Category: Rethinking Citizenship

RETHINKING CITIZENSHIP – Notions of economic development and progress are intrinsically political in the way they are premised upon imaginary and fantasmatic constructions of citizenship and personhood. Because capitalism is a form of economic dispossession based on the systematic de-humanization of “the other”, no economic and political commons are possible without a radical openness towards the other. New forms of gender and sexual discriminations linked to the feminization of labour are emerging. The right to appear of lesbian, gay, queer and transgenders is under attack. The catastrophic impact of the European refugee crisis on the European Left shows that the enclosures and ‘expulsions’ (Sassen, 2015) of late capitalism – based on racism, homophobia and the coupling of appearance and privilege – require new and expanded notions of personhood and citizenship. What would a basic charter of citizens’ right, one which takes the extreme point of view of refugees, exiles and dispossessed migrants, look like? How can a new human-right discourse be developed – one which is neither universalist nor culturally relativist but recognizes the structural complexities, unevenness and queerness of late capitalism? How can artists and cultural producers contribute to imagine ‘other’ form of personhood and citizenship – equal and yet unique, open and fluid? With its location in the Mediterranean and the South of Europe, IRI is committed to work towards the construction of a charter of “citizenship of the commons”, sketching an horizon of radical solidarity rooted in the experiences of exile, forced migration and expulsion.

GESTURES OF RADICAL IMAGINATION: A PROGRAM FOR THE USEFUL REVOLUTION by Emanuele Braga

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translation by Gabriella Riccio

Do we change, now? It will probably always be worse: the techno-authoritarian drift

Coronavirus management risks dragging everyone into techno-authoritarianism: a social life awaits us in which we are controlled every move we make. Through GPS, cell phones, cameras in public spaces and streets it will be possible to understand if we really respect the rules of social distancing. At first they will tell us that their data collection will respect anonymity and that it will be performed “only” to understand mass behavior. Then they will come to individual sanctions and integrated ranking systems. Those who are unemployed will have to stay at home or go shopping at the most, only those with a job will be allowed to move or take a plane.

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