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.

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”

Save the dates!

Image description: 10-15 people are covered by a large, beige/pink sheet, their heads or other limbs sticking up to make a large, many-bodied blob. In front of the blob are three school desks with paper, pens and water bottles. To the right, sunlight is coming through a window.

We’re scheming, and we want you to be part of our plans! Due to a generous grant from the Nordic Culture Point, the Monster Network will be organizing two workshops:

  • Haunted Humanity in Stavanger, Norway on 29-30 November 2018.
  • Weird Ecologies in Tampere, Finland on 4-5 April 2019.

We will soon update this website with more information about the workshops, so keep peeling those eyeballs!

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