The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting longer – what better time to conjure a monster!
Image description: Ghost Trees in Snow, Wikimedia Commons. Sheila Sund from Salem, United States. Image description: Snowy landscape. Two spruces covered in snow are almost swallowed by a white fog. The fog erases the line between ground and horizon.
December is Monster Writing Month at The Monster Network! We will bring three blog posts that each engage with the interconnections between writing and the monstrous, between creature and created, between words and worlds. Exploring writing as an un/lively process, and text as something that always escapes the control and intent of the author, Monster Writing Month asks what kind of creatures the writer summons – and what creatures summons the writer.
Keep an eye out (and press it back in) for the first blog post on Friday 6 December!
The Monster Network will be keynoting at the ‘Monstrous Ontologies: Politics, Ethics, Materiality’ conference at the University of Roehampton on July 1st. We’ll be presenting on the topic of ‘Collective Voices and the Materialization of Ideas: The Monster as Method’, while experimenting with how ideas might take shape through multiple voices, present absences and poetry.
The can find the programme and more information on the conference’s Facebook page. Register here.
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
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
April is fast approaching, and so is the Weird Ecologies and Storytelling Practices workshop! You can keep up to date with the event on its own website or follow it on Facebook like the monster-stalker we know you are!
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.