Stasis: a Discussion on the Commons (Part I)

Inside/Outside Europe

In Judith Butlerand Athena Athanasiou’s volume of collected discussions, Dispossession: the Performative in the Political, the latter suggests that the ‘very practice of stasis creates both a space of reflection and a space for revolt, but also an affective comportment of standing and standpoint’ (pp. 150-151). The persistence of protesters in occupying squares and other public spaces reveals, Athanasiou continues, the ‘corporeal and affective disposition of stasis that derails, if only temporarily, normative presuppositions about what may come into being as publicly intelligible and sensible in existing polities’ (p. 151). The notion of stasis seems very poignant here. Stasis as reflection and revolt, standing and standpoint; standing up, standing with and standing against. Stasis as standstill. The practice of stasis creates a shared (symbolic) space, a common; a space of collective reflection, a space of appearance where the intelligible and the sensible are negotiated and projected/represented, and a…

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