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

Institutskolloquium im Wintersemester 2018/19

Wann 11.12.2018 von 14:00 bis 16:00 (Europe/Berlin / UTC100) iCal
Wo Hausvogteiplatz 5-7, Raum 0007
Kontaktname Jens Adam
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Of Politics and Personhood. Considerations from Slovenia

Gretchen Bakke (Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems, HU Berlin)


In this paper I am interested in normative models of personhood and their interruptions. I focus on complaints about Slavoj Žižek, one of Slovenia’s most infamous personages, who is often said to be “full of shit.” Working from internet commentary, personal experience, history, film, and philosophy I take this smear seriously to ask: what does it mean to say someone is full shit? How does such a judgement come about? And what might we learn about competing models of subjectivity from it? The paper is part of a larger project on practices of subjectivity-without-interiority in the context of post-socialist Slovenia where I conducted three years of fieldwork in the early 2000s.


Gretchen Bakke is an anthropologist and writer whose work focuses on political and infrastructural transitions linked to collapsing systems. She is interested in what gives way and what is ferociously retained during periods of socio-cultural, political, financial and technological upheaval. She is currently on loan from McGill University in Montréal to the Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems and at the IfEE at Humboldt University, Berlin


Please consult the whole programme of the lecture series „Ethnographies of the Contemporary: Perspektiven und Positionen einer Anthropologie des Politischen“ by following this link: https://www.euroethno.hu-berlin.de/de/veranstaltungen/institutskolloquium/wintersemester-2018-19/institutskolloquium-wintersemester-2018-19