The Common Cause: Non-Possession, Anti-Materialism and Moral Imperfection A Symposium with Professor Leela Gandhi


The legacy of European imperialism includes acquisition and possession as tendencies associated with the moral ascent of individuals and peoples towards civilised perfection. Imperialist ways of thinking are resisted by anti-colonial and antinomian lineages of non-possession and subjective imperfection. This symposium explores how postcolonial political philosophy may draw upon these rich philosophical lineages to conceive a collaborative politics and an egalitarian ethos of postcolonial coexistence. How can contemporary European thought reconsider its privileged models of appropriative selfhood? How can it balance the private and singular ownership of things with the multiple pleasures to be found when diverse material belongings are shared in ‘the common cause’? *Leela Gandhi (Brown University)* * Mai Al-Nakib (U Kuwait) * Moira Gatens (U Sydney) * Rosalyn Diprose (UNSW) *Danielle Celermajer (U Sydney) * Joanne Faulkner (UNSW) * Stephen Muecke (UNSW) * Kudzai Matereke (UNSW) * Miguel Vatter (UNSW) * Simone Bignall (UNSW) Admission is free, but places are limited and booking is essential. To reserve a place, please RSVP by December 8, 2014 to

*This event is supported by the Biopolitical Studies Research Network at UNSW*

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