We will explore, through a journey that will take us from regions of literature to archipelagos of philosophy, passing though the language of political avant-gardes and the discoveries of neuroscience, what we call ‘emotional intelligence’. Adopting the approach of creative research and tackling theoretical materials with the aim of extracting their use value, we will define and draw as precisely as possible a type of knowledge that doesn’t dissociate material experiences from intellectual ones. Using Rancière’s vocabulary we will criticize the current ‘partition of the sensible’. Our research will be directed towards establishing an approach and a methodology of analysis that are already key in domains such conceptual art, feminism and social movements, in order to give to political affects the cultural dignity that they deserve.

Extremely relevant examples of operations of uncovering the importance of emotional intelligence can be found in the Italian feminist movement from the ‘70s and the transversal movement of ’77, in post-colonial theory, abolitionism and different branches of iconology.

The bibliography will include:

G. Deleuze, The Logic of Sense, Columbia University Press, 1990

E. De Martino, The World of Magic, Pyramid Communications, 1972

S. Federici, Caliban and the Witch, the Body and Primitive Accumulation, Autonomedia, 2004

M. Foucault, The Courage of Truth, Picador, 2012

C. Lonzi, Let’s Spit on Hegel (in course of publication with Semiotext)

Milan Women’s Bookstore, Sexual Difference: A Theory of Social-Symbolic Practice, Indiana University Press, 1990

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Crack-Up, New Directions, 2009