William Mazzarella: "Political Incarnation as Living Archive: Populist Symptoms"

The Departmental Seminar Series features William Mazarella, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago.

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This seminar will be a hybrid event where professor Mazarella will be presenting digitally via zoom. Those who want to attend physically are more than welcome to join us in meeting room 512 at Gullhaug torg 1.

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I explore the profound anxiety that democratic theory has about political incarnation in a time of global populism. Putting pressure on liberal political norms, populist politics raises, once again, the ‘impossible’ question of the incarnation of democratic sovereignty. Why is this question so very anxious? Why does it bring us back, again and again, to the supposedly regressive motifs of political theology and authoritarian charisma? I consider some alternatives in dialogue with a recent text by ‘L,’ a participant in the currently ongoing Iranian uprising.  


Published Aug. 17, 2022 11:09 AM - Last modified Nov. 30, 2022 1:58 PM