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Session 3 : State Desire — a seminar by Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez & Elena Sorokina

[Paris • France]
An international law, the reasons for non-independent entities to aspire to statehood are enumerated as follows: the notion of sovereignty and the desire for independence and self-determination are the aspirations which come first; the possibility of joining international organizations only open to independent states; and the prospect of being involved in foreign affairs and the right to use force in self-defence are equally important. But what fuels these desires, what kind of affects are involved, how are they generated and expressed? Collectively produced, the strife for recognition and sovereignty is a special kind of affect, usually clashing against the strict international regulations and laws. The speakers invited will present their reflections and insights into a range of topics, from visual expression to fictional (re-)construction, including case studies from different areas of the world. At the end of the seminar, Björk’s music video Declare Independence, will be projected and analyzed.