Hrant Dink Memorial Lecture - Eleni Varikas - 08.01.2020, 15:00, Albert Long Hall

Department of Political Science and International Relations, Department of Sociology, and Department of History Present:

2020 Hrant Dink Memorial Lecture on Freedom of Expression and Human Rights 

"The Outcasts of the World: The Figures of the Pariah" 

Lecture by Eleni Varikas 

January 8th, 2020, 15:00 

Albert Long Hall (BTS), South Campus



The Outcasts of the World: The Figures of the Pariah Since the end of the eighteenth century on, the metaphor of the “pariah” has provided an idiom of reflection on, and critique of the logic of privilege and caste which kept governing the fate of certain social groups, in spite of the founding principle: a general law for all. The appearance and history of this figure has been shaped by the ever present tension between this democratic principle and, the practices of stigmatization and exclusion, which, over the last two centuries, have grown and prospered not only in authoritarian regimes, but also at the very heart of democratic political systems. The figure of the pariah has been shaped by a plurality of experiences and the discontinuities: the 1848 women's exclusion from suffrage and from the equal right to work, the racist barbarity of the Reconstruction in the USA after the abolition of slavery, the practices of lynching and segregation, the drawbacks that marked the liberation of the Balkan slaves, the Dreyfus affair, the savage repression of the Paris Commune, the racist legislation imposed on the French Roma communities during the Third Republic, the disasters of European colonialism. Yet, the history of the pariah has also revealed “a hidden tradition” of rebel pariahs (Arendt) who ventured to make emancipation what it should have been: the admission to the rank of universal humanity of every single individual with a human face.