Uprisings

Background: Iran has faced the most brutal crackdown in its recent history, initially with a drop in gasoline subsidies and an increase of up to 300%, in a paralyzing global economic context and high inflation, offset by widespread demonstrations and riots and subsequently by repression with between 300 and 1,500 people killed and more than 8,000 arrests.

Feminist and queer transnationalities, translocalities, decolonialities

"One of the most useful approaches to thinking about power globally is the notion of "scattered hegemonies", which shows the existence of many configurations of hot and cold powers, scattered around the world, at different scales and in different records – financial, military, ethnic, media, technical.
I propose to add to it the notion of coformations to think power relations, subjects, conditions and behaviors.
Indeed, in mainstream feminist theorizing, gender has often been conceptualized as a single axis, vector, or system, or in terms of binary sex classes.

The State at stake II: Critique of the Nation-State with regards to the feminist and gender critique

In a now classic text, the American historian Joan Scott has defined gender, which she carefully distinguishes from "biological sex" as "a primary way of signifying power relations", which, according to her, constitutes social relations based on perceived differences. According to her, it implies four sets of elements: first, symbols and symbolic representations that are culturally available, second, normative concepts, thirdly, a notion of politics in reference to institutions and social organization, and finally, that which relates to subjective identity.

The State at stake: A state of the critique in the Near and Middle-East

The intervention will deal with situations in the region by developing a critical reflection on the notions of Identity, Nation, Nation-State, Frontiers according to space-time, geographic locations and social, economic, political and social contexts in the Middle East in general and more specifically with regard to the Palestinian and Kurdish peoples.

Non-synchronism as a mode of Asian subjectivation

About 40 years ago, when the Iranians revolted and brought down the Shah, the prevailing perception of time was different. At that time, the Iranian revolutionaries were considering themselves the first wagon of the train of world history. The revolution in Iran took place in 1979, even though the age of revolutions (the age of the extremes, according to Eric Hobsbawm) already seemed to belong to the past.

Decenterings

After the subaltern, post-colonial and decolonial studies, the notion of decentering in the approach to the construction, organization, translation, transmission and reception of knowledge is renewed for both questionning hegemonic knowledge, but also to leave room for other logics and other knowledges, for new politics of the common.
It is particularly as a relational dimension that the notion of decentering proves to be the most interesting in terms of an efficient critique of neo-colonialisms and persistent cleavages in globalization.