Posthuman Convergences: Theories and Methodologies (Prof. Rosi Braidotti)

Online summer school | August 12-21, 2020

Aims

The 2020 intensive course will focus on “Posthuman Convergences”. 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. Their current convergence is triggering a number of qualitative developments of a very original nature, which we will outline and study. A related aim of the course is to introduce and apply Braidotti’s specific brand of neo-materialist, critical feminist posthuman theory.

 

Themes and structure

In order to evaluate posthuman convergences, 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. 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 to humanity and were also disqualified as subjects of knowledge. Special attention will also be given to the continuing efforts to learn to think beyond anthropocentrism. Methodological questions and issues will be one of the course highlights.

 

Lecturers
Prof. Rosi Braidotti (Utrecht University), Prof. Anna Hickey-Moody (RMIT University), Dr. Simone Bignall (University of Technology Sydney), Dr. Ruth Clemens (Utrecht University), Dr. Emily Jones (University of Essex), Kaye Sidebottom (Leeds Beckett University), Fiona Hillary (RMIT University) and Goda Klumbyte (University of Kassel).

 

Application procedure
Course fee for students: €350
Course fee for non-students: €550

Apply now via the Utrecht Summer School web page.

Application deadline: July 1, 2020. 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. For more information, contact R. Braidotti’s assistant at gw.braidottiass@uu.nl.

 

Please find the full call for applications here.