Raffaele Laudani, Global Humanities in Theory and Practice: The Bologna Summer School

October 11, 2016
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Part of the FHI’s Mellon Humanities Futures initiative, Academic Futurology invites humanists to think proactively and creatively about the pragmatics of academic life, from "traditional" structures like the faculty meeting or lecture course to emerging forms such as the Humanities Lab. This AF presentation and discussion feature Profs. Raffaele Laudani (University of Bologna) and Roberto Dainotto (Duke University).

The Summer School in Global Studies and Critical Theory is a joint project of Duke University, the Department of History and Cultures at the University of Bologna, and University of Virginia. Held at the University of Bologna, the program is founded on the principle that the so-called global age requires a radical rethinking of the theoretical tools of the humanities along with critical exchanges among different research fields. Each year the Summer School invites outstanding scholars to offer lectures, intensive courses and seminars on a specific annual topic related to the contemporary global turn. In this lively, stimulating intellectual and cultural environment, faculty, postgraduate, and graduate students are encouraged to engage in the collective production of knowledge and critical thought. Beginning with its 2016 edition, the Summer School becomes a critical component of the Academy of Global Humanities and Critical Theory, a year-round collaboration among Duke, UNIBO, and UVA.

Humanities Futures is a multi-year exploration of the futures of the humanities, in the wake of the interdisciplinary developments of recent decades.