« Why We Must Be Wary of the Concept of Disobedience ». Lecture at the University of Amsterdam, May 29

I am invited at a one-day conference on Disobedience at the University of Amsterdam. Co-organized by Robin Celikates (Amsterdam), Bernard Harcourt (New York), and Daniele Lorenzini (Paris).

Co-sponsored by the Transformations of Civil Disobedience Project at the University of Amsterdam and the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought.

The title of my talk is « Why We Must Be Wary of the Concept of Disobedience ».

Abstract of my talk.

Following an examination of certain historic examples and a reflection on the relation of the individual to the state and to the law, I would like to reconsider the relevance of the concept of disobedience in designating the posture of adopting conduct different from that which is prescribed by law.

Other speakers will be: 

Hourya Bentouhami (Toulouse), Gabriella Coleman (Montreal), Zeynep Gambetti (Istanbul), Raffaele Laudani (Bologna), Sandra Laugier (Paris), and Albert Ogien (Paris).

University of Amsterdam, May 29, 2017, 9:30am – 6:30pm.

Location: Belle van Zuylenzaal, Universiteitsbibliotheek/University Library, Singel 425, Amsterdam

Participation is free, but seats are limited. For registration please email r.celikates@uva.nl

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General presentation of the conference :

From the Civil Rights Movement via Occupy and Black Lives Matter to the recent anti-Trump protests and refugee activism, disobedience is an essential part of our history and present. At the same time, however, disobedience has remained theoretically and politically contested. In light of the increasingly global reach of economic, social, and political interactions and problems, the focus of disobedience has also started to shift, leading to increasingly transnational forms of activism that do not fit the established state-centered model and challenge dominant views on the definition, justification, and role of disobedience. At the same time, digitalization and the rise of the ‘expository society’ create new challenges for the organization and dynamic of disobedience, raising conceptual and political issues that cannot be addressed by the dominant offline-¬centered conceptual frameworks. At this workshop, a diverse group of political and legal theorists, philosophers, and social scientists will address these challenges and rethink the category of disobedience (civil or otherwise).

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