On Friday 22 July, the Sister Reading Group in São Paulo will continue with the fourth session of their ongoing Reading Group, which is currently focused on If I Can’t Dance’s research field of Edition VI – Event and Duration (2015–2016). The São Paulo Reading Group is organized by Andrea Lanzoni, Paula Ordonhes and Monica Rizzolli and is hosted at their collective studio, located in downtown São Paulo at Rua Major Sertório, 234, Republic.
For their fourth meeting, the group will read Vladimir Safatle's Por um conceito "antipredicativo" de reconhecimento (which translates as For an “anti-predicative” concept of recognition), first published in 2015 in Lua Nova magazine, São Paulo.
Safatle's article investigates how the Marxist concept of class struggle has lost centrality as an interpretive key to analyze social conflicts, and how this has recently given space to the idea of recognition. He does this to consider how this has boosted a tricky polarity between economic and cultural assessments of socio-political conflicts.
Through this, the author questions how the concept of recognition might be resignified so that is does not simply work as a theoretical foundation for institutionalized multiculturalism and compensatory public policies of identity, but could instead relate to a potentially transforming and politically strong idea of self-dispossession and radical de-differentiation.