Recent event I contributed to in Naples.
Notes to come on ‘cosmopoetics’, opacity, spacetime mattering and the interminable crisis of racial capitalism.
Round tables – Screenings – Dialogues
14-15 JANUARY 2019
4.15 Palazzo Giusso
Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”
Dip. Scienze Umane e Sociali
Société Réaliste, COSMOPOLITES DE TOUS LES PAYS ENCORE UN EFFORT photo: Nada Žgank
10.00 Silvana Carotenuto, “Cosmopolites de tous les pays, encore un effort!” 10.45 Screening: “Kosmos” by Reha Erdem (film, 2009)
13.00-15.00 Lunch break
15.00 Andrea Cassatella, Al-Quds University, Bard College for Arts and Sciences East Jerusalem Decolonizing the Secular World Order: Derrida and the Theologico-Political Complex
- Methods: reflections on language and time to rethink knowledge production and the possibility of pluralism.
- Politics: exploring the political beyond secularism, specifically democracy and Islam.
- Context: thinking, writing and teaching in Palestine.
Discussion TUESDAY 15
10.00 Ashwani Sharma, University of East London
Fugitivity and (no)thingness: Black technics, urban aesthetics, subaltern cosmopolitical futurity
- Locating thought: notes on postcolonial tragedy and racial capitalism, diasporic urban spacetime, and the opacity of cosmo-politics to come.
- Audio-visual screenings:Flying Lotus, “Until the Quiet Comes”, dir Kahlil Joseph, 2012. (3’5”) Sampha, “Process”, dir Kahlil Joseph, 2018. (35’ 12”
3. Study and the Undercommons: audio-visuals and readings.
13.00-15.00 Lunch break
15.00 Kosmopolis association (Napoli) presents: EXODUS – fuga dalla Libia radio-doc. by Michelangelo Severgnini and Piero Messina.
Andrea Cassatella is an Assistant Professor (Visiting) and Head of the Core Division at Al-Quds University, Bard College for Arts and Sciences, East Jerusalem, Palestine. Before joining Al-Quds Bard in 2017 he was a Lecturer at the University of Toronto, where he also completed his PhD studies in 2015. His research interests are in modern European philosophy and political theory as well as critical and decolonial thought. Cassatella’s work on Derrida, secularism, cultural translation has appeared in such journal as Contemporary Political Theory, Philosophy and Social Criticism, Bamidbar: Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy, Ratio Juris, and The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Political Thought. Prior to entering academia, he served as Community Service Officer for the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Bosnia Herzegovina and Djibouti.
Ashwani Sharma is a Principal Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of East London (UEL), UK. He is a member of the Centre for Cultural Studies Research at UEL, and is an editor of the radical cultural studies book series for Rowman and Littlefield. He teaches, researches and has published in the areas of race, postcolonialism, visual, urban and digital culture, as well as writing on open access publishing, and autonomous study and the university. He is completing a book on race, time and contemporary audio-visual culture, and co-edited Dis-Orienting Rhythms: The Politics of the New Asian Dance Music. Sharma is the founding co-editor of darkmatter journal http://www.darkmatter101.org , where he has edited numerous issues including on ‘Post-Racial Imaginaries’ and ‘The Wire.’ He is a member of the Black Study Group (London), and has been developing an archival project ‘Must We Burn Croydon?’ http://burncroydon.tumblr.com/. He blogs at tabula rasa https://tabularasa0.wordpress.com/, and writes and performs poetry. Sharma has worked in sound in film, TV and radio, and was an aeronautical engineer.
KOSMOPOLIS – the making of
Qui è il mondo. Da qui raccontiamo il mondo.
Kosmopolis is an Association that promotes services, products, devices and multimedia with the intention of acquiring, producing, classifying and disseminating informational formats on questions of integration, defence of human rights and local developments. With a focus on the Neapolitan context, it aims to implement its multi-cultural heritage; being a hub of multiservice for a multicultural society, it both addresses Italian citizens with cosmopolitan attitudes and migrants in the process of integration in the Italian society. Its goal is to report the local context to which its work is connected to international scenarios, by promoting the interconnectedness of the welcoming society and the communities of foreign origins.
Société Réaliste is a Parisian cooperative created by Ferenc Gróf and Jean-Baptiste Naudy in 2004. It works with political design, experimental economy, territorial ergonomics and social engineering consulting. Polytechnic, it develops its production schemes through exhibitions, publications and conferences. Société Réaliste is represented by several galleries and has presented their work in the frame of several collective exhibitions.
