The Posthuman Life of Methods

Course code
C30
Student fee
€750
Course fee
Price
€1000
Course Level
Advanced Master

The course will build on the tradition of neo-materialist, critical feminist posthuman theory that Braidotti is internationally known for. It focusses on the methodological implications of posthuman scholarship in the Humanities across a broad inter-disciplinary range. The course offers a selected overview of the key literature in fields that include philosophy, literature, law, media, pedagogy, postcolonial theory and the arts. Mindful of the patterns of exclusion of the sexualised, racialised and naturalised “others” that were not recognised as belonging to humanity, special attention is devoted to perspectives emerging from Black and Indigenous epistemologies. The other focus is  on the efforts to think beyond anthropocentrism, by expanding the notion of subjectivity into an embodied, embedded, relational and affective assembly  interconnected with human and non-human entities.

The 2022 intensive Summer School course aims to dig deeper into the methodological innovations introduced by posthuman critical theory, defined as the convergence of critiques of Humanism and critiques of Anthropocentrism. This critical approach introduces new themes and objects of enquiries, but what does it do in terms of methods and approaches? What sort of qualitative transformations are entailed by a critical posthuman framework? Thew course will explore approaches such as: transversal methodologies; neo-materialism; the new empiricisms; current textual practices; non-representational theories;  inter/trans and post-disciplinarity; methods to exit colonialism; critical feminist theory and art practices as research methods. The participants will be invited to discuss and present work related to their own research topics and experiences.

The course is offered entirely online and is sub-divided in 5 groups of 20 students maximum. Each group is led by a lecturer/tutor and Braidotti visits all of them in turn.

Each day is structured by a mixture of pre-recorded and live lectures by the course director and invited lecturers; live Q&A sessions with follow all the lecturers; tutorial groups, seminar sessions and artists labs are offered daily. Informal meetings will also be encouraged at lunchtime and at leisure.

Course director
Prof. dr. Rosi Braidotti

Lecturers

Prof. Rosi Braidotti (Utrecht University), Dr. Simone Bignall (University of Technology Sydney), Dr. Ruth Clemens (Utrecht University), Dr. Emily Jones (University of Essex), Kay Sidebottom (Leeds Beckett University), Fiona Hillary (RMIT University), Goda Klumbyte (University of Kassel).

Costs

Course fee:
Price
€1000
Student fee:
Student fee
€750
Included:
Fee covers
Course + course materials
Extra information about the fee

The fee for non-students is €1000. Students will receive a partial fee waiver of €250, resulting in a total fee of €750. 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 1000 euros standard and 750 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-ex…

Additional information

If you wish to stay in the Utrecht Summer School accommodation during this online course you can contact the Summer School: info@utrechtsummerschool.nl. A room for one week is € 200. More information on housing can be found here.

Application

Extra application information

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:

Motivation Letter
C.V.
Transcript of Grades
Reference Letter

More information

Prof. Braidotti | E:  posthumansummerschool@uu.nl

Registration

Application deadline: 
Registration deadline
15 May 2022