Education Program

18-22 August 2014

Critical Theory Beyond Negativity: the Ethics, Politics and Aesthetics of Affirmation

Running from 18 August till 22 August 2014, this is an intensive summer course convened and taught by Prof. Rosi Braidotti and an interdisciplinary team of co-teachers, including Dr. Iris van der Tuin and Maria Hlavajova.

The intensive course Critical Theory Beyond Negativity: the Ethics, Politics and Aesthetics of Affirmation explores critical theory in the tradition of Continental philosophy, with special reference to the works of philosophers Gilles Deleuze, Luce Irigaray, Henri Bergson, and Rosi Braidotti. The course offers an introduction to contemporary critical debates on the function of “the negative” in the construction of subjects and of their epistemic and ethical values. Starting from an assumption that we are in the midst a “posthuman turn,” the course explores different aspects of posthuman subjectivity and stresses the productive potential of the posthuman condition, advocating for the politics of affirmation.

Suggestions from the archive

Education Program

15 March–01 April 2021

Course: Art as Politics [rerun]

Due to popular demand, BAK Public Studies offers yet another rerun of the online course Art as Politics, taking place on the following dates: 15, 18, 22, 25, 29 March & 1 April 2021. This digital extension of BAK Public Studies, taught by Maria Hlavajova, is prompted by the urgency to continue collective thinking through, learning about, and imagining critical, politically-informed artistic practices that grasp—and intervene into—the present.
Deadline applications: 3 March. Deadline feewaivers: 23 February.

Assembly and Public Forum

Collaboration and Open call

03 December 2020–30 January 2021

Manifesting Systemic Change through Creative Waves

A collaborative open call by Stichting Nederland Wordt Beter, The Black Archives/New Urban Collective, Black Queer & Trans Resistance NL, Kick Out Zwarte Piet (KOZP) and BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, for artists and writers to manifest the Manifesting Systemic Change Through Creative Waves manifesto.

Conversation

16 December 2020, 19.00-21.00

Practicing Tactical Solidarities II: A Roundtable on Mutual Aid, Emergency, and Continuous Care

This locally-focused second edition of Practicing Tactical Solidarities: A Roundtable on Mutual Aid, Emergency, and Continuous Care features artists, organizers, and activists working in Utrecht, many of whom are current BAK Fellows. While addressing changing needs and urgencies in the protracted pandemic reality and its overlapping and related crises, the conversation contends with tactics and lessons in creating mutual aid networks, lasting support systems, and emergency care.