ICCTP Conference “The Critical Tasks of the University” (Conferencia “Las Tareas Críticas de la Universidad”)

En la Universidad de Bologna (Italia) tendrá lugar la conferencia anual del “International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs” (ICCTP), que llevará como título “The Critical Tasks of the University”. El evento se llevará a cabo entre el 22 y el 24 de junio. A continuación la información y programa detallados (en inglés):

June 22-24, 2017
University of Bologna, Italy
Aula Giorgio Prodi
Plesso San Giovanni
Piazza San Giovanni in Monte 2

Schedule: http://aghct.org/critical-tasks

This conference is the first meeting in the conference cycle of the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs. Focused on “The Critical Tasks of the University,” it will evaluate the prevailing metrics of value that increasingly structure and restrict the university in various global locations and consider 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 conference considers 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.

Participants
Athena Athanasiou, Panteion University
Manuela Bojadžijev, Leuphana University of Lüneburg
Petar Bojanic, University of Belgrade
Rosi Braidotti, Utrecht University
Judith  Butler, University of California, Berkeley
Gisela Catanzaro, University of Buenos Aires
Donatella della Porta, Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa
Debjani Ganguly, University of Virginia
Stefano Harney, Singapore Management University
Premesh Lalu, University of the Western Cape
Raffaele Laudani, University of Bologna
Achille Mbembe, University of the Witwatersrand
Nivedita Menon, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Sandro Mezzadra, University of Bologna
Rita Monticelli, University of Bologna
Sarah Nuttall, University of the Witwatersrand
Juan Obarrio, Johns Hopkins University
Andrew Parker, Rutgers University
Tiziana Terranova, University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’
Wang Hui, Tsinghua University

Conveners
Rosi Braidotti (Utrecht University)
Judith Butler (UC Berkeley)
Raffaele Laudani (University of Bologna)

Organized by the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs (UC Berkeley), the Chair on The Academic and the Civic (Utrecht University), and the Academy of Global Humanities and Critical Theory (University of Bologna, Duke University, University of Virginia).

Supported by a grant to the University of California, Berkeley from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Thursday, June 22
3:30 – 6:30 PM
Panel 1: On the Critical Task of the University Today

Chair: Raffaele Laudani (University of Bologna)

“The Beginning of the Century: 20th Century in Chinese History”
Wang Hui (Tsinghua University)

“The Figure of the Activist Scholar: Within and Against the Global 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)

“The Public Institution: Defending What is Yet to Come”
Athena Athanasiou (Panteion University)

“The Measure of the Digital Humanities”
Andrew Parker (Rutgers University)

Respondent: Petar Bojanić (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)

“University, Critique and North/South Dis/articulations”
Juan Obarrio (Johns Hopkins University)

“Coeval Time: The Shock of the New Old”
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)

“A Partial Education”
Stefano Harney (Singapore Management University)

“The (post) University as a ‘Commonfare’ Institution Between Social Cooperation and Technological Mediation”
Tiziana Terranova (University of Naples L’Orientale)

Respondent: Manuela Bojadžijev (Leuphana University of Lüneburg)

3:30 – 6:30 PM
Panel 5: Social Movements in and against the University

Chair: Judith Butler (UC Berkeley)

“Critique, Future Knowledges and Institutions”
Achille Mbembe (WISER, Johannesburg)

“The University as Utopia: Critical Thinking and Social Transformation”
Nivedita Menon, (Jawaharlal Nehru University)

Respondent: Donatella della Porta (Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa)

Concluding Remarks

Rosi Braidotti, Judith Butler, Raffaele Laudani


The International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs is housed at the University of California, Berkeley and Northwestern University and is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The task of this international consortium is to document, connect, and support the various programs and projects that now represent critical theory across the globe. Through its work, the Consortium aims to document the global contours of critical theory today, supporting critical thought both inside and outside the university in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and science and technology studies, and seeking collaborative ways to become critically responsive to pressing global challenges.

For information, contact info.ictconsortium@berkeley.edu

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