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Critical Theory Beyond Negativity: the Ethics, Politics and Aesthetics of Affirmation

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18-22 August, 2014
Course Director: Professor Rosi Braidotti

The intensive course “Critical Theory Beyond Negativity: the Ethics, Politics and Aesthetics of Affirmation” explores critical theory in the Continental philosophy tradition, with special reference to the work of Gilles Deleuze, Luce Irigaray, Henri Bergson and Rosi Braidotti. The course offers an introduction to contemporary critical debates on the function of ‘the negative’ in the construction of subjects and of their epistemic and ethical values. Starting from an assumption that we are in the midst a ‘posthuman turn,’ it explores different aspects of posthuman subjectivity and stresses the productive potential of the posthuman condition, advocating for the politics of affirmation.

This interdisciplinary course is aimed at research-minded advanced master and PhD students with a critical and curious intellectual disposition. A strong background in at least one of the following disciplines is required: critical theory, Continental philosophy, gender studies, media and technology studies, social and political theory, postcolonial and race studies, cultural studies.

Students will be required to prepare thoroughly before the course by studying the reading material and preparing discussion questions. The one-week course will consist of lectures in the mornings and tutorials in the afternoon, except for the last day of
the course (the class on the last day will end at noon).

• € 500 – Course + course materials + housing
• € 300 – Course + course materials


Registration deadline:
1 June 2014

More information enquire:
Goda Klumbyte
Personal assistant to Prof. Rosi Braidotti
Achter de Dom 20, 3512 JP Utrecht, The Netherlands

E: BraidottiAssistant@gw.uu.nl
P: +31 30 253 5537

Dr Debra Benita Shaw
Reader in Cultural Theory/Programme Leader, BA (Hons) Cultural Studies
School of Arts & Digital Industries,
University of East London
Docklands Campus
1-4 University Way