Ph.D Course: Relationality, Subjectivity and Affective Life

This PhD course will explore the history of the concept of relationality and its contemporary uses across a number of fields.

Course leader: Sasha Roseneil, Professor II, STK

Free entrance and open for (extended registration to February, 25).

The concept of “relationality” is currently very much in favour amongst researchers concerned with questions of subjectivity and affective life, and particularly amongst feminist scholars and gender and family researchers. This PhD course will explore the history of the concept and its contemporary uses across a number of fields, including philosophy and ethics, psychoanalysis, psychosocial studies, sociology and queer theory. It will pay particular attention to how the concept grapples with the challenges of understanding the complex emotional bonds between people in intimate relationships, and across generations, and the intersubjective elements of human experience.

We will look specifically at work by feminist scholars who, in various ways, employ a notion of relationality in theorising subjectivity and affective life, including: Jessica Benjamin, Nancy Chodorow and the American school of relational psychoanalysis; Judith Butler; Sara Ahmed; Valerie Walkerdine; Teresa Brennan; Lauren Berlant; Bracha Ettinger.

All participants will be expected to prepare short “think pieces” about some of the set readings in advance, for discussion during the afternoon sessions. Students whose research is particularly relevant can offer to present full papers.

Draft programme

Tuesday 3 March 2015

10.00–10.15 Registration and welcome

10.15–11.15 Lecture 1: A “relational turn”? an introduction to the course

11.15–11.30 Break

11.30–12.30 Lecture 2: Genealogies of “relationality” in philosophy, psychoanalysis and sociology

12.30–13.30 Lunch

13.30–16.00 Student presentations and discussion of “think pieces” about the set readings

Wednesday 4 March 2015

9.30–10.30 Lecture 3: Relationality and intersubjectivity: becoming and being human

10.30-10.45 Break

10.45–11.45 Lecture 4: Relationality and affective life: atmospheres, intergenerational relationships and trauma

11.45–12.00 Discussion: Is everything “relational”?

12.00–13.00 Lunch

13.00–15.00 Student presentation and discussion of “think pieces” about the set readings/ full student papers

15.00–16.00 Round-up reflections and close

Course literature

Participants will be expected to read 200-300 pages of course literature and to prepare one or two “think piece” presentations on an article or chapter. The exact choice of these will be negotiated with the course leader in advance. Course literature distributed (Friday) February 20.

Free entrance and open for all, but you will have to register by Wednesday February, 25. (extended registration).


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