Expert Seminar (November 2013)

Terra Critica II

From Three Critiques to Three Guineas and Three Ecologies: grappling with critique beyond negativity and judgment

Our second expert seminar took place on Friday, 22 November and Saturday, 23 November 2013. We continued the discussion from our first workshop in December 2012, discussing the challenges that immanence – an entangled and co-emerging universe – poses to critique.

This year, we decided on two texts as joint basis: Virginia Woolf’s Three Guineas (1938) and Félix Guattari’s Three Ecologies (1989). Not only was this motivated by the wish to take up ‘other 3’s’ in critical thinking, moving critique elsewhere than Kantian critique. But we also chose these texts because they are very rich in terms of the mode in which they practice critique (writing, address, experimentation, speculation, story-telling, fact and fiction, but also rhetoric and dis/affection play important roles), and in terms of the subject matters they raise (education, emancipation, environment, aesthetics, life, war, capital).

Workshop Participants

2013:11-4Ernst van Alphen (U Leiden)
Kiene Brillenburg (UU)
Rosemarie Buikema (UU)
Mercedes Bunz (U of Lüneburg)
Rick Dolphijn (UU)
Annemie Halsema (VU)
Peta Hinton (ICI Berlin)
Birgit Kaiser (UU)
Sybrandt van Keulen (UvA)
Leonard Lawlor (Penn State)
Jacques Lezra (New York University)
Timothy O’Leary (U of Hong Kong)
Esther Peeren (UvA)
Anne Sauvagnargues (Parix X)
Melanie Sehgal (Viadrina U Frankfurt Oder)
Kathrin Thiele (UU)
Iris van der Tuin (UU)
Veronica Vasterling (RU Nijmegen)
Doro Wiese (UU)

Most participants contributed a position paper to the workshop. They can soon be retrieved by clicking on the individual names above.




Friday, 22. Nov 2013 // Saturday, 23. Nov 2013
Janskerkhof 13, room 00.6, Utrecht University

Friday, 22. Nov 2013

9.45 Coffee

Welcome and introduction to the workshop
Birgit M. Kaiser and Kathrin Thiele

Session 1 : 10.30-12.30

Intervention papers for this session: Leonard Lawlor, Kathrin Thiele, Veronica Vasterling
Opening statement by Jacques Lezra
Moderator: B. Kaiser

Lunch break

Session 2 : 14.30-17.00
Intervention papers for this session: Mercedes Bunz, Peta Hinton, Birgit M. Kaiser, Iris van der Tuin
Opening statement by Ernst van Alphen
Moderator: K. Thiele

Saturday, 23. Nov 2013

2013:11-210.00-10.30 Coffee

Session 3 : 10.30-12.30
Intervention papers for this session: Rosemarie Buikema, Rick Dolphijn, Timothy O’Leary, Doro Wiese
Opening statement by K. Thiele
Moderator: K. Thiele

Lunch break

Session 4 : 14.00-16.00
Intervention papers for this session: Sybrandt van Keulen, Esther Peeren, Melanie Sehgal
Opening statement by Anne Sauvagnargues
Moderator: B. Kaiser

Session 5 : 16.00-17.00
Planning session (open to anyone interested)
Future events and projects


The workshop was made possible by the generous support from the Institute for Cultural Inquiry ICON, Utrecht University; the Research Focus Area Cultures & Identities, Utrecht University; The Netherlands Research School for Gender Studies NOG; The Netherlands Research School for Literary Studies OSL; the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis NICA; Amsterdam Center for Globalization Studies ACGS; Radboud University Nijmegen; Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam; Kattendijke Drucker Stichting; ‘Back to the Book’ (NWO-Project).

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