Festival of critical culture (November)

CRIC - Festival of critical culture (November) 17.11-01.12.2020 Online program 17.11.2020 (Tuesday) "Fetishism and everyday-life" by...

CRIC – Festival of critical culture (November)


Online program

17.11.2020 (Tuesday)

“Fetishism and everyday-life” by Michael Heinrich | 20:00

*moderator: Artan Sadiku

Abstract: Very often, Marx’s theory of commodity- and capital-fetishism is misunderstood as a theory of wrong perception or wrong consciousness. In capitalism, however, fetishism is a reality. Insofar our perception is correct and this has practical consequences in everyday life. . What is wrong is the generalization that the fetishist relations necessarily exist in every society. In a deep social crisis, the immanent irrationality of the fetishized relations can easily become visible. Covid19 produces exactly such a crisis. However, the recognition of fetishism’s irrationalism is not the end of the story. We have to ask, what is the character of that “association of free persons” (Marx) who can overcome fetishism?


Michael Heinrich is a Political Scientist in Berlin. He published “An Introduction to the Three Volumes of Marx’s Capital” (2012) and “Karl Marx and the Birth of Modern Society” (2019), the start of a series of four volumes about Marx’s biography and the evolution of his works.

Link from the video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5vL7l6XBYI

24.11.2020 (Tuesday)

19:30 “In Praise of Youth” by Alexander Garcia Duttmann

*moderator: Stanimir Panayotov

Abstract: If youth is dead today because it has made a pact with the parents, we need to conceive of its idea. When we try to do so, we find that the history of philosophy from Plato to Badiou conceives of youth in terms of a time of transition, or a rite of passage. The young ones are the ones who have ceased to be children and who are on the way to become adults, that is responsible citizens, reliable family fathers, dependable providers, autonomous subjects, rational grown-ups. But can one not conceive of a different, less conservative idea of youth? Can one not sing the praise of another youth? Is youth not also the name for an indomitable and anarchic force?


Alexander García Düttmann teaches philosophy at University of the Arts in Berlin. Before moving to Germany, he lived in London for twenty years where he taught at Goldsmiths and was a guest professor at the Royal College of Art. His latest book publications include “What Does Art Know? For An Aesthetics Of Resistance” (2015), “What Is Contemporary Art? For An Aesthetics Of Resistance” (2015), “What Is Contemporary Art? On Political Ideology” (2017) and “Love Machine. The Origin Of The Work Of Art” (2018), all with Konstanz University Press. In preparation: “In Praise Of Youth” (2021), “The Hopeless” (2021) and “So What: How To Make Films With Words” (2022). He is responsible for the French edition of a lecture course by Jacques Derrida (“Théorie et pratique”, Éditions Galilée: Paris 2017) and has appeared as an actor in Albert Serra’s new film “Liberté” (2019).

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01.12.2020 (Tuesday)

19:00″Left feminist horizons: professionalizing or radicalizing the women’s movement in Bulgaria” by Mariya Ivancheva

*moderator: Jana Kocevska

Abstract: This talk draws on my research on and experience of the continuities and ruptures in the women’s movement in Bulgaria. Against the background of an a(nti)feminist liberal frame of struggle against domestic violence in Bulgaria’s 2000s, I discuss the emergence and work of the left feminist group LevFem. Since 2018 the group has worked to politicise the debate on and engaged work with violence towards issues of re/productive work, structural inequality and the neoliberal capitalist warfare on Bulgarian women, ethical and sexual minorities, and on society at large. I discuss some of the achievements and challenges of a movement with a socialist feminist focus in the broader context of retraditionalisation and desecularisation of which Bulgaria is one instance among many.


Mariya Ivancheva is a Bulgarian sociologist and anthropologist, currently based in the UK. She has done research and published on higher education, labour, precarity, intersectional inequalities, and the role of universities and their communities in broader processes of social change especially to and from socialism. Mariya is a member of the editorial board of LeftEast, and of the Bulgarian left feminist collective LevFem.


Споделено на: јануари 25, 2021 во 3:58 pm