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Transdisciplinary Problematics: Anti-humanism and Gender Study

Event Date 17 – 18 May 2012

Day 1:  Bolivar Hall,
54 Grafton Way, London WC1.
Day 2:  Large Common Room,
Goodenough College,
Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1N

Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy

Presents:

Transdisciplinarity and the Humanities: Problems, Methods, Histories, Concepts

2011–2013 (AHRC 914469)

Workshop 3

         Case Studies 2. Transdisciplinary Problematics: Anti-humanism and Gender Study

This two-day workshop will examine the notion of a transdisciplinarity problematic, via the cases of anti-humanism and gender studies. The first day will approach theoretical anti-humanism from the standpoint of its destructive effect upon disciplinary fields in the humanities and as a radical problematisation of the discipline of philosophy in particular. The second day will focus on gender studies as a transdisciplinary problematic and on the transdisciplinary nature of the concept of gender itself. Topics will include the historical reconstruction of ‘gender’ as a boundary-crossing concept; the relation of its conceptual content to its functioning as a general concept across disciplines; the transformation of the disciplines in the humanities by ‘gender’ and gender studies; and the current productivity of ‘gender’.

DAY 1, Thursday 17 May
Bolivar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, London WC1

Anti-humanism

Introduction: Peter Osborne (CRMEP)

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Etienne Balibar (CRMEP/Columbia/Paris X) – Anti-Humanism, and the Question of Philosophical Anthropology
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Response to Balibar by Patrice Maniglier (University of Essex)
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Discussion
[AUDIO HERE]

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Nina Power (Roehampton University/Royal College of Art) – Is Antihumanism Transdisciplinary?

AUDIO NOT AVAILABLE

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David Cunningham (University of Westminster) – Intersciences, Philosophy and Writing
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Response to Cunningham by Simon Morgan Wortham (Kingston University London) and
Discussion
[AUDIO HERE]

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DAY 2 Friday 18 May
London House Large Common Room, Goodenough College,
Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1

Gender Studies

Introduction: Stella Sandford (CRMEP)

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Tuija Pulkkinen (Womenís Studies, University of Helsinki) – Disciplinarity and Transdisciplinarity in Gender Studies
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Discussion
[AUDIO HERE]

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Sara Heinamaa (Philosophy, University of Helsinki) – Sex, Gender and Embodiment: A Critique of Concepts
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Discussion
[AUDIO HERE]

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Elsa Dorlin (Political Science, University of Paris VIII)
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Discussion
(AUDIO NOT AVAILABLE AT PRESENT)

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Ken Corbett (Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis, NYU) – The Transforming Nexus: Psychoanalysis, Social Theory and Queer Childhood
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Response to Corbett
Lynne Segal (Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck, London)
[AUDIO HERE]

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Closing discussion

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