The Ends of Democracy

This multi-day conference runs from November 7-9.

The rise of populist movements in recent years raises questions about the challenges for liberal democracy and its basic institutional forms. For instance, what are “the ends” of democracy in a double sense: what are the ends of democracy, that is, its purposes and promises, but also, what is the possibility of a collapse of democracy as a specific political form of government or an ideal for existing forms? What meaning, if any, can be given to popular sovereignty during this time, and how does it relate to prevalent ideas of populism? Following the spirit of the critical approach formulated by the Frankfurt generation of Critical Theory, this conference brings together philosophers, sociologists, anthropologists, political scientists and psychoanalysts from a range of countries to address the need for a reactualization of critical theory in light of present political challenges. Hosted by the Universidade de São Paulo Department of Philosophy in collaboration with UC Berkeley, it is the second meeting of the conference cycle of the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The conference will be live streamed at: 
https://www.sescsp.org.br/online/artigo/11395_SESC+POMPEIA+RECEBE+O+SEMINARIO+INTERNACIONAL+OS+FINS+DA+DEMOCRACIA

Conveners are Vladimir Safatle (Universidade de São Paulo), Natalia Brizuela (UC Berkeley), and Judith Butler (UC Berkeley)

Speakers include:

Paula Biglieri, Universidad de Buenos Aires
Natalia Brizuela, University of California, Berkeley
Wendy Brown, University of California, Berkeley
Susan Buck-Morss, City University of New York Graduate Center
Monique David-Ménard, Université de Paris VII
Rodrigo de la Fabián, Universidad Diego Portales
Christian Dunker, Universidade de São Paulo
Zeynep Gambetti, Boğazici University
Rahel Jaeggi, Humboldt Universität
Jimmy Casas Klausen, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro
Juan Obarrio, Johns Hopkins University
Vladimir Safatle, Universidade de São Paulo

PROGRAMA / PROGRAM


As conferências contarão com tradução simultânea.
Simultaneous interpretation provided.

Tuesday, November 7
10:00
Abertura / Opening
Natalia Brizuela (UC Berkeley), Judith Butler (UC Berkeley), and Vladimir Safatle
(Universidade de São Paulo)

11:00 – 12:45
Insumisas: massas, assembléias, corpos / Insumisas: Masses, Assemblies, Bodies
Natalia Brizuela (UC Berkeley)

Debatedora / Respondent
Paula Biglieri (Universidad de Buenos Aires)

14:30 – 16:45
Liberdade e a guerra no “social” na política autoritaria do século XXI / Freedom and
the War on the “Social” in Twenty-First Century Authoritarian Politics
Wendy Brown (UC Berkeley)

Soberanias resilientes: uma nova ficção onto-política da vida e da identidade /
Resilient Sovereignties: A New Onto-Political Fiction of Life and Identity
Rodrigo de la Fábian (Universidad Diego Portales)

Debatedora / Respondent
Rahel Jaeggi (Humboldt Universität)

Wednesday, November 8
10:30 –12:45
A condição pós-totalitária / The Post-Totalitarian Condition
Zeynep Gambetti (Boğaziçi University)

Modos da regressão: o caso do ressentiment / Modes of Regression: The Case
of Ressentiment
Rahel Jaeggi (Humboldt Universität)

Debatedor / Respondent
Jimmy Casas Klausen (PUC – Rio)

14:30 – 16:45
Políticas Revoluçionarias hoje / Revolutionary Politics Today
Susan Buck-Morss (CUNY Graduate Center)

A força da revolução e os limites da democracia / The Force of Revolution and the
Limits of Democracy
Vladimir Safatle (Universidade de São Paulo)

Debatedora / Respondent
Wendy Brown (UC Berkeley)

Thursday, November 9
10:30 – 12:45
O animismo da propriedade: a dimensão inconsciente das políticas democráticas
/ The Animism of Property: Unconscious Dimensions of Democratic Politics
Monique David-Ménard (Université de Paris VII)

Reflexões para tempos de democracia e morte: Populismo autoritário, democracia
selvagem e morrer bem / Thoughts for the Times on Democracy and Death:
Authoritarian Populism, Savage Democracy, and Dying Well
Jimmy Casas Klausen (PUC – Rio)

Debatedor / Respondent
Juan Obarrio (Johns Hopkins University)

14:30 – 16:45
Sete teses sobre Populismo: alguns aspectos para debater / Seven Theses on
Populism: Some Aspects to Debate
Paula Biglieri (Universidad de Buenos Aires)

O ato cardeal da democracia: Lacan sobre a política / The Cardinal Act of
Democracy: Lacan and Politics
Christian Dunker (Universidade de São Paulo)

Debatedora / Respondent
Zeynep Gambetti (Boğaziçi University)

16:45
Encerramento / Closing
Natalia Brizuela (UC Berkeley), Judith Butler (UC Berkeley), and Vladimir Safatle
(Universidade de São Paulo)