Flying University of Transnational Humanities (FUTH) is an annual summer school and year-round online forum for researchers and graduate students interested in the transnational paradigm of humanistic inquiry. FUTH takes its name and immediate inspiration from Poland’s Flying University, an underground institution which offered an alternative education outside the remit of state control and government censorship. FUTH is particularly concerned with developing critical understandings that are resistant to the ideological and ideational hegemony of the nation-state and the epistemological and hermeneutic conventions that support it. FUTH consists of lectures/seminars where renowned scholars from partner and other institutions are invited to share their ideas as well as graduate sessions with feedback from the speakers. All lectures, seminars and presentations are held in English. For the initial three years (2010–2012), the overarching theme of FUTH is ‘borders.’ With the 1st FUTH successfully completed in 2010, we are now gearing ourselves up for the 2nd FUTH in 2011. Under the subheading of ‘Border-crossing Self,’ we hope to gather diverse research and knowledge on border-related (cross-border or bordering) issues such as migration, ethnicity, language, citizenship and gender and open up a forum for discussions on the (un)making of trans/national self.
The event will be held June 25-29 at Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea. Lectures/Seminars: “Translation – a border crossing or a border making experience?” (Boris Buden, European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies, Vienna) “Viapolitics: How might we bring vehicles, roads and other material objects into the study of migration politics?” (William Walters, Carleton University) “Closing, Opening and Re-Closing of Borders: A Space-Time Perspective” (David Newman, Ben Gurion University) “Border as a Method: Movements and struggles of migration in a globalizing world” (Sandro Mezzadra, University of Bologna) “Border-crossing Intelligentsias in the Cold War Era: South Korean and Polish dissidents in the crossfire” (Jie-Hyun Lim, Hanyang University) Other speakers include Naoki Sakai (Cornell University) and Gauri Viswanathan (Columbia University).