Section XI: Reimagining and Reinventing Culture

Track 2:  Entangled Difference: Gender, Sex, Race, Class, Etc!
(Catherine Keller and Dhawn Martin)

How in this shaky millennium do we gather force and future from those transformed identities? Sex or gender, race or ethnicity, class or economics, and then–what about ability, and religion, and don’t all these differences nestle uncomfortably in one voracious species? Where does the list end but in the “embarassed etc.”(Judith Butler)? The series of these identities has always been shifting, assymmetrical, internally contested—signifying both world historical transformations and dismal disappointments. Process thought has supported and been furthered by the language of the 20th century social movements, especially in theology. But how now might Whitehead’s propositions intensify the evolving solidarity of our liberatory differences—beyond their political essentialisms, their single-issue causalities? Does the “obvious solidarity of the world” (Whitehead) help us to counter the obvious violation of the world? Might the planetary manifold of social difference gain strength through recognition of its shared economic subjection and ecological peril? Our differences individual and collective come already entangled—so problematically, so promisingly. How does the radical interdependence of our differences ply the practice of its theory? Might the “mutual immanence” of the events of becoming, rendered efficacious, shift our series to an intentional entanglement?



Friday 2:00-3:30pm.

Session One:

Opening the Conversation Negotiating Differences Alternatively

Convenor ck
~~Whitney Bauman, “‘Prismatic’ Identities in a Planetary Context” 25-30

Friday, 4:00-5:30pm

Session Two:

Convenor: Monica Coleman

~~Joerg Rieger “Deep Solidarity and the Intersectionality of Gender, Race, and Class” 30


~~Dhawn Martin, “A Pluracratic Perspective: Adaptive Solidarities Among Provisional Identities” 20


Saturday, 11:00-12:30

Session Three Joint session with Track !X.6. Ecofeminist (Heather Eaton)

Convenor: Dhawn Martin

~~Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, “Climate Change as Race Debt, Class Debt, Climate Colonialism: Moral Conundrums and Policy Implications”  30


–Elaine Padilla, “Bad Omens, Spooky Differentiations: Deconstructing ‘Racial Distance’ in the Face of Ecosystemic Annihilation” 20


Saturday, 2:00-3:30pm

Session Four:

Convenor Clayton Crockett

~~Karen Bray, “Prehending Oppression: How reading the Process God as an Affect Alien helps us to faithfully resist Neo-liberal Capitalism and Heteronormativity.” 20

–Krista Hughes, “Harmonizing Entanglements: Beauty, Embodiments, & Justice.” 25-30


Saturday, 4:00-5:30pm

Session Five:

Joint session with Track X.2 Process Philosophy and Eco-politics (William Connolly and Les Muray)

Convenor William Connolly

Guest presentation

–Brian Massumi, “Virtual Ecology and the Question of Value”

–Jane Bennett, “Leaning Toward Nature: Whitman and Process Philosophy”

Sunday, 11:00-12:30

Session Six: 2nd joint session with Political Phil Track #

Convenor Joerg Rieger

~~Clayton Crockett, “Plasticity and Change: Rethinking Difference and Identity with Catherine Malabou.” 25-30

 –Guest: Romand Coles, “Agency, Receptivity and Eco-political Processes”

Sunday, 2:00-3:30p

Session Seven:

–Mark Fairfield. The Relational Center, LA

Sunday, 4:00-5:30p

Session Eight: Wrapping up, Brainstorming, Next Steps

–Facilitator: Cynthia Moe Lobeda