Historical Materialism , volume 13:4 (285–301) © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2005 Also available online – www.brill.nl * Interview conducted in English at Northwestern University on 10 April 2003. The interviewers would like to thank Miguel Vatter and Jacques Rancière for inviting us to their seminar on aesthetics and politics. Interview Max Blechman, Anita Chari, Rafeeq Hasan Democracy, Dissensus and the Aesthetics of Class Struggle: An Exchange with Jacques Rancière * Introduction In an effort to compensate for the liberal complacency still dominant in the graduate departments of philosophy and political science at the University of Chicago, three doctoral students decided to examine some political heterodoxy coming their way from France via the work of Jacques Rancière. Weekly discussions on his recent political writings (chiefly, Disagreement: Politics and Philosophy , 1999; On the Shores of Politics , 1995; Le partage du sensible. Esthétique et politique , 2000) unpacked dense, meticulous arguments, matched by a staccato, machine-gun-like prose – an architectonic structure and polemical style worthy of Logical Revolts [ Les Révoltes logiques ], the title of Rancière’s 1970s journal which tracked the struggles and speech of the poor. A historian no less HIMA 13,4_333_f12_285-301I 11/5/05 1:33 PM Page
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