The Ancestors Collection
(What remains) after the individual
This collection brings together works that approach the whole condition, both further abroad and closer to home, of the rights-bearing individual and member of social and territorial collectivities.
The hypothesis that sustains our particular outlook here is that behind the universalised concept of the modern citizen, imposed over several centuries by western powers, we find ourselves still as indigenous subjects the traces of whose worldview resist, often in a rather unconscious way, suppression by those values of modernity with which they coexist and intermingle, and which at times provoke a deep psychological complexity on ourselves that does not exclude disruptions in perception, evasiveness, trauma and personality disorders.
It is in this way that we talk about spirituality, not as an alternative to or synonym of religion, much less of cults or churches, but rather in reference to its etymological roots as re-ligio. That is to say, acts, proceedings and rituals that bind us together as humans, uniting us in and to communities and to others more generally. It is only in this way that we can, with any degree of success, reconcile and give meaning to our inner selves and our exterior roles, and which is seen here as the necessary condition for transcendence and thus the essential background to the papers in this collection. And although we are not able to undo a long cultural heritage of individualism, or replace this axis on which the backbone of our juridical condition and imaginary as individuals has been based, we are, at the very least, in conditions to take charge of this cultural inheritance, not only from the perspective of critical theory but also and above all from a perspective that seeks to overcome and transcend this heritage.
To recuperate this quality of community, not so much intellectually as perhaps anthropologically or morally, which affects the most basic levels of our social lives and our sense of dignity and self-esteem, is the objective to which the products in this collection seek to contribute. Among them this includes new approaches to cultural experiences of tribes and ancestral groups with the aim of reviving such rituals and traditions today.
The ways in which the twenty-first century can move us towards the post-individual (and the post-individualistic) are the central concerns of this collection, which aims to reclaim the future of the citizenry in such a way as to bring together (and reinvent) an ancestry that has never completely dissolved, and that, in spite its subalternity, we continue to be close to, even if in a rather unconscious, when not negative, way.
In this case, historical thinking is replaced by a prior operation: The knowledge and recognition of a moral and cultural condition is impressed into our most basic forms of conduct, those which have to do with desire, with emotions and with the meaning of a common existence and our relations to and with others.