Virtual workshop with theorist and practitioner Btihaj Ajana

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A virtual workshop with theorist and practitioner Btihaj Ajana, hosted by the Indeterminacy Project, University of Dundee

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The Burst of Surprise: Indeterminacy and the Viral Politics of Covid-19

The global crisis ushered by the spread of coronavirus has induced a rupture in the neoliberal order. Covid-19 is emblematic of how nature can act as a sovereign disturbing the world order and erupting into radical unknowability. The situation, no doubt, forces a rethinking of knowledge and of the political nature of the future and its indeterminacy. For so long the dominant articulation of politics has been the ‘techno-economical organization’ or ‘making operational’ of our world (Nancy). Yet ‘events’ like Covid-19 challenge the workability of neoliberal politics, creating a space for re-imagining the political as open futurity. In the workshop we will examine the technosocial operations that have been put to work as a response to Covid-19: tracking apps and facial recognition techniques that have been mobilised to ‘determine’ the indeterminacy of the disease, critically reflecting on their design and the ethical questions they raise. We will also explore alternative ways of thinking and imagining a post-Covid-19 world and the role of in(determinacy) in shaping such imaginary.

This workshop is limited to 30 participants.

Btihaj Ajana is a theorist and practitioner. She is Reader in the Department of Digital Humanities, King's College, London. Her academic work is interdisciplinary in nature, spanning areas of digital culture, media praxis, and biopolitics. She is the author of Governing through Biometrics: The Biopolitics of Identity (Palgrave, 2013) and editor of Self-Tracking: Empirical and Philosophical Investigations (Springer, 2018) and Metric Culture: Ontologies of self-tracking practices (Emerald, 2018). Her new project is concerned with the politics of immunity in the context of Covid-19.

This workshop will be preceded by Beyond Resolution: Impossible Image, with Rosa Menkman, and followed by artist/theorist talks by Rosa Menkman and Btihaj Ajana.

https://indeterminacy.ac.uk/

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