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Workshop "The Political Imaginary and New Forms of Collective Subjectivities"

PD Dr. Paula Diehl und ihr Projekt "The Imaginary and Politics in Modern Democracy" veranstalten am 18. und 19. November 2016 einen Workshop zum Thema "The Political Imaginary and New Forms of Collective Subjectivities".
  • Wann 18.11.2016 14:00 bis 19.11.2016 13:00 (Europe/Berlin / UTC100)
  • Wo Main Building, Unter den Linden 6, R. 2070 A
  • Teilnehmer Regine Herbrik (Leuphana­-Universität Lüneburg) Paula Diehl (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin) Martin Saar (Universität Leipzig) Mauricio Domingues (Universität Rio de Janeiro) Emanuel Richter (Technische Universität Aachen) Wolfgang Knöbl (HIS, Hamburg) Olaf Kaltmeier (Universität Bielefeld) Giorgia Bulli (Universität Florenz).
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The Political Imaginary and New Forms of Collective Subjectivities



18.-19. November 2016
Humboldt University of Berlin, Main Building, R. 2070 A, Unter den Linden 6
For decades, modern democracies have been experiencing deep transformations such as globalization, new forms of medialization, and crises of political representation and institutions. These transformations have impacted the way people understand and experience politics, affecting collective subjectivity and the political imaginary. We are witnessing the rise of populism, the emergence of new online and offline political movements, and the formation of a new kind of political consciousness, which does not necessarily follow the logic of political institutions and is sometimes anti-political. How can we make sense of such different phenomena, and what is their impact on democracy? The workshop “The political Imaginary and new Forms of collective Subjectivities” starts from the hypothesis that these phenomena are at the same time symptoms and causes of a deeper transformation of the political imaginary and that they concern different political cultures. For this reason, we propose a specific theoretical and comparative approach to these questions. It mobilizes the notions of the imaginary and of collective subjectivity in order to understand actual transformations of politics and society. The project has two goals: it intends to develop the notion of the imaginary as a framework of sociology and political science on the one hand, and to analyze socio-political transformations of Modern democracy by comparing new socio-political trends in Europe and Latin America on the other. 
How do phenomena such as disenchantment from politics, populism, anti-political and anti-institutional movements, and new forms of political action are interconnected and how they are related to the political imaginary? Are we witnessing a new form of political subjectivity? If yes, what does it mean for democracy? The workshop will adress these questions on two levels: on the conceptual-theoretical and on the empirical-analytical.
Have a look at the program.