July 29: Diego Sztulwark

Thanks to everyone who took part in last week’s discussion. It was, I thought, a very useful conversation about Diego Sztulwark’s book, La ofensiva sensible, which, in combination with the other preparatory readings and discussions over the past few weeks, should set us up for a very interesting and productive visit from Diego himself this coming Wednesday. Many thanks again to Ana Vivaldi for organizing a great series of readings and meetings. I for one very much look forward to this week’s final session.

Meanwhile, Ricardo continues his habit of writing a blog post at an ungodly hour following our Wednesday meetings. Here is his latest: “Notas a algunos fragmentos de La ofensiva sensible: neoliberalismo, populismo y el reverso de lo político de Diego Sztulwark”.

As Ricardo puts it: “Por lo último que se lee en el fragmento de Sztulwark y por las entrevistas de Contra ofensiva sensible, uno puede intuir que a pesar de la reproducción alocada del modelo neoliberal, cada forma de reproducción social no sólo carga con su dosis de abyección, pero también con las herramientas para la recodificación de una potencia secreta que escape de la lógica del estado y del capital.”

The reading suggested for this week is the third and final chapter of La ofensiva sensible: Neoliberalismo, populismo y el reverso de lo político.

You may also wish to look at chapter two, as an optional, extra reading.

(Many thanks to Gwen Pare for the scanning!)

We will meet on Wednesday, July 29, from 4pm Pacific.

All this will take place on Zoom, of course. Because it’s 2020.

As always, however, feel free to join us later in the evening (from around 5:30pm onwards), without any expectation of having read the texts, and drink in hand if you so wish, for a more social check in.

Also as always, please do feel free to invite others (whether they are in Vancouver or not) to join us. Virtual Koerner’s is fully in Phase Four of lockdown, and we are delighted to see our “bubble” continuing to expand. If anyone wants to be added to the list, they can be in touch with me.

And again, we very much welcome and invite suggestions of texts, speakers, discussion topics, and so on. We especially welcome a) texts written by VK participants (short texts can be posted to our blog), and b) suggestions for linked “cycles” of sessions that might, like Ana’s current cycle, include different kinds of texts on a common theme.

You will hear information about our next cycle of meetings very shortly.

We look forward to seeing you this week.

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