Constituent Machines: Constituent Power, Biopolitics, Democracy at the Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid

Yes to the Constituent. Photography by José Luis Durón

 

The programme Constituent Machines: Constituent Power, Biopolitics, Democracy is co-organised by the Commons Foundation and the Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofía, in collaboration with Intermediae. It aims to reflect on, debate and analyse the contents of political constitution in our societies at the present time through the concept of constituent power and the conditions that are required for its development as a major experiment of collective social action and of the general mobilisation of intellectual, social, cultural and political energies in European societies. Thus, it will study and analyse, proceeding from the crisis of political and institutional equilibriums that run through Europe and Spain, the possible constituent processes in different European countries.

On Monday 14 March 2016 the Museo Reina Sofía hosted a lecture and seminar by Portuguese sociologist Boaventura de Sousa Santos, within the context of the programme Constituent Machines. Sousa Santos analysed the current crisis of constitutionalism in various European states, as well as the possibilities of launching a constituent process on a continental level capable of responding to the enormous social tensions and dilemmas that contemporary European societies face. The round-table discussion, scheduled to take place 21 March 2016 – entitled The constituent Andean cycle between the political collapse of the neoconservative and neoliberal model and the new post-capitalist political economy  will analyse new political perspectives aimed at a more in-depth study of the post-neoliberal project, and with the backdrop of the current regional political crisis and the deceleration of the economic activity affecting the Global South.

14 March 2016, 7pm
Sabatini Building, Auditorium
The crisis of constitution: Is transformative constitutionalism possible in capitalist, colonialist and patriarchal societies?

Lecture by Boaventura de Sousa Santos

15 March 2016, 10am
Nouvel Building, Protocol Room
Politics of constitutional power in Europe: Can Europe learn from the Global South?

Seminar by Boaventura de Sousa Santos

21 March, 2016, 7pm
Sabatini Building, Auditorium
The constituent Andean cycle between the political collapse of the neoconservative and neoliberal model and the new post-capitalist political economy
Round-table discussion between Óscar Vega, Salvador Schavelzon and Judith Flores

The Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofía – Calle Santa Isabel, 52 28012 Madrid
14, 15 and 21 March 2016