SUMMER SCHOOL
23-29 July 2018
Tyumen
WHY
ILLUMINATIONS?
It is important for us to see and acknowledge co-possibilities and blurriness within every concept, reminiscent of the twinkling lighting of a fluorescent lamp, where the shadow is closest to the source of light. We are looking for co-existences rather than conflict and exclusivity. 

However, instead of following the common wisdom which accepts multiple points of views, we aim at their cross-breeding and hybridization. If only because most of the lines of thought we are developing stem from the same crises – of disciplines and of thinking more generally. Inorganic life, materiality, illusory being, otherness and “other” kinds of causality.

Strange, weird and eerie things that surround us: oil, electricity, nuclear mushroom clouds or home equipment - all of them are capable of building a new ontology of forces around them. We will aim to introduce these things into new modes of existence.

By calling our projects Illuminations, we are inspired by the appearance of light. Every point of light creates a liminal, blurred space, like in chiaroscuro art, in which a co-existence may become possible, even if simly a coexistence of the bright and the dark. This complex relationship is increasingly becoming a crucial/key element in contemporary ontologies.

SPEAKERS
Andrew Culp
Faculty member aesthetics and politics, California Institut of arts. PhD 2013 University Ohio. Books: Dark Deleuze.
Dylan Trigg
Associate professor of the department philosophy of the Vienna University, PhD at the University of Sussex. Books: The Memory of Place: a Phenomenology of the Uncanny (2012); The Thing: a Phenomenology of Horror (2014); Topophobia: a Phenomenology of Anxiety (2016).
Andrey Rodin
Philosopher, senior researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Author of the Axiomatic Method and Category Theory (2014). Interests: philosophy of mathematics and science.
Polina Khanova
Tutor in the Moscow State University. Author and translator in the Logos journal.
IGOR MIKHAILOV
SERGEY KOVALEV
BRENDAN LARVOR
Peli GRITTER
BEN WOODARD
EUGENII BLINOV
ALEXANDER WITOSHYNSKY
KSENIA MAYOROVA
NIKOLAI SSORIN-CHAIKOV
LAYA SOTO
LUCAS LEI
JANNE KORMINA
ALEXEI YURCHAK
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PARTICIPATE
The school’s doors are open for all; your academic position, citation index, relevance of a research topic are of no major importance. We take on board no more than 10 participants for each track. We introduce this limit due to comfortable group sessions. An overall number of participants is 30 persons. 

How does the admission process work?


We do not follow formal criteria but review the essays. A participant should send an essay which can be written in English or in Russian. Any photo- video- audio-materials are permitted; literacy and writing style are not decisive for the final review but welcome. The essay should contain no more than 1300 words.

A theme of the essay should reflect each course’s agenda. The additional criteria for each track are specified in corresponding courses info. Review will be executed by curators of a relevant track and involved speakers.
Fluent English is required for participation. We do not ask for any certificates but take notice that major part of events during the school will be delivered in English.

An application deadline:


1 July 2018
LIVING
CONDITIONS
Before submitting
please ensure your essay is attached
to the application form
transfer
from
Tyumen
to school’s
location
meal
two-, three-
and four-bed
rooms
To participate
Independent “tracks”
of the School
Dark Ontologies: Riddles in the Dark
This track is dedicated to several branches of contemporary philosophy — pessimism, dark ecology, and dark vitalism, the legacy of Gaston Bachelard, Gilles Deleuze, Walter Benjamin. The common feature of thematic diversity is its orientation towards opacity and destabilization of steady ontologies.

This track proposes consistent consideration of the question of reason. Following Deleuze’s text "What is grounding?", participants will investigate and open up new aspects of this conundrum.

Essay requirements
The main criterion is the quality of your research and novelty in the usage of concepts. We are equally delighted to receive essays which compare different concepts, positions, logics, or perspectives, as well as to receive texts posing a unique problem.
Academic criteria and solemnity of style are inessential for us. We appreciate the problem’s decree as much as its solution.

Neorationalism and the New Mathematical Models
The course is dedicated to the modern paradigm of thought called neorationalism and exemplified by the writings of Ray Brassier, Reza Negarestani and Peter Wolfendale. It explores the developments in the contemporary analytic and pragmatist philosophical traditions as tools and possibilities to redefine ontological and epistemological questions that dominated the XXth century. The course will also focus on such topics as foundations of mathematics, topology, and axiomatic systems. These topics will provide substantial background for discussions on practical issues, be it Artificial General Intelligence or formal epistemology.

Essay requirements
Due to the course’s thematic overlook, a particular interest in neorationalism and contemporary mathematics is encouraged. Topics ranging from data analysis, theoretical aspects of artificial intelligence to history and philosophy of mathematics are all welcome.
Knowledge of analytical and pragmatist schools of philosophy is not required as well as the formal knowledge of mathematics, yet any expertise in these areas will increase your chances of writing a successful essay for this course.
The central topic of the essay should coincide with the course’s. The grade of the essays will depend on original and novel ideas expressed by the author as well as logical and rhetorical strictness. 

LABOUR, POLITICS, AND TIME IN CONTEMPORARY CAPITALISM
This track is dedicated to political economy’s concerns as — broadly speaking — theoretical investigation of interrelationships between economy and politics, labour and political action. From ancient times politics and economy, public action and labour have been considered as separated spheres of human activity; after World War II this partitioning has firmly settled within the intellectual division of labour’s structure with the advent of the "economy" as formal and technocratic study. We resort to political economy along our track and it’s not just an attempt to reanimate previously pushed back scientific approach. Our concern is to reopen the "economy" as an object of philosophical reflection  and political action and political economy as an all-embracing social theory
Essay requirements
The essays should be devoted to the reconstruction of a historical argument (e.g. an argument against Marx’ value theory, genealogy of a concept (e.g. to analyze the usage of the concept "virtue" by Marx and Virno), comparative analysis of different theoretical approaches to Marx’ conceptual model (e.g. how it is done by political marxism or autonomism), or to an analysis of any example (it can come from popular culture, current agenda, or from a research project) while using concepts of (post-)marxist theory. The essay should be related to the track’s agenda. Applicants are free to use any source for their essays. There may occur a theoretical exchange between Benjamin Buchloh and Immanuel Wallerstein since their dialogue is productive and formulates new problems.

 Essay requirements:
- structure/organization of an argument;
- relevance of posed problems;
- quality and originality;
- consistent argumentation;
- clarity of narration;
- spectrum of cited works. 

SCHOOL
PROGRAM
Dark Ontologies
Neorationalism
Labour, Politics and Time
DAY 1
DAY 2
DAY 3
DAY 4
DAY 5
DAY 6
An array of events: dark ecology
and new materialism
A parallel program of the school for every track’s participants: anyone can attend these events.

Open talks and round tables will be devoted to following themes:
- Materiality and Ontology of Oil and Energy;
- Anthropocene and Humanity as an ecological factor;
- Ecological catastrophe and extinction of humanity.

We also provide educational courses which are devoted to problems of teaching of contemporary philosophy and social theory.

Speakers from The New Center for Research Practice (Jason Adams, Mohammad Salemy, Jaya Klara Brekke and Patricia Reed) will deliver a lecture on Machinic Democracy: Speculative Governance on a Planetary Scale.

PARTNERS