The Applied Ethics Institute at Utica College - Lisa Guenther

The Applied Ethics Institute at Utica College - Lisa Guenther

February 28, 2019

Professor Lisa Guenther

"The Living Death of Solitary Confinement and the Power of Collective Resistance"

  Lisa Guenther   Lisa Guenther

 
At 6:00 pm on Thursday, February 28, 2019, Professor Lisa Guenther will give a public lecture titled "The Living Death of Solitary Confinement and the Power of Collective Resistance". The talk will be hosted hosted in Carbone  Auditorium on Utica College's campus at 1600 Burrstone Rd., Utica, NY.

Professor Guenther suggests that the testimony of prisoners in solitary confinement shows that prolonged isolation has a profound effect on their sense of time, space, and identity, to the point of making some people feel like a ghost in their own lives. She asks what this testimony suggests about the relational structure of personhood. Also she inquires about what philosophers can learn from grassroots activists who contest and transform the living death of isolation through collective acts of resistance. Finally, she suggests that Frantz Fanon’s account of radio broadcasting during the Algerian War offers a model of collective resistance through listening, interpreting, and creating a new “voice,” which deepens our understanding of philosophy as a collective social practice.

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