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17 febbraio 2017: P. Bojanic: Institutions as Repertoires of Institutional Acts: The Status of Non-Social Acts

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Centre for the Study of Social Action (CSSA)   in collaboration with Politeia.


Petar Bojanic (University of Rijeka and University of Belgrade)

Institutions as Repertoires of Institutional Acts: The Status of Non-Social Acts


Venerdì 14 febbraio 2017, 11.30-13.00

Biblioteca di Politeia, via Festa del Perdono, 7 - Milano

Directions: from the entrance in the main courtyard, turn right and continue along the arcade that begins in the right corner of the courtyard. The Biblioteca di Politeia is on your left, roughly in the middle of the arcade (go downstairs).

La conferenza sarà tenuta in inglese.

La partecipazione all’incontro è fortemente consigliata consigliata agli allievi della Scuola di Dottorato in Filosofia e Scienze dell’Uomo.


The institution is not simply a rule or set of rules, nor a set of constitutive rules, nor does it refer only to paper and the written record, the corporation, it is not exclusively tied to generations and generative protocols or architecture. Rather, it is first and foremost a collection of actions or acts. My intention is to classify various acts and actions (Imperatives, Vocatives, Provocations, Social Acts, Negative Actions, Non-Social Acts [nichtsoziale Akte], Asocial Acts, Acts of Engagement, etc.) and reconstruct the status of ‘Non-Social Acts’ in the constituting of a group and then the institution in general. The idea that seemingly there are certain negative actions or asocial actions or acts, which are at once both social and negative (begging the question whether these acts are acts or actions in the first place), probably implies that there is some kind of omission or violence in common living that is impossible to eliminate. My ultimate goal is to examine whether ‘negative actions’ or ‘active non-doings’ necessarily implies what we colloquially call ‘violence’, which can then be an integrative factor of a group or institution.

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