The Global Center for Advanced Studies

4th Annual

Summer Institute

&

International Conference

2018

"Aesthetic Resistance & Performance: Philosophy, Fascism, Democracy"

 

Update:

Prof. and GCAS Honorary President, Lewis Gordon will be teaching a seminar (June 11, 12 and 13) at the Summer Institute and be our Keynote speaker at the Conference. 

 

Description:

This conference aims to open up plural spaces in which our common human experience is affirmed as a mode of resistance and creating concepts and actions. Our goal is to actively work towards the creation of a new commons that highlights difference, aberration, and paradox in both theoretical and practical terms. This vision is becoming more important than ever in the wake of our current global context in which we are increasingly witnessing political isolation, anti-intellectualism, homogenization, and economic prioritization. We find that the most pressing questions confronting us today have precisely to do with the creation of new spaces and organizations in which new forms of life can be imagined, conceived and developed. Our vision is to do philosophy; to practice and create concepts and to live in common together again. We welcome you to present a paper; please submit an abstract that addresses the topic of anomalous zones of resistance. We are looking specifically to explore alternative epistemologies, ontologies, communities, identities, and modes of being that go against the grain of the current neoliberal paradigm. The topic, in this way, is intentionally vague to invite submissions that surprise us; that stand outside the current academic disciplines and challenge us to think and explore in extraordinary ways together.

See form below for submitting your abstract proposal for presenting at the conference.

 

Conference Speakers & Guests

Julie Reshe, Director of Psychoanalysis Institute

Julie Reshe, Director of Psychoanalysis Institute

Margaret Young, Poet

Margaret Young, Poet

Lewis Gordon, PhD GCAS Honorary President

Lewis Gordon, PhD GCAS Honorary President

Tere Vadén, PhD

Tere Vadén, PhD

Creston Davis, PhD Founding Director GCAS

Creston Davis, PhD Founding Director GCAS

Daniel Benzali, Golden Globe Nominate Actor

Daniel Benzali, Golden Globe Nominate Actor

Jane Gordon, PhD

Jane Gordon, PhD

Rocco Gangle, PhD

Rocco Gangle, PhD

Hauzan Mahmoud, Public Intellectual and Activist 

Hauzan Mahmoud, Public Intellectual and Activist 

Azfar Hussain, PhD Vice-President of GCAS

Azfar Hussain, PhD Vice-President of GCAS

Giovanni Tusa, PhD

Giovanni Tusa, PhD

Cleo Kearns, PhD Core Faculty

Cleo Kearns, PhD Core Faculty

Adam J. Graves, PhD

Adam J. Graves, PhD

Francisco González Castro Artist from Santiago Chile

Francisco González Castro Artist from Santiago Chile

Organization Committee

Sadie Luetmer, Journalist GCAS Researcher

Sadie Luetmer, Journalist GCAS Researcher

Sviatlana Viarbitskaya, PhD

Sviatlana Viarbitskaya, PhD

Samantha Kostmayer, JD PhD Researcher

Samantha Kostmayer, JD PhD Researcher

Tonina Alomar, PhD Researcher 

Tonina Alomar, PhD Researcher 


Resident Artist

Camilla Howalt

Camilla will be performing iMagO

iMagO is a performance dialogue between two themes "Masks" and "Death is not only death."
Description
Since the dawn of time, the mask has been used as a tool for human beings seeking understanding about its own identity. Through religious and spiritual searches in the deep dark crevices of the mind's unfamiliar crookedness, we attempt to understand what it means to die and perhaps resurrect.
 

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Rationale for 2018 Conference

Since the financial crisis of 2008 the re-emergence of Neo-Fascism is unmistakable from Donald Trump and white supremacists in the USA to the recent elections in Germany where the AfD rose to power, not to mention Golden Dawn in Greece and other embolden fascists groups across Europe. This Neo-Fascist turn is especially worrisome and problematic in the wake of European and American neoliberal financial hegemony that, according to Manuela Cadelli (President of the Magistrates' Union of Belgium) is a form of fascism. 

When you take into account this disturbing trend along side the destabilized Middle East by Western powers that has precipitated an immigration movement not seen since WW II, new configurations both theoretical and practical are needed.

GCAS is calling a conference in order to explore new ways to approach, understand and implement forms of resistance in response to these problematic events focusing specifically on organizing resistance to fascism by rethinking different philosophical and democratic configurations through aesthetic practices and performances broadly construed. This conference will explicitly stress the vital theme of drawing on non-European & Euro-American philosophical structures and concepts as resources for building resistance and a positive conceptual framework.  

This conference and institute brings together some of the world's leading artists, theorists, musicians, activists and writers.

Dates: June 4-15

Summer Institute:  Week I  June 4-8    Week II  June 11-15

Conference: June 9-10

Place and Website to the Venue: France @ PAF  Website: Performing Arts Forum

Everything you need to know about visiting the Performing Arts Forum in France click here

Costs

Conference (Professor, Researcher, General Public 150€;  Student 50€)

Summer Institute Tuition: 

100€ per seminar

150€  for 1 week (i.e., 2 seminars either (a) seminars 1 and 2; or (b) seminars 3 & 4)

250€ for the entire Summer Institute (all 4 seminars)

Conference + Summer Institute: 300€ for student* & 350€ for professor, independent researcher.

*financial aid is available for a limited number of student participants who seek assistance with attending both the Summer Institute and the Conference, but you must apply by 1 January, 2018 to qualify.

Limited space available and we accept student/participants in the order in which they apply.

 

Schedule for Summer Institute

June 4-8

Seminar 1:  Julie Reshe "Anti-Fascism with a Human Face"

Seminar 2: Tere Vadén "On Energy and Future"

June 11-15

Seminar 3: Lewis Gordon (Seminar Title to be announced)

Seminar 4: Rocco Gangle "Formalization and Contemporary Aesthetics: Benjamin, Laruelle, Badiou, Ranciere"

Lodging: 

The cost for lodging is 18€/ night when your stay is longer than 5 nights and 20€/night when you sleep less than 5 nights.

Food:

Food is 17€/ day, but if you are willing to help cook in the kitchen this price can be reduced.

 

Name *
Name
Research Level
Please select if you would like to participate as a presenter in the conference only, or if you would also like to join for the two week institute. If you would like to join the conference and institute without presenting a paper, please select the third option: "Not Presenting".
Insert a 250 word Abstract here. Acceptance Decisions We will reply with more info on acceptance decisions by Feb 20th. Participants are responsible for their own airfare, food and accommodations.

Financial Assistance:

If you are able to apply for a grant we are happy to help with invitation letters. Also we would appreciate it very much if you could apply for more than needed for your single participation (according to the kind of application you are able to submit) so to help others in different financial conditions to also participate (suggested: 400€).

 

If you are seeking financial assistance please complete this form. Please note that we will do our very best to assist as many people as possible but we cannot guarantee that everyone who applies will receive assistance. You must fill this form out by 1 February, 2018 to qualify. 

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Please tell us what level of financial assistance you are requesting. Please keep in mind that we have very limited resources and we will do all we can to help, but we cannot guarantee financial aid. Note: that financial aid is a percentage off the cost.
Please tell us what level of financial assistance you are requesting. Please keep in mind that we have very limited resources and we will do all we can to help, but we cannot guarantee financial aid. Note: that financial aid is a percentage off the cost.
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I Verify that I am in Need of Financial Assistance and that I cannot afford to attend otherwise.