2017 Summer School Courses

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Course Description

This course critically engages with the dominant narratives of defining Europe. What is Europe and what does its name stand for? Who are the proper Europeans? How is the notion of European-ness constructed? These are the questions that have haunted every European political project so far.
 
However, while one could argue that Europe has many, very different political faces, the current European political imagery seems to show almost only the ugly ones; those associated with the name of Europe and its self-centered hunger for power deeply entangled in its colonial, racist, fascist, violent, conservative and patriarchal past.
 
This course aims to critically engage in deconstructing those (majoritarian) meta-narratives, while opening a space for the multiplicity of other voices and histories, a space for “becoming minoritarian" (Deleuze and Guattari), a non-dominant, non-normative, non-canonical conceptualization of possible political futures.
 
This course is designed for students interested in Peace and Conflict Studies and/or Comparative Conflict Studies, and will offer a critical analysis of some of the structural mechanisms surrounding conflicts, as well as open possible alternative perspectives of social relations driven by different notions of the “political”, defying the request to learn how to practice power in pre-defined realm of politics, in which conflicts are inherently inscribed.

Dr. Jelisaveta Blagojević talks about her course

dr jelisaveta blagojevic talks about her course


 

jelisaveta blagojevicDr. Jelisaveta Blagojević received her Ph.D. in gender studies from the University of Novi Sad, Association of the Centers for Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Studies and Research. Her dissertation was entitled “Theoretical Contribution to Gender Studies: Discourses on Identity, Difference and Otherness” (2006). She received an M.Phil in gender and culture studies from Open University London and a B.A. in philosophy from the Faculty of Philosophy, Belgrade University.

Dr. Blagojević teaches at the Faculty of Media and Communications, Singidunum University, and has served as the university’s dean of academic affairs since 2006. She also has worked at the Belgrade Women’s Studies and Gender Research Center as a coordinator and lecturer since 2001. Since 2003 she has been a visiting lecturer at the gender and politics program at the Political Science Faculty, Belgrade University. She has taught as a visiting lecturer at universities across Southeast Europe. Her research interests include contemporary (political) philosophy, media studies, queer studies, and gender studies. She was born and currently lives in Belgrade.

Her publications include: Politics of Unthinkable: introduction into anti-fascist life, FMK, 2014, Belgrade; "Between Walls. Provincialisms, human rights, sexualities and Serbian public discourses on EU integration" in De-Centring Western Sexualities - Central and Eastern European Perspectives, Robert Kulpa, Birkbeck College, London and Joanna Mizieliñska (eds.), Ashgate, UK, 2011.; "Kultura koja dolazi" ("Culture to Come") in Kultura, Drugi, Žene (Culture, Others, Women) eds. Svenka Savić, Jasenka Kodrnja and Svetlana Slapšak, Institut za društvena istraživanja, Hrvatsko filozofsko društvo and Plejada, Croatia, 2010; Hieroglyphs of Jealousy, Research Center in Gender Studies, Euro-Balkan Institute Skopje, 2008; Zajednica onih koji nemaju zajednicu (Community Without Community), FMK, Belgrade, 2008; Gender and Identity, ed. Collection: See Theories in Gender Studies, (Skopje, Ljubljana, Belgrade) in 2006.


 

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