Call for Papers_2018 July IICS_FUTH Summer School: Toward Decolonizing Cold War Knowledge: Facing Contemporary Border Politics

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Toward Decolonizing Cold War Knowledge:

Facing Contemporary Border Politics

 

 

8th Flying University of Transnational Humanities (FUTH)

International Institute for Cultural Studies (IICS)

National Chiao Tung University

 

July 9-13, 2018

Hsinchu, Taiwan

 

First Announcement and Call for Papers

 

The International Institute for Cultural Studies (IICS), in collaboration with the Flying University of Transnational Humanities (FUTH) – a consortium of Sogang University (South Korea), University of Pittsburgh (USA), Cornell University (USA), University of Tampere (Finland), University of Leipzig (Germany), National Chiao Tung University (Taiwan) – and supported by the International Program in Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (IACS) of the University System of Taiwan (UST) invites paper proposals for presentation and participation at a summer school for graduate students and postdocs to be held July 9-13, 2018 in Hsinchu, Taiwan. We are happy to take this opportunity to initiate our collaboration with East Asian Economy and Society (EcoS), University of Vienna (Austria).

 

Context of the Summer School

Each year beginning in 2010, the Flying University of Transnational Humanities (FUTH) has gathered graduate students and postdocs in the humanities and social sciences across the globe for a summer school centering on presentations by leading scholars as well as by PhD students and Postdocs. As a truly transregional collaboration it profits from the willingness of participants to share the core argument of their current research project and to situate it in a global context.

 

The Taiwan based International Institute for Cultural Studies (IICS_NCTU& UST), together with the Institute of Social Research and Cultural Studies (SRCS_NCTU) and the International Program in Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (IACS_UST), will serve as the local organizer of this year’s joint conference / summer university. IICS_UST is itself an inter-school platform which connects National Central University (NCU), National Tsing Hua University (NTHU), National Yang Ming University (NYMU) and National Chiao Tung University (NCTU). IICS has its long history of holding bi-annual summer university since 2006, with the liaison of the Association Ici et Ailleurs pour une philosophie nomade, Philosophy Department, University Paris 8 St Denis, and the Institute of Social Research and Cultural Studies (SRCS), National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. The themes covered in the past decade include Bio-politics, Ethics and Subjectivation (2009 Hsinchu, Taiwan), Borders, Displacements and Creation: Questioning the Contemporary (2011 Porto, Portugal), Political Uses of the Body(2014 Tirana, Albania), Colonial Unconscious, Decolonizing Philosophy (2016 Agen & Toulouse, France). In recent years, IICS also has organized winter camps and workshops focusing on the critical studies in the context of inter-Asian societies, covering the themes of De-Coding the Cold War and Facing Contemporary Societies (2016), Conflict and Justice: Precarious Bodies in Inter-Asia Societies (2017). These events constitute parts of the general long-term project on “Conflict, Justice, Decolonization: Critical Research on Inter-Asian Societies.

 

Basing on this rich network of cross-regional collaborations and the rewarding intellectual exchange from the past experience, we are happy to announce that the Summer School of 2018 will be held July 9-13, 2018 in Hsinchu, Taiwan on the theme Toward Decolonizing Cold War Knowledge: Facing Contemporary Border Politics.  

 

Thematic Focus of the Summer School

 

Present day fields of knowledge worldwide are partitioned as humanities and social sciences and continue to produce, in ways at once invisible and indivisible, the nation-state as historical telos. Thus, most studies in these bipolar fields may foreground terms such as nation-state, gender, age, race, and class as object and method of research. Yet, underlying and sustaining a bipolar dynamic complementarity evinced in these shared research frame and analytic logic is a developmental time division and compartmentalization whereby globalization is understood as the end of the Cold War, the reordering of the international order, the weakening of nation-states, the end of ideology, and the realignment of cultures, etc.

