Time: 5 sessions (Dec 2021-Feb 2022)
Instructor: Maaike Bleeker (email@example.com) and Iris van der Tuin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Application deadline: Nov 23
“A characteristic of thinking that becomes theory is that it offers striking ‘moves’ that people can use in thinking about other topics,” observes Jonathan Culler. He makes this observation in a text about a new type of theoretical writings emerging since roughly the 1960s, writings that succeeded in challenging and reorienting thinking in fields other than those to which they originally belonged. The transpositional capacity of these writings to offer striking ‘moves’ to people working in differing fields of research greatly contributed to the development of new interdisciplinary approaches in the humanities, the outlining of new objects of research, and the formation of new fields of study, like cultural studies, gender studies, visual studies, postcolonial studies. These developments have profoundly changed ways of doing research in the humanities. Reflecting about their potential as well as their theoretical and methodological implications has been at the heart of PhD training offered by ASCA and NICA from the very beginning.In this course we look at currently emerging interdisciplinary approaches that move beyond the borders of the humanities and investigate how they may challenge and reorient our thinking. How do certain ‘moves’ offered by state-of-the-art scientific approaches lead to radically interdisciplinary endeavors, change our understanding of the object of our research, the relationships between objects and concepts, and what it is that we do when we do theory?
This is an online course that runs from December 2021 through to February 2022. The course is online because we work with guests researchers showcasing their radically interdisciplinary practice. A session takes 3 hours; there are 5 sessions: 7 and 8 Dec 10-13h, 26 Jan 14-17h, 2 Feb 14-17h, 9 Feb 14-17h