Date: June 20-24, 2016
Place: Leiden (Mon-Wed) – Amsterdam (Thurs-Fri); locations to be announced later
ECTS: The Summer School is partially open to RMA students. There is a possibility to earn 5 ECTS if certain requirements are met. For more information or to submit a formal application (including your affiliation, a brief motivation and whether you want to earn ECTS), please contact the organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 May 2016. When you apply please state that you are registered as an OSL student!
In Margins of Philosophy, Jacques Derrida notes that “it is a mistake to believe in the immediate and ahistorical legibility of a philosophical argument.” The 2016 European Summer School for Cultural Studies departs from the idea that this warning pertains not just to philosophical inquiry, but across academic disciplines, from literary and media studies to law, architecture and the social sciences. It is of particular urgency in a rapidly globalizing world in which the legibility of flows of capital, goods (including cultural products) and people is seen as key to prosperity and security, and in a machine-‐ centric universe (Lazzarato) in which an ever-‐larger part of the texts and images that surround us are based on binary code and algorithms.
Given that legibility and traditional reading methods can no longer be taken for granted, we want to ask what it means for something to be (considered) legible and what the stakes and limits of such legibility are. What are the new conditions, forms and technologies of legibility and what is its temporality and spatiality in a globalizing world? How does cultural and historical difference impact legibility, traditionally considered as accessibility and assimilability? What new ways of reading (and kinds of readers) are emerging in relation to old and new media – from distant, surface and descriptive reading to automated perception and data mining, from the Thumbelina (Serres) to the vision machine (Virilio) – and what do they imply about the modes and aims of (il)legibility? What kinds of agency and subjectivations do they afford or presuppose? What values are attached to (il)legibility in discussions about privacy and security, in the ubiquitous imagery of the black box or in museum and archiving practices? And how does the legible relate to the law (to which it has been etymologically linked) and to the sensible or affective?
In a number of panel sessions, PhD students will address these questions, in relation to their own research, from cultural, literary, cinematic, material, affective, technological, machinic, linguistic and other perspectives, including the meta-perspective reflecting on the (il)legibility of our own academic writing, especially in interdisciplinary contexts. Papers will be circulated before the start of the summer school, and all participants are requested to read the papers and prepare comments and questions before coming to the panel sessions.
Keynotes and Masterclasses
In addition to the panel sessions, the Summer School will feature keynote lectures and masterclasses by senior scholars.
Confirmed keynote speakers
- Sean Cubitt (Goldsmiths, University of London),
- Colin Davis (Royal Holloway, University of London),
- Giovanna Fossati (University of Amsterdam/Eye Institute),
- Isabel Gil (Catholic University of Lisbon),
- Amade M’Charek (University of Amsterdam),
- Wayne Modest (Research Center for Material Culture, Leiden).
- Kiene Brillenburg-Wurth (Utrecht University),
- Elsbeth Brouwer (University of Amsterdam),
- Yasco Horsman (Leiden University),
- Eliza Steinbock (Leiden University).
The Summer School is partially open to RMA students. There is a possibility to earn 5 ECTS if certain requirements are met. For more information or to submit a formal application (including your affiliation, a brief motivation and whether you want to earn ECTS), please contact the organizers at email@example.com by 15 May 2016.
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