JVF Conference 26

In/visibility: Perspectives on Inclusion and Exclusion

It is not otiose to assert that the themes of inclusion and exclusion adequately capture, if not define, some of the most central issues, questions, and problems that confront us today. To a great extent, social-political matters – on local, global, and virtual levels – and issues concerning selfhood, embodiment, and personal nature are determined …
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Urban Heterotopia: Zoning Digital Space [1]

Today we live in an “era of space” and, as Foucault explains in a lecture, delivered at the Parisian Cercle d’études architecturale on March 14, 1967, this era is an “era of simultaneity, of juxtaposition, of proximity and distance, of coexistence and dispersion. The world is understood not so much as a big living organism …
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Populism in Poland: In/visible Exclusion

  This paper attempts to answer a general question, namely, what exactly does populism in Poland mean?[1] In the 2005 parliamentary elections, the spectacular victory of parties that were described in the public discourse as populists, as well as their coalition and announcement to build the new IV Republic of Poland, surprised many scholars. These …
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The Upsurge of Spontaneity and the Rise of an Undivided Subject: The Role and Place of Merleau-Ponty in the Dreyfus-McDowell Debate

I. In an attempt to dispel “traditional prejudices” and to “return to phenomena,” Maurice Merleau-Ponty argues that conceptualist accounts of perception eradicate the true distinction between sense experience and judgment.[1] He writes: “Ordinary experience draws a clear distinction between sense experience and judgment. It sees judgment as the taking of a stand, as an effort …
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Love is Not Blind:
In/Visibility and Recognition in M. Heidegger’s Thinking

“According to the old saying of Heraclitus, struggle is the basic principle and moving force of being. But the greatest struggle is love – which provokes the deepest contest precisely in order to be and display itself in reconciliation.”[1] As the old saying goes, “love is blind.” I would like, however, to consider the opposite …
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Negotiating Precariousness:
Navigating Discursive In/Visibilities

“In the 21st century we are all the precarious class. There is no post, no employment anymore, but continuously only new challenges.” [1] We are all the precarious class…? Are we really all the precarious class? From a sociological standpoint, precarity is certainly one of the main issues of our society; it might even be …
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