Alkisti Efthymiou in Conversation with Athena Athanasiou: Spectral Publics and Antifascist Eventualities

Authors

  • Alkisti Efthymiou Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences
  • Athena Athanasiou Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences

Keywords:

Women in Black, public mourning, memory, political agency, relationality, social movements

Abstract

This text is a conversation between Athena Athanasiou and Alkisti Efthymiou, drawing from Athena Athanasiou’s new book, Agonistic Mourning: Political Dissidence and the Women in Black (Edinburgh University Press, 2017). The conversation discusses the critical potency of collective subjectivities such as the Women in Black and expands on issues that include political agency, vulnerability in resistance, spacing appearance, performing public mourning, or the traveling of social movements, associating them with contemporary feminist and antifascist urgencies. Central to the text is the concept of non-sovereign agonism, a form of political agency that addresses (or takes into account) the dispossessed quality of subjectivity and pays attention to the relationality through which we are constituted as subjects.

Author(s): Alkisti Efthymiou and Athena Athanasiou

Title (English): Alkisti Efthymiou in Conversation with Athena Athanasiou: Spectral Publics and Antifascist Eventualities

Journal Reference: Identities: Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture, Vol. 16, No. 1-2 (Summer - Winter 2019)

Publisher: Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities - Skopje

Page Range: 102-113

Page Count: 12

Citation (English): Alkisti Efthymiou and Athena Athanasiou, “Alkisti Efthymiou in Conversation with Athena Athanasiou: Spectral Publics and Antifascist Eventualities,” Identities: Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture, Vol. 16, No. 1-2 (Summer - Winter 2019): 102-113.

Author Biographies

Alkisti Efthymiou, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences

Alkisti Efthymiou is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Social Anthropology at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences (Athens, Greece). Closely engaging with works of film, her thesis focuses on the critical state of intimacy under late capitalism. She holds a BA in Media and Cultural Studies and MA in Gender, Society and Politics from Panteion University, as well as an MA in Museum Studies from University College London. Her most recent publications include papers in the Greek feminist journal feministiqá and the Journal of Greek Media and Culture. She has received a scholarship to support her doctoral studies from NEON Organization for Culture and Development and the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (HFRI).

Athena Athanasiou, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences

Athena Athanasiou is Professor of Social Anthropology and Gender Theory at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences (Athens, Greece). Among her publications are the books: Agonistic Mourning: Political Dissidence and the Women in Black (Edinburgh University Press, 2017); Dispossession: The Performative in the Political (with Judith Butler, Polity Press, 2013); Crisis as a ”State of Exception” (Athens, 2012); Life at the Limit: Essays on Gender, Body and Biopolitics (Athens, 2007). She has been a fellow at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, at Brown University, and at the Center for the Study of Social Difference, at Columbia University. She is a member of the editorial advisory board of the journals Critical Times, Feminist Formations, Philosophy and Society, and Journal of Greek Media and Culture.

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Published

2019-12-28

How to Cite

Efthymiou, A., & Athanasiou, A. (2019). Alkisti Efthymiou in Conversation with Athena Athanasiou: Spectral Publics and Antifascist Eventualities. Identities: Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture, 16(1-2), 102-113. Retrieved from http://identitiesjournal.edu.mk/index.php/IJPGC/article/view/376