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Troubling Psyche[s] - Affects and Struggles in the Pandemic. The lecture series explores global politics of affect and psychosocial struggles for health and justice in pandemic times. The series of events takes a global look at new subjectivities. It asks what the pandemic has done to "us". Who will "we" have become? At the same time, it is about the differentiation of this "we" and the extremely different forms of subjectivation in a patriarchal, postcolonial and unequal world.

1. Vulnerability and fear. Revolution against life

The pandemic has been able to spread not least because a large part of the world's population is denied or deprived of protection and security. The unleashing of neoliberalism has also been a revolution against life that has eroded existing systems of protection and solidarity to the maximum. With the pandemic, fears and despair flood societies - fears of the virus, hunger, patriarchal violence, the police, the future.

Speakers: Rita Segato [ARG], Mpumi Zondi [ZA]

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2. Loneliness, defence, confusion – affective dynamics in the digital public sphere

The pandemic reinforces the isolation of the subjects inscribed in capitalism into loneliness. This can only seemingly be bridged by the digitalisation of social life. At the same time, the longing for contacts and relationships becomes the profitable data raw material of surveillance capitalism –one of the big winners of the pandemic. Which affective dynamics emerge in public spheres controlled by algorithms? Which approaches of a new digital activism enable local and transnational alliances between the excluded?

Speakers: Koketso Moeti [ZA], Tobias Matzner [GER]

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3. Every life counts? Grief & rage

he pandemic exposes the unevenly distributed experience of vulnerability: People who have to live under precarious conditions are much more affected than those who believe themselves to be in secure circumstances. In the crisis, the primacy of the economy is revealed, and in its wake the hierarchisation of life and its grievability. All the experienced losses do not remain without psychosocial consequences. Resistance and protest are forming globally: The Black Lives Matter movement, organised struggles of domestic workers or global patent campaigns are breaking the silence of an all too often indifferent public.

Speakers: Djamila Ribeiro [BRA], Vanessa Thompson [GER]

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4. Against patriarchy and powerlessness and fear: for life

The "shadow pandemic" of patriarchal violence affects women* and queers across all classes and borders. Its most visible expression is fem[ni]icide. Wom*n and Queers stand in solidarity across continents against the danger of being killed and the powerlessness. stand in solidarity across continents against the danger of being killed and the powerlessness. In the face of what Rita Segato calls "femigenocide", which denotes the exploitation and killing of feminised bodies and nature alike, practices of self-defence and attack are beyond necessary.

Speakers: Verónica Gago [ARG], Elsa Dorlin [FRA]

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5. Care against exploitation

Patriarchal and gendered structures of living and working conditions are once again intensified in the pandemic while progress fought for over decades is unceremoniously reversed. Subjectivations as "system-relevant" meet exploitation and intensification of patriarchal violence. The event explores new recognitions of agency and central strands of current feminist economic critique.

Speakers: Clemencia Correa [MEX], Julia Dück [GER]

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