Course Descriptions

Couse No. MT01

Name: Epistemology

Description:

Epistemological framework for critical analysis of cultural, economic and political discourse;

  • cultural discourse, representational function and classification of reality; media, naive realism of representation and hidden perspectives; media discourse, infrastructure, economy; the structure of its message (explicit/implicit, literal/figurative, descriptive/evaluative, information/interpretation, argumentation, attitude, opinion);
  • political, discourse and manipulation; mind management, anchoring, identification, perspective
  • limits of interpretation; interpretative repertoires;
  • economic discourse and distribution of social representation;
  • critical analysis of media discourse: evaluative and political framework; methodological techniques, procedures;
  • acts of informing, dependency on implicit theories of truth and spontaneous epistemologies;
  • media, popular culture and everyday life;
  • the affects produced by a single medium and a historical constellation of media technologies;
  • new media: common features and characteristics (technologies, class, modalities of use);
  • New media as a key factor of transformation of societies and lifestyle
  • New Media feflecting the changes in our societies;
  • Language in media, its social nature

Media discourse shaping the individual social identities as well as social relations

 

Couse No. MT02

Name: Social Communication

Description:

 

Epistemological framework for critical analysis of media discourse;

  • media discourse, representational function and classification of reality; media, naive realism of representation and hidden perspectives; media discourse, infrastructure, economy; the structure of its message (explicit/implicit, literal/figurative, descriptive/evaluative, information/interpretation, argumentation, attitude, opinion);
  • media, discourse and manipulation; mind management, anchoring, identification, perspective
  • limits of interpretation; interpretative repertoires;
  • media discourse and distribution of social representation;
  • critical analysis of media discourse: evaluative and political framework; methodological techniques, procedures;
  • acts of informing, dependency on implicit theories of truth and spontaneous epistemologies;
  • media, popular culture and everyday life;
  • the affects produced by a single medium and a historical constellation of media technologies;
  • new media: common features and characteristics (technologies, class, modalities of use);
  • New media as a key factor of transformation of societies and lifestyle
  • New Media feflecting the changes in our societies;
  • Language in media, its social nature

Media discourse shaping the individual social identities as weel as social relations

Couse No. MT03

Name: Historical Anthropology and Regional Studies

Description:

 

This course is structured via the basic conceptual apparatus, questions of methodology, dilemmas within historical anthropology and regional studies.

–some dichotomies of social and historical anthropology,: cultural relativism—universalism, ethnography-theory;

–from evolutionism and postmodernism, synchronous and diachronous perspectives;

–examples of the development of historical, social and cultural anthropologies in the work of authors, in regional and state paradigms, presentation of contemporary trends;

–conceptualization of historical paradigms and schools of thought, problematized in understanding and ceception of Ancient worlds.

 

In such a context the historical anthropology introduces an analytical approach and a perspective which is not determined by a specific timeline/period or geographical/cultural area. It developes a specific cognitive interest, which is oriented towards clarifications of the interwoven relations between social entities in the historical process. Also includes some basic methodological questions. The course enables students to use frameworks and disciplinary tools as well as the techniques of analytical research.

 

Societies and social phenomena are conceptualized as process situated within time/space of, inside the frame work of power and hierarchies. These aspects are viewed inside the collective notions, discursive narratives of imagined communities (kinship, ethnos, nation, state), in the dialectics of the local and global, the individual and the social. Ancient paradigms far any interpretational line bear on additional notions of cultural inscriptions and of critical approaches.

 

Couse No. MT04

Name: Anthropology of Gender and Culture

Description:

This course will introduce students to the developmental process and problematics of the anthropology of gender and cultures.

On the bases of modern epistemological approaches it will introduce them to the criticism of traditional Euro-centric concepts of gender. Different contents will enable a wider understanding of contemporary humanities, originating in the renewed knowledge in Europe (scientific revolutions, advancement of medicine, and equality as a basic political concept).

