The Figure of the Migrant and the Becoming-University

CHEF lunch talk by Ryan Gildersleeve, University of Denver, United States.

11.07.2018 | CHEF

Dato tor 20 sep
Tid 12:00 13:00
Sted CUDiM, Aarhus University, Building 1483, Room 656. Video-link to DPU, Emdrup, room D120.

Tentative abstract

In order to theorize a becoming-student for a future of the university, it is necessary to theorize an ontology of that student as well as an ontological foundation of the conditions through which the student might be produced. To these ends, I draw from Thomas Nail’s Figure of the Migrant and his kinopolitical framework (politics of movement) to conceptualize a becoming-student that can exercise power in shifting and shaping the future university. Working Nail’s migrant into the becoming-university provides an opportunity to theorize new modes of change and participation for new notions of students as higher education confronts and responds to radical social changes. The politics of movement provide a set-shift in thinking and potentially powerful disruption to the place-bound stasis upon which most universities were founded. I thread the figure of the migrant into the current conditions of the university in order to theorize a becoming-student based upon such a politics of movement.