CIDRAL Theory Intensive: Laclau, Articulation and the Political
|Starts:||14:00 9 Mar 2016|
|Ends:||16:00 9 Mar 2016|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Current University students|
This seminar is part of CIDRAL's Theory Intensives series.
Dr Leandro Minuchin (Manchester Architecture Research Centre, University of Manchester) will lead a seminar on the work of Ernesto Laclau.
The articulation of what has been termed the post-neoliberal experiment in Latin America is being challenged by new conservative realignments. In a context where the ‘people’ no longer serves as a suitable category to project alternative political programs, revisiting and expanding Laclau’s work and - in particular - his theory of articulation, emerges as an indispensable political task for the emergent political left in the region and the rest of the world. In this presentation, I explore how the notion of articulation informs Laclau’s understanding of the political. I do this in three steps. I first present a brief conceptual history of the term. I then illustrate how articulation operates in Laclau’s work through the inscription of chain of equivalences, consolidating - historically contextualised - hegemonic positions. The third step examines the production of false universals and addresses the mechanics of political action. The paper concludes by signalling theoretical potentials and limitations associated with the notion of articulation in Laclau. I argue for the need to develop a theory of articulation that expands the agencies involved in the articulatory process and multiplies the sites and forms through which articulation takes place.
Readings for this Theory Intensive are available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2p5uf2hmqc6jpi3/AADTsfePDgp1LHpgjPRAJpAYa?dl=0
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