Political Geography Plenary: John Protevi speaks on multiplicity and joy

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Political Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Maurepas, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
Organizers: Kevin Grove
Chairs: Kevin Grove


As the Anthropocene gives the lie to modernist visions of the self-sovereign individual detached from the world, it also destabilizes the ground of modern politics. Immanence increasingly tempers transcendent visions of identity, subjectivity, and value, even as the categories of political thought struggle to keep pace with these changes. This panel focuses on the possibilities for reconstructing ethical and political imaginaries upon a sense of human nature as “prosocial politically-inflected affective cognition” rather than Hobbessian visions of war and dominance. Research into human psychological evolution suggests that our ancestors did not only develop techniques to suppress violence, but also developed emotions structures that motivate us to search for the joy we experience in cooperation, sharing and helping. At stake is an ethical standard to “act such that you nurture the capacity to enact active joyous encounters of care and cooperation for self and others without qualification,” and the demand for positive or substantive liberties that enable claims on material support and appropriate care in order to develop capacities for these active joyous encounters.


Type Details Minutes
Introduction Kevin Grove Florida International University 10
Panelist John Protevi Louisiana State University 20
Discussant Andrew Baldwin Durham University 20
Discussant Kathryn Yusoff Queen Mary University of London 20
Discussant Sara Nelson University of Minnesota 20

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