Summer School in Global Studies and Critical Theory
 

THE HUMAN IN QUESTION

Bologna • June 25 – July 6, 2018

 

‘The world found nothing sacred in the abstract nakedness of being human,’ so wrote Hannah Arendt in The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951). Arendt’s questioning of the adequacy of the category ‘human’ in rights discourse in the wake of the Nazi-era terror and the plight of the stateless, resonates in the twenty-first century in ways unimaginable in her time.

Not only are we witnessing a staggering increase in stateless and displaced people around the globe – 65 million by some current estimates – and the sheer inadequacy of the language of human rights in addressing this crisis. We also stand on the threshold of a transformation in the very meaning of the term ‘human,’ as it comes under increasing pressure from anthropogenic climate change and the accelerated biotechnological transformation of life worlds. Conceiving the human as a geological agent that has irrevocably transformed our planet, or as an intelligent being co-extensive with advanced computational machines, is to question the modern foundations of our critical thought and practice. The human is entangled with the natural and the technological in ways inconceivable even half a century ago. And yet, migrants and radical movements such as Black Lives Matter or Ni una menos still advocate their claims as ‘humans’.

The 2018 edition of the Academy will explore theories of race, violence, new materialism, technology and the environment as they bear on the question of what it means to be human in our time.

Up to 40 participants will be selected and required to attend all plenary lectures, the two morning courses, and at least one afternoon class per week.

For the second time this year will be active the Bologna Social Practice Lab directed by Pedro Lasch in collaboration with Rossella Mazzaglia. Up to 20 participants at the Summer School will be selected to contribute, along with students at University of Bologna, artists, performers, and activists, to a social art project called Polit(t)ico: Interventions for Bologna (2017-2018). If you are interested, do not forget to check the box in the application form and attach your material in the pdf among your application documents.

The Academy and other sponsors offer several grants covering fees, accomodation and/or travel.

MONDAY, JUNE 25
 
4.30-6.30 pm
Welcome and registrations (Piazza San Giovanni in Monte, 2, Aula Prodi)
 
7.00-7.30 pm
Welcoming cocktail
 
7.30-8.30 pm
Lecture
PAUL GILROY, Antiracism and Planetary Humanism (Biblioteca dell'Archiginnasio, Piazza Galvani, 1, open to the public)
 
TUESDAY, JUNE 26
 
10.00-12.00 am
Morning course
 
2.00-4.00 pm
Workshop
Form at the Limits of the Human (Piazza San Giovanni in Monte, 2, Aula Specola, open to the public)
Coordinated by DEBJANI GANGULY, RANJANA KHANNA and SARAH NUTTALL
 
2.00-4.00 pm
Laboratory
Bologna Social Practice Lab (Piazza San Giovanni in Monte, 2, Aula Gambi)
Directed by PEDRO LASCH, in collaboration with ROSSELLA MAZZAGLIA
 
4.30-6.30 pm
Afternoon courses
     • LAURENT DUBOIS and ACHILLE MBEMBE, Trees and the Human (Piazza San Giovanni in Monte, 2, Aula Gambi)
     • NEGAR MOTTAHEDEH, Big Data and the Human Interface (Piazza San Giovanni in Monte, 2, Aula AntiProdi)
 
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27
 
10.00-12.00 am
Morning course
PARTHA CHATTERJEE, The Cynicism of Power and the Morality of the People (Piazza San Giovanni in Monte, 2, Aula Fumagalli)
 
2.00-4.00 pm
Workshop
Form at the Limits of the Human (Piazza San Giovanni in Monte, 2, Aula Specola, open to the public)
Coordinated by DEBJANI GANGULY, RANJANA KHANNA and SARAH NUTTALL
 
2.00-4.00 pm
Laboratory
Bologna Social Practice Lab (Piazza San Giovanni in Monte, 2, Aula Gambi)
Directed by PEDRO LASCH, in collaboration with ROSSELLA MAZZAGLIA
 
4.30-6.30 pm
Afternoon courses
     • LAURENT DUBOIS and ACHILLE MBEMBE, Trees and the Human (Piazza San Giovanni in Monte, 2, Aula Gambi)
     • NEGAR MOTTAHEDEH, Big Data and the Human Interface (Piazza San Giovanni in Monte, 2, Aula AntiProdi)
     • VRON WARE, Learning from Insects: Symbiosis, Sympoiesis and the Half-Life of Gender (Piazza San Giovanni in Monte, 2, Aula Specola)
 
