Thursday, October 2, 2014, 7 pm
Materien der Macht. Konstituierende Prozesse und präsentische Demokratie (Matters of Power. Constituting Processes and present time Democracy)

Lecture by Isabell Lorey (political scientist, visiting lecturer for political theory, center for gender studies, Universitity of Basel)

In Europe, new democratic practices have been emerging for quite some time within social movements, on squares and in other places. These forms of practice are widely regarded as a process of constitution that is not aimed at reforming representative democracy, but in which alternatives to participation and representation are invented. In her speech at the exhibition Imperium by Luca Vitone at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Isabell Lorey speaks about these movements and processes, which are about the resistance to the ruling social, economic and political realities of the present, and at the same time the reinvention of a modified present – the invention of presentist democracy.

Isabell Lorey is a political theorist at the European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies (eipcp). She teaches as visiting professor for political theory at several Universities: at the Zentrum Gender Studies at the University of Basel (2012-2014), at the Humboldt University Berlin (2010 and 2011) and the Vienna University (2009 and 2010). 2001-2007 she held an assistant professorship for Gender & Postcolonial Studies at the University of the Arts Berlin. She is the author of publications on the precarization of labor and life in neoliberalism, on social movements such as the Euromayday-movement and the occupation and democracy-movements since 2011, on critical theory of democracy and representation, biopolitical governmentality, and political immunization. Her habilitation on Roman struggles of order, the Plebeian, concepts of community and immunization was published in 2011 under the title
Figuren des Immunen. Elemente einer politischen Theorie by Diaphanes.

In German language