Call for Applications: Lucerne Master Class for PhD Students 2018

31.03.2018 Add to calendar

This year's Lucerne Master Class will take place May 28th to June 1st with Prof. Wendy Brown (University of California, Berkeley) on the topic of "Where Liberal Democracy Once Was: Liberal Authoritarianism in the Twenty-First Century".

The Scholar
WENDY BROWN is Class of 1936 First Professor of Political Science at the Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. A renowned political theorist, Brown is an equally influential thinker when it comes to the study of nineteenth and twentieth century continental theory, critical theory, and theories of contemporary capitalism. Her oeuvre constitutes an important source for both critically reflecting on and standing in opposition to developments within Western democracies over the past two decades: Politics Out of History (2001), Regulating Aversion: Tolerance in the Age of Identity and Empire (2006), Walled States, Waning Sovereignty (2010), and her latest monograph Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolution (2015).

The Topic:
How might we grasp the novel fusion of libertarian freedom, white nationalism and authoritarianism appearing in right wing political formations across the EuroAtlantic today? What is the contribution of four decades of neoliberalism to building plutocratic political regimes rooted in neofascist popular sentiment, the very nightmare that the original neoliberal intellectuals aimed to prevent? What about contributions beyond those of neoliberal reason and policy? This bloc course will consider this problem by revisiting Hayek on neoliberalism, Nietzsche on nihilism, Marcuse on the psyches of late capitalist subjects, and Schmitt on space and horizons.

The Master Class addresses doctoral students from political science, philosophy, sociology, cultural studies and economics as well as other fields from within the humanities and social sciences. Applications from international and EU doctoral students and doctoral students from Switzerland are wel come.

Tuition fee: 350 CHF
The organizing body of the Master Class, the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences (GSL) at the University of Lucerne, will cover catering and accommodation expenses. The GSL will also try to cover travel expenses as well, however, this depends on the country of origin (for details please send an email to the GSL managing director, Christina Cavedon – If applicants can muster support from their respective home institution, this is welcome.

Please send your application by March 31st to the following email-address:
Please provide a short statement of motivation (no more than one page), a CV and a short description (no more than one page) of your current dissertation project. Postdocs may be admitted on the basis of individual decision.
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Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Lucerne (GSL)
Hotel Seeburg
Seeburgstrasse 53-61
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