The aim of this workshop was not so much to describe or rally for existing platforms but to speak about different strategies at play in contemporary radical approaches to the electoral as well as to outline different strategies for inhabiting them (from within, nearby, outside). Given the historical conjuncture and the ripeness of conflict and movements in many places, we wanted to focus on the relations between macro- and micropolitical strategies.
The first part of the workshop looked at the tactics that can transform competitive behaviour into solidarity, and despair into hope. These two questions were combined in a diagram of political subjectivation:
This diagram formed the basis of group discussions of different trajectories of politicisation. First of all the diagram is descriptive, it allows us to map how people, for instance, sometimes pass from a state of despondent individual depression to a state of hopeful political engagement, or from a competitive form of life to a life of solidarity (and vice versa). And the map is also analytical, because it forces us to ask why these shifts happen, and normative because it encourages us to think about how we can build our capacities for producing solidarity and hope. In other words, we discussed how politics start from and transform different affective and practical strategies of life. And we spoke about the ways in which tactics, encounters and forms of conviviality transform political subjectivities.
The second part of the session focussed on different ways of organising social forces, from mediatic populism to face-to-face composition, and from network politics to centralised political organisations. Again, we broke into working groups to discuss how these different modes of political organisation function, what conditions they require, and what problems they can and cannot address, and what kinds of powers they can build up.