Due to COVID-19, this course will now be provided entirely online. The course will be a mixture of live online teaching and discussion, pre-recorded lectures and offline assignments and reading. Utrecht University will provide an online platform.
The 2021 intensive Summer School course will continue the tradition of neo-materialist, critical feminist posthuman theory that Braidotti is known for. It focusses on the intersections and divergences between two movements of thought that are close, but distinct. The posthuman turn is defined as the convergence, within the context of advanced or cognitive capitalism, of post-humanism on the one hand and post-anthropocentrism on the other. Neo-materialism is a theoretical framework that straddles several research fields and emphasizes the embodied, embedded, relational and affective interconnections across human and non-human entities. The intersections between these two lines of critical enquiry generated some of the most exciting contemporary debates. The course offers a selected overview of this scholarship across a trans-disciplinary range of fields that includes philosophy, literature, law, media, pedagogy and the arts. Mindful of the patterns of exclusion of the sexualized, racialized and naturalized “others” that were not recognized as belonging to humanity, special attention is devoted to perspectives emerging from Black and indigenous epistemologies and to the efforts to think beyond anthropocentrism. Priority will be devoted to art practices as forms of advanced research and methodological issues in general.
Application deadline: May 1, 2021. Due to high demand we will process applications on a first-come, first-served basis. If the maximum number of participants is reached before the deadline, we may close the application process earlier.
Course fee for students: €350
Course fee for non-students: €550
Please note that all participants of this summer school are expected to have read several selected entries of Rosi Braidotti’s Posthuman Knowledge (Polity Press, 2019).
The DEADLINE for the ROSANNA Fund for Women Scholarship applications is postponed, and is now on: December the 15th, 2020!
The ROSANNA Fund for Women supports talented and disadvantaged women students and researchers who intend to build their careers at Utrecht University. The fund offers women students and researchers financial support to help them achieve academic success. The ROSANNA Fund for Women wishes to make higher education more accessible to women, so that no female researcher has to be excluded because of limited financial means.
Interested in applying for a scholarship?
The ROSANNA Fund for Women offers short-term scholarships with a maximum of €5000. The awarded amount depends on the candidate’s financial situation, academic record, and feasibility of the plans. A ROSANNA Fund for Women scholarship can differ for each candidate, depending on the specific needs of the candidate in question.
Last August the 2020-edition of the Summer School course ‘Posthuman Convergences’ took place. Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the 2020 edition of ‘Posthuman Convergences’ was held online. Nonetheless it was a great success! Like in previous years, the course attracted many students from all over the world. This year over 110 students attended, making it the biggest course of the Utrecht Summer School. The picture below is a mosaic of all the students, tutors, teachers and lecturers attending. Which is a digital interpretation of the group photograph of which making it has become a tradition over the years.
The book Connectedness – An Incomplete Encyclopedia of the Anthropocene – Marianne Krogh(ed.), where Prof. Braidotti also wrote for, will be published on 15 September 2020. A short summary:
Surveying humanity’s impact on the planet, with contributions from Rosi Braidotti, Donna Haraway, Bill McKibben, Greta Thunberg, Bruno Latour, Alice Waters and others.
This timely book, in the form of an encyclopedia, considers the totality of issues surrounding the Anthropocene, that geologic era characterized by humanity’s vast impact on the Earth. Connectedness acknowledges the incomplete nature of its project seeing as how this riotous era is not yet finished. With contributions by Greta Thunberg, Bill McKibben, Alice Waters, Tomás Saraceno, Björk and many others, this publication consists of approximately 100 entries, arranged alphabetically, each reflecting on questions, phenomena, terms, possibilities and theories associated with the Anthropocene. Examples of entries include Air, Borders and Coexistence, as well as more complex subjects such as Donna Haraway on the Chthulucene or Anders Blok on Climate Risk Communities. The content ranges from scientific to cultural-theoretical and artistic contributions featuring a wide span of scholars, philosophers, anthropologists, scientists, authors, artists and others. The book accompanies the exhibition at the Danish Pavilion at the 2020 Venice Architectural Biennale.
Interested? Look at the short flip through:
At the opening of the Architecture Biennale in Venice in May 2021 there will be an event organized around this book. Interested to attend? Here you can find the flyer for the event.
As part of Utrecht University’s celebration of International Women’s Day, the annual ROSANNA grant award ceremony will take place on March 6, 2020 in Utrecht University Hall. The fund, which was co-founded by Rosi Braidotti, will award study grants to five talented students and researchers of Utrecht University who are in need of some extra financial support. As part of the ceremony, Braidotti will deliver a lecture titled ‘Women Rock: Emancipation through Popular Culture’. You will also be able to hear the stories of new and previous grant winners in a round table interview.
Visit Utrecht University’s International Women’s Day website for the full programme and registration.