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WASTE

WASTE
Conflict, resistance and the disquieted space of ethics
Red Square, “Maple Spring” (the 2012 protests in Québec)
and other “cultural housebreaking”

Communication et intervention lors de RIOT, REVOLT, REVOLUTION, colloque organisé par Nicola Clewer, 7th Annual International Interdisciplinary Conference, CAPPE Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics, University of Brighton, Royaume-Uni, 2012.

Image par Alexandre Huot

It is very rare for societies or institutions to change unless they are confronted by specific forms of resistance. This conference investigates those moments of historical change when existing orders are put into question. In particular, it seeks to challenge us to rethink ways in which we might understand resistance and asks us to read the past in order to inform the present through a focus on riot, revolt and revolution, and on the interplay between them.
Organising Committee Presentation, RIOT, REVOLT, REVOLUTION Conference program and paper abstracts

Série photographique «WASTE: CARRÉ ROUGE [RED SQUARE]» et tract «Flyer about the 2012 protests in Québec» (réalisé avec la collaboration d’Alexandre Huot) présentés lors de RIOT, REVOLT, REVOLUTION, colloque dirigé par Nicola Clewer, 7th Annual International Interdisciplinary Conference, CAPPE Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics, University of Brighton, Royaume-Uni, 2012.



“ The legacy of knowledge”

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"The present state of the world is not a war of civilizations. It is a civil war: it is the internal war of a city, a civility and urbanity, as they are being deployed to the limits of the world”.1 This globalized, yet broken, world is acting out its cultural flaws. According to Nancy, the community is now separated, face to face, confronted (by a gap) within itself. Consequently, this author puts forward the necessity to think through the possibility for this confrontation as being a law of human togetherness. Borrowing a page from Robert Antelme’s experiential book, The Human Race (1947), this intervention and visual essay will invite participants to explore the transformative power of conflict, a certain performativity of resistance – namely resistance to opposition within a (self)confronted community, as well as resistance to forms of choice-making that reinforces inclusion/exclusion – and the disquieted space of ethics: “It’s now, alive and living as waste, that our reason triumphs.” 2
Louise Lachapelle Extracts from paper abstract "WASTE. Conflict, resistance and the disquieted space of ethics.
Red Square, 'Maple Spring' (the 2012 protests in Québec) and other 'cultural housebreaking' ", RIOT, REVOLT, REVOLUTION


1. Jean-Luc Nancy (2001), La Communauté affrontée, (My translation.) 2. Robert Antelme, The Human Race. Original 1947 French text, First published in 1992, (My translation.)