 

This teleology evinces at the levels of seemingly disparate disciplinary forms of knowledge, as well as divergent production of knowledge practices. These disciplinary forms of knowledge reveal and discover unfinished decolonization processes in thought, practices, and life on the ground. Mundane decolonization processes and il/liberal resources continue to struggle with cold war effects and affects in everyday life, academic thought and feeling. Cold war inflections of thought and affect include nation-state developmentalism in progressivist history and historiography, imaginaries of freedom and democracy, individualist pursuit of rights, legalist standards of social order, and competitive markets as economic freedom. The narrative of a post-Cold War “end of history” occludes unfinished processes of de-colonization that would challenge and transform the conditions wherein colonial, neo-colonial, capitalist and civilizational presuppositions facilitate hegemony of ongoing global knowledge industry.

 

At a moment when knowledge is touted as capital’s new value while knowledge workers are rendered increasingly superfluous, when wages are mediation of exploitation yet continue to sustain life’s need for most, when gender is mainstream yet at war with old sex and new sexualities, when planetary life is endangered in ways inextricable from competitive markets, when memories of past trauma become the technique of governmentality, when various forms of border politics are still operating in different corners of our societies, this is a time to congregate and learn from each other anew. The summer school is a quora for addressing what and how of decolonizing knowledge amongst and between different sites in the region (inter-Asia) and beyond (intra-oceanic and inter-continental).

 

We welcome contributions from all fields of the humanities and social sciences on the following themes, but not limited to:

 

  •    Decolonizing Cold War Knowledge
  •    Forgetting and Remembering WWII & Cold War Era
  •    Subaltern Knowledge and Peaceful Activism
  •    Zoning Politics, Insular Anarchy and the Tension in the South China Sea
  •    Neo-liberalism and the Many Faces of Leftist Melancholy
  •    Border Politics, Migrations, and Unequal Citizenship within Civil Societies

 

 

 

Format of the Summer School

 

This Summer School will feature daily keynote lectures, plenary sessions, small group seminars led by leading thinkers, and thematic fieldtrip.

 

Invited keynote speakers and plenary sessions will address main aspects of our key problematics. Participants will be grouped into panels of 3-5 presentations each, following the group seminar, and are expected to give one 15-20-minutes paper on their work in the seminar, critique the papers of their fellow seminar participants, and to contribute to the general dialogue of the theme. At the end of the Summer School, a roundtable with reports from the seminar groups will bring the major findings together and integrate them into a conclusion.

 

A half-day fieldtrip will be arranged according to the themes of the Summer School.

 

Application

 

Applications from graduate students, post-docs and junior scholars in all disciplines are welcome. Prospective participants should apply online athttp://iics.ust.edu.tw/2018FUTH/ with proposals that include a title, a 500-word abstract, a short (2-page) CV, and names and emails of two referees. Proposals should address problematics related to our key themes and should reference any links between the proposal and broader global, historical, and especially interdisciplinary approaches and questions. Those admitted will be notified by the end of April. 

 

Important Date

 

Application deadline: March 31, 2018.

Announcement of acceptance: April 30, 2018

Full paper submission deadline June 20, 2018

Website: http://iics.ust.edu.tw/2018FUTH/

 

Registration Fee

USD150 (double-sharing accommodation and some meals are included)

 

Contact email: iics.center@gmail.com

Website: http://iics.ust.edu.tw/2018FUTH/

 

Organizers

The International Institute for Cultural Studies (IICS), National Chiao Tung University (NCTU) & University System of Taiwan (UST).

International Master’s Program in Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, University System of Taiwan (IACS-UST)

Institute of Social Research and Cultural Studies, National Chiao Tung University (NCTU)

Center for Asia-Pacific Studies, National Tsing Hua University (NTHU)

Center for the study of sexualities, National Central University (NCU)

Taiwan Experience Education Program (TEEP)

Contact Info: 

 

Contact email: iics.center@gmail.com

Website: http://iics.ust.edu.tw/2018FUTH/

 

Organizers

The International Institute for Cultural Studies (IICS), National Chiao Tung University (NCTU) & University System of Taiwan (UST).

International Master’s Program in Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, University System of Taiwan (IACS-UST)

Institute of Social Research and Cultural Studies, National Chiao Tung University (NCTU)

Center for Asia-Pacific Studies, National Tsing Hua University (NTHU)

Center for the study of sexualities, National Central University (NCU)

Taiwan Experience Education Program (TEEP)

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