REINVENTING life together (2022-2023)

REINVENTING life together (2022-2023)

It is true that we have problems, but we also have people who are thinking up and exploring new ways of doing things. New ways of approaching culture, urban planning, environmental and social sustainability, the fight against poverty, participatory social design, the circular economy, tourism, and the integration of functional diversity, among other issues. The people involved in all these areas have been invited to take part in the Reinventing life together cycle. The aim of the cycle is to inform and reflect on innovative responses to key social challenges that are being offered inside and outside of Malaga.

In 2018, LABMálaga launched its activities with “Radar. New ideas for a common future”. LABMálaga is a citizen’s laboratory promoted by the General Foundation of the University of Málaga.


Haste drains the academia

Date: January, 11th 2023
Speakers: Remedios Zafra and Rafael Vázquez García
Venue: Sala de Estudios del Complejo de Estudios Sociales y del Comercio

Lengua de signos española  Sign Language Interpretation included

Like anywhere else, many of us who work and study at the university feel that we lack time. Time to spend with our family and friends, time for our hobbies, even time to rest and take care of ourselves; but also, time to prepare for classes calmly, to think about the meaning of what we are doing or for reading other than immediate assignments. The development of communication technologies partially explains this impoverishment of time that we regret. We feel the need to be in more places at the same time and to do more things faster: to publish more, to get more training, to participate in more activities, to answer queries from a large network of contacts, to carry out tasks that someone else was dealing with before they were digitalised… All this is exacerbated in a context of global competition for jobs, contracts and research projects, which requires articles in indexed journals and excellence accreditations. And since academic work is endless, its flexibility pushes us to spend the whole day on it or to feel anxious about not doing it.

There is evidence that acceleration in university is harmful to health and wellbeing of those of us who study and work there, because it stresses us, isolates us and takes us away from our true interests. We are also becoming aware that hasty research generates homogeneous and insubstantial, if not outright incorrect, products. And that the quality of teaching depends more on a good atmosphere in the classroom than on the innovative drills that can be carried out. In response to all this, resistance movements, such as slow science and slow humanities, have emerged. Earlier this year, the University of Granada published The Slow Professor, a book by professors Berg and Seeber, which encourages us to actively resist the academic culture of speed for its harmful effects. As for the expression “slow learner”, for Google it is nothing more than someone with learning difficulties.

The aim of this Reinventing Life Together event is to consider to what extent and in which ways acceleration is a problem for the university and what could we do individually and collectively to address it. To this end, we will begin with an enlightening conversation with Remedios Zafra and Rafael Vázquez, who have expressed concern about this issue. From this point on, we will be sharing comments and concerns with those attending the meeting. And with luck, at the end our concerns can be the origin of a local manifesto so that we don’t get caught up in melancholy.

Remedios Zafra

She is currently a researcher at the Instituto de Filosofía del Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas. University professor, lecturer and essayist, her book El entusiasmo. Precariedad y trabajo creativo en la era digital (Anagrama, 2017) has been included among the 100 most outstanding books in Spanish of the 21st century. In Frágiles (Anagrama, 2021), Zafra explored the new anxious culture of immaterial work and work-lives. Another book relevant to the subject of this talk is #Despacio (Caballo de Troya, 2012). Her other work lines are the critical study of contemporary culture, feminism and the politics of identity in networks. MORE INFO

Rafael Vázquez García

He is Professor of Political Science at the University of Granada, with an extraordinary prestige among European political theorists. He has researched civic engagement and democracy, civil disobedience, green political theory, non-Western political theory, gender, politics of happiness, animal rights and anti-speciesism. He declares himself a feminist and militant animalist. He is member of PACMA. MORE INFO

When bureaucracy deprives you of rights

Date: March, 16th 2023
Speakers: Yosi Hatillo y Manuel Moreno Linde
Venue: Sala de Estudios del Complejo de Estudios Sociales y del Comercio

Lengua de signos española  Sign Language Interpretation included

Exercising our rights depends on complicated formalities, sometimes meaningless and sometimes impossible procedures. We all have experimented it sometime. More or less, everyone has been trapped in a bureaucratic loop when trying to make a customer service claim, that in case you have been lucky enough to be picked up on the phone.

It come as no surprise to anyone that applying for any support or assistance means wandering through offices, counter, queues to obtain documents that, in theory, some administrations could obtain from others. Nor is it surprising that there is no way to get some certificates or reports in time (because of the delay in issuing them or simply in giving you an appointment) or that your file may be paralysed for lack of an unexpectedly essential document.

As Sara Mesa says in her book Silencio administrativo. La pobreza en el laberinto burocrático, many administrative procedures “seem to be error-seeking, tripping up, attempting to slow down or paralyse what is already slow”. Digitalisation promises to speed up procedures, but sometimes it just means dealing with crashing websites, “cumbersome interfaces” and cryptic instructions. Not to mention the digital divide, which is added to the helplessness already caused by administrative jargon and regulatory complexity.

The pace and bureaucratic obstacles are particularly galling when they block access to basic services and benefits for the most disadvantaged people. Requirements are made that ignore the circumstances and urgencies of those who are homeless or have a disability, for example. Circumstances and urgencies that are also ignored in the way services are designed and delivered. Those fighting poverty and social exclusion are referring to all this as administrative violence or abuse, using the term with which Dean Spade denounced the discrimination arising from the use of gender as an administrative category.

In this session of Reinventing Life Together we will address the dimensions and damages of extreme bureaucracy, its causes and links with various prejudices (such as aporophobia or racism) and also how we could improve the situation. We will have the following speakers to start the conversation: Yosi Hatillo y Manuel Moreno Linde.

Yosi Hatillo (Yosehanna Ledesma Ramírez)

She holds a Degree in Social Communication by the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo and a Degree in Labour Relations and Human Resources by the Universidade de A Coruña. She works as a technician in the Awareness Programme against racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance (SINRACXEN), developed by Accem. And coordinates the participation group of EAPN Galicia, the Galician branch of the European Anti Poverty Network. She is a member of the Afrogalegas collective and co-producer and presenter of the programmes MalhumorHadas and Escuela de Familias on the community broadcasters Cuac FM and OMC Radio.

Manuel Moreno Linde

He holds a PhD in Law and is Professor of Administrative Law at the Universidad de Málaga. His research interests are urban planning, housing, public contracts, social aspects of administrative law, rights to city and citizen participation. He is member of the Institute of Legal Research in Governance and Territory of the University of Málaga and of the Observatory of Environmental Policies. He has directed the UMA POPS music festival (FGUMA/La Térmica) and the course «Three generations of Spanish pop music» (FGUMA). MORE INFO

Past cycles

REINVENTING life together (2021-2022)
REINVENTING life together (2020-2021)
REINVENTING life together (2019-2020)
RADAR Ideas nuevas para un futuro común (2018-2019)