Radical Methodologies for the Posthumanities
This seminar will focus on some of the radical methodologies that are questioning the established disciplinary forms, methods and practices of the humanities. It will explore how these emergent methodologies are finding ways of moving beyond the humanist emphasis in the humanities on the individualized creative human author, originality, intellectual property, the fixed and finished object, writing and the book.
In doing so this seminar will provide a space for thinking further about the distributed, heterogeneous, humans, nonhumans, objects and non-anthropomorphic elements that are collectively involved in the creation, circulation and performance of ‘humanities’ research and scholarship. To provide just one example, in the case of an ink on paper and card book, this would take in most obviously its publishers, editors, peer-reviewers, designers, copyeditors, proofreaders, printers, publicists, marketers, distributors, retailers, purchasers and readers. But it would also embrace all the other ‘multiple connections and lines of interaction that necessarily connect the text to its many “outsides”’ (Rosi Braidotti): those concerning the labour involved (e.g. that of the agency workers, packers and so-called ‘ambassadors’ in Amazon’s warehouses), the financial investments made, the shipping and container costs, the environmental impact, the resources used, the plants, dyes, oils, petroleum distillates, salts, compounds, pigments and so on.
In the dynamic ‘meshwork’ (Tim Ingold) of ‘intra-actions’ (Karen Barad) between the human, the animal, the environment and technology that constitutes the University in the 21st century (including all the associated software, code, data and algorithms, their physical supports and material substrates: wires, chips, circuits, disks, drives, networks, airwaves, electrical charges etc.), who or what is it exactly that produces knowledge and that can know? What does the use of networked digital media, devices and platforms mean for our methods and the way we carry out research? How do they constitute and mediate its means of production and communication? And if knowledge and research are the result of complex processes involving both human and non-human objects and actants, what does this mean for politics and ethics? In short, how can we perform knowledge-making practices differently, to the point where we actually begin to take on (rather than take for granted, repress or ignore) the implications of the posthuman for how we live, work and act as academics and researchers? What can the humanities become in all these entangled constellations?
Lesley Gourlay (Institute of Education – UCL)
Lesley Gourlay is a Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Literacies & Director of Academic Writing at the Institute of Education (UCL). her background is in Applied Linguistics, and her research interests include academic literacies, trajectories of staff and students, internationalisation and widening participation in HE, and the implications of digital mediation for the contemporary university. She is also interested in developing pedagogic models of writing development in Higher Education, and in uses of writing in the curriculum.
Iris van der Tuin (Utrecht University)
Iris van der Tuin is associate professor of liberal arts and sciences at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Recent publications are Generational Feminism: New Materialist Introduction to a Generative Approach (Lexington Books, 2015), The Subject of Rosi Braidotti: Politics and Concepts edited with B. Blaagaard (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014) and New Materialism: Interviews and Cartographies with R. Dolphijn (Open Humanities Press, 2012).
Monika Bakke (Adam Mickiewicz University)
Monika Bakke is associate professor of philosophy at the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland. She writes on contemporary art and aesthetics, with a particular focus on posthumanist, gender and cross-cultural perspectives. The author of two books: Bio-transfigurations: Art and Aesthetics of Posthumanism (2010, in Polish) and Open Body (2000, in Polish), co-author of Pleroma: Art in Search of Fullness (1998), and editor of Australian Aboriginal Aesthetics (2004, in Polish), Going Aerial: Air, Art, Architecture (2006) and The Life od Air: Dwelling, Communicating, Manipulating (2011). Since 2001 she has been an editor of the Polish cultural journal Czas Kultury (Time of Culture).
Niamh Moore (University of Edinburgh)
Niamh Moore is a Chancellor’s Fellow in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh, where her work is centrally concerned with re-visioning an ecofeminist politics of sustainability. Her background is in interdisciplinary feminist studies and she works across many fields – the social sciences and the humanities, as well as involving peace camps, allotments and an LGBT youth group. She has a forthcoming book: The Changing Nature of Eco/feminist Politics: Telling Stories from Clayoquot Sound, Vancouver: UBC Press, April 2015.
Venue and Date
Monday March 9th
Ellen Terry Building, Room 130 (ET130)
CV1 5RW Coventry
When & Where
The Centre for Disruptive Media
Disruptive Media is a term we have adapted from business where a disruptive media technology is one ‘that helps create a new market and value network, and eventually goes on to disrupt an existing market and value network’
The Centre for Disruptive Media is looking to meet the challenge of such digital technologies:
1) by studying and researching disruptive digital technologies.
2) by experimenting with the development and use of disruptive digital media, including open source, open access, open data and open education resources, augmented reality, mobile and geolocative media.
3) by disrupting and displacing the existing market by creating and exploring new economic models and new economies.