In 2016-2017 Anne Mulhall was Artemis A.W. and Martha Joukowsky Postdoctoral Fellow in Comparative Literature at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women at Brown University. She completed a PhD in Comparative Literature (Cultural and Critical Theory focus) at King's College London in December 2015. She has an MA in Comparative Literature from New York University and an MA in Anglo-Irish Literature from University College Dublin, where she also completed her BA in English and Philosophy. Her current work addresses a series of questions surrounding the culture of information, work, and human agency in contemporary European and US thought.
Anne's new book project, "Philosophy, Redemption, and the New Literature of the Office" will address how contemporary literature (French, German, Italian and US) has articulated an urgent new philosophical approach to work. Starting from the hypothesis that the human has become a mere agent in the systems of the knowledge economy, she tries to illuminate how this recent boom in office literature has sought to disrupt casual identifications of work and life. Through descriptions of what she calls ‘metaphysical overflow’, a ‘being-human’ bodily momentum that manifests itself in moments of breakdown, illness, idleness, fatigue, and laughter, this literature, she argues, has offered a redemptive refusal of cybernetic work infrastructures. Her project fuses literary, philosophical and political-theoretical methodologies. This research has so far generated an article for a volume of Modern and Contemporary France, “Work in Crisis” (2017).
Her new work evolved out of her PhD thesis, “Tiqqun and the Event: Literature, Philosophy, Politics”, which examines Tiqqun, a philosophical journal published in France between 1999 and 2001. Drawing on the Kabbalistic teaching of Tikkun Olam (destruction and repair of the world), Tiqqun articulates a philosophical critique of new configurations of capitalism and imperial domination at the dawn of the twenty-first century. Focusing on how the collective (also called Tiqqun) use imaginary figures, or “conceptual personae,” [link 1, p.61-84] as the mouthpieces of their philosophy, the book explores how they create fidelities to a series of political, literary, and artistic “events”. Their unique philosophy of being, she argues, is one that constructs contemporary subjectivity in a relationship with the past, while simultaneously outlining a future shape of resistance that defies both frameworks and demands. Emerging from this work so far is an article on the politics of hospitality, surveillance, and the female urban explorer in millennial spaces (forthcoming with New Formations) andanother exploring Tiqqun’s relationship with the work of James Joyce, currently being revised for James Joyce Quarterly. She is currently revising her PhD manuscript for publication. This year at Brown, she taught a class on the afterlives of 1970s and 80s radical Italian feminisms.
Natalia Savelyeva graduated from Moscow State University in 2007. She subsequently received two Master’s degrees at French University College in Moscow and at the European University at St. Petersburg. Natalia defended her PhD dissertation last spring in the Institute of Sociology, Russian Academy of Science. In 2010 Natalia and her colleagues started the Public Sociology Laboratory – a project which unites young scholars interested in researching protest movements in post-Soviet countries.
Natalia’s research interests are located in several fields. The first field is connected with the problems of protest engagement. As part of the Public Sociology Laboratory team she is involved in the study of the “for fair elections” movement in Russia (2011-2014) and in new practices of local activism that emerged after it. Currently Natalia is working on the question of political representation and collective identity in a movement using the theories of F. Ankersmit, E. Laclau, H. Pitkin. She is also involved in researching the Maidan and Antimaidan movements in Ukraine and the war in Donbass. In these research projects her main focus is on the motives and subjectivities of ordinary people who take part in non-violent as well as armed actions.
The second field of Natalia’s interest is related to the topics of capitalism and new forms of employment. In her dissertation dedicated to direct-sales organizations in Russia, Natalia shows that those organizations represent the paradigmatic example of tendencies described in theories of “a new spirit of capitalism” and “cognitive capitalism”. The main question for the researcher is how distributors became committed to the organizations and their ideology. She explains the nature of that commitment using Foucault’s notion of “care of the self” to show how distributors transform themselves – their minds, habits and bodies – to bring their subjectivity into compliance with the capitalistic ends of the organization.
