ICI Fellow Hannah Proctor @ the discussion Communist Feelings, diffrakt | centre for theoretical periphery, 30 November 2017, 7:30pm.
Larne Abse Gogarty and Hannah Proctor will discuss confusions of scale in social struggles through a consideration of the politics of dreaming, insisting on the centrality of interpersonal relationships and forms of psychological investment and disillusionment to histories of left-wing revolutionary movements. They will consider the potentially damaging implications of political struggles which seem to expand to encompass all aspects of activists’ lives and selves, whilst also acknowledging the necessity for people on the left to think and act disproportionately, inflatedly, or excessively in order to transform the existing state of things. Dreams might seem like ‘small’, subjective and hence apolitical phenomena, yet dreams are not outside of history.
Image Credit © Claudia Peppel, collage (detail), 2014