- Created on Tuesday, 22 March 2016 14:00
The Summer School course of Prof. Rosi Braidotti, titled 'The Posthuman Glossary', will take place on 22-26 August 2016. This intensive course by Prof. Rosi Braidotti, with guest teacher Dr. Rick Dolphijn and in cooperation with BAK (Institute for the Contemporary Arts in Utrecht), will explore contemporary posthuman theory, with special reference to the works of Gilles Deleuze, Felix Guattari, feminist and postcolonial theories and Rosi Braidotti's work. It will also place a special emphasis on the relation between arts, technology and theory. The course is now open to registrations via the Utrecht Summer School website.
Contemporary art, science, and the humanities converge on stressing the need for renewed analysis of the re-constructions of the category of the human. This course is based on the assumption that contemporary contextual concerns such as advanced scientific and technological developments, the neoliberal economics of global capitalism, migration, environmental destruction, perpetual war on terror and extensive security systems have challenged the concept of the human as we had previously known it. Together with Maria Hlavajova, Director of the contemporary arts centre BAK, a full day is devoted to explore the role of the contemporary arts in these debates.
The course interrogates the main concepts in present-day scholarly and artistic work. It is constructed around four focal points: Anthropocene, eco-sophies, digital activism and algorithmic cultures and security.
• Course dates: 22-26 August 2016
• Deadline for registration: 01 May 2016
• Location: Utrecht City Campus, the Netherlands
• Costs: 500 EUR (course + course materials)
Read more and apply online via the Utrecht Summer School website!
- Created on Thursday, 03 September 2015 09:56
How might we reinvent the humanities? This is the question at the heart of this provocative volume. It is a difficult mission and definitely one which needs to be addressed with increasing urgency. There is no better cast to confront and problematise this question than the contributors to Conflicting Humanities (edited by Rosi Braidotti and Paul Gilroy). They are world-renowned thinkers who can tackle the problem as researchers and teachers but also as prominent public intellectuals.
Taking the intellectual and political legacies of Edward Said as a point of departure and frame of reference, the contributors - working in a range of disciplinary settings - considers the current condition of humanism and the humanities. Said's definition of the core task of the Humanities as the pursuit of democratic criticism remains more urgent than ever, though it needs to be supplemented by gender, environmental, and antiracist perspectives as well as by detailed analysis of the necropolitical governmentality of our time.
This book is an outcome of an international Edward Said Memorial Conference that took place in Utrecht on 15-17 April 2013, organised by the Centre for the Humanities as part of the Treaty of Utrecht commemoration activities.
Contributors: Ariella Azoulay, Etienne Balibar, Akeel Bilgrami, Rosi Braidotti, Judith Butler, Paul Gilroy, Stathis Gourgouris, Engin F. Isin, Jamila Mascat, Aamir Mufti, Ankhi Mukherjee, Gayatri C. Spivak, Marina Warner, Robert J.C. Young.
Call for Applications: Summer School Course with Prof. Rosi Braidotti and Maria Hlavajova "Human/Inhuman/Posthuman"
- Created on Monday, 05 January 2015 15:59
The intensive course "Human/Inhuman/Posthuman" offers an introduction to contemporary debates around posthumanism and the so-called 'posthuman turn', as well as Rosi Braidotti's brand of critical posthuman theory. The course will explore the extent to which a posthuman approach displaces the traditional humanistic unity of the subject, as well as the binary human/non-human distinction on which such unity is postulated. Starting from the assumption that we find ourselves in a 'posthuman predicament', the course explores different aspects of posthuman subjectivity and culture, stressing the productive potential of the posthuman condition and advocating for the politics of affirmation.
This is an intensive course convened and taught by Prof. Rosi Braidotti and Maria Hlavajova, Director of the contemporary arts centre BAK, with some guest teachers. It consists of keynote lectures in the morning and three thematic tutorials for four afternoons (the class ends at noon on Friday). The theme of the course this year is: "Human/Inhuman/Posthuman." The course is about contemporary posthuman theory, with special reference to the works of Gilles Deleuze, Felix Guattari, to feminist and postcolonial theories and to Rosi Braidotti's work, placing special emphasis on the relation between arts, technology and theory.
- Created on Friday, 12 September 2014 14:58
Symposium and exhibition on Rosi Braidotti's work
Co-organized by Atria and the Centre for the Humanities of Utrecht University
DATE: 6 November 2014
TIME: 17:00 – 19:00 h with an opening of an exhibition afterwards
LOCATION: Atria, institute on gender equality and women's history, Vijzelstraat 20, 1017 HK Amsterdam
The term 'feminist movement' expresses the fact that it is in the nature of feminism to move. Feminism does not capture a singular position and the status quo to which feminists find themselves compelled to respond, is ever changing. With these changes, feminism itself also evolves. On a more empirical note: feminists themselves move. They, or rather: we, have to adapt to changing social and historical conditions and to new technological advances that profoundly alter our teaching and research practices, as well as our activism. We change our minds about feminist politics; we move in and out of institutions and we experience different gender regimes whilst growing older.
This symposium seeks to address feminist movements not only from this particular angle, but also to celebrate a recent move made by one feminist in particular, Rosi Braidotti. Having just turned 60, Braidotti is in the process of moving her archive to Atria in order to ensure that it is both well preserved for and, crucially, available to future generations of feminists. Whereas this may sound like a logical thing for a dedicated feminist to do, 'archiving' has many differing aspects and faces that this symposium will explore.
We ask: 'How does the practice of archiving actively bridge feminist activism and gender research?' Additionally, 'What is the value of archiving of feminist activists' life and work for the purpose of knowledge production and trans-generational transmission of memory? How do new media affect the practice of (feminist) archiving?' Moderated by Maayke Botman, attendants of this symposium will be introduced to some of the prominent contemporary narratives that exist within (feminist) archiving, what is at stake in them and to a range of positions from a feminist "bomb the archive" stance to an equally feminist "treasure the archive" position.
After the symposium we will raise a celebratory glass to Braidotti's 60th and enjoy an exhibition that has been created in order to showcase a selection of the items Atria has recently acquired for preservation.
Speakers: Berteke Waaldijk, Whitney Stark, Annette Mevis, Rosi Braidotti and Alies Pegtel.
Moderator: Maayke Botman
Organizing committee: Sophie Chapple, Goda Klumbyte, Gé Meulmeester, Annette Mevis, Iris van der Tuin