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Sunday March 17 | Session 13:15 - 14:45 (20 min)
De Brakke Grond | Rode Zaal

The suggested contribution intends to analyze a crucial moment in US-American history on Sept. 28th, 2018, when the upcoming Senatorial recommendation to nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh for election to the Supreme Court was suddenly flipped around in the aftermath of an intervention by Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher.

It will be argued that Archila’s and Gallagher’s performative action with Senator Jeff Flake in the elevator resulting in him turning against his own fresh declaration and the Republican party, was nothing less than a strategic (even if not conscious) intoxication.

The contribution will analyze a) what are the formal or expressive, stylistic elements that constitute intoxication in this case, b) what category or kind of content did the speakers evoke, c) what was the (unplanned) dramaturgy or Aufbau of this intervention towards an altered state of conscience and consciousness? d) Can one (wish to) analyze this intervention without referring to the genders of the involved individuals? e) What are the effects? How can you alter a mind in order to alter a hierarchy of values and worldview?

The examination will end by zooming out towards a bigger perspective: making case that every revolution in history did and will rely on intoxication techniques. The aim is to outline steps towards a phenomenology of interactional intoxication.
Simone Mahrenholz, Ph.D, Associate Professor at the Department of Philosophy, University of Manitoba, Canada (since 2011)
2016 Visiting Research Fellow, UC Berkeley
2016 Visiting Research Fellow, Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, Tel Aviv University, Israel
2009 Habilitation in Philosophy, FU Berlin: monograph on the Philosophy of Creativity
2005/2006 Senior Fellow Collegium Budapest, Institute for Advanced Study
Kreativität Eine philosophische Analyse. Akademie-­‐Verlag, Berlin, 2011
Musik und Erkenntnis. Eine Analyse im Ausgang von Nelson Goodman. Metzler, 2000
Geteilte Zeit. Zur Kritik des Rhythmus in den Künsten. Schliengen (Edition Argus); co-­‐edited with Patrick Primavesi (2005)
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