About a world that strings persons together

A Research in Progress seminar with Ángeles Eraña
Dr Ángeles Eraña
Friday 22 Sep 2023, 13:00 - 14:00
Spoken Language
Room 4.39
International Institute of Social Studies
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Ángeles Eraña
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In this Research in Progress Seminar, Ángeles Eraña investigates the individual-society dyad.

In the beginning of the years 2000, Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos (from the Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional) and Luis Villoro (a Mexican philosopher) held a correspondence where they discussed (and questioned the basis of) the so-called individual-society paradox.

With their main ideas as a starting point, Eraña aims to rethink this dyad. To do so she will examine the following questions:

  • Is it necessary that the world be as it is now?
  • How is the world now?
  • What kind of persons inhabit this world?

In her seminar, she will contend that we live in an unjust world that needs to be transformed. There are different actions and new theories needed to attain such a goal.

In the theoretical side of this quest for a better world we need to question whether this dyad is in fact a paradox. On the practical side we need to become (real) persons.

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The Research in Progress seminars provide an informal venue for presentations of ongoing research by ISS researchers and scholars from the wider development studies community.

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