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Symposium, 23-24 May 2024

Constitution as a viable social subject is dependent on being recognized by others as such, whether that recognition takes the form of an ethical gesture, a political objective, or a legal instrument. The desire for recognition is therefore often assumed to be universal. For many activists and theorists, recognition of rights and identities has been at the heart of social justice movements, particularly since the 1980s. This is reflected, for example, in the ‘gay rights’ slogan, ‘recognize our relationships’.

Organized by B Camminga, Ruth Ramsden-Karelse, Natascia Tosel

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Stella brNyanzi


Unrecognized in Life, Misrecognized in Death

Lecture, 23 May 2024, 19:00

While diverse queer subjects are recognized and protected in international human rights law, in countries with essentialist binary configurations of gender encoded into the national statutes, non-conforming and non-binary gender identities are neither recognized nor protected.

Part of the  Symposium Recognition

Organized by B Camminga, Ruth Ramsden-Karelse, Natascia Tosel

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Yala brKisukidi


Dreams of Independence: Radical Imaginings in 1960s Africa

Lecture, 27 May 2024, 19:30

In this lecture Kisukidi’s aim is to reread and decipher some projects and thoughts of the Independence in Africa through the ideas of ‘utopia’ and ‘dream’. Kisukidi will try to show, through the political hopes of some anticolonial (political and religious) leaders in central Africa, how they tried to dismantle the reality of defeat and emphasize the long survival of traditions of political struggle, by reshaping our understanding of the very concept of History.

Part of the ICI Lecture Series Models

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Laboured brChanges


Work’s Futures and Political Imaginaries

Symposium, 30 May 2024, 14:00 - 21:00

Recent scholarly and political debates revolve around the claim that the world of labour is close to a tipping point, at which work will cease to function both as the economic foundation of capitalist accumulation and as the condition of possibility for livelihood and meaning.

With Hadas Weiss, Prem Kumar Rajaram, and Ana Cecilia Dinerstein (online)
Keynote lecture by Biao Xiang

Organized by Alina-Sandra Cucu and Ruth Ramsden-Karelse

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Biao brXiang


Capitalism as Battles over Vital Forces

Lecture, 30 May 2024, 19:30

Adopting the Chinese concept shengminli or vital force (self-managed capacity to act, including responding to the environment and adjusting the self), Xiang will explore how feeling, attention, and human energy in general are exploited, and why love and care can be revolutionary.

Part of the symposium Laboured Changes

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Queer brWaste


Symposium, 9-10 Jun 2024

The phrase ‘queer waste’ evokes a volley of disparate themes and images, ranging from queerness’ potential anti-reproductivity, to aesthetics that might be understood as trashy or campy, to panics about changes in gender or sex caused by the presence within ecosystems of toxicity and pollutants.

Organized by Mark Anthony Cayanan, Maria Dębińska, Moritz Gansen, Ruth Ramsden-Karelse, and Ben Woodard

An ICI Event in cooperation with diffrakt | centre for theoretical periphery

9 June 2024 diffract
10 June 2024 ICI Berlin

For the event at ICI Berlin: Registration will open on 28 May 2024

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Kwame brEdwin Otu

Edwin Otu

Death as Queer Possibility: Waste and the Normativity of Life in Postcolonial Ghana

Lecture, 10 Jun 2024, 19:00

How might waste present insights into our understanding of life and death in the present context of the ‘postcolonial’ condition? By extension, can waste offer a map to understand the complexity of coloniality within the postcolonial state?

Part of the symposium Queer Waste

Registration will open on 28 May 2024

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Questions brConcerning Technics

Concerning Technics

Discussion, 18 June 2024, 19:00

Roundtable participants will reexamine the ideas of thinkers who have shaped, challenged, and extended our understandings of technics, including Walter Benjamin, Heidegger, Gilbert Simondon, Bernard Stiegler, and Sylvia Wynter.

With Nicholas Baer, Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky, Gertrud Koch, and Annie van den Oever

Moderated by Sulgi Lie

An ICI Event in cooperation with the University of California, Berkeley and Amsterdam University Press

Public Livestream available
Registration will open on 4 June 2024

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Displacing Theory Through
the Global South

ed. by Iracema Dulley, Özgün Eylül İşcen

Cultural Inquiry, 29
Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2024

Open Access

Displacing Theory Through the Global South calls for reflection on the historical and geopolitical inequalities that have shaped theorization. It asserts that what appears ‘universal’ often involves generalizations that flatten the particular. Critiquing the colonialist, imperialist, and Eurocentric perspectives that have historically impacted theorization in general and, more specifically, knowledge production about the so-called Global South, this volume seeks a different form of engagement that moves beyond such strictures. Featuring essays that unsettle distinctions between the general and the particular, it proposes a commitment to expanding notions of universality, making theorization not only relevant and generative, but ultimately, transformative.

Paperback | 14 EUR
Hardcover | 38 EUR

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