Critique of the State in the Near and Middle East: Epistemological and political issues

Western political modernity had at the same time excluded any other notion of politics than that in which political activity was rationalized in the State, in a sharing of so-called statesless peoples, also called without history, and others, any other construction than that based on the model of identity and difference and included as its margins the other possible versions of human life. This exclusion within or subordinate inclusion as one of the foundations from which the colonial and then global order has been able to develop and expand is constantly being repeated in the smallest scales of subjectivity, and the most collective injunctions to identity, as well as the economic logics, the geography of conflicts, etc.
With the critique of the epistemologies of modernity, their decentering, and the return-on-history, could emerge the question of a concrete universalism, and other political meanings that feed a notion of new political agency, that is to say, a praxis that is not devoid of context or point of view. The old and modern models of identities and the political subject, especially from the point of view of ‘People-without-States’ living at the intersection of existing states and borders, show that the entanglement of identities contradicts their naturalization and their various hierarchies according to the logic of the Nation-Nation of the nation-state, on which connects the inexhaustible production of an “Other”, many others, the most numerous others, re-opening to a renewed criticism.

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Tuesday 24 October 2017 at the University Paris 8 Saint-Denis, Room A444 from 15h00 to 18h00
Amir Kianpour (LLCP-Paris 8): Non-synchronism as a mode of Asian subjectivation

Thursday 2nd November 2017 at the University Paris 8 Saint-Denis, Amphi B106 from 15h00 to 18h00
Engin Sustam (Experice-Paris 8): Art and Kurdish subalternity

Friday November 3, 2017 at the University Paris 8 Saint-Denis, Amphi B106 from 14h00 to 17h00
Rabab Abdulhadi (San Francisco State University): Justice, Gender, and Sexuality in Palestine
Discussant: Azadeh Kian (CEDREF-Paris 7)

Monday 4th December 2017 at the University Paris 8 Saint-Denis, Library Research Room from 14h00 to 17h00
Leopold Lambert (The Funambulist Magazine) / Marina Nebbiolo (Medfil Humanities Institute): Architecture and decoloniality in Palestine

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at the University Paris 8 Saint-Denis, Room C103 from 14h00 to 17h00: Critique of the State: A state of the critique in the Near and Middle East
Naji El Khatib (Institute of Humanities Medfil): The State in the Near and Middle East: Epistemological and political issues
Nan Kar Azadi Collective: Reflections on the recent uprisings in Iran

Friday, February 2, 2018, Seminar from 13:00 to 15:30 and Workshop from 16:00 to 18:30 at the University of Paris 8 Saint-Denis, Room G-2: Critique of State II: Critique of the Nation-State with regard to the feminist and gender critic
Sonia Dayan-Herzbrun (Paris 7) / Éléni Varikas (Paris 8): Round Table
Collective: Interventions, readings and discussion in solidarity with political prisoners imprisoned in Turkish and Israeli prisons (continued), with Assia Zaino (Paris 8 University)

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at the University Paris 8 Saint-Denis from 6 pm to 9 pm, Room A217
Seevan Saeed (Kurdish Studies Center of the University of Exeter): The Kurdish Question in Turkey
Session organized in cooperation with the Seminar Consequences (ENS-Paris)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at the Université Paris 8 Saint-Denis from 4.30 pm to 7.30 pm, Room A028
Screening of the film “Behind the Fronts, Resistances and Resilience in Palestine” (Hybrid Pulse, 113 ‘, 2017) and meeting with director Alexandra Dols

Wednesday, May 2, 2018, Strike Seminar from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Le Relais Café (34 rue de Belleville 75019 Paris): Political Violence, Epistemological Violence
Current researches and discussion: Camille Fauroux (CRH-EHESS / Lille 3), Leila Elyaakabi (FUIQP), Beatrice Rettig (LLCP-Paris 8), Amir Kianpour (LLCP-Paris 8), Somayeh Rostampour (GTM-Paris 8)