Speaker Series: Juan Pablo Anaya and Laura Ilea

Please join us this Friday afternoon at 2pm to know more about the work of Juan Pablo Anaya and Laura Ilea.

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-Juan Pablo Anaya, resident at the SenseLab. He’s a philosopher from Mexico. His presentation “Humor and masochism” will start at 2 pm.

“My general aim in this talk is to trace the importance of masochistic humor in the philosophy of Deleuze and Guattari and to discuss the potentiality of this kind of humor in artistic practices. For Deleuze, the relationship between humor and masochism was built up in the literature of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. In the latter’s novel Venus in furs the scrupulous application of the moral law and its punishments does not inhibit the desire of the masochist hero. Instead, the punishment serves only to demonstrate the absurdity of the law while triggering the desire that the law was supposed to forbid and conjure. This form of masochistic humor is also present in Kafka’s “Letter to his father”, a work commented by both Deleuze and Guattari. In their view, his zealous embracing of the Oedipus complex allows Kafka to comically expand its consequences and demonstrate its absurdity, revealing the historical materiality that the complex was supposed to conjure and synthesize. Following this relation, the problem I want to discuss in this talk is twofold. Firstly, how are we supposed to understand what Deleuze and Guattari call the humorous thought that constitutes the literature of Masoch and Kafka? Secondly, what is the relevance of a masochistic humor for artistic creation?”

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-Laura Ilea, post-doc at the SenseLab. She’s a writer from Romania. Her presentation “The Seduction of Barbarism.
About Decolonial Thinking” will start at 3:30 pm.

“What does it mean to decolonize being; to act counter to “scientific exhumation,” to become, as an observer, the center of an enunciation that does not vanish under the spell of truth, event, or history; to shift the structure of epistemic power and to exert the seduction of barbarism – to think through languages and ways of living that were delegitimized since Enlightenment as not belonging to the mainstream?
This talk is interested in re-inscribing subaltern knowledge in contemporary debate. It responds to stories that avoid a conception of history seen as a linear succession of events performed and narrated from the perspective of those agents who control knowledge. Making reference to Rodolfo Kusch’s Indigenous and Popular Thinking in America, analyzing some of the main debates in Madina Tostanova and Walter D. Mignolo’s Learning to Unlearn: Decolonial Reflections from Eurasia and the Americas, my topic will inevitably touch Peter Sloterdijk’s proposition in Eurotaoism: if we want to understand the contemporary biopolitical system, we have to accept negation as disengaging. There is no one history. There are many histories. Decolonial thinking is seduced by these many histories.”