Public lecture and masterclass, January 16-17, 1 EC | Heather Love is the R. Jean Brownlee Term Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include gender studies and queer theory, modernism and modernity, affect studies, disability studies, film and visual culture, psychoanalysis, sociology and literature, and critical theory. She is the author of Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History (Harvard, 2007), the editor of a special issue of GLQ on Gayle Rubin (“Rethinking Sex”), and the co-editor of a special issue of New Literary History (“Is There Life after Identity Politics?”). She has current projects on reading methods in literary studies, comparative social stigma, and generations and mentorship in queer studies.
Lecture and Masterclass, 1 EC, January 9-10, 1 EC | Film criticism is an expansive ‘middle field’ that sits in-between two extremes – media journalism on one side, academic scholarship on the other – and draws on both of them for its resources. While the borders between the three activities (journalism, criticism, scholarship) have always been, in the best cases, porous, today it is the Internet that sets a new ‘level playing field’ for the different kinds of writing/speaking about and responding to films. In this masterclass, we ask: where is film criticism today? and what can we do? – rejecting the many gloomy prognoses of its professional death and decay in a corporate media landscape
1 EC Masterclass, April 19 | In this masterclass, we will explore the blend of 4EA cognition (embodied, embedded, extended, enactive, affective) and Deleuzean philosophy that is characteristic of much of John Protevi’s work. Specifically, this combination will be discussed with reference to Bruce Wexler’s Brain and Culture (2006), which explores the connections between neurobiology, individuality and social structures through a focus on (changing) neuroplasticity. Drawing these perspectives together, John Protevi develops his own view on the relationship between the somatic and the social
1 EC Masterclass, January 23 | This master class will address a number questions including the following: How is it possible that abstract musical sounds can convey a certain ‘content’ and ‘knowledge’? What does it mean for musical sounds to be a “sign” or part of a “symbol-system” and thus to refer to something outside itself? What distinguishes music from language and what do they have in common? How can one analyze the “logics” of musical signs or symbols, and what do they ‘symbolize’? What role do emotions play in music as well as our bodily perceptions? And what concept of “knowledge” or “cognition” must we apply in order to encompass the manifold simultaneous forms in which music stimulates our intellectual, emotional as well as sensual responsiveness
Workshop and 6 EC Tutorial, December 5-6 | How do Marx’s, Lukács’, and Debord’s conceptions apply to contemporary capitalist societies? In the workshop we will discuss the continuity of these conceptions and their contemporary relevance to both restore a tradition and to see possibilities for its further development.