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.


Thursday 29 November (at Kunsthall Stavanger)

12.00-13.00: Arrivals and lunch

13.00-13.15: Welcome by The Monster Network

13.15-14.45 – Haunting Bodies (session 1)

Dolly Jørgensen (N), Professor, University of Stavanger and The Environmental Humanities initiative The Greenhouse:  “The Spectre of Extinction: Confronting Ghosts of Past Animals in Museums”

Tove Kjellmark (S), artist. Screening of her video-work Inside

Respondent: Sara Orning (N), post.doc, UiO and member of The Monster Network

14.45-15.15 Break. Coffee & cake

15.15-16.45: Haunting Time (session 2)

Tharaniga Rajah (N), writer. Author of the book Dusk is a long time coming/Det er lenge til skumring (2018), a dystopian speculative fiction about war, colonialism and futures

Astri Dankertsen (N). Associate professor, Nord University: Colonial ghosts: Sámi articulation in an intercultural everyday life.

Respondent: Donna McCormack, (UK) Lecturer, University of Surrey and member of The Monster Network

16.45-17.30 Tour of the exhibition Frail Mighty

17.30 – 18.30: buffet dinner for workshop participants and Kunsthall collaborators

19.00 – 20.30: The Monster Network meets Frail Mighty (open event)

The Monster Network invites you to an open panel discussion together with Kunsthall Stavanger. This panel discussion grapple with issues of vulnerability, bodies and power. Convenor: Aino-Kaisa Koistinen (F), post doc, University of Jyväskylä and member of The Monster Network

After the discussion, it will be possible to visit the exhibition

The event is open for everyone and is free of charge. The event is generously supported by the Nordic Culture point.

Friday 30. November (at UiS, KE-building)

09.00-10.00: morning brew (having an informal start to the day, where people can mingle and (re)trace conversations or start new ones)

10.00-11.30: Haunting humanity: monster talks (Session 4 – Open lecture at the UiS: Kjølv Egelands hus, room KE-164)

10.00-10.45: “Creating a human, creating a self. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.”

Public lecture celebrating 200 years since the publication of Frankenstein’s monster: Siv Frøydis Berg (N) researcher at the Norwegian National library.

10.45-11.30: Panel: why the monster and why now? SI Promises of monsters (Somatechnics Journal) meets SI Manufacturing Monsters (Nordlit Journal, UiT).  Panel conversation between editors of two special issues foregrounding the monster. Convenor: Ingvil Hellstrand (N), associate professor, UiS and member of The Monster Network

11.30-12.30: LUNCH (in Elise Ottesen-Jensens hus, rooms EOJ 376 & 377)

12.30-14.30: Haunting Knowledges (session 5, also in EOJ 376 & 377)

Anne Heith (S) Associate professor, Umeå university: “Clashing Frameworks of Interpretation: Indigenous Cosmovisions and Ontologies Reactivated in the Age of the Anthropocene”.

Marit Victoria Wulff Andreassen (N), artist.

Nazila Kivi (DK), editor, writer and critic: On Witches, Death and Monsters

Respondent: Line Henriksen (DK), creative writer, lecturer at Copenhagen University and member of The Monster Network

14.30-15.00: Tentacular conversations and future projections – summing up and weaving threads

15.00: Departures

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The workshop is organized by The Monster Network and supported by Nordic Culture Point.