A one-week interdisciplinary seminar for graduate students will be offered at Northwestern University, July 18-22, 2008. The University will provide partial travel support, lodging, and most meals for student participants. The seminar, directed by Professors Dilip Gaonkar and Scott Durham, will consist of five days of presentations and discussions led by leading scholars on the work of Jacques Ranciere. In this year’s seminar, we will pay particular attention to Ranciere’s work on Politics and media aesthetics. The faculty will include Tom Conley (Romance Languages and Literature and Film, Harvard), Jason Frank (Political Theory, Cornell) and others. Sessions consist of morning seminar discussions of selected readings assigned in advance, afternoon lectures by the faculty, and group lunches and dinners throughout the week. There also may be some opportunities for student presentations. The format enables participants to develop extended scholarly conversations that can continue well beyond the formal conclusion of the institute.
Jacques Rancière is one of the most important thinkers writing today on philosophy, politics, art, media and the relationships between them. Among his major publications are The Nights of Labor, On the Shores of Politics, The Philosopher and His Poor, Disagreement, The Politics of Aesthetic: The Distribution of the Sensible, Hatred of Democracy,The Politics of Literature, The Future of the Image, The Emancipated Spectator and Film Fables as well as many other works. While Ranciere’s contributions to philosophy, politics and literary studies are fully recognized and widely discussed, his writings on media and media aesthetics have not received adequate attention. This summer institute is committed to exploring the conceptual implications and critical potential of his work on media and its relation to philosophy, politics and literary studies.
Selection for funded participation is selective. Students from all disciplines are welcome to apply by Friday, June 17, 2011. The decision will be announced no later than Monday June 20, 2011.
Applicants should send a letter of nomination from their academic advisor, along with a one page rationale for their participation, to Caitlin Bruce at firstname.lastname@example.org by June 17th.
The seminar is sponsored by the Center for Global Culture and Communication and the program in Rhetoric and Public Culture in the Department of Communication Studies. The center will subsidize transportation (up to $250), provide lodging, and cover some meals for admitted students.
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