Please note: Due to the COVID-19 situation, 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 and each registered participant will receive a password to gain access.
The course will run over an extended period of a week and a half, from the 12th – 21st August 2020.
We extended the duration of the course to make sure we can provide the best online learning experience and ensure that we run the summer school within reasonable hours across the time zones of ALL participants. This will include live sessions.
"Posthuman Convergences" offers an overview of contemporary debates around the ‘posthuman turn’. It explores the implications of the posthuman convergence of posthumanism and postanthropocentrism for the constitution of subjectivity, the production of knowledge and the practice of the academic humanities.
The aim of this interdisciplinary course is to track the convergences between different branches of posthuman knowledge production. It starts by offering a selected overview of contemporary scholarship on the ‘posthuman turn,’ notably its applications and implications in the Humanities and Social Sciences. 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. Although these lines of critical thought often overlap, they are distinct phenomena both in terms of their theoretical genealogies and their practical applications.
A related aim of the course is to introduce and apply Braidotti’s specific brand of neo-materialist, critical feminist posthuman theory. This approach rests on two main concepts: the emphasis on the embodied and embedded, relational and affective structure of subjectivity and the grounded and accountable nature of knowledge claims. These aspects will be connected through the emphasis on perspectival politics of locations on the one hand and affirmative relational ethics on the other. Participants will be required to read Braidotti’s classic text The Posthuman (Polity Press, 2013) prior to the start of the course.
In order to evaluate posthuman convergences and knowledge(s), the course will present, explore and assess the defining features of a selected number of fields within the fast-growing Posthumanities, such as the Environmental, Digital and Medical Humanities. Key questions are: what is the object of enquiry of these emergent areas of research? How do these new fields of knowledge affect the constitution of subjectivity and practice of academic research today? Mindful of the differences in power and access that structure the debate on the posthuman, we will also investigate how posthuman knowledge(s) can assist us in moving beyond the patterns of exclusion of the sexualized, racialized and naturalized “others” that were not recognized as belonging fully to humanity and were also disqualified as subjects of knowledge.
The course will furthermore endeavour to present a selection of concrete case-studies drawn from the Environmental, Digital and Medical Humanities. These cases will be presented by teams of participating scholars from a range of disciplines and interdisciplinary areas of research, notably: literature and cultural studies, pedagogy, media and technology studies, legal theory, philosophy and the arts. Throughout the course, special efforts will be made to highlight the crucial contribution of art practices to all areas of posthuman scholarship and research.
The fee for non-students is €550. Students will receive a partial fee waiver of €200, resulting in a total fee of €350. Students are asked to provide proof of their student status in their application documents. Without this proof, it is not possible to receive the partial fee waiver.
The fees for the online course are 550 euros standard and 350 euros for students. All profits made from the summer school will go to the ROSANNA Fund which gives scholarships to women who have limited financial means and who need financial support to help them pursue studies. For more information, see: https://www.uu.nl/en/organisation/alumni/contribute/contribute-to-an-existing-named-fund/rosanna-fund
We will be accepting the same number of participants online as we usually do when running the school in Utrecht. This is to ensure that we are able to properly accommodate all students within the live tutorials and still provide, as much as possible, the same learning experience as in previous years. Acceptance is on a first come first served basis.
We are working to ensure that we run the summer school within reasonable hours across the time zones of ALL participants. This will include live sessions.
For non-students the transcript of grades is not necessary (you can upload an empty document), but please specify your degree on your CV. Reference letters are required for all applications. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying:
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