Oleg Zhuravlev is a researcher at the Public Sociology Laboratory (Russia), which he and his colleagues founded in 2012. He is also a Ph.D candidate at the European University Institute (Italy). He received a Specialist degree from the Institute of Sociology, Russian Academy of Science, and an MA from the European University at St. Petersburg. Oleg studied at the European University Institute (Italy) in 2012-2016. Oleg’s MA thesis was dedicated to the social and political history of Soviet physics and to the protest movement organized by the students of the Department of Physics at Moscow State University in the 1950s. Oleg’s PhD thesis deals with the comparative research of the Ukrainian Euromaidan and Russian “for fair elections” protest movements.
Oleg is interested in various theoretical approaches within the social sciences. Pragmatic sociology including Pierre Bourdieu, Luc Boltanski and Laurent Thevenot is useful in empirical research of structural, processual and network dimensions of everyday life. Theories of political events developed by William Sewell, Marshall Sahlins, and Andrew Abbott allow us to see the role of happenings and ruptures beyond self-reproducing structures and rational human actions. Theories of cultures developed by Robin Wagner-Pacifici, Nina Eliasoph, and Michele Lamont are useful for case studies in a comparative perspective which take into account both social structures and cultural meanings. Finally, post-Marxist theories of discourse and ideology help to put the subject of research in a broad context of social and political struggle.
As a member of an independent research group that consists of researchers, activists and experts, Oleg is also interested in the public and political role of the social sciences. Academic reflection as a tool of political action, public and militant sociology, and expertise based on emirical research are necessary for both society and knowledge production.
We are an interdisciplinary research team investigating the proliferation of competing temporalities within late capitalism, in particular in the European and post-Soviet contexts of labour. Engaging with the recent turn to using the term “financialization” to differentiate a post financial-crisis understanding of capitalism from earlier neoliberal practices and regimes, our team approaches the problem of time and work using three disciplinary perspectives, in a project organized around three chronological motifs. The first of these organizational motifs, “The Transition from the Past,” is a sociological empirically-driven enquiry into the movement from “factory to firm,” using post-Soviet case studies. Next, “The Emerging Present,” a cultural studies investigation, deploys recent literature, film and philosophy to understand changes in perceptions of temporality that may be driven by contemporary networked regimes of labor. Lastly, “Future Projections” is an anthropological study of the production of a future-oriented and time-managed subjectivities in the workplace. One of the most urgent questions for our team is whether these competing temporalities simply reflect or in fact constitute new social orders? Though our early approaches to these questions are distinctly disciplinary, we expect these approaches to be complexified and even supplanted or erased through our everyday communal research and writing practices. The expected outcome is a mixed methodologies investigation that will inaugurate a new interdisciplinary approach to some of the most pressing questions about work and time.
Call for Researchers
We are interested in supplementing our team project with additional researchers
Specifically, we are interested in working with a cultural or labour historian interested in theories of the event and rupture and/or historical experiences of time, a psychologist or cognitive analyst interested in work and time, or an economist who works on the contemporary Russian economy. This call is also open to researchers in any discipline who feel that they can make an important contribution to this project.
If you are interested in either remote collaboration with us or in joining our team at SAS, please, contact us via the team e-mail below. Please, send your CV and a short description of how you see your contribution to the project.
Приглашаем принять участие в конкурсе специалистов в различных дисциплинах (в первую очередь – социологии и антропологии, экономики, кино и медиа, культурных исследований, истории, биологии и информационных технологий), желающих работать на стыке дисциплин и внести свой творческий вклад в дизайн новой научно-образовательной институции.
ТРЕБОВАНИЯ К КАНДИДАТАМ НА ДОЛЖНОСТИ НПР
Активная исследовательская деятельность;
Знание английского языка, позволяющее эффективно участвовать в академической дискуссии;
Демонстрируемая включенность в мировой исследовательский контекст (публикации в международных рецензируемых журналах; опыт обучения, стажировок, преподавания в ведущих университетах; опыт участия в международных исследовательских проектах; включенность исследований в актуальные мировые научные полемики и т.п.);
Способность использовать предметные исследования для развития общетеоретических рамок;
Интерес к преподаванию на уровне бакалавриата и магистратуры в современных форматах;
Научная степень кандидата, доктора наук или PhD; кандидаты со степенью магистра могут участвовать в конкурсе при наличии четких планов по защите диссертации.