Dubrovnik, IUC, May 22-26, 2017

Faced with the current moral collapse in dealing with migrations prompted by terror, with the supposed “importation of terror” by (im)migrants, with actual terrorist attacks and their various performative modes (cfr. Bharucha, 2014), as well as with the justification for anti-terrorist measures that thrive on more subtle and less visible forms of terrorizing, we propose a radical response of love. From minimal gestures of solidarity and help via instances of loving encounters resisting fear-inducing interests, to counter–hegemonic discourses, and, if possible, alternative platforms, love needs to be valued and reconceptualized not only in terms of the forms it can take, but also in terms of the so far unsurpassed challenges it needs to live up to.

The topic does, however, imply a reverse perspective as well, one that explores the uncomfortable interpenetrations of the two phenomena and their sexual or gendered aspects in particular: the abuses of romantic, conjugal, religious, literary or theoretical exaltations of love to the point of terror, or in the service of terror. One of the dearest philosophical topics, from Plato via Kierkegaard to Irigaray, Bruckner and Badiou, love is also one of the most insistently compromised words and ideals. Given the escapist connotations this concept can induce among all those unwilling to confront daily injustice or dreaming about a withdrawal from turbulent public spaces into the private domain, it is timely to interrogate the various terrorizing manipulations of the discourse of/on love, regardless of the field in which they thrive or the epoch they stem from. We invite transnational feminist reflections on these issues, as well as interventions that would present and/or envisage a range of practices, decisions, actions, critical and artistic approaches to the states, effects, and expressions of love and terror.

We welcome proposals for papers, but we are also open to round tables, performance-lectures, or other alternative formats and methodologies of sharing knowledge. Proposals might consider some of the following issues:

— love, terror and the politics of discourse in verbal, visual, and performance texts,      both past and present
— love and terror, sharing and scaring as main forces for modelling virtual narrative communities
— love and terror in religious discourses in relation to gender ideologies and practices
gendered narratives of politics, war and domination
— compassion as an “emotion in operation” (Berlant) politics of solidarity and geopolitical realities
— reflections on the moral, political, and economic responsibility entailed in the act of witnessing suffering
— the use of ordinary and extraordinary terror, as well as the figures of terror, in maintaining or challenging gender orders
— private and public lives / private and public loves – politicization of emotional relationships and family relations
— crimes of passion and honour killings
— ethnography of terror in public discourses, mass and social media
— terror(ism): sublimity of the act of terror, the politicality of its effects
— intimacy with the ‘terrorist’: on dreams, fantasies and fears.


Course co-directors:

Lada Čale Feldman, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia, lcfeldma@ffzg.hr
Francesca Maria Gabrielli, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia, fmgabrie@ffzg.hr
Silvana Carotenuto, Università degli studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”, Italy, silcarot@gmail.com
Elissa Helms, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, Helmse@ceu.edu
Sandra Prlenda, Centre for Women’s Studies, Zagreb, Croatia, sandra.prlenda@zenstud.hr
Renata Jambrešić Kirin, Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research, Zagreb, Croatia, renata@ief.hr
Durre Ahmed, Centre for the Study of Gender and Culture, Lahore, Pakistan,  durresahmed@gmail.com



IUC courses are conducted at postgraduate level. All interested postgraduate students may apply to participate, although the course targets young scholars and postgraduate students with a defined interest in women’s/gender studies, transnational studies, philosophy, sociology, literary and cultural studies, postcolonialism, or anthropology. The course will be limited to 25 participants (15 students) in order to provide sufficient space for discussion, seminar work and student presentations. Participants must seek funding from their own institutions for the costs of travel, lodging and meals. Limited financial support is available for participants from parts of Eastern Europe and some third countries (please see http://www.iuc.hr/iuc-support.php). The IUC requires a payment of 50 EUR for the Course fee. The working language of the course is English.


Application Procedure:

Please submit a proposal consisting of a short narrative describing your interest in the topic and your CV. Place all current contact information at the top of your CV. Send submissions by e-mail to fmgabrie@ffzg.hr (Francesca Maria Gabrielli) and international@zenstud.hr. Use the subject: IUC Dubrovnik 2016.
The proposal deadline is January, 20th, 2017.