23rd March: 1.00pm
Covid-19 Pandemic and the Potential of Direct Democracy.
The Covid-19 pandemic drastically changed our daily lived experience overnight. For many of us, this change manifested as a newfound slowness that created space for us to explore new habits and routines.
Through applying Paolo Virno’s understanding of revolution as “engaged withdrawal” from harmful systems and David Graeber’s understanding of anarchic practices, this talk will explore the radical potential of changing our daily practices. We will consider how to embody our hoped-for futures in the context of the everyday lived experience. The future is now!
The ongoing crisis of this past year has brought existing inequalities regarding socioeconomic status, racial inequalities, disability provision, and more to the forefront. As our world changed, we were confronted with the profound ineptitude of our existing systems to carry us all into equitable and sustainable futures. In this talk, I will ask the audience to explore the potential of direct democracy. This includes considering a certain ‘democracy from below’ that can exist outside of governing structures. This type of direct action taken in our own lives allows for the radical re-imagining of the future through an engaged re-structuring of our present.
Laney Lenox is a PhD candidate at Ulster University’s School of Applied Policy and Social Sciences. Her doctoral research examines the role of archives documenting incarceration in societies affected by conflict. She conducted fieldwork in Berlin, working with memorial and archival spaces as well as interviewing former political prisoners incarcerated in the GDR. Her work falls broadly into critical theory with an anthropological approach to fieldwork. She is particularly interested in viewing linear time as a social construct and in understanding how this relates to power structures when discussing ‘dealing with the past’ and democratization processes in conflict-affected sites. She employs complex methodological tools to garner more nuanced and inclusive understandings of contentious pasts. Her doctoral work is built on her master’s research. During this time, she worked as a research and administrative intern for the Prisons Memory Archive (PMA) and wrote her thesis on storytelling as a peacebuilding tool.
Find out more: @LenoxLaney