On 28-29-30 November 2018, from 11am to 6pm, the Second RITCS Arts & Politics Symposium will take place at the Open Academy in La Centrale in Brussels, in the frame of the exhibition Resistance (www.centrale.brussels). The language will be English, the access free.
The First Symposium, which took place in January 2018 at the RITCS, under the title The Trouble With the State, was centred on the question whether an alliance of reformists and revolutionaries could be envisaged. In the Second RITCS Arts & Politics Symposium, entitled One Struggle?, the question will be asked whether different forms of contestation today are connected to each other. And if so, how. This question on the convergence of struggle, or equivalence of struggle (Chantal Mouffe), or intersectionality (bel hooks), will be dealt with from the angle of a different theme on each of the three days, both in lectures and discussions with a number of invited theoreticians, writers and artists, and in presentations by dozens of students from the various Master’s programs at the RITCS (www.ritcs.be).
Eco-feminism versus the Anthropocene
On Friday 30 November 2018, the third and final day of the One Struggle symposium, coordinated by philosopher Lieven De Cauter, will be devoted to the theme Eco-feminism versus the Anthropocene. The focus will be on the convergence between feminism and ecology. Against the background of the contestable and contested notion of the “Anthropocene”, the new geological era dominated by Man as a species, this convergence is more than ever topical if not urgent. After all, the theory of the Anthropocene is based on a unified (hu)man who marches through history as “his-story”, as Isabelle Stengers puts it aptly in her talks and in her book In catastrophic times. As T.J. Demos in Against the Anthropocene has convincingly demonstrated, the notion of humanity as the subject of universal history obscures carbon-based capitalism as the main cause of climate change. Donna Haraway is pleading for other names and other approaches in her book Staying With the Trouble. On this final day, from 11am on, all these issues will be discussed with philosophers Isabelle Stengers and Benedikte Zitouni. As during the other days, the final word will be to RITCS master students who will present artistic works and practices that are characterized by crossovers between feminism and ecology.
SECOND RITCS ARTS & POLITICS SYMPOSIUM
ONE STRUGGLE? ON THE CONVERGENCE AND INTERSECTION OF POLITICAL MOVEMENTS
With Isabelle Stengers, Milo Rau, Benedikte Zitouni, Vincent Meessen, Bambi Ceuppens, Pitcho Womba Konga, Raven Ruëll, Lieven De Cauter, Geert Opsomer, Dieter Lesage and the MA students at RITCS (Brussels).
Brussels, La Centrale/De Centrale, 28-29-30 November 2018, 11am-6pm.