What does it mean to be critical today? Starting from emblematic scenes of critique in the modern imaginary such as the topos of the Emperor's New Clothes, this course explores (post)modern and post-crisis relations of power, knowledge, economy and critique. A central focus will be on the prolific debate between structural or systemic approaches and micro-level approaches of performativity and Actor-Network Theory that has shaped disciplines across the social and human sciences. The course seeks to address the difficulty of both accounting for and criticising power/ the economy and will work with students to refine the critical position of their project in relation to a characteristic debate of our time. The 3-day course is available to PhD students across the social sciences, law and humanities and will be limited to 12 participants.
The course is organised by
Nina Boy (PRIO) and
Kristin Asdal (University of Oslo). Further guest lecturers include
Benjamin Noys (University of Chichester),
Angus Cameron (University of Leicester),
Rocco Bellanova (PRIO) and
Kristoffer Lidén (PRIO). The Research School on Peace and Conflict offers a limited number of accommodation stipends.