September 28, 2022


Maison Française, Buell Hall, Columbia University

6:15 pm – 8:45 pm

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Utopia | 13/13 is a seminar series organized by Professor Bernard Harcourt, CCCT and ICLS

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Etienne Balibar and Bernard E. Harcourt read and discuss:

Marx and Engels, The Communist Manifesto (1847)
Ernst Bloch, The Spirit of Utopia (1918)
Michel Foucault, “Of Other Spaces: Utopias and Heterotopias” (1967/1984)
Fredric Jameson, Archaeologies of the Future (2005)
Zapatista Army of National Liberation, Sixth Declaration of the Selva Lacandonia (2005)
Erik Olin Wright, Envisioning Real Utopias (Verso 2010)Alex Williams and Nick Srnicek, Manifesto for an Accelerationist Politics (2013)

(all readings available on-line here)
Wednesday, September 28, 2022, 6:15 – 8:45 PM
Maison Française, Buell Hall, Columbia University

In his lecture, “Uncovering lines of escape: towards a concept of concrete utopia in the age of catastrophes,” the philosopher Étienne Balibar will touch on three dimensions of the urgency of rethinking concrete utopias in these times of crises: first, Balibar will discuss the dilemmas surrounding the concept of utopia and utopian thinking, without which there could be no “radical” politics, but at a time and in an age of at least two major catastrophes (the climate, and the digital); second, Balibar withexplore “real” or “concrete” utopias in light of the Foucauldian distinction between “utopias” and “heterotopias,” which could also be interpreted as a conversion of utopia into heterotopias; third, Balibar will then conclude on the transcendental problems of the different modalities of the “possible,” the “impossible,” the “necessary,” the “inevitable,” in their relationship to a concept of time (e.g. Bloch’s time of “not-yet”), as displaced by the questioning of “utopia” in today’s catastrophic circumstances.

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