Forthcoming seminars

9–11 January 2019, Paris: PhD Seminar: Marx revisited: Temporalities of neo-liberalism


Marx revisited: Temporalities of neo-liberalism

  • Paris, FMSH, January 9-11, 2019
  • Application deadline: 3rd of December

The 2018 bicentenary of Karl Marx sees a renewed interest in his writings. If the beginning of the new millennium marked a low point in Marxist critical theory’s academic standing – epitomized in Bruno Latour’s highly influential 2001 essay, “Why has critique run out of steam?” –, the shock of the 2008 financial collapse and ensuing debt crises paved the way for an unexpected comeback. Given the dominant neo-liberal paradigm’s inability to provide the tools – in theory as in practice – to cope with the most pressing economic issues of the current crisis, Marx resurfaced as the central theoretical resource for a critical approach to the economic order underpinning and formatting the lived reality of 21st century capitalist society.


Keynote addresses will be delivered by Michel Feher (Goldsmith) and Jacob Lund (Aarhus Universitet).

Application Process

Due to the conference facilities a limited number of places are available. The number of participants will be limited to 15 (10 of which are reserved for participants from the TBLR consortium).

Those who would like to attend should fill in the application form by the 3rd of December (roughly 300 words). If the total number of applicants from TBLR exceeds 10, a selection will be made on the basis of relevance, previous participation in the TBLR program, affiliation and status of PhD training; beyond that, early applications will be prioritized.


The program will consist of plenary key-note lectures (45-minute presentation, 45-minute discussion) and group work. Participant papers will be presented in a conventional conference setting (15-minute presentation, 15-minute discussion). In addition, there will be text reading sessions. Participants can choose between presenting their own work or a theoretical text for a text session.

Working language: English.

Credits: 2/5 ECTS. Participation and presentation will result in 2 ECTS, working over and submitting and editing a version of the presentation (12-15 pages) after the seminar, will yield an additional 3 ECTS. Signed and authorized course diplomas will be bestowed upon each PhD student participant on completion of the course.

Deadline for application

Monday December 3rd. Please include a title and a short abstract (300 words) or indicate if you would prefer to present an article from the reading list (to be posted separately on the TBLR home page). The selection of participants will be ready by Friday the 7th of December.

See full CfP, more information about the seminar and application procedure

Registration and reading list

For further information, please contact

Knut Ove Eliassen or

Frederik Tygstrup

18–22. June 2019, Copenhagen: The Afterlife of the Object - Call for Papers

The Afterlife of the Object

European Summer School in Cultural Studies

University of Copenhagen, 18-22 June 2018


An object causes passion, as in the figurative notion of a loved object. “The Afterlife of the Object” 2018 summer school will contemplate how we establish narratives of the past and the self through objects.

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We will view objects, not only loved, but also hated, ignored, collected, thrown away, performed, written, rewritten, translated, lost and found. The “object” of our study will be considered broadly, including but not limited to art, books, collections, fetishes, poems, letters, song, and beyond.

For example, in “The Daughters of the Moon,” Italo Calvino imagines the afterlife of earth’s only permanent natural satellite when she has she become too old and worn to be seen as “full.” Calvino’s story is a troubling allegory on consumerism, ecology, gender, destruction and desire, written in the ripe year of 1968.  

In Slaves and Other Objects (2004), the classicist Page duBois looks at our erasure of slaves as an idealization of the afterlife of ancient Greece, resulting in a collective blind-spot (a de-realization) that has fed and still feeds troubling views on race, including America’s nostalgia for the antebellum South.

Han Kang's 1997 short story "The Fruit of My Woman" takes the afterlife of animals as objects of food as entry into becoming plant.

Lee Edelman’s No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive puts a stop to mortgaging our future through the body of the child in an acceptance of the death drive through the afterlives of Hitchcock’s films.

The summer school week will feature keynote lectures (to be announced) as well as short papers presented by PhD candidates and other young scholars and a series of seminars in which we will closely examine the texts mentioned above, along with other works, including Dan Chaisson’s book of poems, entitled The Afterlife of Objects and Michael Ann Holly’s The Melancholy Art.

Deadline 8 February 2019

We welcome papers dealing with these questions from art historical, cultural, literary, cinematic, material, affective, technological, machinic, linguistic and other perspectives.

Applicants do not need to present a paper. However, those wishing to present should send a proposal of no more than 300 words and a short bio (max. 150 words) to: by 25 January 2019. You will be informed whether your contribution has been accepted by 8 February 2019. Papers will be circulated before the conference and will have to be submitted in full (max. 4,000 words) by 1 May 2019.

PhD students are credited 3,8 ECTS if certain requirements are met. For more information, please contact the organizers.

The ESSCS is an annual network-based event offering interdisciplinary research training in the fields of art and culture. The network comprises the University of Amsterdam, Leiden University, University of Copenhagen, University of Giessen, Goldsmiths College, Université de Paris VIII, the Lisbon Consortium, Ljubljana Institute for Humanities, University of Trondheim and Catholic University Rio de Janeiro.


Frederik Tygstrup, Rune Gade and Carol Mavor.

Text, Image, Sound, Space (TBLR)

Text, Image, Sound, Space (TBLR) is a Norwegian doctoral school in the Humanities. Founded in 2004 as a consortium between University of Bergen, NTNU, University of Agder, University of Stavanger, University of Oslo, Nord University and UiT Norway’s Arctic University.

At least once a year, TBLR invites PhD-.students from the participating institutions to a one week PhD training seminar in literary and aesthetic studies with prominent international guest lecturers. TBLR also organizes shorter seminars on selected subjects relevant to a PhD study, such as “academic writing”, “supervision”, “transferable skills”, and specific methodological issues.

There is no tuition fee and TBLR covers the participants' board and lodging for the duration of the seminars (although the participants are usually requested to cover their own travel expenses).

TBLR cooperate with a number of other training schools such as Copenhagen Doctoral School in Cultural Studies (CDS), European Summer School for Cultural Studies (ESSCS). PhD students from the consortium’s partner universities may apply for participation in any course organized by these schools (relevant information will be posted on TBLR’s home page).

Presently, the Board of TBLR consists of Professor Knut Ove Eliassen (NTNU, Head of Board), Associate Professor  Janne Stigen Drangsholt (UiS), Associate Professor Margareta Dancus (UiA), Associate Professor Linda Nesby (UiT), Professor Ina Blom (UiO),  Svein Halvard Jørgensen (Nord University) and Professor Lars Sætre (UiB).

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