25. - 31. 8. 2019

Main topic:  "What does university mean today?"

We warmly invite you to take part in third edition of Summer School Jaroměř-Josefov. The international postdisciplinary workshop, or temporary University of Josefov is focused on relations between diverse practices in field of aesthetics, politics, performance and public space. Striving for joining discontinuous, we organize this year´s meeting around the question what does university mean today, especially in relation to Climate upheaval? Following this perspective, we are going to try how can we experiment with university as a medium of politics, aesthetics and education. 

The workshop is organised by the Department of Theatre Studies, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University in Brno in partnership with the Department of Theatre and Film Studies, Faculty of Arts, Palacký University Olomouc and Institute of Polish Culture, Faculty of Polish Studies, University of Warsaw. It will take place in Jaroměř-Josefov, East Bohemia, from 25th August to 31st August 2019. 


During six days we will critically examine paradigms on which contemporary university is based on. We will focus on the questions such as:  

  • What is university today, and how it can contribute to the future? 
  • How can we experiment with the university as a medium of politics, aesthetics, and education? 
  • How are climate changes influencing and transforming university, as an institution, as well as an idea? How should University act in those circumstances? 

We will be working in two workshop groups lead by teams of excellent scholars, performers and activists from Poland and Czech. 

“Finding voices, making choices”. Universities and social change by Linda Kovářová and Joanna Kubicka will focus on the role of the university in social context and possible fields of its social engagements.

University and normativity by Dorota Ogrodzka and Dorota Sosnowska will be a combination of action and reflection, diagnosis and prototyping, critical analysis and creative fantasy, for which the concept of norm and normativity will be the starting point.

Those workshops will be accompanied by collective activities concerning the question of Climate change, ecology and the role of university in facing the global crisis, such as: performative walks through Birds Reserve, films screenings, seminars, making eco-zines etc. 

All our activities will take place in former fortress Josefov which will serve us a starting point and laboratory for our work.


  • Please note, that you will be assigned to the specific workshop group based on your preferences marked in the form, as well as on the number of other applicants.  
  • The number of participants is limited. If the number of applicants is too high, participants will be selected based on the information in the form. 
  • The working language is English. 
  • Participants will receive a pass certificate. 
  • The registration fee is 1000 CZK and covers accommodation, meals and workshop materials. Students of the Institute of Polish Culture UW are exempt from fee. 

Annotation

In the autumn 2018 artistic group Ateliér bez vedoucího (Studio Without Master) presented a manifesto 2000 words in time of Climate Change. Just as their precursors in 1968, artists, together with scholars and scientists, articulated strong reactions and criticism toward current social situation, as well as an urge to take responsibility for the common wealth The title of a new manifesto emphasises principality of environmental issues. Growing activities, such as youth strikes all over the world, protest actions by cultural and academic bodies, governmental decisions etc. reveal global scale of the crisis, and prove struggle for environmental justice to be one of crucial conflict of todays world.

On one hand, it forces us to switch from the particularism, individual strategies of life style, to the question of responsibilities of global players (corporations, states) and universal political strategies of the struggle. On the other hand, complexities of climate crisis, catastrophic visions offuture, and experiences of loss and powerlessness deeply influence individual emotions, feelings, mental health, leading sometimes to resignation, disillusions and depression.

We are observing puzzling situation: we re witnessing the growing number of grassroots movements and initiatives, artistic projects, brave act of civil disobedience, which even more painfully reveal the overwhelming power of the neoliberal order. Despite the struggle, global inequalities, strongly manifested in access to knowledge and education, and in a level of environmental endangerment, are still rising.

At the same time, in many states around the globe educational institutions are subjected to neoliberal reforms transforming them, under the slogans of effectiveness and market applicability, into business corporations. It accelerates inequalities even more and strongly affects models of scientific and scholar work.

In this very moment, facing planetary scale of coming catastrophe we would ask what does University mean today, and what should it be like in the future.

We are inviting you to think, work, and share time together, to take part in seminars, discussions, film screening, urban walks, and bird watching at an experimental temporary University of Josefov.

During six days we will focus on the questions such as: 

  • What is university today, and how can it can contribute to the future?
  • How can we experiment with the university as a medium of politics, aesthetics, and education?
  • How are climate changes influencing and transforming university, as an institution, as well as an idea? How should University act in those circumstances?
  • We will discuss questions of identities and roles of students, academic teachers, researchers; questions of hierarchies, power relations and conflicts within the academy.
  • We will work on issues such as institutional and informal forms of sharing knowledge, material conditions of education, learning and teaching and performative dimension of producing and sharing knowledge
  • We will critically examine paradigms on which contemporary university is based on.

All our activities will take place in former fortress Josefov which will serve us a starting point and laboratory for our work.

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