The Posthuman & New Materialism

Call for applications: The Posthuman & New Materialism

Utrecht Summer School Online Course by Prof. Rosi Braidotti
August 16-27, 2021 (on select days)

The 2021 intensive Summer School course will continue the tradition of neo-materialist, critical feminist posthuman theory that Braidotti is known for. It focusses on the intersections and divergences between two movements of thought that are close, but distinct. The posthuman turn is defined as the convergence, within the context of advanced or cognitive capitalism, of posthumanism on the one hand and post-anthropocentrism on the other. Neo-materialism is a theoretical framework that straddles several research fields and emphasizes the embodied, embedded, relational and affective interconnections across human and non-human entities. The intersections between these two lines of critical enquiry generated some of the most exciting contemporary debates. The course offers a selected overview of this scholarship across a transdisciplinary range of fields that includes philosophy, literature, law, media, pedagogy and the arts. Mindful of the patterns of exclusion of the sexualized, racialized and naturalized “others” that were not recognized as belonging to humanity, special attention is devoted to perspectives emerging from Black and indigenous epistemologies and to the efforts to think beyond anthropocentrism. Priority will be devoted to art practices as forms of advanced research and methodological issues in general.

The course is offered entirely online and is sub-divided in 5 groups of 25 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 all the lecturers; tutorial groups, seminar sessions and
artists labs. Informal meetings will also be encouraged at lunchtime and at leisure.

PLEASE NOTE: The groups are organized by different regional time-zones: one for Australia and
the Pacific; one for North and South America; and three groups for Europe.
• The European time-zone programme runs from 9:00-15:00 CET daily.
• The Americas time-zone programme runs from 8:00-14:00 PST/11:00-17:00 EST.
• The Australia-South Pacific programme runs from 13:00-17:00 AEST daily

Apply now! First Come, First Served!

Applicants are free to select which time zone they prefer to attend, (e.g. Europeans may want to select the North American time zone if they work full time) but the content is the same for every region. Please state in your letter of motivation for which time zone you would like to apply. Competition for registration is strong so you are advised to apply early, as places are allocated on the basis of first come, first served.

Confirmed Lecturers (and more to come…):

Prof. Rosi Braidotti (Utrecht University), Dr. Simone Bignall (University of Technology Sydney), Dr Daryle Rigney, Dr. Steve Hemming, 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).

Assigned reading

0 Posthuman Knowledge (Polity Press, 2019), by Rosi Braidotti
o Posthuman Ecologies (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019), edited by Rosi Braidotti and Simone Bignall

Background reading

o The Posthuman (Polity Press, 2013), by Rosi Braidotti
o Selected entries from the Posthuman Glossary (Bloomsbury Academic 2018), edited by Rosi Braidotti and Maria Hlavajova

Application procedure

Course fees Course fee for students: €350
Course fee for non-students: €550
Application deadline: May 1, 2021.
For more information, contact R. Braidotti’s assistant at gw.braidottiass@uu.nl.

SUMMARY OF KEY ACTION POINTS:

• Due to high demand applications GO on a first-come, first-served basis
• When maximum participation is reached, the applications will be closed
• Pick and indicate your favourite time-zone in motivation letter
• Your registration is finalized only after the fees have ben paid
• You are expected to do the background reading before the start of the course
• You are expected to buy the assigned books by Braidotti

Languages of Resistance, Transformation, and Futurity in Mediterranean Crisis-Scapes: From Crisis to Critique

Book announcement:

Languages of Resistance, Transformation, and Futurity in Mediterranean Crisis-Scapes: From Crisis to Critique

Ed. By Maria Boletsi, Janna Houwen and Liesbeth Minnaard

Palgrave Macmillan, 2020

This edited volume, which is part of the Palgrave series in Globalization, Culture and Society, includes essays by Jonas Taudal Bækgaard, Maria Boletsi, Ipek Celik-Rappas & Diego Benegas Loyo, Karen Emmerich, Begüm Özden Fırat, Olivia Harrison, Janna Houwen, Nataša Kovačević, Megan C. MacDonald, Geli Mademli, Liesbeth Minnaard, Dimitris Papanikolaou, and Pablo Valdivia.

The Introduction is available for free downloading (OPEN ACCESS) here:

https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-030-36415-1 

You can browse through the table of contents here and the reviews on the publisher’s website here

Synopsis:

This collection rethinks crisis in relation to critique through the prism of various declared ‘crises’ in the Mediterranean: the refugee crisis, the Eurozone crisis, the Greek debt crisis, the Arab Spring, the Palestinian question, and others. With contributions from cultural, literary, film, and migration studies and sociology, this book shifts attention from Europe to the Mediterranean as a site not only of intersecting crises, but a breeding ground for new cultures of critique, visions of futurity, and radical imaginaries shaped through or against frameworks of crisis. If crisis rhetoric today serves populist, xenophobic or anti-democratic agendas, can the concept crisis still do the work of critique or partake in transformative languages by scholars, artists, and activists? Or should we forge different vocabularies to understand present realities? This collection explores alternative mobilizations of crisis and forms of art, cinema, literature, and cultural practices across the Mediterranean that disengage from dominant crisis narratives.