8.30-9.30 pm
Critical dialogue
On Race and Racism (Biblioteca dell'Archiginnasio, Piazza Galvani, 1, open to the public)
IAN BAUCOM, PAUL GILROY, LUCA JOURDAN and ACHILLE MBEMBE
 
THURSDAY, JUNE 28
 
10.00-12.00 am
Morning course
PARTHA CHATTERJEE, The Cynicism of Power and the Morality of the People (Piazza San Giovanni in Monte, 2, Aula Fumagalli)
 
2.00-4.00 pm
Laboratory
Bologna Social Practice Lab (Piazza San Giovanni in Monte, 2, Aula Gambi)
Directed by PEDRO LASCH, in collaboration with ROSSELLA MAZZAGLIA
 
4.30-6.30 pm
Afternoon courses
     • LAURENT DUBOIS and ACHILLE MBEMBE, Trees and the Human (Piazza San Giovanni in Monte, 2, Aula Gambi)
     • NEGAR MOTTAHEDEH, Big Data and the Human Interface (Piazza San Giovanni in Monte, 2, Aula AntiProdi)
     • VRON WARE, Learning from Insects: Symbiosis, Sympoiesis and the Half-Life of Gender (Piazza San Giovanni in Monte, 2, Aula Specola)
 
FRIDAY, JUNE 29
 
10.00-12.00 am
Morning course
PARTHA CHATTERJEE, The Cynicism of Power and the Morality of the People (Piazza San Giovanni in Monte, 2, Aula Fumagalli)
 
2.00-4.00 pm
Participants' papers (Piazza San Giovanni in Monte, 2, Aule Gambi, Specola e Seminari 2, open to the public)
 
SATURDAY, JUNE 30
 
2.00 pm - 6.00 pm - public event
Coordinated by PEDRO LASCH and ROSSELLA MAZZAGLIA
 
6.00 pm - 7.00 pm - public event
 
MONDAY, JULY 2
 
9.15 am - 1.30 pm
3.00 pm - 5.45 pm
Workshop
The Global South: Theories, Narratives, Spaces and Technologies (Scuola Superiore di Studi Umanistici, Via Marsala 26, Sala Rossa, open to the public)
Coordinated by CAMILLA FOJAS and DEBJANI GANGULY
 
TUESDAY, JULY 3
 
10.00-12.00 am
Morning course
 
2.00-4.00 pm
Laboratory
Bologna Social Practice Lab (Piazza San Giovanni in Monte, 2, Aula Gambi)
Directed by PEDRO LASCH, in collaboration with ROSSELLA MAZZAGLIA
 
4.30-6.30 pm
Afternoon courses
     • TIZIANA TERRANOVA, The Global Community of (Hyper)Social Networks (Piazza San Giovanni in Monte, 2, Aula Gambi)
 
9.00-10.30 pm
Paolo Fresu & Daniele Di Bonaventura Concert (Piazza Verdi, open to the public)
Free Entry
 
WEDNESDAY, JULY 4
 
10.00-12.00 am
Morning course
 
2.00-4.00 pm
Laboratory
Bologna Social Practice Lab (Piazza San Giovanni in Monte, 2, Aula Gambi)
Directed by PEDRO LASCH, in collaboration with ROSSELLA MAZZAGLIA
 
4.30-6.30 pm
Afternoon course
     • TIZIANA TERRANOVA, The Global Community of (Hyper)Social Networks (Piazza San Giovanni in Monte, 2, Aula Gambi)
 
8.30-9.30 pm
Critical dialogue
A Dialogue on Ni una menos (Biblioteca dell'Archiginnasio, Piazza Galvani, 1, open to the public)
PAOLA RUDAN and RITA SEGATO
 
THURSDAY, JULY 5
 
10.00-12.00 am
Morning course
 
2.00-4.00 pm
Laboratory
Bologna Social Practice Lab (Piazza San Giovanni in Monte, 2, Aula Gambi)
Directed by PEDRO LASCH, in collaboration with ROSSELLA MAZZAGLIA
 
4.30-6.30 pm
Afternoon courses
     • TIZIANA TERRANOVA, The Global Community of (Hyper)Social Networks (Piazza San Giovanni in Monte, 2, Aula Gambi)
 
FRIDAY, JULY 6
 
10.00-12.00 am
Morning course
 
2.00-4.00 pm
Participants' papers (Piazza San Giovanni in Monte, 2, Aule Gambi, Specola e Seminari 2, open to the public)
 
7.00-7.30 pm
Closing cocktail (Biblioteca dell'Archiginnasio)
 
7.30-8.30 pm
Lecture
 

 

 

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