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Pedagogies of Disaster is organized to address the fate of relation and the future of pedagogical practice in the University, and especially as it concerns the humanities. We seek to address the infrastructural or interpersonal changes in the modes of production as it relates to current academia. Through this conference we aim to examine the elements and spaces of the rifts opening up in the polis of the University—its students, professors, and administrators.

We desire to address the pedagogical horizon at a critical limit. We ask for whom or for what are we teaching and we ask from whom or from what are we learning?

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May 27-31; June 3-5

Intervention organized by Katharina Stadler.

Thu June 6

17:00 Registration open

17:30-19:00 Opening Lecture (45 min + discussion)

  • Christopher Fynsk (Centre for Modern Thought, University of Aberdeen; European Graduate School, Saas-Fee), “Pedagogical Countermovements”

Fri June 7

09:30-11:00 Keynote Lecture, First Plenary Session (45 min. + discussion)

  • Oliver Feltham (American University of Paris), “Desocializing the School: Education and the Action Zone”

11:00-11:30 Break

11:30-13:45 Second Plenary Session (4 presentations, 20 min. each + discussion)

  • John Van Houdt (Tilburg University), “The Rhetoric of Disaster: Surviving the End of the Humanities”
  • Julia Hölzl (Centre for Modern Thought, University of Aberdeen), “A Call for Thinking (The Disaster)”
  • Adam Staley Groves (National University of Singapore; Centre for Modern Thought, University of Aberdeen), “Sandy Hook University: Care for the Irrepressible Imagination in an Age of Technics”
  • Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei (University of New York in Tirana; Centre for Modern Thought, University of Aberdeen), “A Passion for Yes: Coming Out and Affirmation”

13:45-15:45 Lunch Break

15:45-18:00 Third Plenary Session (5 presentations, 20 min. each + discussion)

  • Edith Doron (University of Aberdeen), “Welcoming the Stranger: From Social Inclusion to Exilic Education”
  • Rosemary Lee & Georgios Papadopoulos (Burning Athens), “File Under Art: Critical Encounters with Economics”
  • Urok Shirhan (Home Workspace Program, Beirut), “Occupy Baghdad: A Brief History of the Occupation of Images”
  • Jonas Staal (University of Leiden), “Art After Democratism: The Pedagogy of the New World Summit”
  • Katharina Stadler (Centre of Contemporary Art, Tblisi), Presentation of intervention results and manifesto

Sat June 8

09:30-11:00 Keynote Lecture, Fourth Plenary Session  (45 min. + discussion)

  • Andreas Vrahimis (University of Cyprus), “Philosophy and Humanistic Education: J.S. Mill’s Catastrophic Pedagogy”

11:00-11:30 Break

11:30-13:45 Fifth Plenary Session (4 presentations, 20 min. each + discussion)

  • Aafke Beukema toe Water (University of Amsterdam) & Juan Amaya Castro (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam), “Scholars without Resentment”
  • Matthew Charles (Westminster University), “Refunctioning Pedagogy: Walter Benjamin and the Inhumanities”
  • Nico Jenkins (Husson University; University of Maine), “Philosophy Beyond the Peras; Thinking With/In the Peripherie”
  • Justin Joque (European Graduate School), “Cyber-Catastrophe: Towards a New Pedagogy of Entropy”

13:45-15:45 Lunch Break

15:45-18:00 Sixth Plenary Session (5 presentations, 20 min. each + discussion)

  • Sina Badiei (European Graduate School), “The Necessity of Education or How can one still be an Althusserian in the wake of Badiou?”
  • Agon Hamza (University of Ljubljana), “The Trouble with the Educational Apparatus”
  • Denisa Kera (National University of Singapore), “Hackerspaces and Universities”
  • Nick Skiadopoulos (Erasmus University, Rotterdam), “The University Must Be Transcended”
  • Tijana Stevanović (Newcastle University), “Faculty in Withdrawal: ‘Not to Know’ and Uncertainties of Self-Institutionalization”

18:00-18:30 Break

18:30-20:00 Closing Lecture

  • Judith Balso (Collège International de Philosophie, Paris; European Graduate School, Saas-Fee), “To Rely on the Inexistant Impossible”
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