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Rebuilding Our Theoretical & Political Platforms: fall/winter 2017-18 seminars
View of Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Contra Diction (speech against itself) at Kunsthalle St Gallen, 2015. Mixed media. Photo: Stefan Jaggi. Courtesy of the artist
View of Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Contra Diction (speech against itself) at Kunsthalle St Gallen, 2015. Mixed media. Photo: Stefan Jaggi. Courtesy of the artist.

We are very pleased to announce our fall/winter 2017-18 lineup of seminars.
Over the course of the last three years The New Centre’s core instructors, together with other scholars who have joined us for specific projects, have been at the leading edge of new inquiries into the epistemological, ontological, and political consequences of technological transformations. This semester, a number of our Instructors are widening the discussion by offering seminars on the works and legacies of figures such as Paul Virilio and Gilbert Simondon.

The lineup of instructors for the Fall season includes Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Jason Adams, Elie Ayache, Ray Brassier, Levi Bryant, Peli Grietzer, Stefan Heidenreich, Yuk Hui, Katerina Kolozova, Davor Loffler, Alexandra Hedako Mason, Reza Negarestani, Mohammad Salemy, and Tiziana Terranova.

Now entering its fourth year of academic operations, The New Centre has added a number of new Board Members and planned a General Meeting on September 9, 2017. In addition, our Organizers Jason Adams and Mohammad Salemy will be holding a live information session about the activities of The New Centre on September 16. To sign up, please email us at access@thenewcentre.org.

In the last six months, we have updated The New Centre’s online platform, allowing easier access to our content. Our registration system is now fully automated, along with several other features that were previously manual. This update facilitates instant access to educational materials on our platform to newcomers. The next phase of expansion will include new functionalities for our community members, including the ability to organize, publicize, and hold their own events.

Starting with the 2017-18 academic year, The New Centre’s annual program will include three semesters, for Fall, Spring, and Summer. This expansion offers our Certificate Students and Researchers greater flexibility in selecting their courses. We are also introducing a new initiative called Seasonal Intensives, consisting of 3 to 6 credits taken within a single season. These grouped seminars would enable our Researchers who are not enrolled in a Certificate Program to develop a more comprehensive research practice and a shared final project for their seminars. For more information, please visit http://thenewcentre.org/programs/seasonal-intensives.

As part of our Certificate Programs, The New Centre is now offering one-on-one theoretical and practical consultation with our Instructors, on either a mentoring or tutoring basis. Our Researchers and Members can also access these services for an hourly fee. For more information, please visit http://thenewcentre.org/programs/consultation.

Another new initiative at The New Centre is the &&& Journal, which will be published annually to present the result of works conducted in the associated academic years by our Instructors and Certificate Students, as well as selected works by our Researchers and Members. The first volume of &&& Journal will be out in the Spring of 2018 and will contain works by the Certificate Graduates of the 2015, 2016, and 2017 academic years as well as unpublished works by some of our instructors.
This year, The New Centre will be embarking on a joint project with the University of Cologne’s Institute for Art Theory through which Stefan Heidenreich will lead a parallel seminar at both institutions to develop the theory, methodology, and necessary digital platform for a non-curatorial exhibition practice.

The year 2017 has seen an upsurge of interest in our programs and seminars with many new Members, Researchers, and Certificate Students joining the institution. We would like to thank all of our supporters and Friends, without whom we would have not been able to upgrade and expand our activities.

We would also like to congratulate the following Certificate Students for completing their core course requirements: Manuel Correa, Theodore Craig, Christian Crawford, Matthew Donovan, Michael Downs, Daniel Gamez, Jake Hamilton, Robyn Henderson Espinoza, Eyvind Kang, Jessika Kenney, Olivia Leiter, Kevin Mule, Ivan Niccolai, Sam Samiee, Giancarlo Sandoval, Maria Tsylke, and Dillon Votaw.

Join us today by becoming a Member, a Friend, or enrolling in one of our Certificate Programs. To apply in our rolling Certificate Programs please complete this form. All of our seminars are conducted online via Google+ Hangouts, enabling participants to engage with instructors from anywhere in the world. Our Certificate Students automatically become Members of The New Centre and thus receive all members’ benefits, including access to our twelve Re:search Groups, our Writing Centre, our Member Symposia, Reading Groups, and Roundtables, as well as opportunities to publish their research on the &&& platform.
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