The Thematic areas include:

Analysis of theoretical knowledge that reveals the gender concepts, as well as the conceptual apparatus for understanding the ideological manipulation of gender and sexual stereotypes;

Analysis of different gender notions (in various cultures of the modern period, or in different social structures);

Interpretation of gender roles and of censorship of sexual determinations through which students develop their own practice of interpretation, as well as critical positioning of orientations;

Interdisciplinary intersection between anthropology of gender and other disciplines in humanities, in particular historical anthropology, philosophy and epistemology, social anthropology and discourse theory;

Analysis and interpretation of particular cases (material culture, documents, art works, personalities, events and periods).

 

Couse No. TD01

Name: Humanities Seminar I

Description:

historical, anthropological, philosophical and ethnographic examples and case studies in the following areas:

  • social processes of change/ continuities, social and cultural phenomena will be dealt with as embedded in time and space;
  • cultural (micro/local) understanding (explanations) of social issues, ruptures and continuities;
  • attention will be paid to the way communities are imagined and contested (kinship, ethnicities, nations, nation- states) in the contexts of various cultural re- interpretations (ascribing, challenging and negotiating meanings) including social memory issues, memory politics, representations, social positioning in the contexts of power relations and hiera rchies;

Contemporary feminist and post-feminist theories: dealing with multiple identity positions, or connecting the gender problem to multicultural perspective and problems of marginal social groups.

Couse No. TD02

Name: Humanities Seminar II

Description:

the phantasm of primary knowledge and discourse

  • power of discourse and power of knowledge: history of these concepts in Western cultures from antiquity to modern times
  • discourse and everyday (common, profane, shared) knowledge
  • discourse, knowledge and media: distributing, reorganizing, classifying, filte ring and anchoring knowledge
  • archives of knowledge (encyclopaedia, lexicons, popular-science books and magazines, handbooks, textbooks, museums, expositions, maps, narratives)
  • knowledge and gaps in discourses: background representations and ideologies filling the gaps
  • socio-humanistic context of authorship, textuality and reading
  • theory and forms of textuality; textua l mechanisms, semiotic systems and social practices
  • literary discourses and the field of literary textuality;

methods, theories and representations of literary discourse, literary production and distribution; literary communication – culture and politics of translation

  • translation as language and social practice of universal emancipation; translation as a cultural and social transgression, ranging from the perceived knowledge about the Other and identifica tion with Other – an empirical, socially and culturally conditioned (de )construction of translation
  • new media and everyday life: effects on perceptions and meaning- production
  • new media and lifestyle formation
  • the question of virtual liberation of on-line individual
  • identity, anonimity and the status of identity in the context of computer-mediated communication (CMC)
  • interpersonal conflicts in CMC
  • interactiv ity and inter- passivity as inter-subjective and communication practice
  • charachteristics of establishing social interactions in CMC
  • hybrid and Social Media
  • film: its history and archaeology: visual representations, depicting a movement, two- dimensionality and temporality
  • methodology of film theory: different approaches to analysis of film forms, messages, narrative strategies
  • linkage of film theory to film aesthetics, sociology of film and cultura l analysis
  • age of silent cinema: dated understanding of art, effects of film in forming of mass culture
  • Hollywood film producing aesthetic and ideological effects

transformation of national cinematography

Couse No. D101

Name: Research Methodologies: Avant-Garde Texts, Sites and Practices

Description:

Topics: media theory, phenomenology

  • film semiotics: like any artistic language, the cinema manifests a plurality of codes. In cinema, numerous codes remain constant across all or most films; unlike language, however, film has no “master code” shared by all Film texts, for Metz, form a structured network produced by the interweaving of specific cinematic codes, i.e. codes that appear only in the cinema, and non-specific codes, i.e. codes sha red with languages other than the cinema
  • conversational analysis as a methodological framework in researching identities
  • critical analysis of understanding identities
  • the transition from understanding identities as passive and latent entities toward perception of identities which are categorised as relevant by individual themselves
  • identity as a never- ending “stylisation” of everyday life, as constant categorisation into certain identity context
  • fluidity of identity: identities are actively constructed/ accepted/rejected in a speech
  • the focus on exploring identities, toward which individual subjects are oriented, which are relevant for individuals, which are made for relevance by individuals

 

Couse No. D102

Name: New Social Practices & Economies

Description:

New Social Practices & Economies is an interdisciplinary area, which embraces emerging social practices, discourses and corresponding emergent economies and social philosophies and local organization, human geography and culture in a diachronical and synchronical perspectives. The content of the course will be oriented towards an in-depth presentation of the conceptual framework and the methodological questions in local contexts and global relationships.

