Autonomous U 70:
Neocitizenship: Political Culture after Democracy
17 July 2017-5pm
2 West Roy St.Seattle, WA, 98110
The Autonomous University meets one Sunday a month (usually the last Sunday of the month) at INCA. We are open to anyone of any background or disposition who wants to carry out collaborative, creative, intellectual, &/or political work outside of the university. We will be discussing the texts referenced below. Read what you can.
We will be reading Eva Cherniavsky’s book “Neocitizenship: Political Culture after Democracy”
In her own words:
“Neocitizenship is animated by the perception that we are living in the midst of a momentous reconfiguration of political order, which seems increasingly to represent either a new stage of capitalism or, perhaps, the beginning of its end—a moment marked, in Slavoj Žižek’s words, by the dissolution of that historic “marriage between capitalism and democracy””
“In exploring the afterlives of citizenship, this study turns to the arena of vernacular culture, in particular a selection of materials culled from recent print fiction and television, which confront the implications of de-democratization for citizenship and popular political agency in what I take to be richer, at once less coherent and more insightful, ways than most of the political theory of the historical present.”
From the publisher:
Drawing on a range of political theories, Neocitizenship suggests that theory is at a disadvantage in thinking the historical present, since its analytical categories are wrought in the very historical contexts whose dissolution we now seek to comprehend. Cherniavsky thus supplements theory with a focus on popular culture that explores the de-democratization for citizenship in more generative and undecided ways. Tracing the contours of neocitizenship in fiction through examples such as The White Boy Shuffle and Distraction, television shows like Battlestar Galactica, and in the design of American studies abroad, Neocitizenship aims to take the measure of a transformation in process, while evading the twin lures of optimism and regret.