Unthinking Global Existentia: The Analytics of Raciality and the Possibility of Global Justice
The UCLA Center for the Study of Women presents a talk by Denise Ferreira da Silva, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego.
Friday, October 19, 2007
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
UCLA Faculty Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Drawing from the rewriting of the modern subject introduced in her book, Toward a Global Idea of Race, Professor Ferreira da Silva's talk outlines a critical program that pulls out the fabric of global existence seeking to provide tools that will contribute to the project of global justice. This program has three parts: (1) a description of the Play of Life, the ontological account governing the post- Enlightenment political discourse and ethical claims; (2) a description of globality, the ontological horizon manufactured by scientific signifiers, the political-symbolic weapons that produce non-European as affectable subjects, those who thrive in the mark of death, the ones not covered by the ethical principles governing post-Enlightenment social configurations; and (3) a draft of an initial set of guiding questions devised to contribute to the critical task, the unthinking of the world, necessary to the collective project of designing an ethical program that both describes and dismantles the mark of death. In short, this but a small contribution to the remapping of globality, the refiguring of the world, the crucial task that should guide our demands for justice and formulations of emancipatory projects.
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