The Excruciating Work of Love…

subjectivation

On Foucault’s Kehre towards the Subject

A chapter in Andreas Oberprantacher & Andrei Siclodi (Eds.) Subjectivation in Political Theory and Contemporary Practices

http://www.palgrave.com/br/book/9781137516589

http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1057/978-1-137-51659-6_3

And here: brighenti-2016-the-excruciating-work-of-love

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La massa nella teoria sociologica classica e contemporanea / Crowds in classical and contemporary sociological theory

An essay from 2008, now freely available here – http://qds.revues.org/892

 

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Three Presents (with Mattias Kärrholm)

On the multi-temporality of territorial production and the gift from John Soane

Published in Time & Society

ThreePresents

Abstract

Territoriality has primarily been seen as a spatial rather than temporal phenomenon. In this paper, we want to investigate how time functions in territorialising processes. In particular, we are attracted by the multi-temporality that is co-present in each process of territorialisation (i.e. processes in which time and space are used as means of measure, control, and expression). The article is divided into two main parts. In the first part we draw inspiration from Gilles Deleuze’s book Logic of Sense, as well as from authors such as Simmel, Whitehead, Benjamin and Jesi, in order to articulate three different types of the present (Aion, Kronos and Chronos). In the second part we move to a short case study of the collector John Soane and the establishment of his house-museum. The case is used to exemplify how these three presents can be used to discuss and temporal aspects of territorialisation in general, and the production of a specific sort of territory – the house-museum as a new building type – in particular.
Keywords

Territorial Production; Temporality of the Present; Aion, Kronos, Chronos; Collectionism; House-museum

PDF version here

Sir John Soane's Museum, The Dome Area (photograph by courtesy of Jesper Magnusson)

Sir John Soane’s Museum, The Dome Area (photograph by courtesy of Jesper Magnusson)

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Beyond Rhythmanalysis (with Mattias Kärrholm)

Photo courtesy | Jesper Magnusson

Photo courtesy | Jesper Magnusson

Abstract. The recent, rich scholarship on rhythms proves that rhythmanalysis is extremely important and helpful as a sensitising attitude and a research technique. Despite its increasing recognition, rhythmanalysis has not yet become a proper science as its proponents had hoped. In this article we argue that rhythmanalysis could benefit from being further developed and integrated into a wider science of territories. What we need to attain is not simply a recording, capturing or description of rhythms; instead, the real goal is to capture the life of rhythms as they enter territorial formations. In other words, we invite to bring a neo-vitalistic conception into the social-scientific understanding of the relation between rhythms and territories. More specifically, we suggest that the notion of rhythm could be explored not only in terms of the recurrent patterns of association it defines, but also with essential reference to the intensive situations and moments it generates and, in the end, territorialises. As a case study to highlight this, we focus on a particular territorial sort, the urban playground.

 

Keywords. Science of Territories; Social Rhythms; Rhythmanalysis; Urban Playgrounds; Territorial intensities

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Passeur Theory

Lisa & Hans Fittko, passeurs…

Lisa & Hans Fittko, passeurs…

In http://www.losquaderno.professionaldreamers.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/losquaderno41.pdf

 

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Sometimes, an underground class…

underground class

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Onore, sacro, intensità. Per una sociologia del timotico

Pubblicato in La società degli individui, n. 56, anno XIX, 2016/2

A un primo sguardo, onore e dignità sembrano opporsi come l’arcaico e il moderno. In questo senso, la missione che il pensiero moderno, “democratico”, si auto-attribuisce è di sconfiggere e superare una regolazione sociale di tipo aristocratico. L’onore viene così considerato da un’ampia gamma di pensatori moderni come retaggio di forme tribali, particolariste ed elitarie di interazione sociale, a cui viene contrapposta una nuova forma morale universalista e democratica, quella della dignità. Tale, in breve, è il sogno kantiano che Rawls (2000: 328) ha denominato “aristocrazia di tutti”. Ma, come la stessa espressione paradossale lascia intravedere, il rapporto tra onore e dignità è estremamente più complesso di una semplice antitesi.

pdf version

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Social Camouflage: Functions, Logic, Paradoxes (with Alessandro Castelli)

Now published in Distinktion: Journal of Social Theory

Fixing the Shadow / Beyond the Law (1992)

Fixing the Shadow / Beyond the Law (1992)

Abstract. Camouflage is usually understood as a type of deceitful communication
strategy in the animal and human domains. In this piece, we invite scholars to consider how the phenomenon of camouflage, while certainly grounded in antagonism and selection, might exceed its strategic meaning. Using the case of undercover agents movies, we attempt to flesh out the inner logic of camouflage and the type of social-existential situations it gives shape to. Exploring the mundane practical problem of ‘infiltration’ into a social group or social milieu, the article zooms in onto the experience of camouflage and highlights its relatedness to and distinction from imitation. Camouflage is here used not as an overarching interpretive category, rather, as an instance that reveals something about the problems inherent in the constitution of inter-subjective life. The article seeks to contribute to a theoretical development in the study of social logic and social teleology, stressing the curious entanglement of deliberate strategic action and irrational desire that contradistinguishes what could be called the ‘aberrant conjunction’ of the camoufleur and its target. Camouflage, we conclude, is not only about make-believe but also, crucially, about desiring and learning to desire.

