Join B, John, and guest-host Emily Crandall in a (sign)nificant conversation about Universalism, Particularism, and the Question of Identity and Why Do Empty Signifiers Matter to Politics? by Ernesto Laclau on political identities, universals, particulars, and the role of empty signifiers in democratic politics. The group analyzes the relationship between the universal and particular, where identity comes from, agency and subjectivity, and what it would mean to use Laclau to think about gender identities. At points contentious, but always reflective, the group takes on multiple methods of interpreting these two chapters from Emancipation(s) –whether it be rejection of Laclau’s dismissal of post-modernism’s embrace of pure particulars, or B putting on a pouty face about Lacanianism and semiotics.
The episode also includes Part 2 of John’s interview with Amy Schiller on her recent pieces, discussing philanthropy, neoliberalism, and time-traveling with Luce Irigaray. We give advice on revise-and-resubmits to academic journals and work through B’s promising but tricky dating life.
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- Emancipation(s) on Google Books
- Verso’s in memoriam post for Laclau
- Semiotics for beginners by Daniel Chandler
- On Laclau’s discourse theory
- Contingency, Hegemony, and Universality (by Butler, Laclau, and Žižek) on Google Books
- Amy Schiller’s “Is For-Profit the Future of Non-Profit” and “Philanthro-Capitalists Can’t Buy a Clue“
- The Revolution Will Not Be Funded by INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence
- Laura Sjoberg on revising and resubmitting at her Relations International