International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs (UC Berkeley)
Chair on The Academic and the Civic (Utrecht University)
The Academy of Global Humanities and Critical Theory

 

THE CRITICAL TASKS OF THE UNIVERSITY

Bologna, June 22-24, 2017

 

Conveners: Rosi Braidotti (Utrecht University), Judith Butler (University of California, Berkeley) and Raffaele Laudani (University of Bologna)

 

The conference will be the first meeting of the Mellon-funded conference cycle of the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs. The focus of this conference will be “The Critical Tasks of the University” and will evaluate the prevailing metrics of value that increasingly structure and restrict the university in various global locations and to understand how critical thought or more robust notions of “critique” can inform and enliven our contemporary reflections on valuable ways of knowing. As important as it is to support the study of critical theory in the university, it is also crucial to defend the university as a valued site for critical thinking in public life. Taking up issues of censorship, the suppression of dissenting views, the devaluation of the humanities and arts, and the new metrics of excellence, this meeting will consider how the critical humanities might reflect anew on the public obligations of the university as well as the need to safeguard the university as a site for critical reflections on pressing issues of public concern.

Entrance to the conference is free. Seating capacity is limited
No registration is required

THURSDAY, JUNE 22
 
3.30 - 6.30 pm

Panel 1: On the Critical Task of the University Today

Chair: RAFFAELE LAUDANI (University of Bologna)
 
WANG HUI (Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Tsinghua University)
SANDRO MEZZADRA (University of Bologna)
 
Respondent: GISELA CATANZARO (University of Buenos Aires)
 
FRIDAY, JUNE 23
 
9.00 am - 12.00 pm

Panel 2: Measures of Value: Humanities in the Age of Calculation

Chair: ROSI BRAIDOTTI (Utrecht University)
 
ATHENA ATHANASIOU (Panteion University, Athens)
CARLO GALLI (University of Bologna)
 
Respondent: PETAR BOJANIČ (University of Belgrade)

 

3.30 - 6.30 pm

Panel 3: New Cartographies of Knowledge: Global South and Global Education

Chair: DEBJANI GANGULY (University of Virginia)
 
JUAN OBARRIO (Johns Hopkins University)
SARAH NUTTALL (WISER, Johannesburg)
 
Respondent: PREMESH LALU (University of the Western Cape)
 
 
SATURDAY, JUNE 24
 
9.00 am - 12.00 pm

Panel 4:  Politics of Knowledge: Theory, Culture, Society

Chair: RITA MONTICELLI (University of Bologna)
 
STEFANO HARNEY (Singapore Management University)
TIZIANA TERRANOVA (University of Naples L’Orientale)
 
Respondent: LAWRENCE LIANG (Alternate Law Forum, India)

 

3.30 - 6.30 pm

Panel 5: Social Movements in and against the University

Chair: JUDITH BUTLER (Berkeley)
 
ACHILLE MBEMBE (WISER, Johannesburg)
NIVEDITA MENON (Jawaharlal Nehru University, India)
 
Respondent: DONATELLA DELLA PORTA (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa)

 

Concluding Remarks: ROSI BRAIDOTTI, JUDITH BUTLER, RAFFAELE LAUDANI