Sara Baranzoni, PhD in Theater and Cinematographic Studies, is Professor of Performance and Research for/in Performing Arts at the University of the Arts of Guayaquil (UArtes, Ecuador), and adjunct lecturer at the Technological University Dublin, Ireland (TUD Dublin). Her research focuses on the philosophy of technology, political ecology, and performance studies. She has published numerous essays in Italian, French, Spanish, and English; she is co-founder of the international journal La Deleuziana, a member of the Latin American Studies Network on Deleuze and Guattari and the Digital Studies network. She is also co-coordinator for UArtes of the international project Networking Ecologically Smart Territories (NEST, Horizon 2020, MSCA-RISE), funded by the European Union.

After Politics. Governing by affects?

On Thursday, July 7th at 12 am (CET), we will host the CAS SEE Seminar with Sara Baranzoni, presented by our Fellow Emilia Marra.

In this talk, we’ll take the opportunity to analyze some issues at stake in contemporary politics in light of the challenges of digitalization. Through notions like algorithmic governmentality (Rouvroy and Berns), platformization (Bratton, Stiegler), and the affect theory (Massumi, Ticineto Clough), we’ll try to establish and discuss some key points that could be useful in order to update some concepts regarding micro and biopolitics (Deleuze and Guattari, Foucault), the public sphere and the social and individual bodies. All this, trying to understand how the manipulation of affects via the staging of possible catastrophic futures (Parisi) is used as a powerful neurosensory weapon with performative effects for governing and modelling behaviours. If contemporary capitalism is capable of abstracting and extracting affects, accumulating them and by this creating value, which policies should we think of in this situation, where the issue is that of uncertainty and the manipulation of affectivity? Is there any place left for public institutions or is the market the sole political actor left?

UNIRI The Moise Palace: Cres Island

An education center of the University of Rijeka. A five-hundred-year-old patrician townhouse and the largest Renaissance palace on the Croatian islands. A venue and forum for various scientific and research activities, it welcomes visiting academics, students and scholars.