Schedule, fall 2016
Time: Tuesdays at 10.15-12.00
Venue: ENG 3-2028
Papers will be made available one week in advance.
English is default seminar language
Tuesday September 20, at 10.15-12.00, ENG 3-2028
Theme: HUMOR, 1st seminar: Bakhtin and Douglas
Readings: Mikhail Bakhtin (2008/1965) Rabelais and His World; Mary Douglas (1968) “The Social Control of Cognition: Some Factors in Joke Perception”
Tuesday October 4, at 10.15-12.00, ENG 3-2028
Theme: HUMOR, 2nd seminar: Bergson
Readings: Henri Bergson (2007/1900) Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic.
Tuesday October 18, at 10.15-12.00, ENG 3-2028
On the motivations behind and ideas leading up to Open Stellenbosch and the broader South African student uprisings in 2015
Mohammad Shabangu, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Reading: to be announced.
Tuesday October 25, at 10.15-12.00, venue ENG 3-2028
Theme: HUMOR, 3rd seminar: Freud
Readings: Sigmund Freud (1989) Jokes and their relation to the unconscious; Sigmund Freud (1927) “Humour“.
Tuesday November 1, at 10.15-12.00, ENG 3-2028
Theme: HUMOR, 4th seminar: Critchley
Readings: Simon Critchley (2002) On Humour.
Tuesday November 15, at 10.15-12.00, venue ENG 3-2028
Theme: HUMOR, 5th seminar: Obadare and Mbembe
Readings: Obadare (2009) The Uses of Ridicule: humour, ‘Infrapolitics’ and Civil Society in Nigeria. Mbembe (1992) Provisional Notes on the Postcolony.
Tuesday November 22, at 10.15-12.00, ENG 2-0022 (please note the change of venue).
The Paradox of Obedience: Political Authority in an Inverted World
Hedvig Ördén, Department of Political Science, Stockholm University.
Reading: The Paradox of Obedience: Political Authority in an Inverted World