  • New Social Practices and Economies originates in Historical economic and sociological terms and in post-structuralist schools of thought: it postulates new questions about the models of deconstruction to the traditional and radical emergent communities. A deconstruction of neoliberalism in Europe and elsewhere via scientific questions;
  • a methodological challenge of New Social Practices is reading images and texts in new interpretational keys, like the economic ana Such approach enables a critical reading of collective imaginaries; inter-sectional mapping out of a specific research topic facilita tes a complex research procedure in understanding of social and cultural phenomena which include gender, ethnic, and class identities;

New Social Practices demands an analytical and interdisciplinary approach, which is defined by a concrete time-line and case studies. It is about a specific cognitive interest, oriented toward the explanation of relation of social entities in a complex inter-dependence in historical processes. Beside basic methodological questions, the module enables students to use highly developed research apparatus and techniques of analytical research. New Social Practices enables connecting research topics in a historical perspective of continuities, which often remain hidden in traditional scientific research.

Couse No. D103

Name: Infinite Procedures: Theo-Poetics and Resistance

Description:

– The course interfaces philosophical, political and theological processes of knowledge production, resistance, practices and conceptional analyses. It will discuss the following issues:

– Philosophical and theological apparatuses as applied to political practices.

-The development of the concept of “infinity” within a theoretical and practical horizon of resistance and creation.

– A thorough grasp on the following key schools:

Marxism and Liberation Theology;

The Figure of Paul in contemporary discourse;

Contemporary Political Theology

  • A scientific examination of the ideology of

Contemporary articulations of the “infinite” and its relation to political practices within the context of communities

 

Couse No. D104

Name: Philosophical Investigations

Description:

The module will introduce students to rigorous philosophical methods, thematic philosophical problems (i.e., human emancipation, faith vs. reason, theory and praxis, the limits of the human, and freedom vs. Determinism). We will investigate philosophy from the perspective of contemporary philosophical analyses vis-à-vis other subjects such as theology, art, politics and anthropology and psychoanalysis and critical pedagogy.

Couse No. D105

Name: Psychoanalysis, Philosophy and Neuroscience

Description:

History of psychoanalysis within the context of early 20th century in central Europe (Austro-Hungarian Empire and geopolitics)

– The intersection of psychoanalysis, neuroscience in contempoary philosophy especially in the thought of Prof. Catherine Malabou

– Explore the nature and problematics of psychoanalysis vis-a-vis recent discoveries and theories grounded in neuroscience

 

Couse No. D106

Name: Philosophy and Media

Description:

The aim of the syllabus exceeds a presentation of media (esp. film) production within a historical methodological perspective. This course will examine the relationship between the core concept of philosophy, especially “deconstruction” al la J. Derrida and Jean-Luc Nancy.

We will assess specific historical periods, directions, genres labels and reflections of all these elements, the syllabus grounds an understanding of a position of film in a relation to “actual history” and certain philosophical trajectories vis-a-via other art practices and other media of audio- visual representation. Therefore, the syllabus encompass a presentation of particular sub-disciplines of theory:

  • history and archaeology of film: presentation of those tendencies in practice of production of visual representations, which expose the problem of depicting a movement
  • notions of film and cinema(tograph), similarities and differences against performative forms of popular culture (circus, vaudeville, grand-guignol, radio, television)
  • historical, social, cultural, economic and politica l state of affairs, which condition formation of cinema
  • placement of film in history and in context of popular

cultures in the industrial and post- industrial age (sports arenas, rock music, street theatres, etc.)

