We breathe air. We breathe air. We breathe air. We breathe…. We…. breathe… air…But what is this stuff called air? There are so many ways to open up, define, and explain what air is. It is the medium of this thing called atmosphere.  It is everywhere, at least between the terrain and the ends of […]

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Antigone, Apocalypse, Catastrophe & Universality

1. Critical Theory, Commons, and Social Totality: If we follow Max Horkheimer’s idea of Critical Theory[i] then, we learn, most importantly, that Critical Theory is concerned with the struggle for a total social change. In that respect it differentiates itself from Traditional Theory -which has had difficulty engaging with the idea of change itself. Towards the struggle for total change, Critical […]

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Event and Theory

1. Event Theory in the times of Pandemic. If we follow Achille Mbembe’s exercise in his book Out of the Dark Night, then theory always follows a paradigmatic event. Properly speaking, it is after the occurrence or after the fact. As Mbembe himself said in the seminar ‘there is hardly any theory without an event. Conversely, […]

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Disciplinary Boundaries or disciplinary depth? 

The idea of limit, particularly limit of disciplines, gives an impression that thinking about limits is thinking about the ‘external envelope’ of the discipline. Seen this way, it appears that thinking of limit is thinking about disciplines as physical forms. Forms which have a profile, contour, shape, boundary -bubbles, spheres, frame, mesh, network, assemblage,- etc. […]

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