Pavel Barša

Educated as philosopher and political scientist at Masaryk University (Brno, Czech Republic) and Central European University (Budapest, Hungary), Pavel Barša elaborates on topics of post-colonial theory, politics of identity, multiculturalism, feminism and theory of international relations.

Year: *1960
Country: Czech Republic

Pavel Barša’s recent work Roads Towards Emancipation (Cesty k emancipaci, Prague: Academia 2015) provides a synthesis of post-colonial thought, most notably Franz Fanon, together with Deleuzian philosophy and radical leftist reading of writer and former Czechoslovak and Czech president Václav Havel. In this book, Barša argues for a third method of emancipation, tangential to duality of individual and political emancipation (stemming from Marx’s distinction in his controversial text On Jewish Question), which he coins – following Havel’s ideas from essay The Power of the Powerless – as citizen action, which stands outside of the framework of the common dilemma of emancipation through or of some identity (be it gender, class, sexual, ethnic, national or some other). Instead of affirming identity politics, citizen action points towards emancipation that is done in the communal sphere while simultaneously enacting the ideal of nomadic identities.