Reconstructing Neo­Authoritarianisms

Online workshop

University of Verona, Centre for Politics and Theories of Sexuality (PoliTeSse);
organized as part of PhanomAiD (Marie­Skłodowska­Curie­project n° 896973).

Understanding new and persisting forms of authoritarianism is a pressing task for critical theory today. One of the striking features of contemporary far­right mobilization is its multiplication. In many geografical sites, subjects of neoliberal societies turn to nativist and eliminatory stances. They are mobilzed by a panoply of topics including ecology, migration, and gender­identity. How can we attune our analytic vocabulary to offer sufficiently complex reconctructions? And which shared features, or even causes, can we identify for the anti­emancipatory surge?

This workshop examines some promising theoretical tools from materialist, psychoanalytic and decolonial feminist scholarship. It also criticizes perspectives which share some limitations with their object of study, namely nationalist or femonationalist lenses of inquiry.

The workshop is primarily intended for colleageal exchange. Some of the papers will be circulated beforehand and discussed on the basis of prior reading.


14:00 CET / 10:00 ART welcome & introduction

14:15 – 15:45 CET / 10:15 – 11:45 ART

Gisela Catanzaro (University of Buenos Aires): Authoritarian Neoliberalism and Neocolonial Subordination: Beyond the National Question (Argentina, 2015­2019)

Jana Cattien (University of Amsterdam): Anti­Genderism and White Feminist Reconstructions in Germany

15:45 – 16:15 CET / 11:56 – 12:15 ART

coffee break (partly in front of screen if convenient, but not required)

16:15 – 17:45 CET / 12:15 – 13:45 ART

Oriana Seccia & María Stegmayer (University of Buenos Aires): The contributions of psychoanalysis to thinking about neo­authoritarian subjectivities

Eva von Redecker (University of Verona): Ideologies of desire. A possible typology of authoritarian characters.

17:45 – 18:00 CET / 13:45 – 14:00 ART

farewell (optionally with aperitivo/lunch­time drink)

14­-18 CET/10­-14 ART
on Zoom
Nov 3rd, 2021

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Poster of the conference