February 26, 2014

Campus War Machine: Sex and Debt (call for applications for a predoctoral fellowship at Hobart and William Smith Colleges) Call for Applications 2014-15 FISHER CENTER PREDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP Campus War Machine: Sex and Debt In keeping with the Fisher Center’s mission of supporting research and dialogue about gender through curricular, programmatic, and scholarly projects, the Fisher Center Steering Committee announces a call for applications for our 2014-2015 Fisher Center Predoctoral Fellowship. We seek dissertation scholars and advanced candidates for the MFA whose work critically engages the terms of our theme, Campus War Machine: Sex and Debt. We are especially interested in candidates who would contribute to the diversity of the campus. Theme: In 2014-15, the Fisher Center considers the ways gender figures into the wars being waged on, by, or in the name of higher education. There is a growing discourse in the U.S. and globally on the systems of inequality that underpin the educational system. Debt bondage, the casualization of academic labor, the proliferation of rape culture, DOD funded research, the privatization of public education, the subsumption of educational practices to the dictates of market-driven technological innovations, the inability for many youth to attend school in war-torn societies, and the repression of student protests are all features of the low and high-intensity wars being waged on college campuses. At the same time, title IX sexual assault suits, organized resistance to corporate and government surveillance, progressive research in the sciences and humanities, and academic boycotts suggest that campuses are fighting back. What are the invisible ways that college campuses produce and transmit material, financial, environmental, gendered, and psychological violences? Conversely,...
Inter-university centre Dubrovnik 48 / CRITICAL THEORY Reimagining Critique in Times of Crisis 6 – 10 June 2014 Course directors: Banu Bargu, The New School, New York, United States Gurminder K. Bhambra, University of Warwick, United Kingdom Robin Celikates, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands Jodi Dean, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, United States Antje Gimmler, University of Aalborg, Denmark Rahel Jaeggi, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany Regina Kreide, University of Giessen, Germany David Strecker, University of Jena, Germany Course description: The intricacies of the current crisis which is marked by market hegemony, declining political capacities for economic regulation, increasing fiscal problems, the financialization of capitalism and global complexity, clearly call for a systematic elucidation and critique, i.e. for a Critical Theory of the current predicament. But what exactly does such a task require? While originally developed as a variant of Western Marxism by the so-called Frankfurt School, today a wide variety of approaches goes by the name of Critical Theory. Hence, while social critique must draw on a plurality of theoretical resources in order to be convincing and effective, a range of substantial and methodological disagreements divide critical theorists: How normative does Critical Theory have to be? And where do the norms it employs in its critique come from? Or should those norms themselves be made objects of analysis and critique? How substantial does Critical Theory have to be? Does it rest on assumptions about human capacities, needs or interests, or is it solely anchored in the social and political struggles of its day?...

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