Monster Talks 2: Weird ecologies and storytelling practices

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Why are stories important? And how can weird and speculative stories contribute to change how we perceive the world that we live in and surround ourselves by? This monster talk addresses storytelling practices as creative processes, but also as political, ecological and ethical passions. Listen to Finnish writers of speculative fiction, Johanna Sinisalo and Laura Gustafsson in conversation with Ingvil Hellstrand from The Monster Network and the Network for Gender Studies at UiS. The talk is a recording from a public event in Telakka Bar, Tampere, Finland, as part of The Monster Network workshop series Monsters, Myth and Media: Nordic stories of belonging and Otherness (Funded by Nordic Culture Point).

Monster Talks is a podcast series that explores the figure of the monster and the monstrous as an important thinking tool for addressing dynamics of power, inclusion and exclusion, discrimination and violence. The podcast is produced by The Monster Network in collaboration with Network for Gender Studies at UiS. All episodes are available from the podcast’s website at UiS.

 

 

 

 

 

Creative writing workshop with Nina Lykke: ‘Writing the Posthuman …’

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Friday 5 April you can join Nina Lykke’s creative writing workshop ‘Writing the Posthuman …’ at the Weird Ecologies and Storytelling Practices seminar in Tampere!

The workshop will introduce you to ways of writing the posthuman other – in terms

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Sea Algae on Estuary Rogue River. Creative Commons Licence.

of writing from embodied subject positions which might seem unfamiliar, ”alien” to the traditional outlook of the human ”I”. What does it for example mean to write from the position of an algae? a bush of heather? a cat? a stone? Or???? Against the background of some of my own poetic texts, and reflections on posthuman phenomenology, I will pose questions around modes, meanings and eco-ethics of writing from posthuman subject positions and from an ontology of vibrant and spirited matter (Bennett 2010, Anzaldua 2015). Moreover, I will invite you to do some writing exercizes prompting you to experiment with poetic explorations of transcorporeal touching, and to share and discuss your texts with each other.

Nina Lykke, Dr. Phil., Professor Emerita, Gender Studies, Linköping University, Sweden. Has for over four decades contributed to the building of Feminist Studies in Europe, Denmark and Sweden, in particular. Co-founder of Queer Death Studies Network, and Network for Ecocritical-Decolonial Research. Current research: queering of cancer, death, and mourning in queerfeminist materialist, posthuman, decolonial and eco-critical perspectives; autophenomenographic and poetic writing. Some recent publications, related to creative and autophenomengraphic writing: Writing Academic Texts Differently (Routledge, New York 2014); Queer Widowhood, Lambda Nordica 2015: 4; When death cuts apart, in: Juvonen & Kohlemainen: Affective Inequalities in Intimate Relationships. Routledge, New York 2018

Register for the workshop and the rest of the Weird Ecologies and Storytelling Practices seminar here.

Find the complete Weird Ecologies and Storytelling Practices programme here

Weird Ecologies: new website for the upcoming event!

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The seminar explores the ethics and politics of storytelling, especially in regards to telling stories about nature and ‘the Other’. Issues addressed are, for example, how we may think critically about shifting biotechnological landscapes, environmental change and the very notion of “nature” as specific, but also potentially changing, storytelling practices.

Contributors to the seminar are scholars and artists working with questions of embodiment, vulnerability, human–non-human relations, eco-criticism, activism, and embodied storytelling practices. We invite participants to engage directly with academic and artistic practices in order to explore ways in which to imagine livable presents/futures in the midst of cultural anxieties concerning human extinction and the end of the world.

Confirmed speakers: The Monster Network, author Johanna Sinisalo, Dr. Toni Lahtinen (University of Tampere), and author Laura Gustafsson.
Writing workshop with Professor Emerita Nina Lykke.

The seminar is free of charge (dinner, lunches and coffees are free for registered participants and invited guests). The language of the event is English.

Organised by the Monster Network and the project ‘Environmental Risks, Dystopias and Myths in Contemporary Literature’. In collaboration with The Ecocritical Network for Scandinavian Studies (ENSCAN). Funded by Nordic Culture Point.

Find the preliminary programme and register on the event’s website.

Monster Talks 1: Why the monster and why now?

In 2018, we have seen worldwide celebrations Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, where the monster in many ways has become a symbol for the monstrous, the unwanted and the not-quite human. However, Christian Beyer from Tromsø, the Arctic University of Norway, Dr. Line Henriksen from the University of Copenhagen and Dr. Siv Frøydis Berg from the Norwegian National Library have all embraced the monster as an important and highly relevant figure to keep thinking with. What is it about the monster that continues to draw our attention?

Monster Talks is a podcast series that explores the figure of the monster and the monstrous as an important thinking tool for addressing dynamics of power, inclusion and exclusion, discrimination and violence. The podcast is produced by The Monster Network in collaboration with Network for Gender Studies at UiS.

Recorded by NettOp, UiS.

Final programme: Haunted Humanity

Haunted Humanity: Workshop by The Monster Network

Thursday November 29  – Friday November 30 at Stavanger Kunsthall and The University of Stavanger (UiS)

In light of so-called migratory challenges and increasing nationalism in the Nordic countries, this workshop critically engages with ongoing debates about exclusion and inclusion through the ideas surrounding monsters, ghosts and haunting. The workshop explores not only important historical contexts for how monsters emerged as justifications for discrimination and violence, but also the monstrous Others as figures that haunt the foundations of the very idea of humanity, and what it means to be human today.

The workshop is supported by the Nordic Culture point and is free of charge. Continue reading “Final programme: Haunted Humanity”

Haunted Humanity: programme

 

Haunted Humanity: Workshop by The Monster Network

Thursday November 29  – Friday November 30 at Stavanger Kunsthall and The University of Stavanger (UiS)

In light of so-called migratory challenges and increasing nationalism in the Nordic countries, this workshop critically engages with ongoing debates about exclusion and inclusion through the ideas surrounding monsters, ghosts and haunting. The workshop explores not only important historical contexts for how monsters emerged as justifications for discrimination and violence, but also the monstrous Others as figures that haunt the foundations of the very idea of humanity, and what it means to be human today.

To participate, email ingvil.f.hellstrand@uis.no before November 7st. The workshop is supported by the Nordic Culture point and is free of charge.

Program: Continue reading “Haunted Humanity: programme”