OPEN CALL 2019, nº 9

Call for papers 2019,  #Re-visiones nº9

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Para-fascist rhetorics and their counter-images: A cartography of criticism

Paper submissions deadline: May, 15th 2019

Issue editors: Diego Posada and Lior Zalis

The general precariousness brought on by the policies of neoliberalism has especially affected the lower social classes, women, racialized people and sexual minorities. However, it has also hurt sectors who had believed their social welfare to be natural, unquestionable: middle-class white men now impoverished and therefore humiliated. With their focus on the symbolic, far-right groups have managed to use this social malaise to their advantage, fueling it with racist and nativist policies against immigration and what they refer to as “gender ideology®,” i.e. feminist and sexual dissidence movements. These trends have coalesced around an identity of racial and ethnic supremacy and purity, cisheteropatriarchy, and a rejection of “politics” and the left.

This context comes amidst a crisis of the left. Key concepts such as political affiliation, class, revolution and “the people” have undergone significant changes requiring a semantic and performative reformulation. The constant tension between the politics of everyday life and broader global struggles requires us to shift between the micro-, macro- and mesopolitical. The eco-social crisis, which entails an end to the material margin for growth, demands that we rethink our development policies. Mixed in with these different tensions are debates surrounding the masculine performativity of the activist, desire-orienting practices related to care, strategies of struggle that are transversal to issues of race, sex, gender and sexuality, and the colonial political relations between the global peripheries and centers.

We invite authors to analyze the historical processes behind the rise of the new right, and to build tools that can orient practices, poetics and politics. Following Franco Bifo Berardi, we would like to extend an invitation to reconstruct affective codes, to analyze and interpret signs and symbols in order to discover ways to talk about these current phenomena in light of the classic fascist movements of the past. This open call is therefore a call to arm ourselves with dissident imaginaries and vocabularies based on concrete experiences of social movements, artistic practices, academics, and cultural institutions, in order to arrive at a grammatology and visualities that motivate and mobilize bodies, spaces, politics and images. A vocabulary that incites us to rise up and undiscipline ourselves.

Our most pressing questions, therefore, are: Can the present surge of the far right be understood as an extension of the most extreme and deadly effects and logics of neoliberalism? How can we re-build a resistance to the current state of capitalism? How can we rewrite the political vocabulary of the dissident movements fighting capitalism, racism and cisheteropatriarchy? What concepts, images, and practices are useful to us – in situated terms – in order to reclaim the right to construct imaginaries in the face of the current political crisis? How can we share them with an awareness of the singularities that separate us, as opposed to the unitary and reactionary discourse that has been growing in the shadow of capitalism?

This call is aimed at textual, visual and erotic reflections or essays on the following topics:

  • A historical archive of fascism; similarities and differences with the new right around the world, and situated analyses of the rise of far-right governments.
  • Analysis of the political performativities of the para-fascist right, and their occupation of the public sphere; the apparatuses that sustain this rise: big data, social media, and their relationship with real production; the production of imaginaries connected to the nation, the homeland, the people and the masses.
  • The role of the feminist, sexual dissidence, disability rights and anti-racist movements in the face of reactionary discourses such as “gender ideology®” and others which re-naturalize various forms of oppression. 
  • The role of the left amidst the political realities at the global and local level; tensions among supporters and in political practice within situated contexts.
  • Artistic and political practices that dispute neoliberalism’s hegemony over the imaginary, and propose practices of utopian imagination.
  • Eco-social practices that respond to the problems of the environmental crisis, to eco-fascism/eco-colonialism, and to state and capitalist development policies.
  • Decolonial readings of the current global political processes.

Because Re-visiones believes in image-based investigative writing, we encourage the submission of visual essays, which may include all manner of audiovisual materials.

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