Universität Wien

430012 SE Seminar for Doctoral Candidates (2021S)

Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

The digital meetings in the doctoral seminar will take place on a weekly basis on Mondays, 6:00 - 7.30 pm.
First digital Meeting: Monday, March 8, 6:00pm till 7.30 pm.
Ph.D students of philosophy are welcome, regardless of whether they are part of the VDP.

Monday 08.03. 18:00 - 19:30 Digital
Monday 15.03. 18:00 - 19:30 Digital
Monday 22.03. 18:00 - 19:30 Digital
Monday 12.04. 18:00 - 19:30 Digital
Monday 19.04. 18:00 - 19:30 Digital
Monday 26.04. 18:00 - 19:30 Digital
Monday 03.05. 18:00 - 19:30 Digital
Monday 10.05. 18:00 - 19:30 Digital
Monday 17.05. 18:00 - 19:30 Digital
Monday 31.05. 18:00 - 19:30 Digital
Monday 07.06. 18:00 - 19:30 Digital
Monday 14.06. 18:00 - 19:30 Digital
Monday 21.06. 18:00 - 19:30 Digital
Monday 28.06. 18:00 - 19:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Preliminary note: Due to the transition to digital learning, it is important that all participants register for the course in order to gain access to Moodle, as communication about the course will take place via the Moodle platform. In addition to the usual teaching materials, you will also find the audio recordings of the courses on Moodle. E-learning approach to "digital-learning":
1) Communication about the course schedule will take place via Moodle until further notice.
2) We will provide the reading you should prepare until the next course date weekly via Moodle.
3) We will meet weekly, Mondays, from 6 - 7.30 pm. via Collaborate. On Moodle you will find a "Collaborate" icon, next to the title "Doctoral Seminar", which you can use to log in to the video conference. Here you will find instructions for Collaborate for students: https://wiki.univie.ac.at/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=101484831
If desired by the participants, we can also record the seminar sessions (audio or video).

The focus of the seminar lies on the presentation of parts of your Ph.D. thesis. If you are writing a Ph.D. scholarship proposal, a FÖP exposé or an article for a presentation at a conference, you are also free to present such texts for a group discussion. The oral presentation should be considered as a chance to train and exercise both your rhetorical and your argumentative skills.
In addition to your own texts the research seminar will provide a literature list of 11 texts the participants of the seminar are obliged to read. The texts are part of a contemporary stream of thinking that some would call “new materialism” (see list of literature below). To refer to these texts during your oral presentations is not a must but appreciated. The last 45 minutes of every meeting are devoted to the discussion of a problem that occurs in this stream of thinking.
The course will be bi-lingual (German and English). You can choose freely between these two languages both in your discussions and presentations.

Assessment and permitted materials

Participation: Regular attendance at the doctoral seminar and active engagement in the online-discussions (max. missing 2 unites per semester).
One oral presentation of your work (or presentation of a text, relevant for your thesis) during the semester in an online meeting.
Sending a written text, either of your oral presentation (15 pages) or a chapter of your doctoral thesis.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

You need > 50 % of the overall scores to pass the seminar. The overall score contains the following achievements:
1) Participation: Regular attendance at the doctoral seminar and active engagement in the online discussions (max. missing 2 unites per semester): 30 %
2) One oral presentation of your work (or presentation of a text, relevant for your thesis) during the semester in an online meeting: 35 %
3) Sending a written text, either of your oral presentation (15 pages) or a chapter of your doctoral thesis: 35 %
In case you are unable attend the seminar (up to 2 times per semester) you are asked to inform Arno Böhler per email at the earliest. By registering for this course/seminar, you tacitly agree to having all your electronic submissions checked by Turnitin.

Examination topics

Interpretation and discussion of your Ph.D. thesis as well as the texts provided (literature list). A written handout (about 2 pages) is obligatory for all oral presentations. Please send your written handouts via email at least 3 days prior to your oral presentations in the digital meetings to Arno Böhler: arno.boehler@univie.ac.at. He will upload them on Moodle to make them available for all participants.

Reading list

Althusser, Louis: “The Underground Current of the Materialism of the Encounter”. In: Francois Matheron and Olivier Corpet (eds.), Philosophy of the Encounter. Later Writings 1978–87. Louis Althusser, New York / London: Verso 1982, 163–207.
Barad, Karen: What is the Measure of Nothingness? Infinity, Virtuality, Justice / Was ist das Maß des Nichts? Unendlichkeit, Virtualität, Gerechtigkeit. English/German, dOCUMENTA (13), Documenta und Museum Fridericianum Veranstaltungs-GmbH: Kassel 2012.
Barad, Karen: Meeting the Universe Halfway, Durham & London: Duke University Press 2007.
Bennett, Jane: Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things. Durham: Duke University Press 2010.
Simondon, Gilbert: “The Genesis of the Individual”. In: Jonathan Crary and Sanford Kwinter (eds.), Incorporations, New York: Zone Books 1992, 297–319.
Deleuze, Gilles and Guattari, Felix: A Thousand Plateaus, Capitalism and Schizophrenia, edited and translated by Brian Massumi, Minneapolis / London: University of Minnesota Press 1987, 39–75.
Malabou, Catherine: “Whither Materialism? Darwin/Althusser”. In: Brenna Bhandar and Jonathan Goldberg-Hiller (eds.), Plastic Materialities. Politics, Legality, and Metamorphosis in the Work of Catherine Malabou, Durham: Duke University Press, 47–60.
Chakrabarty, Dipesh: Provincializing Europe. Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference, Princeton: Princeton University Press 2000, 47–71.
Skora, Kerry Martin: The Pulsating Heart and Its Divine Sense Energies. Body and Touch in Abhinavagupta's Trika Śaivism, Numen, Vol. 54, No. 4, Religion through the Senses (2007), 420–458. URL: https://www.jstor.org/stable/27643281.
Deleuze, Gilles: Spinoza. Praktische Philosophie, Berlin: Merve Verlag 1988.
The Aphorisms of Shiva: The SivaSūtra with Bhāskara’s Commentary, the Vārttika. Translated with Exposition and Notes by Mark S. G. Dyczkowski. Foreword by Pual E. Muller-Ortega, SUNY Series in Tantric Studies. New York: State University of New York Press 1992.
Dyczkowski, Mark S. G. (ed. and transl.): The Stanzas on Vibration, New York: University Suny Press 1992.

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