The Global Center for Advanced Studies
"Aesthetic Resistance & Performance: Philosophy, Fascism, Democracy"
Sponsored in Part by The South Education Fund
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.
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
Camilla Howalt and BriAnna Olson
Brianna is a film and video artist living in New York
She will be performing "Pop-Up Stop: EX NIHILO"
Here are some samples of her work
Camilla will be performing iMagO
iMagO is a performance dialogue between two themes "Masks" and "Death is not only death."
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.
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.
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 Seminars
Seminar 1: Julie Reshe "Anti-Fascism with a Human Face"
Seminar 2: Tere Vadén "On Energy and Future"
Seminar 3: Lewis Gordon "Theory, Critical Theory, Global Critical Theory" (Monday & Tuesday 10am-12:30) with GCAS Doctoral Researchers.
Seminar 4: Rocco Gangle "Formalization and Contemporary Aesthetics: Benjamin, Laruelle, Badiou, Ranciere"
Seminar 5: Francisco Gonzalez Castro "Contemporary Aesthetic Resistance in Chile" (with Performance) (Wednesday, Thursday & Friday (10am-12:30pm)
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 is 17€/ day, but if you are willing to help cook in the kitchen this price can be reduced.
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.