A. ATHANASIOU, P. BOJANIČ, R. BRAIDOTTI, A. PARKER - MEASURES OF VALUE. HUMANITIES IN THE AGE OF CALCULATION

Friday, June 23, 2017
9.00 am -12.00 pm • UNIBO

THE CRITICAL TASKS OF THE UNIVERSITY

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

PANEL 2

Measures of Value: Humanities in the Age of Calculation

 
Chair: ROSI BRAIDOTTI (Utrecht University)
 
“The Public Institution: Defending What is Yet to Come”  
ATHENA ATHANASIOU (Panteion University, Athens)
 
“The Measure of the Digital Humanities”
ANDREW PARKER (Rutgers University)
 
Respondent: PETAR BOJANIČ (University of Belgrade)

 

ATHENA ATHANASIOU is Professor of Social Anthropology and Gender Studies at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, in Athens, Greece, where she is head of the department.  She holds a Ph.D. from The New School for Social Research (Fulbright Fellowship), and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, at Brown University (2001-2002). Her research interests include feminist and queer theory, biopolitics, corporealities, affect, anti-nationalism, and memory. Her new book, Agonistic Mourning: Political Dissidence and the Women in Black, was just published by Edinburgh University Press (2017). She has co-authored, with Judith Butler, Dispossession: The Performative in the Political (Polity Press, 2013). She is also the author of Life at the Limit: Essays on Gender, Body and Biopolitics (Athens, 2007) and Crisis as a State of Exception: Critiques and Resistances (Athens, 2012). She has also edited the collective volumes: Feminist Theory and Cultural Critique (Athens, 2006); Rewriting Difference: Luce Irigaray and ‘the Greeks’ (co-edited with Elena Tzelepis, SUNY Press, 2010); Biosocialities (Athens, 2011); Deconstructing the Empire: Theory and Politics of Postcolonial Studies (Athens, 2016). She has been a fellow at the Center for the Study of Social Difference at Columbia University.
PETAR BOJANIĆ studied philosophy at the University of Belgrade and at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris), where he received his D.E.A. for a work on “La figure de la paix chez Levinas et Kant” (supervised by Jacques Derrida) in 1997. In 2003, he received his Doctorat de 3e cycle from the University of Paris X (Nanterre) for his dissertation “La guerre (dernière) et l’institution de la philosophie” (Dissertation committee: Étienne Balibar, Gérard Bensussan, Jacques Derrida, and Jean-Luc Nancy). Bojanić is the director of the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory (IFDT) at the University of Belgrade, where he has been a fellow since 2005. He has also served as a lecturer in the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Belgrade since 2004. Bojanić directs the Centre for Ethics, Law and Applied Philosophy (CELAP) in Belgrade, and the Center for Advanced Studies – South East Europe (CAS) at the University of Rijeka. He has held numerous fellowships and visiting professorships, including at the Society for Humanities at Cornell University, the Centre for Modern Thought at the University of Aberdeen, the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Bologna, and the Institute for Advanced Studies in Bonn.
ROSI BRAIDOTTI is Distinguished University Professor and founding Director of the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University. She was the founding professor of Gender Studies in the Humanities at Utrecht (1988-2005) and the first scientific director of the Netherlands Research School of Women's Studies (1995-2005). In 1989, Braidotti established the Network of Interdisciplinary Women’s Studies in Europe. From 1997 to 2005 she was the founding scientific director of the SOCRATES Thematic Network for European Women’s Studies ATHENA, which in 2010 was awarded the Erasmus Prize of the Lifelong Learning Program of the European Commission for outstanding contribution to social inclusion. A world figure in gender and critical theory, Braidotti also works in the fields of Continental philosophy, epistemology and post-structuralist thought. Her books include Patterns of Dissonance (Polity Press, 1991), Nomadic Subjects (Columbia University Press, 1994; 2011), Metamorphoses: Towards a Materialist Theory of Becoming (Polity Press, 2002); Transpositions: On Nomadic Ethics (Polity Press, 2006) and The Posthuman (Polity Press, 2013).
ANDREW PARKER is Professor of French and Chair of Comparative Literature at Rutgers University. His most recent book is The Theorist’s Mother, which attends to traces of the maternal in the lives and works of canonical theorists from Marx and Freud to Lacan and Derrida. He is the editor and co-translator of Jacques Rancière’s The Philosopher and His Poor, and editor or co-editor of five essay collections, including Performativity and Performance (with Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick), and After Sex? On Writing since Queer Theory (with Janet Halley).  In progress is a bilingual, collaborative, digital version of Julio Cortázar's iconic novel Rayuela/Hopscotch.