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Transdisciplinarity Project, Workshop 3

Date:17 May 2012, 10:00am to
18 May 2012, 6:00pm
Location:Day 1: Bolivar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, London WC1. Day 2: Large Common Room, Goodenough College, Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1N

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: Anti-humanism

  • Introduction: Peter Osborne & Eric Alliez (CRMEP, Kingston University)
  • Etienne Balibar (Philosophy, University of Paris X/Irvine)
    Respondent: Patrice Maniglier (University of Essex)
  • Nina Power (Philosophy, Roehampton/Royal College of Art)
  • David Cunningham (English, University of Westminster)
    Respondent: Simon Morgan Wortham (English, Kingston University)

Day 2: Gender Studies

  • Introduction: Stella Sandford (CRMEP, Kingston University)
  • Ken Corbett (Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis, New York University
    Respondent: Lynne Segal (Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck, London)
  • Elsa Dorlin (Political Science, University of Paris VIII)
  • Sara Heinamaa (Philosophy, University of Helsinki)
  • Tuija Pulkkinen (Women’s Studies, University of Helsinki)


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