Société Réaliste has created a cognitive see-through model under the title of Jacques Derrida’s book Cosmopolites de tous les pays encore un effort!/ Cosmopolitans of all countries, yet another effort! The model is the result of the superimposition of the topographic forms of the 192 member-states of the United Nations. All these sovereign states were put on the same scale using only two main information: their specific shape and the location of their capital city, with the intention to produce the synthetic form of potentially any state. The result is an eroded square, the average capital city lying almost in the geometrical center of it, the chaos of the frontier lines covering nearly its entire surface. Parallelly to the calculation of the shape of a ‘model state’, Société Réaliste started to work on a textual corpus which incorporates all the national anthems of the aforementioned 192 UN member states. Using the English translation of every anthems, Société Réaliste established a global compilation of national(ist) vocabulary. All words are marked with the three letter ISO code of the corresponding country, for example SVN for Slovenia, FRA for France, HUN for Hungary, etc.
Cosmopolitans of all countries, yet another effort is a standard tombstone for any state. Presented vertically, one of its side is carved with the calculation method with the superimposition of all the national frontiers of the world and the emplacement of its 192 capital cities, while on the other side is carved a textual composition using the compiled adjectives of all 192 national anthems. The complete list of 1839 hymnic adjectives – which form line from the word ABLAZE from the Turkish anthem, to YOUTHFUL, from the Jordanian one – can be applied to any sovereignty of any time. This ephemeral monument stands in the confrontation between the majestic and ceremonious sculpture, the abstract figuration of the notion of state and the methodology of its construction. “Cosmopolitans of all countries”, yet another effort intends to evoke and to represent the necessary escape and excess from detention within historical forms of political domination and to remain in the same time the parody of a monument. For more information: http://www.societerealiste.net
Jacques Derrida, Cosmopoliti di tutti i paesi, ancora una sforzo!, Napoli, Cronopio, 1997. #A. Cassatella
Jacques Derrida, “Faith and Knowledge. Two Sources of ‘Religion’ at the Limits of Reason Alone”, in Acts of Religion, ed. by Gil Anidjar, New York, Routledge, 2002, pp. 42-101.
_______________, “Différance.”, in Margins of Philosophy, trans. by Alan Bass, Chicago, The University of Chicago Press, 1982 (excerpt), p.13.
_______________, Monolingualism of the Other, or The Prosthesis of Origin, trans. by Patrick Mensah, Stanford University Press, 1996.
_______________, “To Arrive – At the Ends of the State”, in Rogues: Two Essays on Reason, trans. by Trans. by Pascale-Anne Brault and Michael Naas, Stanford University Press, 2005, pp. 141-159.
_______________, Rogues: Two Essays on Reason, trans. by Trans. by Pascale-Anne Brault and Michael Naas, Stanford University Press, 2005, especially chapters. 1-3, 8, pp. 6-41, 78-94.
Karan Barad, “Quantum Entanglements and Hauntological Relations of Inheritance: Dis/continuities, SpaceTime Enfoldings, and Justice-to-Come”, Derrida Today 3.2, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2010, pp. 240-268.
Jacques Derrida, Rogues: Two Essays on Reason, trans. by Trans. by Pascale-Anne Brault and Michael Naas, Stanford University Press, 2005, especially chs. 8-10, pp. 78-109.
Nahum Chandler, X, The Problem of the Negro for Thought, Fordham University Press, New York, 2014 (especially pp.1-67).
Nahum Chandler, Towards an African Future: Of the Limit of the World, Living Commons Collective, 2013.
Stefano Harney and Fred Moten, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study, London, Minor Compositions, 2013, especially chapter 2, pp. 22-43 (available on line http://www.minorcompositions.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/undercommons-web.pdf ).
Fred Moten, “Notes on Passage” (chapter 10), Stolen Life, Durham, Duke University Press, 2018, pp. 191-212. AbdouMaliq Simone, “It’s Just the City after All”, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 40, 2016,
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, “Forward: Cosmopolitanisms and the Cosmopoltical”, Cultural Dynamics, 24 2-3,
London, Sage, 2012, pp. 107-114.
Liquid Blackness Journal http://liquidblackness.com/publications/
• Paul Rabinow, “Representations are Social Facts: Modernity and Postmodernity in Anthropology”, in Writing Culture. The Poetics and Politics of Ethnography, eds J. Clifford and G. E. Marcus, Berkley, University of California Press, 1986, pp. 234-261.
• Arjun Appadurai and Carol A. Breckenridge, “Why Public Culture?”, Public Culture Vol.1 Issue 1, 1988, pp. 5-9.
