Keynote: Athena Athanasiou on “Taking Sides” (Konstanz, 28.06.2018, 6pm)

We are excited to announce the keynote by Athena Athanasiou (Athens):

Taking sides, or what critical theory can (still) do

Taking sides raises the questions of how bodies come to inhabit and materialize space, who is fighting whom and why, whose side are we on, what other sides are put aside or left out, from which place and in which epistemic and political framework we take sides. In other words, taking sides involves becoming situated in space and time through the collective work of always figuring out what’s at stake. In this paper, I will take the opportunity of theorizing the question of taking sides to think again about critique and critical theory. My wager is to propel a reflection on the question of what critical theory can do in these times of ongoing crises. Criticality involves the ex-centric and dispossessed structure of the subject vis-à-vis the conditions of its emergence, which has thoroughgoing implications for situated epistemologies and resistances-to-come. And so I ask: how can we rethink the political implications of crisis/critique/criticality in instating a possibility for decolonial, counter-nationalist, feminist/queer, anti-fascist social and political life in our times.


Athena Athanasiou is Professor of Social Anthropology and Gender Theory at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Greece. Among her publications are the books: Agonistic Mourning: Political Dissidence and the Women in Black (Edinburgh University Press, 2017); Life at the Limit: Essays on Gender, Body and Biopolitics (Athens, 2007); Crisis as a ‘State of Exception’ (Athens, 2012); and (with Judith Butler) Dispossession: The Performative in the Political (Polity Press, 2013). Her publications include also numerous articles and collected volumes on feminist/queer theory, biopolitics, the politics of dissent, and radical democracy. She has been a fellow at the Center for the Study of Social Difference, at Columbia University. She is a member of the editorial advisory board of the journals Critical Times and Feminist Formations.


The keynote is part of the international conference Taking Sides – Theories, Practices, Cultures of Participation in Dissent (Konstanz, GER, June 28-30, 2018).

There will be three more keynotes and workshops on 29.06.2018. Please have a look here.

Attendance is free but registration is required.

Feel free to get in contact with us: anne [dot] ganzert [ at ] uni [ – ] konstanz [dot] de



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