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Sexuate Subjects: Politics, Poetics, Ethics

For general enquiries about the event please email Dr Peg Rawes. Full registration details will be confirmed by 30 July 2010.

International Conference. UCL, 3-5 December 2010

This international interdisciplinary conference seeks to generate a new theory and practice of subjectivity - 'sexuate subjects' - out of Luce Irigaray's theory of 'sexuate difference' and new poetic and political research in the visual arts, humanities and social sciences. It explores how these positive ethical subjectivities for women and men are constructed through spatial, material and textual feminist poetics and politics. Over 3 days, it invites respondents to examine especially how sexuate subjects (people/disciplines) aid interdisciplinary responses to contemporary global crises of community conflict, social and environmental wellbeing.

Key questions being discussed include:

  • How are political, poetic and ethical issues addressed in feminist/feminine architectural and spatial practice?
  • How can sexuate ecologies and environmental practices inform global sustainability?
  • How can art inform conflict resolution?
  • Why poetry matters in thought, ethical and political life.
  • How can sexuate difference inform the ethics of global education?
  • How can feminist bio-ethics inform approaches to women's and body-rights, fertility and population health?

In particular, Sexuate Subjects will focus on these issues as they are expressed in political, poetic and ethical practice and thought in disciplines including: architecture, art, literature, modern languages, philosophy, the political and social sciences. By examining these complex expressions of our physical and psychic lives through artefact, body, dialogue, image, installation and word, the event will provide a platform of diverse approaches which can hep us build sexuate futures for all. Such approaches will contribute towards developing more nuanced understandings of the diversity of global cultures and their academic and public intersections. International experts form higher education, professional and public realms, as well as young researchers and practitioners, are invited to respond.

Confirmed speakers:

Principal Keynote: Luce Irigaray, Doctor in Philosophy and Director of Research in Philosophy at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientific, Paris

Keynote: Dr Caroline Bergvall, AHRC Fellow in the Creative and Performing Arts, School of Humanities, University of Southampton

Keynote: Professor Elizabeth Grosz, Rutgers University, New Jersey

Keynote: Dr Doina Petrescu, Atelier d-Architecture Autogérée and the University of Sheffield

Professor Katja Grillner, Dr Meike Schalk, Dr Katerina Bonnevier of FATALE, KTH, Stockholm

Dr Gillian Howie, Liverpool University

Professor Mary Rawlinson, Stony Brook University (SUNY)

Dr Margrit Schildrick, Queens University, Belfast

Professor Gail Schwab, Hofstra University, Long Island NY

The Conference is being supported by: UCL's Bartlett School of Architecture Research Fund; the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art/the Department of History of Art; the Department of French; the Slade School of Fine Art, and the UCL Grand Challenge of Intercultural Interaction. Its international collaborators and funders are Hofstra and Stony Brook Universities, The Luce Irigaray Circle and FATALE at KTH Stockholm.

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