“We are all in this together” – Connectivity and Community in Isolation

“We are all in this together” – Connectivity and Community in Isolation

ASCA Workshop 2021, 23-25 June 2021, (Wed to Fri).

Organizers: Jori Snels and Lok Yee Wong

Keynote speakers

  • Prof. dr. Lance Bennett, University of Washington
  • Dr. Alexandra Segerberg, Uppsala University
  • Prof. dr. Iris van der Tuin, Utrecht University
  • Prof. dr. Sally Wyatt, Maastricht University

As our global crisis continues, it seems that the social order and our sense of self is changing. We celebrate family birthdays via Skype, demonstrate for social justice on Instagram, and visit art exhibitions in Animal Crossing; meanwhile, we are condemned to living twenty-four hours a day with our partners, roommates or alone, in a home turned office, habituated to uncertainty and fear. Through this experience, we have become keenly aware of both digital technologies’ previously untapped potentialities for connecting us and their seemingly unbridgeable boundaries; we are learning to live in and with entrapment, experiencing both unprecedented distance and closeness.

How can we mourn, how can we protest, how can we engage deeply, when we cannot show up with our bodies, when we cannot step out of our homes? As David Harvey stated in ‘We need a collective response to the collective dilemma of coronavirus’: “I am in a frustrating position of personal isolation, at a moment when the time calls for collective forms of action.”

We want to use this moment to start thinking about how to overcome or reconfigure distancing and isolation from the perspective of embodied connectivity and the embodiment of connectivity. Bennett and Segerberg’s (2012) studies on social connectivity shed insightful light on people’s civic and political participation with digital media as organizing agents. In today’s world, apart from mass protests, connectivity pervades our everyday practices. More than a logic to organize and coordinate online actions, it is increasingly intertwined with our offline world, including our affectivity and bodily experiences. As Van Dijck has stated (2013), the layer of platforms influences human interaction on an individual and a community level, as well as on a larger societal level, as online and offline worlds are increasingly interpenetrating (p. 4). How does embodiment, in its entanglement with connectivity, prompt us to rethink ourselves and our societies for the future ‘new normal’?

In the 2021 ASCA workshop, we seek to interrogate the notions of connectivity and community in all facets of society – both empirically and theoretically – through four broad, interconnected themes: 1. technology, 2. mobility, 3. activism, 4. creativity. We zoom in on these four themes to reimagine power structures, technological infrastructures, and social systems, and to explore what we may learn from the creative forms of embodied connectivity and embodiment of connectivity we encounter as we move into the future. We welcome papers from all fields within the humanities and social sciences, including artistic research.

Please submit your abstract (max. 300 words) and bio (max. 100 words) via the submission form by 30 November 2020. (If you have trouble accessing the submission form, you may instead e-mail your abstract, bio, and contact information to ascaworkshop2021@gmail.com.)

We intend to hold the workshop in the physical space of Amsterdam, but if this is not possible due to COVID-19 related restrictions, the workshop will take place in online or hybrid form. In any case, we are going to try our best to find creative ways to connect, to communicate, and to be together.

Themes:

  1. Technology

How is sociality affected by and how does it in turn affect rising technologies and platforms such as TikTok, Zoom, 5G, and virtual reality? How are technologies used or adapted to support the emergence of a stay-at-home economy? What roles do technologies play in supporting or thwarting connectivity in times of crisis? Who is included and who is excluded in mediated connectivity? In what ways are social identities and communities determined by the technological tools that sustain them, and how is the future of technological connectivity imagined?

  1. Mobility
    How are subjectivities re-determined by (im)mobility? Who is excluded when governments restrict mobility? How does a lack of mobility change the definition of what it means to connect? What forms of mobility between physical and virtual communities have been developed? What can we learn from the relation between (im)mobility and connectivity for the globalized world of the future?
  2. Activism

In what ways is activism changing in these times of crisis, when the possibility to make embodied connections is limited? What ways have activism movements found to get around those limitations? What role do online platforms play in supporting activist communities in times of a pandemic? How do online protests and bodily protests in the street connect with each other? What forms of intersectional activism have been able to grow?

  1. Creativity

How have cultural institutions, artists, performers and content creators been able to form, sustain, or improve connections with their communities when meeting in person was not possible? What roles can cultural institutions play in providing online places for respite or engagement? What new forms of being together are conceptualized through creative encounters?

The 2021 ASCA International Workshop is organized by Lok Yee Wong (yveswly@gmail.com) and Jori Snels (j.snels@uva.nl).