  • film aesthetics, sociology of film and cultura l analysis
  • a role of capitalist market economy and modes of production in formation of film as “entertainment industry.” Forming of film narration and its means (as for instance, camera movements, editing, )
  • Hollywood: specific meaning of the American “factory of dreams” as a standard in the entertainment industry, including aesthetic and ideological effects
  • national cinemas
  • world cinema

-confronting film to new media and the global market of visual communications

  • trends, movements, styles: typical and important phenomena in film history

Couse No. D107

Name: Philosophical and Political Revolutions

Description:

The aim of this course is to rigorously and critically examine the historical impact that philosophy has made in relationship to political movements and organization.

Historical:

We will examine Athenian philosophy esp. In the figures of Socrates and Plato and it’s relationship to the birth of democracy.

We will examine the relationship between historically contextualized philosophical creations and revolutions within the social and political horizons. We will examine such questions as how to philosophical inventions impact the social and political outlooks? and vice versa, how do social and political organizations influence and motivate new philosophical creations?

Contemporary:

Once we have examined the history of the relationship between Philosophy and the Political we will turn our critical attention to contemporary examples in philosophy such as the figures of Alain Badiou, Slavoj Zizek, and Peter Sloterdijk as well as other current issues with the aim to construct scientific methodologies in order to apply them to case studies in the contemporary political arrangements both on the local and global levels.

 

Couse No. D108

Name: Human Rights and the Enlightenment Ideal: Towards the Recovery of »Citizen«

Description:

 

This course will critically examine the Enlightenment concept of Human Rights and Citizen within the historical context of late 18th century France and England. It will entertain the seminal questions of the Enlightement and assess them for their historical value, strengths and challenges. It will further evaluate the historical implementation of the Enlightement ideals within the context of the French Revolution and within the English context. It will then identify the lessons of the difficulty in implementing the Enlightenment ideals pertaining to citizens and rights within the context of nationalism. Finally, we will construction a methodological approach to the Enlightement ideals in light of their implementation (and failure) in hope of recovering the concept of citizen and its relationship to contempoary human rights disources and case-studies.

 

Couse No. D109

Name: The Erotic Signifier

Description:

What are we when we are in philosophy? What are we when we surrender ourselves to philosophy? Or, better yet, when philosophy surrenders herself to us? When philosophy turns towards us, devours and engulfs us, holds us hostage, enthralls, captivates, exhilarates, and liberates us? How, what, and where are we when we desire philosophy, when philosophy desires us? And, what are we when we surrender, en/ fold, draw in the breath of an other, the written, that is pure indolence and idle desire?

performing desire + the politics of dis possession takes the trope of the amorous, the lover, and the beloved as the coming of philosophy and the political, that is to say, the dilation of the erogenous,  forfeiting previously held notions of its political disaffection, arguing that it is precisely the experience of lovers—their estrangement, surrender and dis possession—that enables the eruption of what Blanchot in “The Community of Lovers,” referring to May ’68, has called the advent of an “explosive communication.” A communication, which, in turn, magnifies an impassioned affirmation that remains, at its most radical, without project(tion), without conjunction, without power or defense. Animating the dis possession of lovers, and propelling the dispersion and diffusion of the political, the amorous effectively welcomes that which is secret, reversible, and ceaselessly fluctuating.

 

Couse No. D110

Name: Revolutionizing the Performative

Description:

This course is thematic in content with variable topics covered during, fall, spring, winter, and/or summer semesters. Through distinctive readings, this seminar series aims to reconsider and rearticulate the performative as a radical consciousness-raising, trans-historical, and transformational practice.

The seminar series will focus on radical performative practices within and beyond their historical contexts with special emphasis on social, ecological, and aesthetic practices. The first seminar in the series will focus on The Black Radical Tradition looking at the writings, speeches, and activities of Dr. Huey P. Newton, co-founder with Bobby Seale of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense in the city of Oakland, California in 1966. We will consider Newton’s texts, as well as that of his contemporaries, within and beyond their historical tragectory as pilosophical, political, and performative avenues through which we may reimagine and reinvent future communties anew. A particular emphasis will be placed on Newton’s concept of »intercommunalism« and »revolutionary love« as theorized and practice during the advent of the movement.

