The Life of Forms. The Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism edition:6 location:WISER, U. of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa date:23 June-2 July 2013
Drawing on mathematical theories of the Moebius strip, Filip De Boeck unravels the complex weaving and knotting together of forms of sociality and survival in urban Congo. Inhabiting the urban, writes De Boeck, requires strategies of amalgamation that resist being mapped linearly.
[The text by F. De Boeck was part of the panel on ‘The Form of Confusion,' convened by Jane Guyer, and including work by Moises Lino e Silva, Kabiru Salami, and Soumhya Venkatesan. It was presented at the Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism, WISER, 28th of June 2013].The Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism is an experiment in global conversation based in the South. Located in Johannesburg, The WISER centre seeks to be a critical node in the re-territorializing of global intellectual production. As a centre for theoretical work WISER takes seriously a position in the South while addressing international conversations and problématiques. The labour of theory and criticism is taken to be significant political work that is crucial to the experimentation in social forms.