Night Stories: Urban Narratives of Migrant Lives in Europe

Crossings: Journal of Migration & Culture

Special Issue on Night Stories: Urban Narratives of Migrant Lives in Europe

Edited by Sara Brandellero, Ailbhe Kenny and Derek Pardue Deadline: 31 March 2021, nitecrossings@gmail.com

Submissions are invited for this forthcoming special issue on Night Stories: Urban Narratives of Migrant Lives in Europe, centering on the life experiences of migrant

subjectivities and communities in European cities at night. Articles will cover a range of genres across different arts and cultural practices (literature, film, music, photography, theatre, advertising, social media, radio, visual arts etc.). We invite articles that provide close analyses of cultural representations of night-time settings and narratives that stem from spatial practices at night, including, for example, night-time migrant mobilities and the implications of questions of class, race and ethnicity, gender and age in determining who can go where and when.

Acknowledging the attention given to ‘urban imaginaries’ (Lefebvre, 1974) in the humanities and social sciences, this publication aims to bring the question of night-time imaginaries productively into current debates on urban spaces and migration. It will focus on nocturnal spaces as potential for or existing sites of belonging and intercultural exchange. Important cultural and social insights can be drawn from understanding how and where city spaces are experienced at night, also mindful of the impact of the current Covid-19 crisis on night-time venues and events. Thus, it seeks to understand the role of stories in giving form to and impacting on how night spaces are imagined, produced and experienced by migrant communities in Europe.

The special issue aims to contribute to the emerging field of ‘night studies’, calibrating it in relation to migration. The night affords, we argue, special social affinities that thus lead to particular activities and engagements with the city. Just as we feel compelled to relate our experiences of the night in story, song and image, as scholars, we are motivated to find a more representative theoretical idiom to escape the diurnal mode of thinking (Fabian 1983; Tedlock 1991). Therefore, the urban narratives in this special issue aim to capture the phenomenologies of everynight life.

Topics might include:

  • Representation of night spaces and experiences of migration in literature and film;
  • Migrant music-making, soundscapes and place-making at night;
  • Migrant life-writing and (audio)-visual documenting;
  • Migrant creative writings of the night;
  • Virtual night spaces and migrant cultures in times of Covid-19;
  • Narratives of gender, race, class and migration in European cities at night;
  • Narratives of arrival, belonging, departure;
  • Questioning migrant ‘integration’ in narratives of the night;
  • Narratives of migrant night labour;
  • Night spaces, crisis and regeneration among migrant communities

Styleguide: see https://www.intellectbooks.com/journal-editors-and-contributors

Articles should be between 6000-8000 words in length. Images must be of at least 300dpi. Images and written text should be sent in separate attachments.

NB: Articles may embed audio and video recordings (these must be hosted online by the authors). Articles must be of 10Mb max and be anonymised for peer review. Include an additional file with: Title; Author name/affiliation, email; author bio-sketch 50-100 words; Orcid; abstract of 100-200 words; 6-8 keywords. Endnotes instead of footnotes.

This publication is part of a European-wide collaborative project  (NITE), funded by the Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA), with support from the European Commission. Info: nightspace.net

Submissions and queries addressed to the editors: nitecrossings@gmail.com The special issue is scheduled for 2022.

Call for Papers Journal of Gender Studies

The Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies (Journal of Gender Studies) is a forum for the scientific problematization of gender in relation to ethnicity, sexuality, class, and age. The journal is an interdisciplinary medium operating at the intersection of society, culture, health and science. The editorial staff invites articles about gender issues from different disciplines and accepts articles in Dutch and English. As well as publishing articles, the journal includes essays, columns (short topical and polemical articles), interviews, reviews, summaries of dissertations and conference reports.

The Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies invites abstracts for articles for its 2021 Spring issue. As this is a general issue there is no subject limitation, provided that the article problematizes gender. The journal favors submissions that touch upon current debates in the Netherlands and/or Belgium or that include case studies that are relevant for Dutch and Flemish academic fields. Abstracts should be submitted in Dutch or English before 12 October 2020. Once your abstract has been assessed and judged suitable for this issue, you will receive an invitation to submit. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by 23 October 2020. The deadline for submission of articles (of approximately 6000 words) is 7 December 2020. All submissions will be reviewed in a double-blind peer review process. In case of a high number of positively peer-reviewed contributions, the editorial board reserves the right to make a final selection of articles and to publish some contributions in a later issue.

Abstracts of approximately 500 words should state the problem or research question addressed in the proposed paper; outline the theoretical framework; state the main point or argument of the proposed paper; provide a rough indication of the methods used; and – where relevant – present a rough overview of literature used. Abstracts should be sent to tvgarchief@gmail.com.

More information as well as instructions for authors can be found on: https:// www.aup.nl/nl/journal/tijdschrift-voor-genderstudies.