Tracking Infrapolitics 1. A Workshop

Tracking Infrapolitics 1.  March 3-6. College Station, Texas.

The claim is ambitious, perhaps exorbitant, but we do not feel sorry about it: infrapolitics is a new position in the history of thought, and it is our luck to develop it.  It is new not because infrapolitics is new: infrapolitics is the oldest human activity, older than politics, older than religion, and it is possibly the activity—the form of activity—that defines the human as such.  But its thematization is new.  And its newness is only relevant because, as new, it touches upon what has been left unthought, unthematized: what has been unthought historically and what has never reached adequate articulation in known languages.  Yes, we have a tradition, the Western tradition, the one we know about, from archaic narratives to the Bible, from tragic Greek poetry to post-Socratic philosophy, from Irish bards to Christian heretics, from marrano lives to Baroque moralists, from pícaros to Dutch painters, from pirates to flamenco singers, from Borges to Beckett, from Pessoa to Kafka to Sebald.  We recognize the entire tradition of antiphilosophy, every time the fact of existence has assumed priority over abstraction: Heraclitus, Epicurus, Diogenes, Montaigne, Pascal and Kierkegaard, Nietzsche.  We love the thought of Martin Heidegger and Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan and Jacques Derrida, María Zambrano and Luce Irigaray, Giorgio Agamben and the Invisible Committee.  And yet the word infrapolitics never crossed their lips:  too bad they could not think of it.  They left that task to us, and it is a daunting task.  But we have time, and we should only get started.  

Wednesday, March 2 at 7:30:  Dinner and Drinks (Tacos and Margaritas from Mad Taco) at the Home of Teresa and Alberto.

Thursday, March 3:

9:30-10:00:  Greetings

10:00-12:30. Panel 1.

Gabriela Méndez-Cota, “Infrapolítica o ¿cómo salir de ahí?”

Michela Russo, “Is the Queer Question an Infrapolitical Question?”

12:30-1:30.  Lunch—Punjabi Cuisine

1:30-3:00.  Panel 2.

Benjamín Mayer Foulkes, “Infrapolítica y lazo social.” 

Maddalena Cerrato, “Against Order.”

3:30-5:00. Roundtable 1.  

Rodrigo de los Santos, David González Yagüe, Teresa Vilarós

Return to Hotel and Dinner (Not Scheduled)

Friday, March 4:

10:00-12:30. Panel 3.

Sergio Villalobos Ruminott, “Anarchy and Archaelogy: Foucault After Malabou.”

Stefano Franchi, “Gramsci’s Praxis from the Borg to Gilead.”

12:30-1:30.  Lunch.  Blue Baker Sandwiches

1:30-3:00.  Panel 4.

Gerardo Muñoz, “Monstruous Government and Desocialization.”

Brett Levinson, “Securing Deconstruction.”

3:30-5:30.  Panel 5.

Humberto González Núñez, “‘Life is but a Fleeting Shadow:’ The Infrapolical Question in Greek Tragedy.”  

Ronald Mendoza de Jesús, ¿?

7:30.  Dinner at Tempura (2551-D Texas Avenue)

Saturday, March 5: 

10:00-12:00: Roundtable 2.

Laura Campos, Rafael Fernández, Alberto Moreiras, Jesús Rivera

12:30:  Lunch.  Beef Brisket Sandwiches from Fargo’s

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