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12 Feb
Faculty Diversity Workshop: “The Undercommons and German Studies”
Event Type

Trainings & Workshops

Topic

Arts & Culture, Diversity, Lifelong Learning

Target Audience

Faculty

University Unit
Department of German
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Faculty Diversity Workshop: “The Undercommons and German Studies”

Ervin Malakaj (University of British Columbia)

 

What do we do with the increasing sense of estrangement and disillusion some of us feel with academic structures? Our tentative relation to academia—Stefano Harney and Fred Moten describe it as being “in but not of” the university—is fueled by tending to injuries sustained by structural violence. What strategies can we develop in light of the recurrent historical injustice unfolding before us? How do we dismantle the racist, ableist, anti-queer, and otherwise hostile logics of the neoliberal university? In this discussion, we will read Harney and Moten’s “The University and the Undercommons” to think through these questions. One focus will be on what Harney and Moten describe as the negative function of individuation vs. collectives. Another will be to consider how the insights in their work apply to German studies specifically and the types of commitments and allegiances that are possible despite it all.

Participants are asked to read Harney and Moten’s text ahead of the discussion. It is available as Chapter 2 in their book, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study (New York: Minor Compositions, 2013). The text is available open access here: https://www.minorcompositions.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/undercommons-web.pdf

 

Bio

Ervin Malakaj, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of German Studies and Affiliate Faculty in the Institute for European Studies at the University of British Columbia. Ervin’s scholarship has focused on German media studies, queer studies, and critical university studies. In 2016, Dr. Malakaj co-founded the international scholarly collective “Diversity, Decolonialization, and the German Curriculum” (DDGC) and is member of its steering committee. Together with Regine Criser (UNC, Asheville) he co-edited the volume Diversity and Decolonization in German Studies (2020, Palgrave).

Note: This event is open to faculty from all departments, although parts of it will focus on questions particular to German Studies.

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Friday, February 12 at 2:30 p.m.

Virtual Event

Faculty Diversity Workshop: “The Undercommons and German Studies”

Ervin Malakaj (University of British Columbia)

 

What do we do with the increasing sense of estrangement and disillusion some of us feel with academic structures? Our tentative relation to academia—Stefano Harney and Fred Moten describe it as being “in but not of” the university—is fueled by tending to injuries sustained by structural violence. What strategies can we develop in light of the recurrent historical injustice unfolding before us? How do we dismantle the racist, ableist, anti-queer, and otherwise hostile logics of the neoliberal university? In this discussion, we will read Harney and Moten’s “The University and the Undercommons” to think through these questions. One focus will be on what Harney and Moten describe as the negative function of individuation vs. collectives. Another will be to consider how the insights in their work apply to German studies specifically and the types of commitments and allegiances that are possible despite it all.

Participants are asked to read Harney and Moten’s text ahead of the discussion. It is available as Chapter 2 in their book, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study (New York: Minor Compositions, 2013). The text is available open access here: https://www.minorcompositions.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/undercommons-web.pdf

 

Bio

Ervin Malakaj, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of German Studies and Affiliate Faculty in the Institute for European Studies at the University of British Columbia. Ervin’s scholarship has focused on German media studies, queer studies, and critical university studies. In 2016, Dr. Malakaj co-founded the international scholarly collective “Diversity, Decolonialization, and the German Curriculum” (DDGC) and is member of its steering committee. Together with Regine Criser (UNC, Asheville) he co-edited the volume Diversity and Decolonization in German Studies (2020, Palgrave).

Note: This event is open to faculty from all departments, although parts of it will focus on questions particular to German Studies.

Dial-In Information

To register for this online event, please click "Join Stream".

Friday, February 12 at 2:30 p.m.

Virtual Event

Target Audience

Faculty

University Unit
Department of German