“For me thinking is rethinking an old word” (Peter Handke). In the European student protests against Bologna one of the mottos was “We are students, not human capital” – as if young people sought to invoke this old word to resist the university’s subordination to the new economic and bio-political forms of cognitive capitalism, which makes learning (and learning to learn) its main productive force. And perhaps the definition of professors as scholars and as initiators to study (and not as producers or transmitters of useful and commodifiable knowledge) can contribute to combating their progressive precariousness and exploitation.

In this sense, the aim of this seminar is none other than to explore together the power of a disused word to see if it can be of any help both in critiquing the educational institutions of the present and in inventing and sustaining other ways of relating to speech, knowledge and thought so that school can once again be the house of study.

With the collaboration of:
Gerrit Dou, "Astronomer by Candlelight" (c. 1665) Courtesy of the Getty Museum’s Open Content Program


24 AND 25 OCTOBER 2019, from 9 am to 8.00 pm
Convent dels Àngels exhibition space
Prince: Free without prior registration.

Thursday 24 October
9.15 am – 9.30 am:
Welcome, Pablo Martínez and Marta Venceslao.
9.30 am – 10.30 am: “Praise for study”, Jorge Larrosa.
10.30 am – 11.30 am: “Looking at the world as if studying it”, Marina Garcés and Fernando González.
12.30 am – 1.30 pm: “On scholarly reading”, Virginia Trueba and Joan-Carles Mèlich.
4.00 pm – 5.00 pm: “On scholarly life”, Fernando Bárcena.
5.00 pm – 6.00 pm: “On the difficulties of study”, Elena Fraj and Daniel Pajuelo.
7.00 pm – 8.00 pm: “On studying against”, Manuel Delgado.

Friday 25 October
9.30 am - 10.30 am: “From initiation to study”, Marta Venceslao and Luciana Chait.
11.00 am – 12.00 pm: “On the scholarly others”, Pablo Martínez and Ester Jordana.
1.00 pm – 2.00 pm: “On thoughtful study”, Miguel Morey.
3.30 pm – 4.30 pm: “On the scholarly spirit”, Antonio Rodríguez and Diana Suárez.
5.00 pm – 6.00 pm: “Studying between East and West”, Raquel Bouso.

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