Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies
Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie (Bauhaus-Universität Weimar)
German Department (Princeton University)
Weimar, Germany, June 10–17, 2017
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 Weimar in 2017 for its seventh installment. The Summer 2017 session will be concerned with the dynamics at work between the forms and practices of human existence on the one hand, and media operations and orderings on the other. Going far beyond the mere study of media appropriation in different cultures, or of media as a research tool in ethnography, the summer school will focus on the issues raised by the basic co-agency and co-reflexivity of media and human existence, which precedes any possible understanding of human beings and media as separate entities.
The summer school will be directed by Lorenz Engell (Weimar) and Thomas Y. Levin(Princeton).
The faculty will include Jane Bennett (Baltimore), Elisabeth Bronfen (Zürich – to be confirmed), Erin Manning (Montréal), Brian Massumi (Montréal), Avital Ronell (New York). Janet Vertesi (Princeton – to be confirmed), and Christiane Voß (Weimar).
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.
All application materials should be sent via email to :
ikkm-conference[ @ ]uni-weimar.de
and must be received no later than January 1st, 2017.
Coordinators: Katharina Rein (Weimar), William Stewart (Princeton)
Please submit all inquiries to: ikkm-conference[ @ ]uni-weimar.de
Annual Topic: Challenges of Media Anthropology
Media anthropology is generally understood, especially in the Anglo-American realm, as the investigation of different forms of media appropriation and media useage in different cultures, sub-cultures, or societies, including, of course the medial practices of anthropological research itself. However, as important as such questions are, they raise a host of bigger and more complex issues that urgently demand careful theoretical investigation.
Based on the premise that there is no human without media, the 7th Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies will focus on the diverse forms and operations of coupling, of co-agency and co-evolution of humans and media instead of their traditional distinction and separation. The conceptual challenges posed by the questions of human-media relatedness will be examined along four loosely defined sets of concerns:
- Concepts and theories: How does the philosophical tradition conceive of the non-/human and how is it conceptualized in media theory and related fields? Are there theoretical models that might contribute to an understanding of the reciprocally co-constitutive character of human existence and mediatic operations and orderings?
- Knowledge production: How did and how does the shaping of the non-/human in experimental physiology, in recent neurology, in paleoanthropology, and in other sciences work? How are specific technologies of observation and inscription involved in the production of what then is called “the human”?
- Practice: In light of questions posed by "visual/sensory anthropology", how are we to conceive of media in ethnography as well as the ethnography of media? How do human-media interrelations generate sensorial activity and vice versa?
- Aesthetics: How do media cooperate in the perception, representation, reproduction and experience of the non-/human, and with what effect? How is the realm of aesthetics and aesthetic experience linked to the intertwined and mutually generating categories of the human and the media?
For more information click "Further official information" below.