Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Planetary Poetics Workshop

6:00 pm, 21 September 2017 to 8:00 pm, 23 September 2017

Paul Klee Moonshine

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IAS Common Ground, Ground Floor, South Wing, Wilkins Building

We are pleased to share an invitation to this workshop on the theme of 'Planetary Poetics'. To be held from 21-23 September 2017 in collaboration with the Sydney Environment Institute, University of Sydney. This three-day event will investigate the paradigm of the planetary, understood variously in terms of aesthetics, affectivity, geophysical systems, political community, materiality, and technology. Over the course of the three days we will be hosting several panels, talks, screenings and an exciting programme of public events.

Planetary Poetics brings together a group of specialists from different disciplines to debate and consider a variety of critical, theoretical and creative approaches to the idea of the 'planetary', exploring the nonhuman, the post-human and humanism; singularity, the universal and the limits of cosmopolitical thought; animal studies and ecocriticism; affect, new materialism and the politics of representation; 'nature', earthly finitude and speculative realism. Each of these themes addresses planetary (and extra planetary) narratives, imaginations, experiences and worldings, and their relationships with the fractal figure of the human. Throughout the poetic and the aesthetic will be explored as means through which to engage with, dramatize and produce new knowledge about our relationship to the planetary.

Register for the Keynote Lecture here.

Register for the workshop sessions here

Register for the premiere of Village Versus Empire (2016) here

Confirmed Speakers: Andrew Barry (Department of Geography, UCL), Rosi Braidotti (Utrecht University and Distinguished Visiting Researcher at the IAS), Ute Eickelkamp (Sydney Environment Institute), Ann Elias (Sydney Environment Institute), Briony Fer (History of Art, UCL), Tamar Garb (History of Art and the Institute of Advanced Studies, UCL), Haidy Geismar (Centre for Digital Anthropology, UCL),  Jennifer Hamilton (Sydney Environment Institute), Rye Holmboe (History of Art, UCL), Tariq Jazeel (Department of Geography, UCL) David Jeevendrampillai (Institute of Advanced Studies, UCL),  Julia Jordan (Department of English, UCL), Iain McCalman (Sydney Environment Institute), Cat Moir (Sydney Environment Institute), Florian Mussgnug (School of European Languages, Culture and Society, UCL), Astrida Neimanis (Sydney Environment Institute), Mignon Nixon (History of Art, UCL), Killian Quigley (Sydney Environment Institute), Peg Rawes (The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL), Jennifer Robinson (Department of Geography, UCL), Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen (The School of European Languages & Culture, UCL) Kirsten Wehner (Sydney Environment Institute), and Vron Ware (School of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Kingston University).

Workshop programme here

List of abstracts here

For more information please contact Jennifer Shearman (j.shearman@ucl.ac.uk). 


IAS Common Ground, Ground Floor, South Wing, Wilkins Building