Keywords: Mimicry, Camouflage, Undercover movies, Infiltration, Social logic, Social phenomenology, Inter-Subjectivity

TOC
Introduction
The Functions of Camouflage
The Logic of Camouflage
The Existential Phenomenology of Camouflage
The Paradoxes of Camouflage, or, Learning to Desire
Conclusions

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http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/PNcAa3KNVDYUT3yZ6jhR/full  (50 free downloads)

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What’s a philosopher useful for?

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Antonio Gramsci’s Theory of the Civil Society

Gramsci

brighenti-2016-gramsci-civil-society

An entry for Handbuch Kultursoziologie, edited by Stephan Moebius, Frithjof Nungesser and Katharina Scherke. Springer.

https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007/978-3-658-08000-6_72-1

 

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L’etnografia e i sensi: una riflessione preliminare

cosmique

Introduzione al monografico su “L’etnografia e i sensi”, Etnografia e ricerca qualitativa, n.1/2016

 

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Value – Inquiries into a Polymorphous Magic Substance

A Lecture I’m giving at The Debt Complex Spring School  19-21 May 2016, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

http://prev.unibz.it/EN/ECONOMICS/EVENTS/Spring-School.html

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Gabriel Tarde: logica sociale e teleologia sociale – A seminar

 

 

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martedì 24 maggio 2016 ore 13:00 AULA SEMINARI SPS (stanza 215, lato Passione)
Facoltà di Scienze Politiche, Economiche e Sociali – via Conservatorio 7, Milano

 

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Il valore dello spazio pubblico. Qualche declinazione giuridica, politica ed economica

Una relazione al seminario Giustizia, architettura, diritti. Visioni e pratiche della città contemporanea, Napoli, 29 aprile 2016.

Giustizia, architettura, diritti

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The Visible – Some Thinking-Through…

mnemosyne

A speech I’m giving at the conference Understanding Visual Culture – Interdisciplinary Perspectives – Bologna, 21-22 April 2016

http://www.sssub.unibo.it/eventi/understanding-visual-culture

Programme (PDF)

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Cineforum TRANSIZIONI TERRITORI / 2 I tempi dei villaggi e delle città al cinema

Transizioni-Territori-pt.2

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De la visibilité by Nathalie Heinich – Book Review

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Brighenti-2016-De-la-visibilité – Book Review

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Visibilità e spazio pubblico – Città di muri e città di schermi

Brighenti-5aprile2016

Lezione al Corso di dottorato in Scienze sociali, Università di Padova
5 aprile 2016 – h. 14-17 – Sala Specchi – Via Cesarotti 10/12 – Padova

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Urban Interstices

9781472410016.PPC_urban interstices

now on googlebooks: https://books.google.it/books?id=Xw2OCwAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&hl=it&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false

Also here: http://gen.lib.rus.ec/book/index.php?md5=FB566BA4DF4C751868F0239B3C06AF87

and here: urban-interstices

 

 

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Graffiti, Street Art and the Divergent Synthesis of Place Valorisation in Contemporary Urbanism

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Camouflage, or, the Temptation of Relationship

URME - © Leo Selvaggio

URME – © Leo Selvaggio

Published in membrana 1/16 – Magazine of Photography

Brighenti_2016_camouflage,_or

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The Public and the Common: Some Approximations of Their Contemporary Articulation

42_2_LARGE
Critical Inquiry
Vol. 42, No. 2 (Winter 2016), pp. 306-328

also here

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Far-casa migrante: soglie del domestico, comune e pubblico

Un intervento a Tracce Urbane, con Paolo Boccagni

Sessione 3- Casa e città: pratiche dell’abitare e processi di home-making nella vita quotidiana

Venerdì 11 dicembre 2015, Politecnico di Milano

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Warming up for camouflage

photo credit | MKVL ©2015

photo credit | MKVL ©2015

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Il senso del convivere. Lo spazio pubblico nella società contemporanea

Un incontro con Franco Rella, Alberto Winterle e me – 11 novembre 2015

Video : short | long
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