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Submissive subjectivities and points of exception

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Dr Carlos Frade (University of Salford): ‘Submissive subjectivities and points of exception: toward a methodology to study the digital (work in progress).


Synopsis: This talk is part of a wider study on the relationship between power and subjectivity, which includes the digital as perhaps its most decisive contemporary manifestation. The study aims to define a theoretically grounded mode of enquiry which ensures a subjective position subtracted from the assumed givenness of the digital and its fleeting temporality. Contrary to those approaches which focus on the structural or systemic dimension of the digital, including its political economy, the approach proposed here begins with the subjective dimension and prioritises the subjective time in relation to the systemic time – the reason being that the power of the systemic order does not lie in the first place in the system itself, but in the way it captures the subjectivity, an operation neither governmental nor biopolitical and machinic in itself, but political through and through and thus aimed at obtaining consent and acceptance.

Analysis seeks to unravel the mechanisms of consent relied on by a form of power which offers the lures of freedom, participation and sense of agency, and to present an initial mapping of prevailing submissive subjectivities, both in using and in studying the digital.

Speaker: Dr Carlos Frade is senior lecturer in sociology at the University of Salford.

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