Register now: June, August and October 2019
The June, August and October session schedules have now been published (click here!). If you haven't already done so, please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org with your session choice/seminar selection. Early registration is recommended for all sessions. The deadline to register for June session seminars is: May 12th, 2019. The deadline to apply for the August session is: July 1st, 2019, and the deadline to apply for the October session is: September 6th, 2019.
Below, a letter for all students from the Dean, Professor Christopher Fynsk, with further details on the 2019 Sessions.
Dear New and Returning Students,
A number of you have not registered for their seminars as yet, and I am wondering whether you are waiting to learn more about the upcoming sessions. So, at the risk of making your decision-making even harder, I am writing to give you an overview of the upcoming events.
In June, we have Professors Carlos Amorales (in Venice), Mladen Dolar, Alenka Zupančič, Slavoj Žižek, Avital Ronell, Benjamin Bratton, Elie During, Sha Xin Wei, Diane Davis, Carlos Reygadas, and Michael Schmidt. The Venice component has proven to be a very inspiring start for our session since it begins with the riches of the Biennale and Venice itself. Logistics are quite easy, and we will have the very great pleasure of three days with Carlos Amorales, an artist of exceptional creativity. Prof. Amorales will introduce students to the Biennale (on site) on the first day, and then proceed to offer his own seminar in the two following days.
The session will also feature a third iteration of our “science colloquium,” devoted this year to the question of time. The colloquium has been distinguished in its two previous years by its special cross-disciplinary character. The participants have found this format to be particularly engaging by reason of the high level of exchanges between participants, and the open nature of the discussion (we approach the questions from the ground of philosophical, theoretical, and artistic interest, not special expertise). We also look forward to welcoming Yuk Hui for a workshop in this context.
Finally, we have the great honor of hosting the distinguished film-maker, Carlos Reygadas for a six-day visit.
We anticipate a classic EGS session where the seminars are of the highest level, in both programs (PAS and LMVT), and the overall experience is profoundly formative. As always, we seek to “curate” a cross-disciplinary experience with the six seminars taken by our students and the accompanying evening lectures. The individual seminars have their singular virtues, of course, but the curriculum of the EGS is founded in the broader experience of taking a suite of 6 such seminars. In the rhythms of this form of intensive study, unexpected discoveries almost inevitably occur. The real interest of an EGS session, I believe, lies in these discoveries and the impetus they bring to the individual research projects of the participants.
In August, we begin on the 4th in Saas Fee with a seminar that will bring together both programs (LMVT and PAS). It will be directed by Fred Moten, with the participation of Stefano Harney and Denise Ferreira da Silva. Manthia Diawara will join in this discussion and help in focusing its attention on issues in contemporary black thought. We hope that this discussion can be paired with the one planned for October in Malta with Angela Davis and Gina Dent (the whole leading to a subsequent publication). The next seminars will be taught by Peter Szendy (PAS) and Robert Brewer Young (LMVT). It should be noted here that Young’s seminar on craft (the third in a very successful series, which has traversed topics in philosophy of geometry, philosophy, musicology and political economy) will offer the occasion for the initial presentation of a quite important engineering feat: a “Three-dollar Violin.” The nature and implications of this project will be presented to the group as a whole, and students in the seminar on craft will be invited to join Young in making their own conservatory-quality instruments (the three dollars is covered in the tuition….). This is a genuine technological/musicological event that will make possible a tremendous expansion of Young’s efforts via his charity, The Open String (which brings high-quality instruments to disadvantaged children in various cities throughout the world: theopenstring.org).
The succeeding seminars will also be of very high quality; they will be directed by Professors Karen Barad, Elie During, Catherine Malabou, Siegfried Zielinski, Branislav Jakovljević, and Terry Smith. Caveh Zahedi and I will conclude the session.
The October session begins with two exceptional seminars, one by Jean-Luc Nancy (for LMVT), the other by a team that will explore alternative economic thinking. This latter seminar (as much a colloquium as a seminar, given that it is team-taught) will take its departure from the question of the meaning of blockchain for contemporary thought, and proceed to more speculative thinking on “quantum economics.” The participants, at this point, include Niklas Damiris, Natalie Smolenski, H.P. Huang, Sha Xin Wei, and Elie During. We will also have visitors from a blockchain team working at Oxford. The event will coincide with a significant conference devoted to blockchain at the adjoining Mediterranean Conference Centre (a beautiful site), and we look forward to opening our more intimate discussions to a public discussion in this context.
EGS seminars will also be directed by Keller Easterling, Angela Davis and Gina Dent (as noted above), Terri Geiss, Achille Mbembe and Sarah Nuttal, Thomas Keenan, and a Neopolitan team led by Anna Lisa D’Amato that will undertake a theatrical event on the nearby island of Comino. Final arrangements are being made at this point for three other seminars. Once again, the Malta meeting is shaping up to be a memorable EGS experience.
Students frequently puzzle over the offerings of the three sessions, asking themselves which session (and which seminars) will speak most strongly to their interests. We are confident that all three sessions will engage the deep interests of any EGS student. The sessions should be of equal strength, and will each give rise to events for the individuals participating in them.
Please be sure to watch our Instagram and Facebook sites for more information on the events described in this letter.
We look forward to seeing you.
With my warm regards,
Dean of the PACT Division