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Indebted citizenship - an interview with Rosi Braidotti

Effective intersectional analysis involves a recognition that advanced capitalism has given us endless subjective differing as process, disengaged from revolution. (Video, 41 minutes)

Advanced capitalism does not develop in a linear fashion, but by endless processes of overlapping coding, recoding and decoding of the existing rules that construct our socio-economic sphere in the hunt for profit.

As fascism was colonialism coming home to roost in the 1930s, so in the same way, the impoverishment of Europe is a coming home to roost of policies we have actively implemented in the third world since the second world war: structural readjustment plans that are doing to the south of Europe what we had been doing to the south of the world.

At this time, we need a serious discussion of masculinities, religious bodies, political violence, systematic necro-politics, stem cell research that relies on the looting of natural resources and colonized territories, financial bulimia, addictive non-food, affective economies, the spectres of fascism, the cartographies of subjective difference. Ours is a figurative, entropic system of unleashed consumerism and multiple choices between quantitative differences without qualitative difference: desire as lack.

We need to see how we can move this along through intersectional analysis and discussion, and put behind us the pain that can never be redeemed, to challenge the computational rationalities of the system.

The interview is part of a broader project by Andrea Mura entitled ‘Indebted Citizenship’, and conducted on behalf of the Oecumene Project and the Open University’s Centre for Citizenship, Identity and Governance (CCIG).

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About the authors

Rosi Braidotti is Distinguished University Professor and founding Director of the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University. She was the founding professor of Gender Studies in the Humanities at Utrecht (1988-2005) and the first scientific director of the Netherlands Research School of Women's Studies. A world figure in gender and critical theory, she set up in 1989 the Network of Interdisciplinary Women's Studies in Europe (NOI&SE) within the Erasmus Programme. From 1997 to 2005 she was the founding scientific director of the SOCRATES Thematic Network for European Women’s Studies and was awarded in 2010 the Erasmus Prize of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission for an outstanding contribution to social inclusion.

An established scholar in the fields of continental philosophy and epistemology, feminist and gender theories and post-structuralist thought, her most recent book is Nomadic Subjects (second edition, revised and enlarged, 2011, Columbia University Press).

Andrea Mura is research fellow in political philosophy at the Open University, where he currently contributes to the ‘Oecumene: Citizenship after Orientalism’ project. He is the author of The Symbolic Scenarios of Islamism: A Study in Islamic Political Thought (Ashgate), and Post-modernity: A Philosophical Introduction, (Ediesse), which will both be released in 2014.

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