Genealogies and philosphies of failure

REVFAIL Kick-Off meeting

20JUIN - 21JUIN 2019
Universidade Nova de Lisboa - FCSH
Programme européen RISE - REVFAIL 2019-2023


Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Cidade Universitária, Alameda da Universidade
1649-004 Lisboa, Portugal



The dynamics between inclusiveness and the failure to inle­grate is not only a key social problem of our present, but also one wilh deep historical and philosophical roots. Discourses on failure are present in many aspects of contemporary societies, and range from those regarding the individual entrepreneur, to programs to minimize the failure of regional economies at the expense of larger and more populated areas, and ideas on international leadership.

But quantitative approaches to development and integration need to be supplemented wilh critical awareness of the consequences of attribuling failure to groups, individuals or even nations (somelimes as a covered synonym in racist and Eurocentric discourse).

lnclusiveness, and integration in all social institutions are cha­llenges that demand reassessing !he criterio used to idenlify failure. At the same time, it is necessary to promote a clear un derstanding of the temporary nature of failure and the possibi­lilies of reversing and challenging it. These reversals are both a matter of fact and the result of changes in social conceptions of success, taste and well-being.


REVFAIL is a RISE (Research and lnnovation Staff Ex­change) network wich aims to offer palhbreaking insights into the notion of failure from an inlerdiscipnary, transnational perspective. Coordinated by the Madrid lnstitute for Advanced Study (MIAS), it brings together 11 participants in 10 difierent countries of Europe and the Americas 

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid - UAM
Casa de Velázquez - CVZ
Universidade Nova de Lisboa - CHAM UNL
École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales - EHESS
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München - LMU
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú - PUCP
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile - PUC
Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata - UNMDP
Johns Hopkins University - JHU
Universidade Federal Fluminense - UFF 
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México - UNAM

REVFAIL moreover aims to provide critica! tools to analyse and revert self-imposed and extemal narratives of failure. 

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 823998.


23/11/2017 - 11min 15s - Espagnol