This 2-week seminar cum dissertation workshop is a joint initiative of the University of Minnesota and Europe University Viadrina. 20 advanced graduate student fellows from various fields in the humanities and social sciences will discuss research and key texts that explore the limits of identity categories. All fellows will formally present and discuss their research projects during TASI.
TASI comes with a generous fellowship that covers most costs. Apply by April 21, 2014.
TASI 2014 "Dynamics of Exclusion and Inclusion across Europe and North America: Thinking Beyond Identities"
TASI 2014 faculty: Dr. Matthias Rothe (Dept. of German, U of Minnesota), Dr. Anika Keinz (Dept of Cultural Anthropology, Europe University Viadrina)
When: July 7-19, 2014 on the campus of Europe University Viadrina (Germany; close to Berlin)
Who: advanced graduate students in humanities and social sciences at US and European universities
What: 20-22 fellowships available
Application deadline: April 21, 2014
topic abstract: The concept of identity has increasingly become the target of criticism. Critical theory, broadly understood, and socially engaged research—so the reproach runs—tend to reproduce and essentialize institutional attributions of identity. Both remain caught in social and political dynamics of power and hinder accurate analysis of important contemporary phenomena. One index of that failure is the rise of new terminology in the research on migration processes, social movements, and practices and forms of subjectification. Terms such as "intersectionality," "queering," "passing," and "assemblage" call into question the very notion of identity.
The 2014 Transatlantic Summer Institute explores the limits of identity categories in analyzing practices of exclusion and inclusion. Fellows will discuss conceptual alternatives and explore, in Elaine Ginsburg's formulation, the "political motivations inherent in the […] maintenance of identity categories and boundaries." Fellows will engage an array of questions that will strengthen their dissertations on the dynamics of exclusion and inclusion in contemporary Europe and North America. What are the "power effects" of specific research methodologies? How does analysis itself perpetuate exclusion and marginalization? Are there limits to representing others? What are the conceptual charges or implicit impositions of the very categories of "representation," "marginalization," or "exclusion"?
The multi-disciplinary faculty team invites applications from advanced graduate students working empirically and/or theoretically on borders and thresholds, social movements, migration, and processes of exclusion/inclusion across Europe, Germany, and North America. TASI 2014 draws on a broad range of academic fields—including anthropology, sociology, (political) philosophy, literature, history, political science, and cultural studies.
DAAD Center for German & European Studies
attn. Dr. Matthias Rothe/TASI
University of Minnesota
214 Social Sciences
267 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: +1 (612) 626-7705 Email: email@example.com Visit the website at http://cges.umn.edu/fellowships/tasi.htm
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