Who are we to say who we are?
Topics in Critical Thought, Session 4
In this session we will consider the idea that we are not in control of our sense of self, and that we can only ever respond to the different ways in which this has been created and constructed for us. Should we be suspicious of anyone who thinks that self-mastery is the goal?
There is no required reading for this session. This will be an open discussion centered around language, psychoanalysis, migration, borders and deconstruction, using our own experiences to navigate our understanding alongside a light touch of Derrida and Kristeva. During the seminar there will be a few visual cues provided as well as a thoughtfully composed audio mix that muses around these topics.
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Who do you think you are?
In this series of online seminars, the OSE Associates are joined by Iain MacKenzie from Kent’s Centre for Critical Thought to discuss who we are today and who we may become tomorrow.
In our days of crises, many of us are seeking to examine and reflect on all aspects of our lives. During these seminars we will take a deep dive into the very idea of how we think about ourselves and think about the following:
- Are we merely a useful environment for the reproduction of a virus?
- Are we simply slaves to an algorithm?
- Which identity is the one that defines you and why?
- Are these questions only you can answer or are they being answered for you by others in ways you don’t like?
- Are we the products of our past or are we defined by what we can become in the future?
- How do we change things to become something or someone that doesn’t simply repeat the problems of the past?
- Are we really just small destructive pieces in a complex environment that will, in the end, simply have no use for us humans as it sustains itself?