The Futures That Subjects Could Want

Tuesday, 12 July 2016: 10:00
Location: Hörsaal 45 (Main Building)
Oral Presentation
Jan SPURK, LASCO-IMT (Paris), Universite Paris Descartes, France
The futures that subjects could want

After a long period of blackout, subjects and subjectivities are back in sociological discussion. Subjects could not become actors because of the lack of a principle of conflict. Nevertheless, systematic references to the phenomenological tradition or to the late work of Foucault are rare.The analysis of subjects and subjectivities must be situated in the contemporary society. The (autonomous or heteronomous) mobilization et conjunction of subjectivities in a given situation lead to the (auot)construction of subjectivity and objectivations forming their situation. As the call for papers points out, we live in a very contradictory world. It is not what it pretends to be; it is non-identic (Adorno).  The acceleration of the production of this society is well known as well as the fact that the world governance tries to manage this world. People and citizens have no big influence, and they know it. This situation came up, inter alia, because people consent to this development.Subjects didn’t choose it in a conscious and reasoned way but their subjectivities a highly mobilized. So they are alienated; future is uncertain, unpredictable and for theses reasons, it is agonizing, particularly because this word is in an “erosion crisis”.

The fight for “the future they want” could be the process of constitution of subjects disposing a great and creative subjective autonomy.

In our paper we ask if he Weberian conception of “elective Affinities” (borrowed at Goethe) can help us to overcome more philosophical or psychological interpretation of subjects and subjectivities in a sociological way and to understand the reasons for which these “affinities” grow up and form a symbiosis: a new collective subjectivity that can make coming out new social relations, it means the future.