• James Clifford, “Travelling Cultures”, in Cultural Studies, eds L. Grossberg, C. Nelson, P. Treichler, New York, Routledge, 1992, pp. 96-116.
• Bruce Robbins, “Comparative Cosmopolitanism”, Social Text, No. 31/32, Third World and Post- Colonial Issues, 1992, pp. 169-186.
- Martha C. Nussbaum, “Patriotism and Cosmopolitanism”, in For Love of Country? ed. J. Cohen, Beacon Press Boston, 1996, pp. 3-20.
- Martha C. Nussbaum, “Kant and Stoic Cosmopolitanism”, The Journal of Political Philosophy, Vol. 5, n. 1, 1997, pp. 1-25.Now (Revival)
• Timothy Brennan, At Home in The World, Cosmopolitanism Now, Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1997.
Beyond the nation
• Pheng Cheah and Bruce Robbins, Cosmopolitics. Thinking and Feeling Beyond the Nation, University of Minnesota Press, 1998.
• Kwame Anthony Appiah, “Cosmopolitan Patriot”, Critical Inquiry, Vol. 23, n. 3 (Spring 1997), pp. 617- 639.
Vernacular and Feminist
Another Cosmopolitanism: Hospitality, Sovereignty, and Democratic Iterations, ed. R.
• Seyla Benhabib et al.,
Post, Oxford University Press, 2006.
• Pnina Werbner, “Cosmopolitanism, Globalisation and Diaspora, Stuart Hall in Conversation with Pnina Werbner”, in Anthropology and the New Cosmopolitanism. Rooted, Feminist and Vernacular Perspectives, Oxford, Berg Publishers, 2008.
• Filmed Conversation: “S. Hall on Cosmopolitanism” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcaGhyYvMl0
The Geographies of freedom
• David Harvey, Cosmopolitanism and the Geographies of Freedom, New York, Columbia University Press, 2009.
Scientific (The Science War)
• Isabelle Stengers, Cosmopolitics I, Minneapolis and London, University of Minnesota Press, 2010. Performative Discourse
- Ivana Spasic, “Cosmopolitanism as Discourse and Performance: A View from the Semiperiphery” Revija Za Sociologiju 41, 3, 2011, pp. 269–290.
- Nina Hoy Petersen, Ian Woodward, Zlatko Skrbis, “Gender Performance and Cosmopolitan Practice: Exploring Gendered Frames of Openness and Hospitality”, The Sociological Review, vol. 64, 4, 2016, pp. 970-986.Radical
- James D. Ingram, Radical Cosmopolitanism, New York, Columbia University Press, 2014.
- James D. Ingram, “Radical Cosmopolitanism and the Tradition of Insurgent Universality”, in ed. G.Delanty, Routledge International Handbook of Cosmopolitanism Studies: 2nd edition, New York Routledge,2019.
- Tamara Caraus and Camil Alexandru Parvu, eds, Cosmopolitanism and the Legacies of Dissent, Taylor & Francis Ltd, 2014.
- Tamara Caraus, Cosmopolitanism Without Foundations? Dan Lazea, 2015.
- Tamara Caraus and Elena Paris, eds, Re-Grounding Cosmopolitanism: Towards a Post-FoundationalCosmopolitanism, New York, Routledge, 2016. Global ProtestIn Journal Globalizations, Issue 5: “Cosmopolitanisms and Global Protests” vol. 14, 2017:
- S. A. Hamed Hosseini, Barry K. Gills, James Goodman, “Toward Transversal Cosmopolitanism:Understanding Alternative Praxes in the Global Field of Transformative Movements”, pp. 667-684;
- Óscar García Agustín, “Dialogic Cosmopolitanism and the New Wave of Movements: From LocalRupture to Global Openness”, pp. 700-713;
- Bogdan Popa, “Saying No to Guilt: Subaltern Cosmopolitanism and the Indebted Man”, pp. 762-775;
- Camil Alexandru Parvu, “Contestatory Cosmopolitanism, Neoliberal Rationality and GlobalProtests”, pp. 776-791.https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rglo20/14/5?nav=tocListn
• Anjana Raghavan, Towards Corporeal Cosmopolitanism. Performing Decolonial Solidarities, London, New York, Rowman&Littlefield, 2017.
• Ananta Kumar Giri, Beyond Cosmopolitanism, Towards Planetary Transformations, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.
As philosophy, refuge and destiny
• Agnes Heller, “Cosmopolitanism as philosophy, as refuge, as a destiny” Lectio Magistralis, Università degli Studi di Milano, October 2018. Trad. Laura Boella: https://it.gariwo.net/editoriali/cosmopolitismo- filosofia-rifugio-destino-19481.html.