21/02/2015: Elizabeth Povinelli

Militant Fidelity & The Empire of Love

In the 1960s a war broke out between the two French theorists Gilles Deleuze and Alain Badiou over the role of the philosopher and the procedures of truth, the nature of the event and the possibility of revolutionary politics. Pivotal to both was the status, affects and militancies of love. But so was a shared refusal to puncture the discourses of love, through a radical displacement of Western epistemologies. How might a militant fidelity to a form of love reappear in the empires of love?

Elizabeth A. Povinelli is Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at Columbia University. Povinelli’s writing has focused on developing a critical theory of late liberalism. She is the author of «The Empire of Love» (Duke, 2006) and «Economies of Abandonment: Social Belonging and Endurance in Late Liberalism» (Duke, 2011) as well as the short film «Karrabing, Low Tide Turning». A new book entitled «Geontologies: A Requiem to Late Liberalism» will be released on Duke in 2016.

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På 1960-tallet brøt det ut en krig mellom de to franske teoretikerne Gilles Deleuze og Alain Badiou om filosofens rolle, sannhetsprosedyrer, hendelsens natur og muligheten for revolusjonær politikk. Sentralt for de begge stod kjærligheten; dens status, påvirkningskraft og militante aspekter. Samtidig delte de et ønske om å ikke punktere kjærlighetsdiskursen gjennom en radikal forskyvning av vestige epoistemologier. Hvordan kan en militant troskap til en form for kjærlighet gjenoppstå i kjærlighetsimperiene?

Elizabeth A. Povinelli er professor i antropologi og kjønnsstudier ved Columbia University. Povinellis skriftlige arbeider har fokusert på å utvikle en kritisk teori omkring senliberalismen. Hun er forfatteren av «The Empire of Love» (Duke, 2006), «Economies of Abandonment: Social Belonging and Endurance in Late Liberalism» (Duke, 2011) og kortfilmen «Karrabing, Low Tide Turning». Den nye boken «Geontologies: A Requiem to Late Liberalism» (Duke) vil bli gitt ut i 2016.

In addition to the lecture there will be a screening of «When the Dogs Talked» (2014) and «Low Tide Turning» (2012), films by the Karrabing Film Collective, Friday 20 February at 4pm. in the main auditorium at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

Saturday 21 February 2015
5pm, OCA (Office for Contemporary Art)
Nedre gate 7, Oslo

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February 5, 2015
Written by Academy Lectures