The Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies – a collaboration between Bauhaus-Universität Weimar (Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie, IKKM) and Princeton University (German Department)– returns to Princeton in 2016 for its sixth installment. 2016’s session will be concerned with the question of interpretation under the conditon of technology’s ongoing provocation of the humanities. Is it possible to understand technology? Is it possible to conceive of a non-human agency of understanding? Can machines/animals/materials interpret our Dasein? How can we understand our own reading if reading is no more an exclusively human activity? What is the difference between writing and implementation? What are the “objects” that we should address and analyze as “technical objects” (Gilbert Simondon)? The Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies 2016 will map out approaches to technology from the point of view of a posthumanistic study of media culture. Of particular interest are two paradigms: The analysis of actual media usage, and the study of cultural techniques, which connects to the archaeology of the humanities-technology-relationship by studying the material operations that are (though often suppressed) at the basis of the arts and the concepts that formed the core of humanities.
The Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies invites applications from outstanding doctoral candidates throughout the world in media studies and related fields such as film studies, literary studies, philosophy, art history, architecture, sociology, politics, the history of science and visual culture.
The deadline for applications is December 13, 2015.
All applications should be submitted electronically in PDF format and should include the following:
- Letter of Intent indicating academic experience and interest in the summer school’s annual topic (max. 300 words);
- Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages);
- Abstract/paper of a possible presentation at the Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies, double spaced, with standard margins (no more than 2000 words);
- Contact information (name, institutional address, email) of two potential references.
Please use the following naming convention for your application files:
All application materials should be sent by email to ikkm-conference [at] uni-weimar.de and must be received by December 13, 2015.
Applicants who have been admitted will be notified by January 2016. Once admitted, applicants are required to transfer a participation fee which covers full accommodation, meals, and all study materials during the entire week of the summer school. The payment of $750 should be received by February 28, 2016 to guarantee the spot. A limited amount of travel funding will be available upon application