The Global Center for Advanced Studies

2018

5th Annual

Summer Institute

&

International ConferencE:

"Aesthetic Resistance

& Performance:

 Philosophy, Fascism, Democracy"

 

 

 Call for participants

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, homogenisation, and economic prioritisation. We find that the most pressing questions confronting us today have precisely to do with the creation of new spaces and organisations 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. We welcome you to submit and present 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.

 

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 destabilised 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 organising 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 aim at bringing together artists, theorists, musicians, activists and writers.

Scroll down for the abstract submission and participation notification form.

 

Conference Speakers & Guests

 

  Julie Reshe , PhD, Director of GCAS Psychoanalysis Institute

Julie Reshe, PhD, Director of GCAS Psychoanalysis Institute

 Creston Davis, PhD, Founding Director GCAS

Creston Davis, PhD, Founding Director GCAS

  Lewis R. Gordon , PhD, UConn, GCAS Honorary President. Keynote speaker.

Lewis R. Gordon, PhD, UConn, GCAS Honorary President. Keynote speaker.

 Jane Anna Gordon, PhD, UConn

Jane Anna Gordon, PhD, UConn

 
 Giovanni Tusa, PhD, philosopher and media researcher (Paris, London)

Giovanni Tusa, PhD, philosopher and media researcher (Paris, London)

 Houzan Mahmoud, Public Intellectual and Activist (London)

Houzan Mahmoud, Public Intellectual and Activist (London)

 Rocco Gangle, PhD, Endicott College

Rocco Gangle, PhD, Endicott College

 Margaret Young, Poet

Margaret Young, Poet

 
 Tere Vadén, PhD, GCAS College Dublin, co-founder ECSA 

Tere Vadén, PhD, GCAS College Dublin, co-founder ECSA 

Adam J. Graves, PhD, MSU, Denver

  Nadine Shaanta Murshid , PhD, University of Buffalo

Nadine Shaanta Murshid, PhD, University of Buffalo

 Prof.  Anita Chari , University of Oregon.

Prof. Anita Chari, University of Oregon.

 
  BriAnna Olson , Artist, NY

BriAnna Olson, Artist, NY

 Prof. Jon Solomon, Université Jean Moulin, Lyon.

Prof. Jon Solomon, Université Jean Moulin, Lyon.

 Alexandra Gabbard, PhD, Brazil.

Alexandra Gabbard, PhD, Brazil.

 Prof. Clayton Crockett, UCA.

Prof. Clayton Crockett, UCA.

 
 Erik Bordeleau, PhD GCAS College Dublin, ECSA

Erik Bordeleau, PhD GCAS College Dublin, ECSA

 Ekaterina Filippova, PhD Researcher GCAS College Dublin

Ekaterina Filippova, PhD Researcher GCAS College Dublin

 Mark Stimson, PhD Researcher GCAS College Dublin

Mark Stimson, PhD Researcher GCAS College Dublin

 Cory Johnson, PhD Researcher GCAS College Dublin

Cory Johnson, PhD Researcher GCAS College Dublin

 
 Sviatlana Viarbitskaya, PhD GCAS College Dublin

Sviatlana Viarbitskaya, PhD GCAS College Dublin

 Susannah Livingston, PhD Researcher GCAS College Dublin

Susannah Livingston, PhD Researcher GCAS College Dublin

 Tonina Alomar, PhD Researcher GCAS College Dublin

Tonina Alomar, PhD Researcher GCAS College Dublin

 Samantha Kostmayer, PhD Researcher GCAS College Dublin

Samantha Kostmayer, PhD Researcher GCAS College Dublin

 
  Christy Ann Brown , Artist, Missoula, Montana, USA (Performing Tuesday June 4th @ 1:30 PM PAF "Chapel Attic"

Christy Ann Brown, Artist, Missoula, Montana, USA (Performing Tuesday June 4th @ 1:30 PM PAF "Chapel Attic"

 

CONFERENCE Resident ArtistS

Christy Ann Brown

Christy-Ann an artist interested in the body and its relationship to architecture, speech and motion. She will perform an intermedia performance piece Dendritical in which she is exploring patterns of branching in her life.

“Hurling myself from New York City to Missoula Montana, I found myself dancing on a pathway
of arteries examining the physical and metaphorical condition of my heart.”

Dendritical is an intermedia event in spoken text, movement, and video.

Performing and forming new matrixes. 

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

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Margaret Young

is a poet, who will teach us a poetry workshop/seminar:

Ecopoetics and Wild Democracy

What is the work of the poet in the anthropocene? Under contemporary conditions of global capitalism and the pervasive exploitation of nature, cultural production and human bodies, poetry should recuperate its traditional role of connecting human voices with natural forces. In this seminar/workshop, we will attempt to bridge the theories and methods of older American poets such as Elizabeth Bishop, W.S. Merwin and Gary Snyder with the current generation of writers like Sherwin Bitsui working at the intersection of ecological, political and social concerns. Our format will be a combination of seminar and workshop, with participants dividing their time between critical analysis/discussion and generating poetic works in multiple genres.  


 

General information

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

Lodging: 

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

!!! Important!!! If you plan to attend with your children and/or partners, who are not intending to take part in the event, contact us specifically in order to organize an alternative accommodation (PAF has a policy preventing children and accompanying people from staying in the facility).

Food:

Food is 17€/ day if we invite dedicated cooking team. It is 10€/ day if we cook ourselves collectively together. You may choose to cook for yourself alone, of course.

 

Costs

 

Summer Institute and Conference are free for Students, Unemployed, Independent Researchers  (please email <contact@gcas.ie> and let us know you are attending)

 

For Professor, Employed Researchers, General Public:

Conference - 150€  ($186) (Please pay via the "Conference Attendance 2018 link here)

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 and 5); 250€ for the entire Summer Institute (all 5 seminars)

Conference + Summer Institute - 300€.  

1 Seminar
124.00

 

If you are not sure which category corresponds to your situation, talk to us: <contact@gcas.ie> .

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

 

Schedule for Summer Institute Seminars

Tuesday June 4th

Performance:  Christy Ann Brown will perform Dendritical @ 1:30 pm in the Chapel Attic

June 4-8

Seminar 1:

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

Dates: June 5, 6, 7; Time: 11 am-12:30 pm

 

Seminar 2:

Tere Vadén and Erik Bordeleau "Introduction to Cryptoeconomies"

Dates: June 5, 6, 7; Time: 16 pm-17 pm

 

June 11-15

Seminar 3:

Lewis Gordon "Theory, Critical Theory, Global Critical Theory" with GCAS Doctoral Researchers

Dates: June 11 & 12; Time: 10 am-12:30 pm

 

Seminar 4:

Rocco Gangle "Formalization in Critical Aesthetics" 

Dates: June 11, 12, 13, 14; Time: 3 pm - 5:30 pm

 

Margaret Young Poetry Seminar

 

 

Submission Form

 

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. 

Name *
Name
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.

 

 

The Institute and conference are sponsored in Part by The South Education Fund