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140121 VO VM1 / VM7 - Critique / Contradiction / Resistance (2017W)




max. 999 participants
Language: German, English

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 10.10. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Tuesday 17.10. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Tuesday 24.10. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Tuesday 31.10. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Tuesday 07.11. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Tuesday 14.11. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Tuesday 21.11. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Tuesday 28.11. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Tuesday 05.12. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Tuesday 12.12. 18:30 - 20:00 (ehem. Seminarraum Internationale Entwicklung Afrikawissenschaften UniCampus Hof 5 2Q-EG-05)
Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 2 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-06
Tuesday 09.01. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Tuesday 16.01. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Tuesday 23.01. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Tuesday 30.01. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32


Aims, contents and method of the course

In this lecture series we will address the question of ´what is critique´ as well as issues regarding resistance and radical forms of subjectivity on a theoretical level, and link them, in a second step, to the level of practice and to lived forms of resistance. To that end, we want to provide a platform not only for speakers from the field of academia but also for activists and collectives alike.

Thus, we want to open up a space in which a critical engagement with resistance can take place and which allows us to reflect from different perspectives and approaches. Thereby, we also want to pursue the question of structure and agency in order to investigate which structures can be transformed through which actions and to identify spaces for resistance. Moreover, in this lecture series contradictions and differing perspectives (e.g. post-colonial, feminist, ideology critical perspectives) on resistant practices will be illuminated. With an additional focus on methods we also want to account for different possibilities for application, e.g. taking the form of a workshop or a performance.

Besides the theoretical reflection on terms such as critique, resistance and forms of subjectivity there will be discussions on emergent contradictions within our own daily practices, actions and thinking. There will be space to work on questions about identity, priviliges, normativity as well as violence which emerge in the course of dealing with the topics mentioned above. How can contradictions within societal structures offer possibilities for resistant practice? And how can spaces be imagined and transformed in order to allow reflecting upon contradictions which every individual faces so as to use these `rifts within the subject´ for emancipatory moments?

10.10. Criticise, analyse, contradict – a conceptual approach
lecture by Hans Pühretmayer (Vienna)

17.10. Feminist critique - Feminist resistance!
conversation with Fanny Müller-Uri (Vienna)

24.10. Postcolonial resistance – Resistant practices
lecture by Vlatka Frketic (Vienna)

31.10. Appropriation of space as a way of resistance?
panel with Project.Shelter (Frankfurt), Sylvi Kretschmar (Hamburg), HabiTAT (Linz)

7.11. (Inter)acting with, in or against the state
panel with Marion Löffler, Wolfram Schaffar, Elmar Flatschart (Vienna)

14.11. The neoliberally transformed university and struggles for knowledge
lecture by Alex Demirovic (Berlin)

21.11. Performance
by Stefanie-Lahya Aukongo (Berlin)

28.11. Everyday rebellion – creative forms of non-violent protest
film screening and talk with Arash Riahi (director)

05.12. Protest policing – in between protection and repression
lecture by Angelika Adensamer, Maria Sagmeister (Vienna)

12.12. Resistant workshops

09.01. Affective labor – affective value?
lecture by Encarnación Gutiérrez-Rodríguez (Gieben)

16.01. Strategic essentialism – regarding the problem of collective identities in the left
lecture by Jens Kastner (Vienna)

23.01. Emancipatory education as resistance
panel with Netzwerk für Demokratie und Courage (D), Norina Müller (Wuppertal), Daniela Holzer (Graz)

30.01. Counter-expertise - Poulantzas‘ critique of the division of labor as contribution to a ‘new class politics‘
lecture by Alexander Gallas (Kassel)

(Most lectures will be held in German with the possibility of individual translation.)

Assessment and permitted materials


The assignment consists of a two-piece essay including 1) a debate on independently researched literature or literature provided in the context of the lecture series and 2) a reflexion on one or two teaching units. The two parts could be connected regarding the content, but they can also be handled as two separate sections. The essay ought to consist of minimum 5 pages. Nevertheless you are allowed to exceed this indication without a fixed upper limit. A length that exceeds 5 pages has no influence on the grading whatsoever, neither positively nor negatively. A starting-point for the assignment could be e.g. a concept or contradiction discussed in one of the lectures. This subject could then be depicted, discussed and/or criticised on the basis of additional literature, the content of the debates and lectures held in class, or reflexions on ones own thought and actions. Please note that in section 1 your argument must evolve in dialogue with your chosen literature. Please engage with the chosen subject (be it a theoretical framework, a term or a mode of action) in a critical and analytical manner. A well-grounded and self-contained reasoning is most important.

The essay does not necessarily have to meet established academic standards. Nevertheless when using literature, please qoute in a correct manner and add an exhaustive and correct bibliography to your essay. This facilitates the confirmability of your argument.

Furthermore please beware of a conscious, gender sensitive, self-aware and critical usage of language. If you have any questions or insecurities concerning this, please feel free to contact us. We do not imply a preexisting awareness of formal criteria concerning conscious usage of language.

It will be possible for you to hand in preliminary versions of your essay throughout the semester. You may use this offer to receive feedback and suggestions for your final paper. Also if you want to discuss any ideas or questions beforehand, please feel free to contact us for a preliminary talk.

You should hand in the final version of your paper via Moodle.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Reading list

wird auf moodle zu finden sein!

Association in the course directory

VM1; VM7

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