Harmut Rosa : setting the World in Motion and Making it Available. Why Dynamic Modernity’s Mode of Dynamic Stabilization causes Alienation and Desynchronization
Start date : 23 February 2017 17:00
End date : 23 February 2017 19:00
Where : Paris | France
Hosted by :
Université Paris Sorbonne, UPMC, LabEX EHNE) en partenariat avec l'association P2M
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Intervenant : Harmut Rosa
“The lecture starts by identifying dynamic stabilization as a defining feature of modern societies. This term refers to the fact that such a society requires (material) growth, (technological) augmentation and high rates of (cultural) innovation in order to reproduce its structure and to preserve the socioeconomic and political status quo.
This feature has two decisive social consequences: First it leads to a progressive logics of escalation in the realms of production, speed and social change, which can be grasped under the single concept of ‘social acceleration’. However, secondly, not all spheres of social life are equally ‘speedable’, or equally fit for dynamization. Hence, the problem of ‘de-synchronization’ moves to the forefront of contemporary society.
Thus, I will argue, the four most pressing crises of the late-modern age are crises of ‘de-synchronization’: 1) The ecological-crisis can be read as a crisis of de-synchronization between the speed of material turnover and economic production on the one hand and environmental reproduction on the other; 2) The ongoing financial crisis since 2008 can be understood as a consequence of the de-synchronization between the turnover-rates of the financial markets and those in the ‘real economy’ of material production and consumption; 3) The crisis of democracy signals a de-synchronization between the intrinsic speed of democratic will-formation and decision-making on the one hand and the speed of markets, of the media and of technological progress on the other; 4) The ‘psycho-crisis’ which can be observed in the sharp increase in burnout and depression rates results from a possible de-synchronization between the ‘speedability’ of the human psyche and the speed of social change, as Alain Ehrenberg has it.”
Practical informations :
De 17 à 19h. L'entrée est libre, sans inscription préalable.