Anime, Medieval civilization and economic society


From 13th of November until 29th of December 2017, a series of public lectures will be held at the School of Advanced Studies. We invite everyone to attend! Lectures are conducted in English.


    Duskin DRUM

    This open lecture course is devoted to the selected Japanese anime and manga to examine contemporary issues in ecology and technology. In a world of global climate change, genetic engineering, industrial materials, cyborgs, robots, and other sentient non-humans, Japanese anime and manga offer intriguing, creepy, and enjoyable ways to introduce and examine pertinent issues in ecological critique, and science and technology studies. Along with watching selected anime films and shows, we will discuss issues in ecological critique and science and technology studies. The class will explore issues and themes like global warming, extinction, bioethics, anthropomorphism, becoming animal, becoming machine, and other human nonhuman relations - both technological and biological, augmentation and alteration.

    Every Monday and Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.


    Peter JONES

    Between the years 500 and 1500, Western Europe experienced a period of exuberant creativity, breathtaking invention, and radical intellectual and political change. Kingdoms rose and fell, poets agonized over courtly love, thousands of knights fought and died in epic crusades, and scholars debated the nature of God at the world’s first universities. Introducing this foundational epoch in the history of the West, this open lecture series will explore the core medieval ideas and institutions that, for better or worse, helped make Europe into what it is today. At the same time, we will also investigate the radically different answers medieval people had to the fundamental questions of human existence. Through a series of interactive lectures we will scrutinize a wide range of texts and images, from autobiographies and confessional poems to gothic sculptures and fantastical maps. Together, while unearthing the surprising intellectual universe of an ancient culture, we will also probe its continuities and ruptures with the world we inhabit now.

    Every Tuesday and Thursday from 7 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.


    Anil ABA

    In order to make sense of contemporary societies, we need to give a serious consideration of the history of ideas and societies. The total economic problem faced by societies, throughout the history, has been 1) what to produce, 2) how to produce, 3) for whom to produce, and 4) how to distribute the output. Free market capitalism, today, offers one, but not the only one, set of solutions to this economic problem. Alternative solutions, such as tradition and command, have existed and continue to exist at certain degrees. The objective of this seminar is to reveal and discuss the social forces around material production and distribution that have gradually created the modern economic world in which we live. Following the works of Robert Heilbroner and William Millberg, we will lay down the main tenets of different economic systems —such as slavery, feudalism, and capitalism— which allows students to rethink economic development, the effectiveness of unregulated markets, the role of the government, the world poverty, and the global imbalances. After studying the dynamics of the Great Depression, the Golden Age of Capitalism, and the Great Recession from a historical perspective, we will close the term by discussing the current economic issues and the possibilities awaiting our world.

    Every Monday and Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.