16. February 2018 - 18:00 till 20:00
Peter Bronfman Learning Centre, 7th floor, 297 Victoria Street
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2018 Phyllis Clarke Memorial Lecture - Jodi Dean | Friday, 16. February 2018

The 2018 Phyllis Clarke Memorial Lecture, "Four Theses on the Comrade," will be delivered by Dr. Jodi Dean, the Donald R. Harter '39 Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York.

Crucial to the global excitement generated by the October Revolution was the promise and possibility of new forms of relationship, new ways of being human. The Revolution heralded an end to relations of hierarchy and domination and the beginning of new relations of comradeship and solidarity. This paper focuses on the comrade as a term of address, figure of political relation, and carrier of expectations for action. It presents four theses on the comrade, emphasizing the genericity and interchangeability of the comrade. It argues that this genericity, the sameness of those on the same side, provides a way through the impasse of systems and survivors prominent on the contemporary left.