The European Doctoral Seminar in Culture, Criticism and Creativity
London, Copenhagen, Berlin, Leiden, Amsterdam, Paris, Lisbon
The Graduate School,
Goldsmiths, University of London.
Richard Hoggart Building
New Cross, London SE14 6NW
25-26 February 2016
Theories countering anthropocentrism have been on the rise in recent years. Criticisms of “correlationist” thinking and the range of speculative, post-human, and non-human agencies proposed with those arguments, have enacted an “ontological turn” beginning from matter/objects itself/themselves. Yet this has left the question of the researcher's subjectivity ambiguous. Notions of embodied or situated knowledges sit uncomfortably amongst these trends where a divestment of human subjectivity can be observed. As we approach our research objects, we continue to find that knowing and research are, as Gillian Rose has noted, “a messy business”: we are inevitably party to what Karen Barad terms “onto-epistemology”, the entangled nature of knowing and being, where the investigation is preceded by embodied encounters. Tendencies transgressing anthropocentrism often valorise scientific objectivity and the embodied position of enunciation (“I research XYZ”) is underplayed. One consequence of this is that the unmarked (male, white) subject is reaffirmed, whilst the marked (female, queer, post-colonial) subject sees continued erasure. Reflexive methods of research are endorsed in contemporary theory as a way of accounting for the researcher's own perspectives and positions and how these effect how knowledge is constructed. Yet Trinh T. Minh-ha, Donna Haraway and Karen Barad propose that reflexivity is insufficient as it implies mirroring an objective world back to a stable subject. Instead, they have theorised a diffractive methodology predicated on difference, which ultimately destabilizes the researcher's fixed position and depicts embodied, partial, messy knowing as heterogeneous which leaves neither researcher nor researched untouched by the process.
The 2016 Goldsmiths Seminar will explore the persisting role of the embodied situatedness of the researcher. If we acknowledge the researcher, the tools, methods and the “research object” to be active and entangled agents, temporal and spatial becomings, we can think how, rather than re-affirming a grounded, knowing subject, research which intimately engages with its material and discursive conditions might be involved in producing new subjectivities, epistemologies and temporalities.
Thursday 25 February 2016.
Richard Hoggart Building, room 343
10.00 Arrival, tea and coffee
10.15-10.30 Welcome – Derval Tubridy, Dean of the Graduate School, Goldsmiths
10.30-11.00 Introduction by organising committee:
Annie Goh, Neda Genova, Louise Rondel, Jon Shaw, Andrea Mason (Goldsmiths)
11.00-13.00 Panel 1: Ethics and Politics of Participation Moderator: Helen Carr (Goldsmiths)
Rasmus Holmboe (University of Copenhagen) - The very different and yet complementary economies of listening and participation
Emma Winston (Goldsmiths, University of London) - A Declaration of Openness: intersectionality, idealism, and the politics of gentleness in early-stage research
Søren Rasmussen (Aarhus University) - What constitutes a design event?
14.00-16.00 Panel 2: Resistance and Capture
Moderator: Frederik Tygstrup (Copenhagen)
CJ Atkinson (Goldsmiths, University of London) - “Existing without being authorized to exist”: fighting for and against legitimacy
Manuel Ángel Macía (Goldsmiths, University of London) - Homeostatic capture
Dina Campos Lopes (Catholic University of Portugal) - Imagineering Women in Contemporary Portuguese Cinema – a feminist perspective.
17.00-19.00 Industry Now! London and Experimental Art Spaces: A talk by artists and Filet Gallery directors Rut Blees Luxemburg and Uta Kogelsberger RHB 137A
How can an experimental art space function in London today?
Friday 26 February 2016
Richard Hoggart Building, room 150
10.30 Arrival, tea and coffee
11.00-13.00 Reading group led by Jon Shaw and Neda Genova (Goldsmiths).
Suely Rolnik and Félix Guattari (2007) Molecular Revolution in Brazil (Chapers 1 and 5)
Donna Haraway (1992) Otherworldly conversations; terran topics; local terms, Science as Culture.
13.00-14.00 Lunch including visit to exhibition Migrating Dreams and Nightmares: Materials and Movement (Kingsway Corridor, RHB).
14.00-16.00 Panel 3: Thinking-Doing Methods
Moderator: Pepita Hesselberth (Leiden)
Sigrid Holmwood (Goldsmiths, University of London) - Re-enactment as research method
Ana Dinger (Catholic University of Portugal) - Working as much with as about: a report on the emergence of a dissertation that takes its ‘object’ as methodological approach
Daniela Lazoroska (University of Copenhagen) – The bullet that eats and the urban anthropophagous