and Africa. Would this help us to re-think how the cold world dichotomy has shaped the senses of our bodies or formed the internal borders within our communities, especially in the “Rest” rather than in the “West”, but maybe everywhere ?

The new edition of the University on the move would also re-examine the emotional sedimentations left from the colonial history in our local communities, the co-existence of immigrants of different generations, the seizure of power and the hostility that formed internal partitions and new forms of class and other conflicts.

The after-effect left on the bodies of the people who had gone through the history of white terror shared by Latin American, Asian, African countries, and perhaps also other parts of the world would be examined.

The question would have to be asked about the commonalities we share in a trans-post-colonial world where the colonial and postcolonial heritages are present to different degrees according to region. How do we re-think "the common", past and present, and the radical equality through our re-thinking of the boundaries of laws and the usage of bodies, politically, ethically and aesthetically ? How do we maintain solidarity between generations now that neo-liberal late capitalism has managed to generally dismantle it ?

A propos de "Les usages politiques du corps". Université d’été du 25 au 30 aout 2014 en Albanie.
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