SUSANA CALÓCan an Institution be Militant?
Contemporary concerns with the mounting financialisation of subjectivity, precarisation of social life, and ensuing psychopathologies, increasingly require diverse semiotic frameworks to account for effects beyond the linguistic or the representational. Drawing on methodologies and concepts developed in the context of psychiatric and institutional practices from the 1950s, the institution is considered as an ecology of mental, social and environmental dimensions, and collective militant analysis as transformative, polyphonic, and continuous. By examining the practice of institutional analysis, as explored by psychoanalyst and activist Félix Guattari, Caló speculates on the value of extending principles of care from clinical settings to the wider community and the city while discussing the emancipatory potential of collective institutional processes.
Susana Caló is a researcher. She holds a PhD from the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy in London. Her thesis concerns the relations between language, semiotics, and politics in the work of Félix Guattari with a particular focus on linking institutional analysis to broader militant, social, and institutional contexts. Having worked in the field of cognitive science and developmental psychology at research centres in Portugal and the UK, Caló has also lectured at various institutions including the Royal College of Art, London; ESAP, Porto; and HKW, Berlin.