 

Couse No. D111

Name: Poetics, Performance, Philosophy Series

Description:

This course is thematic in content with variable topics covered during, fall, spring, winter, and/or summer semesters.

Philosophy offers the promise of an infinite array of discursive practices and modes of engagement. Calling for a radical reconsideration of that which goes under the name of philosophy, this course considers the philosophical to be adept at engaging in a plethora of modalities be they transient, plastic, aesthetic, political, sensuous, imaginary, and/or performative. The philosophical in this sense welcomes the expansiveness of gesture, timbre, and intensity, in wakefulness and wakeless(ness), both esoteric and exoteric in delineation. Considering variegated fields of affections, logics, and materialities (māteriālitās), this seminar invites participants to join the conversation in reimagining and rethinking the varied futures of philosophy.

Couse No. D112

Name: Modernist Literature and Psychoanalysis: James Joyce

Description:

Modernist Literature defines the vast majority of the written, narrative aesthetic and is comprised of a great diversity of genres, plots, characters and horizons of expectations. This course is designed to introduce students to specific and focused readings, often restricted to one or two authors. The purpose of the course is to develop and increase the virtue of critical and creative engagements with novels, dramas, poetry, short stories and other genres.

This course will focus on one of the monumental writers of the 20th century, James Joyce. This course will read Ulysses focusing on the general thematics, style and creative aspects of the text. The methodological approach is situated within the horizon of Lacanian psychoanalysis and beyond.

Couse No. D113

Name: New Theological Horizons

Description:

This seminar examines four seminal thematics of contempoary theology: theology without god, post-secular theology, politicial theology and eco-theology with the aim of contextualizing the »theological« within a materialist, historical framework in relation to:

  • ecological shifts
  • neoliberalism and debt
  • the rise of racism
  • feminist struggles
  • the rise of demagogues and emerging fascisms

 

We will examine the relationship between theology and pressing social and political issues developing scientific methodological procedures and apparatuses to account for the penetration and influence of theology and its analytical force.

 

Couse No. D114

Name: Category Theory and Philosophical Dialectics

Description:

This course explores the philosophical meaning and relevance of category theory, a branch of contemporary mathematics with deep and far-ranging connections to practically all mathematical fields as well as the natural and social sciences and, most importantly and least recognized, fundamental philosophical concepts and methods. The course introduces the basic formalism and core techniques of category theory and builds up to elementary study of adjoint functors and topoi. Topics to be covered include the relation between axiom systems and models, fixed-point theorems and their connection with Godelian incompleteness proofs, the difference between Boolean and non-Boolean Heyting algebras, and Yoneda’s lemma. These mathematical constructions and their logical ramifications are studied concurrently with an examination of Hegel’s dialectical logic as presented in its fullest, mature form in The Science of Logic, following the guiding thread of such pioneering philosophers as Cavaillès and Lautman, for whom mathematics remains an ineluctable element of any truly dialectical thinking.

The seminar will proceed by advancing through Lawvere and Schanuel’s extraordinarily clear and accessible introductory text to category theory (see below) while at the same time investigating a variety of philosophers who have examined the importance of foundational mathematics (set theory and category theory) for contemporary philosophy, including Badiou, Rodin, Zalamea and Priest. Our focus throughout is on the immanently dialectical structure of categories, that is to say, the core method whereby they »lift« objects of inquiry to determination purely through structural relations and then further from systems of relations to systems of meta-relations.

As we work through the category theoretical mathematics and explore its transformative effects on contemporary philosophy, we will continually pursue our close reading of the Science of Logic, a core text of the post-Kantian tradition, as guided by the commentaries and analyses of Hyppolite and Rosen and with constant reference to the formal expression of immanent logic within categories and topoi.

 

Couse No. D106b

Name: Philosophy and Media: Deconstruction Serie

Description:

This course will explore crucial issues of contemporary continental philosophy through the work of Heidegger, Derrida, Nancy, Agamben, Esposito.

