Inclinations #8: The Government of the Precarious. Insecurity, Virtuosity, Exodus

February 19, 2014

Or Gallery Berlin is pleased to present Isabell Lorey in The Government of the Precarious. Insecurity, Virtuosity, Exodus, for the eighth in our speaker series Inclinations hosted by Patricia Reed.


Lorey will read from the introduction of her book Die Regierung der Prekären (with a preface by Judith Butler) that will be published in English with the title “State of Insecurity” in the autumn program of Verso. After the seemingly golden years of the welfare state a neoliberal government through precarization has been established, transforming the people’s forms of self-government and subjectivation. It not only produces new forms of obedience and arrangements with a governing through privatization of risks and self-responsibility. It can lead as well to new forms of self-organisation, resistance, exodus as we can see in the Euro-Mayday and the Occupy-movements that indicate the emergence of a new and disobedient self-government of the precarious.


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The presentation of work revolves around the posing of a question that is the thrust of a guest’s activities. It goes without saying that questions may not be answered, but are grappled with in their unresolvability. An inclination is the force of attraction to a question (without a straightforward response), yet also to each other, as a community who partakes in a common quest(ion).
Hosted by Patricia Reed.


# Arriving at a question is already a departure.
# Questions are a declaration of departure.
# Arriving at a question in thought or activity is also the creation of a trajectory, of inclining oneself towards an unknown goal, yet not without direction.
# A question inclines a departure in a particular way, but a question itself is generic – it propels all modes of seeking some thing. Questions possess the force of bending and swerving ideas/action.
# A question is the confrontation and departure from a lack. To arrive at a question is to arrive at a gap in knowledge, action and speech – a gap that cannot be immediately filled in without the inclination towards something other.
# A question is indisciplinary; the inclining magnetism of a question knows no disciplinary bounds.


In Kooperation mit der Botschaft von Kanada/In collaboration with the Embassy of Canada

Participant Bios

Isabell Lorey is a political theorist and currently teaches as a visiting professor at the Center for Gender Studies at the University of Basel/Switzerland. Her last two books were Figuren des Immunen. Elemente einer politischen Theorie (2011) and Die Regierung der Prekären (2012). With Gerald Raunig and others she wrote the book Occupy! Die aktuellen Kämpfe um die Besetzung des Politischen (2012), she co-edited the book series on the actualisation and repoliticization of poststructuralism Inventionen (2011 and 2012, for the English version of the 1st vol see and Kognitiver Kapitalismus (2012). For a lot of English online-texts see