October 18 2018 | 12:00–15:00
November 22 2018 | 12:00–15:00
January 17 2019 | 12:00–15:00
February 13 2019 | 12:00–15:00
March 25 2019 | 15:00–18:00
March 14 2019 | 17:00–20:00

Political studies open seminar 2017-2018: Temporalities, subjectivities, politics

The temporality of political upheaval is that of a break within the continuity of an abstract, homogeneous and empty time of capital. Conversely, the chronopolitics of capitalism and its dream of global synchronicity find its ultimate realization in the crisis, which has become a mode of governmentality.
What if we take the question from the notion of subjectivity as it relates to an agency, that is to say on politics in a given place and time, according to a point of view that was not interchangeable?
On the other hand, to what forms of temporality and political subjectivities do the movements we know give rise to? What are their forms of inscription in social practice, the languages by which they are transmitted, their forms of historicity?
This seminar invites to an exploration of the notions of temporalities and political subjectivities, by asking the question, not only of historical practice, but also of what forms of political agency and praxis are relaying on the present situation.
Following a seminar on political studies in the Near and Middle East in 2016-2017 and 2017-2018, it opens up to different situations of transnationalities throughout the history of the movements.
The forms of reliance and of social, political, economic organization, etc., no longer simply follow the logic of national and international frameworks, in a way linked to globalization, but also local / global, transnational and translocal scales.
We will question the conditions according to which the modalities of the relations between life and politics have been transformed, following inter- and transdisciplinary methodologies. A large place will be made for research on the forms of the archive.

Sessions on 1st semester 2018-2019:


October 18th, 2018 – Deleuze Space (1st floor Build. A) 12:00-15:00 – Session 1

  • Guadalupe Deza (LLCP-Paris 8) : Critic of memorial representations
  • Camille Fauroux (EHESS/Lille 3): The archive as a political stake
  • Amir Kianpour (LLCP-Paris 8): Temporal inequalities in marxist theory


November 22th, 2018 – Deleuze Space (1st floor Build. A) 12:00-15:00 – Session 2

  • Valentin Schaepelynck (EXPERICE-Paris 8): The temporalities of the institution
  • Engin Sustam (EXPERICE-Paris 8): Marxists and anarchists orthodoxies and heterodoxies in self-organization practices
  • Josep Rafanell i Ora: Creating communities against capitalism


January 17th, 2019 – Room C103 (1st floor Build. C) 12:00-15:00 – Session 3

  • Naji El Khatib and Marina Nebbiolo (MEDFIL): The project « Talking stones », Alternative narratives and practices of space
  • Engin Sustam (EXPERICE-Paris 8): For a cooperative of arts of resistance

Sessions on 2d semester 2018-2019:


February 13th, 2019 – Room D-143 (1st floor Build. D) 12:00-15:00 – Session 4

  • Oreste Scalzone: Returns from history


March 25th, 2019 – Room D-143 (1st floor Build. D) 15:00-18:00 – Session 5

  • Silvana Rabinovich (IIFL-UNAM / LLCP-Paris 8): On the concept of history
  • Timothée Nay : Left-wing melancholy: Postscriptum
  • Stéphane Douailler (LLCP-Paris 8): Two poems by Friedrich Hölderlin

Session following the morning of meetings "Practical and Conceptual Hospitalities and Nomadisms".
Meeting at the end of the day with Michael Löwy (CNRS / EHESS), around the book La Révolution est le frein de l'urgence (L'Éclat, 2018).


May 14th 2019 – Exceptionnaly at Café Le Relais, 1st floor (34 rue de Belleville, 75019 Paris) – Session 6

  • Vita Zalar (ZRC-Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts) : Conceptual history of gipsyness
  • Arsalan Reihanzadeh (ZRC-Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts): How to contribute to the critique of libidinal economy of the after revolution?
  • Béatrice Rettig (LLCP-Paris 8): What is subjectivity?
Symbolic action at official commemorations of the Vth centenary of the discovery of Brazil in 2000 (Photograph: C. Eduardo, in Avertissement d'incendie, M. Löwy, 2001).

Political studies open seminar – Paris 8 Saint-Denis University