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CTPE 810-714: Violence, Atrocity & Justice (Michael J. Shapiro w/ Cécile Winter)

Kendall College of Art and Design 17 Fountain St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI, USA

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will run in the afternoons alongside the "Badiou on Badiou" course (which occurs in the mornings), and is also being held at Kendall College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The focus of this course is on war crimes, atrocity, and justice, and the reading will be taken from the various chapters of Prof. Shapiro's in-press book manuscript and an essay draft from a forthcoming anthology. There will be some required reading in addition (novels and stories), and much of the course will be based on films, which he will show in class. The rest of the introduction to the course is taken from a draft of Prof. Shapiro's book preface: "My inquiry into war crimes, atrocities, and justice in this book mobilizes political and philosophical concepts and deploys them on global spaces, forces, and events, primarily (but not exclusively) as they are articulated through artistic texts. I focus on such texts because aesthetically-oriented approaches to life worlds provoke critical thinking. They 'destabilize the epistemic ground;' their 'heteroglossia' (clash of centrifugal voices, in the case of literature, and montage of images, in the case of cinema) challenges the unreflective protocols of official and institutionalized sense making; and, crucially for my investigations, they evince a 'literary justice,' which in contrast with 'legal justice,' keeps issues open and available for continuous reflection rather than imposing definitive judgments." In addition to the main themes and activities of this course, on Wednesday, July 16, Cécile Winter will present a lecture entitled "Africa as the Violent Center of all Contemporary Contradictions."

PLEASE NOTE: This CTPE 810-level mini-course is available both as a standalone introductory course for the general public and as a non-required elective course which counts towards elective credits needed for all diploma-seeking GCAS students. It is also available as a standalone course for junior faculty members seeking professional development opportunities, as well as the general public or non-credit seeking students, without any additional requirements.

INSTRUCTORS: Michael J. Shapiro w/ Cecile Winter

COST: $200 in-person / $100 online (to sign up/pay for courses, click “Find Tickets")

DATES: July 14-17 (Mon-Thur 2:30-5:00 PM EST)

MEDIUM: Google Hangouts on Air + Facebook Groups: https://www.facebook.com/groups/violenceatrocityandjustice/


Mon, Tues, Thurs (2:30-5:00 PM EST) “Violence, Atrocity
& Justice” w/ Michael J. Shapiro + Weds: 2:30-5:00 PM: “Africa as the Violent Center of all Contemporary Contradictions ” w/ Cecile Winter

Fri (2-4:00 PM EST): Roundtable on Philosophy & Politics w/ A. Badiou, C. Winter, M. Shapiro, A. Hussain, C. Davis & J. Adams (Available to all who pay for either or both seminar series)


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