28 January - 1 February 2019
8 plenary lectures
1 workshop day
Available spots: 0 of 92
1 science slam
1 artist talk
1 public discussion
8th Winter School of the Estonian Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts
28 January–1 February 2019
‘What is the human today?’ seems to be the key question in our age of the Anthropocene and increased technological powers. This fundamental question with all its ramifications can be made productive for a critical re-evaluation of the field of humanities and for a revision of some traditional distinctions in humanist epistemology.
The 8th Winter School of GSCSA invites a reflection on the ways in which the Anthropocene, understood at its broadest, and the rapid technological changes influence our understanding of humanities in its different branches. The Winter School is particularly interested in how ecological and environmental approaches intersect with debates on human enhancement, genome editing, biotechnology, transhumanism, and artificial intelligence. Technological-scientific prospects of machine superintelligence or radical enhancement represent a potential non-human domain different from that of ecological approaches focusing on animal kinship. At the same time, various strands of posthumanism explore the question of the technological and the ecological other both separately and in relation to each other.
The discussions about redefining the human has its consequences for the redefinition of the humanities. The Winter School seeks to explore the potential and the limits of the humanities in coping with ecological and technological nonhuman concerns. The possibility of a more-than-human or better-than-human society recalibrates whatever has been thought previously about humanist knowledge tailored to the human world. In order to respond to the challenge of redefining the human, the humanities will have to broaden its scope. Question about the extent and nature of this broadening is one of the focal points of the winter school.
Prof. Stacy Alaimo (University of Texas at Arlington)
Prof. Ewa Domanska (Adam Mickiewicz University at Poznan; Stanford University)
Prof. Steve Fuller (University of Warwick)
Dr. Zoltán Boldizsár Simon (Bielefeld University)
Prof. Stefan Lorenz Sorgner (John Cabot University in Rome)
Prof. Sverker Sörlin (KTH Royal Institute of Technology)
Dr. Timotheus Vermeulen (University of Oslo)
Dr. Thomas Schwarz Wentzer (Aarhus University)
Dr. Eneken Laanes (Tallinn University and Under and Tuglas Literature Centre of the Estonian Academy of Sciences)
Prof. Marek Tamm (Tallinn University)
Kristiina Sirkel (Tallinn University), e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Slam and student seminar coordinator:
Tiiu-Triinu Tamm (Estonian Institute of Historical Memory), e-mail (email@example.com)
Please see “Practicalities” for organisational information about the Winter School.