The suspended time of authoritarian rule. A tribute to Osman Kavala

Carte blanche to Béatrice Hibou
Thursday 29 March 2018 - 7 pm

Continuing her research on the political economy of subjugation, Béatrice Hibou hosts a protean evening on many means of “suspension” that accompany the exercise of power in authoritarian situations.

What devices do governments use in order to play on uncertainty, instability, unpredictability, vulnerability and precariousness? What is the meaning of consensus and what are the effects of recurring states of emergency? How does the language of power help to sway people, normalise behaviour and anesthetise minds? What do formalism and bureaucratisation produce in terms of understanding reality and distancing? Ms. Hibou has invited publishers, analysts, directors and musicians to discuss her reflections.

This event pays tribute to Osman Kavala, a leading theatre and cultural patron in Turkey, president of the Anadolu Kültür cultural centre and the Depo exhibition space in Istanbul, who was arrested on 18 October 2017 and is being held in temporary detention by Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s regime.

With Serge Avedikian, director; Jean-François Bayart, political scientist; Ahmet Insel, publisher and economist; and Manuel Pamokdjian, patron of the arts. Béatrice Hibou, a political sociologist at the Sciences Po Centre d’études et de recherches internationale (CERI) and research director at the CNRS, has written several books, including La bureaucratisation du monde à l’ère néolibérale (The Bureaucratisation of the World in the Neoliberal Age, 2012), Anatomie politique de la domination (Political Anatomy of Domination, 2011) and La force de l’obéissance (The Force of Obedience, 2006).

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