In their talk, Athena Athanasiou and Elena Tzelepis focus on the critical mattering of vulnerability in multiform sites and temporalities that underwrite the global present. They take critical poetics of mourning and agonism as a way to attend to the question whether and how the contingencies of vulnerability are taken up as situated knowledges of radical political imagination. They reflect on the implications of (un)breathability in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement and the global mobilization against gendered violence by deploying Antigone’s decolonial feminist instantiations in the context of contemporary activism.
Athena Athanasiou is Dean and Professor of Social Anthropology at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences (Athens, Greece)
Elena Tzelepis is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Thessaly (Volos, Greece)
KIRIK’s 2022 programs are supported by SAHA as part of the Sustainability Fund 2021-2022.
Image credit: Nadie atraviesa la región sin ensuciarse (2015) by Regina José Galindo.
Courtesy of the artist and prometeo gallery di Ida Pisani Milan/Lucca