Direkt zum InhaltDirekt zur SucheDirekt zur Navigation
▼ Zielgruppen ▼

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Institut für Europäische Ethnologie

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Institut für Europäische Ethnologie | Termine | Institutskolloquium im Wintersemester 2018/19

Institutskolloquium im Wintersemester 2018/19

Wann 23.10.2018 von 14:00 bis 16:00 (Europe/Berlin / UTC200) iCal

Badiou out of Place: Multiplicities, Ontologies, and the Lived Experience of Forced Migration

Elizabeth Cullen Dunn (Indiana University, Bloomington)



How do we define political events and the subjects who carry them out? These are fundamental questions taken up by the philosopher Alain Badiou, who has developed a complex theory to explain both “the normal situation” and “the Event” which ruptures it to create a radically different world. Badiou’s vision is of a heroic political subject and of an Event that constitutes revolution. But the recent movement of millions of refugees and the “crisis” of forced migration challenges Badiou’s notion of both the Event and what it means to be a political subject. Using the lived experiences of forced migrants, I retheorize the Event as an explosion, trace the crisis of coherence and meaning it creates for displaced people, and argue for a rich conception of “the political” as the process of constituting a coherent and actionable world in the wake of cataclysm. In doing so, I seek to reframe who counts as a political actor and rethink what kind of action counts as politics.



Elizabeth Cullen Dunn is Professor of Geography at Indiana University. Her work focuses on refugees and internally displaced people and the humanitarian aid agencies which attempt to assist them. She has conducted more than 20 months of field research in camps and settlements for the displaced. She is the author of Privatizing Poland (2004) and No Path Home: Humanitarian Camps and the Grief of Displacement (2017).