What Sparks Revolutionary Change?
A debate featuring George Katsiaficas and AK Thompson
Police Riot by Eric Drooker
December 7th, 2020 at 7pm via Zoom
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What sparks revolutionary change? Ever since the publication of his 1987 classic The Imagination of the New Left, George Katsiaficas has highlighted the role played by “the eros effect,” which reunites people with their humanity while fostering bonds of solidarity. In their 2017 collection Spontaneous Combustion: The Eros Effect and Global Revolution, Jason del Gandio and AK Thompson invited contributors to extend Katsiaficas’ concept through case studies and theoretical investigations.
Spontaneous Combustion also featured a number of critical rejoinders that raised questions about Katsiaficas’ formulation. Among these was AK Thompson’s “Eros Effect or Biological Hatred?,” which foregrounded the role played by the experience of lack in social struggle.
The Institute for Anarchist Studies (IAS) and its journal, Perspectives on Anarchist Theory, will host a written response by George Katsiaficas to the Spontaneous Combustion book. It will appear on the IAS website here: https://anarchiststudies.org [anarchiststudies.org]
George Katsiaficas is a longtime activist and an author of books on the global imagination of 1968 and European and Asian autonomous movements. Together with Kathleen Cleaver, he edited Liberation, Imagination, and the Black Panther Party: A New Look at the Panthers and Their Legacy (2001). His two-volume Asia’s Unknown Uprisings (2012, 2013) focuses on South Korean social movements in the twentieth century, and popular occupations of public space in ten places in Asia in the 1980s and 1990s. For many years, George taught at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. He was a research affiliate at Harvard in both Korean studies and European studies and twice awarded Fulbright fellowships (to Germany and Korea). His website is: http://www.eroseffect.com [eroseffect.com].
This event is sponsored by the Center for Place, Culture and Politics.
It is free and open to the public.