Deconstruction is a radical operation that exposes the way in which a privileged concept serves as a principle or idea that grounds a stable structure: a text, a philosophical system, an institution,a political organization, a state.  Our research seminar will examine the Derridean texts focused on the question of border, the limit upon which all the great questions are formed and determined, as well as the concepts that attempt to delimit what is ‘proper to man,’ the essence and the future of humanity, ethics, politics, law, ‘human rights,’ ‘crimes against humanity,’ ‘genocide’.

In the first part of our residential seminar we will explore issues of the deconstructive investigation following 4 main topic: Deconstruction and Europe, Deconstruction and Image, Deconstruction and Ecology, Deconstruction and Animal Studies.

Prof. Jean-Luc Nancy will lead an advanced seminar that will explore the seminal concept of “deconstruction”, re-thinking the Derridean heritage in the present, presenting his personal perspectives on contemporary philosophy.

The second part of the course will led by students’/researcher presentations, and more oriented by the discussion of the materials that the Tutors presented during the intensive course.

 

Couse No. D106c

Name: Philosophy and Media: Politics of Profanation: Pasolini, Benjamin and the Memory of the Nameless

Description:

The seminar will discuss Pasolini’s oeuvre in different discursive constellations and dialogues with among other artists and writers like Giorgio Agamben, Ant Farm, Harmony Korine, Hito Steyerl, among the others . By giving attention to these authors, the seminar aims to test the (in-)actuality of Pasolini’s oeuvre as “une pensée”, to quote Jean-Luc Godard’s sequence on Pasolini in Histoire(s) du cinéma. To orientate ourselves in Pasolini’s heretic thinking, the seminar will primarily test the viability of his key concept “sottoproletariato” by comparing it to family-like conceptions such as the »subaltern« in Antonio Gramsci, Gayatri Spivak and Hito Steyerl – and in its most generic form in dialogue with Walter Benjamin’s concept of a “history of the oppressed”.

 

 

 

 

 

Date Course Faculty Credits Location
March 6 D105: Psychoanalysis, Philosophy and Neuroscience J. Reshe 5 Maribor

Online

April 24 D108 Human Rights Discourse: The Enlightenment E. Xilakis 5 Maribor

Online

June 15 D114: Category Theory and Philosophical Dialectics R. Gangle 5 Maribor

Vienna

Online

June 19 D111: Poetics, Philosophy, Performance S. Hackenberg 5 Maribor

Online

July 5-29 D113: New Theological Horizons L. Skof & C. Davis 5 Maribor

Online

August 29 D106b: Philosophy and Media “Deconstruction” J-L Nancy & G. Tusa 5 Maribor

Online

Sept 5-11 D106c

Philosophy and Media “Politics of Profanation, Pasolini, Benjamin and the Memory of the Nameless”

 

Tusa 5 Venice

Online

September 18 D107: Philosophical Revolutions: “Subversion” C. Davis & S. Horvat 5 Venice

Online

Sept 26-30 D117: Paris Seminar with Luce Irigaray L. Irigaray 5 Paris

Online

October 1 DT01

Humanities I

 

S. Hackenberg, E. Xilakis

C. Davis

5 Paris, Maribor

Vienna, Venice

Online

October 1 MT01: Epistemology C. Davis 5 Paris, Maribor, Vienna, Venice

Online

December 1 D115: Intro. to Psychoanalysis J. Reshe 5 Maribor, Ljubljana, Online
January 6 2017 D116: Cuban Cinema Xilakis, Hackenberg, 5 Havana, Cuba

Online

Feb 4 D101: Methodologies TBA 5 Maribor,

Online

Feb 4 MT04: Anthropologies of Gender and Culture TBA 5 Maribor, Ljubljana, Online
March 4 1st cohort D 103: Infinite Procedures C. Davis 5 Maribor,

Rome, Online

March 4 2nd cohort D105: Psychoanalysis, Philosophy and Neuroscience J. Reshe 5 Maribor

Online