GLOBAL UPRISING: SPACE & TIME I: CROWDS, BODIES, AFFECT

GLOBAL UPRISING: SPACE & TIME I: CROWDS, BODIES, AFFECT

Feb 24, 2021 / 12:30-2PM (NYC/EST Time)
Uprisings we are told move not by contamination but by resonance. It’s the affective force of the uprising itself that is the current of both movement and change. Bodies acting together in risk is transformative. A change that starts not with consciousness but with the body, from what was once thought of as the “discharge” of crowds, the loss of the fear of touch in the indistinction the crowd produces. The past decade has witnessed intense moments of bodily interaction in uprising in both violent forms — pepper spray, the billy club, the ‘dumdum’ bullet — and more intimate nonviolent forms — the crowd itself, kissing, hugging, praying. How do we make sense of the corporeality of uprising today? How do we account for the unspoken, the tactile, and the affective in uprising? Is the crowd still a great equalizing event? How do allyship and tactics today themselves counter-mobilize difference and the uneven distribution of risk and bodily vulnerability (“white allies to the front”)? In the face of regimes of racializing, gendering, and sexualizing hierarchy, how does the crowd at once confirm and upend difference?

Join the Kevorkian Center with Nadje Al-Ali, Frances Hasso, Jasbir Puar and discussant Gayatri Gopinath on February 24, 2021, at 12:30 pm (EST) to think through these questions and discuss these issues together. To register please copy and paste the link to your browser: bit.ly/NYUKevoGU224

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