Confronted with an arguably incomplete critique of the notion and history of sovereignty, contemporary lines of thinking have forcefully returned to the inquiry into political foundations. These theoretical approaches in philosophy and the humanities at large have attempted to find possibilities of dialogue concerning the critique of sovereign structures of power, the undoing of systemic violence, as well as the development of ideas of community and mutual aid. The conference ‘Anarchē’ aims to investigate the contemporary philosophical attempts at questioning traditional concepts of political foundations in order to rethink the central notion of ground or archē.

In English

14:30-16:30 Panel I

Miguel Vatter, ‘Cohen, Heidegger, Principles, and Anarchy’

Simona Forti, ‘An-archic Souls: Notes on Subjectivity and Power’

Claudia Hilb, ‘On Some “Long-Forgotten Propositions”: Reflections on the “Epilogue” to Arendt’s Eichmann in Jerusalem

17:00-19:00 Panel II

Peter Szendy, ‘Conspiration and the Times of Media’

Donatella Di Cesare, ‘Deconstructing Anarchy’

Rebecca Comay, ‘Old Mole Redux’

19:30 Susan Buck-Morss
‘YEAR 1: Why it Didn’t Happen and Why That Matters’

16:15 Donatella Di Cesare, ‘Deconstructing Anarchy’

17:00-19:00 Panel III

Emily Apter, ‘Glitch Politics’

Bruno Bosteels, ‘Foundations of the Critique of Political Ontology’

Stathis Gourgouris, ‘The Regime of the Living’

19:30 Catherine Malabou
‘Why the Need for a Philosophical Exploration of Anarchism Today?’


Emily Apter
Bruno Bosteels
Susan Buck-Morss
Donatella Di Cesare
Rebecca Comay
Simona Forti
Stathis Gourgouris
Claudia Hilb
Peter Szendy
Miguel Vatter

Keynote Lecture by Catherine Malabou

Organized by

Damiano Sacco and Facundo Vega

An ICI event in cooperation with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Berlino and the Centre Marc Bloch

The audience is presumed to consent to a possible recording on the part of the ICI Berlin.

KV Anarche