The Beauty of Anarchism: Relational Geography, Mutual Aid, Spatial Emancipation @Librería Utopía

April 24, 2018 @ 06:39 – 07:39

Freitag, 4. Mai 2018, 19.00 Uhr
The Beauty of Anarchism: Relational Geography, Mutual Aid, Spatial Emancipation
Lecture & discussion with Simon Springer (CA)

Let us become beautiful ourselves, and let our life be beautiful! (Élisée Reclus)

Anarchism is a beautiful enabler. As a political praxis it allows us to embrace our capacity for living now and doing for ourselves in this moment what we would otherwise leave to authority. Strength is to be found not in what is dreamed possible but as an illumination of the powerful beauty we collectively represent. Anarchism insists upon the development of new relationships with our world and, crucially, with each other. Recognizing such connection implies a relational geography as an aesthetic realization that we all matter, that we are all part of the beauty of immanence. Within this recognition of our capacity for the beautiful comes the seed of something new, nourished by the possibilities of our desire for a better world. A relational geography is consequently a way to try to make sense of a world that is infinitely complex and in an ever-changing process of becoming. Geography’s recent reengagement with anarchism brings us closer to the possibility of shaking off the chains that fetter us to statist, capitalist, racist, sexist, and imperialist ideas by maintaining that our greatest resource is our bonds to one another. In anarchist geographer Élisée Reclus’s notion of ‘universal geography’ we see an early iteration of such a politics of possibility, which looks to connection, or relationality, as its impetus. For Reclus, all people should share the Earth as siblings by expanding our circle of empathy and reorganizing the landscapes of power though strengthened bonds of solidarity. So rather than simply always becoming, for anarchists, geography is about becoming beautiful.

Simon Springer joins the University of Newcastle, Australia as Professor of Human Geography this coming September, where he will assume the role of Head of Discipline for Geography and Environmental Studies, and Director of the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies. He is currently based at the University of Victoria, Canada.


Vortrag & Diskussion in englischer Sprache.

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