Political studies in Palestine and Kurdistan II


Political studies in Palestine and Kurdistan II
Seminar 2017-2018
Paris 8 University
2, Rue de la Liberté – 93526 Saint-Denis


Political modernity has at the same time excluded other notions of politics than that where it was rationalized in the form of the State, in a division of peoples said to be stateless, also said to be without History, and the others, and included as its margins the other possible versions of living together. This exclusion as one of the foundations from which the colonial and then the global order was able to develop and extend is constantly repeated in the scales of individual and collective subjectivities. With the critique of modernity emerges the question of a concrete universalism, and other notions of politics not devoid of contexts or points of view. Old and modern models of identities and of the political subject are questioned, in particular according to the point of view of ‘Stateless-Peoples’ living at the intersection of existing States, in contradiction with the logic of the ‘Nation-National’ of the nation-state, which has given rise to the inexhaustible production of an ‘Other’, many others, the most numerous others.
Our starting point will be found in traveling theories, where a conceptual chain is lacking (exiles, wars, and displacements, situations of subalternalisation in life, law, and language, separations), and in narratives where the enounciated and the enounciation cannot be disjointed, concrete expressions of forms of life, and of their historicity. Moreover, the conflicts that cross the Near and Middle East cannot be dissociated from the history of the Sykes-Picot agreements concerning Palestine and Kurdistan. It is also necessary to approach them from a broader analysis of the conditions of globalization, this other name for colonization, in its political, social, economic, etc. dimensions. It is from a questioning that is both political and epistemological that new forms of the political could be said. From there, this seminar will focus on the new forms of political action and the theoretical productions of the post-national, the genealogies of violence and the languages ​​of memory, the construction of multiple affiliations, the experience of borders, the politics of knowledge and translation.

November 2, 2017
15:00-18:00 | Amphi B106

  • Engin Sustam (Pause Program / Experice-Paris 8): “Kurdish art and subalternity”

November 3, 2017
14:00-17:00 | Amphi B106

  • Rabab Abdulhadi (AMED-San Francisco State University) and Azadeh Kian (CEDREF-Paris 7): “Gender, sexualities and indivisibility of justice in Palestine”

December 4, 2017
14:00-17:00 | BU Research Room

  • Léopold Lambert (The Funambulist Magazine) and Marina Nebbiolo (Medfil Humanities Institute): “Architecture and decoloniality in Palestine”

February 7, 2018
18:00-21:00 | Room A217

  • Seevan Saeed (Centre for Kurdish Studies at the University of Exeter): “The kurdish question in Turkey”

April 24, 2018
16:30-19:30 | Room A028

  • Screening of the film “Behind the fronts: Resistance and resilience in Palestine” (Hybrid Pulse, 113′, 2017), and meeting with director Alexandra Dols

May 2, 2018 3 p.m. to 6
15:00-18:00 | Café Le Relais (34, Rue de Bellleville – 75019 Paris)

  • Camille Fauroux (CRH-EHESS / Lille 3), Amir Kianpour (LLCP-Paris 8), Béatrice Rettig (LLCP-Paris 8), Somayeh Rostampour (GTM-Paris 8): “Political violence, epistemological violence”

Open seminar for political studies of the young researchers at LLCP-Paris 8
Contact: contact.seminaire.pogmail.com