Seminar on Contemporary Theory, Creativity, The Earth and Us

Close Reading Session: Still Alive and Already Dead
Rick Dolphijn, 14 February, Utrecht University

Workshop: A Necropolitics of Life
Rosi Braidotti, Rick Dolphijn and Susanne M. Winterling, 21 February, University of Amsterdam

The seminar is aimed at PhD candidates and Research School for Media Studies students! A limited number of artists and practitioners can also apply via Sonic Acts by sending a CV, a short biography and motivation letter outlining why you would like to attend to

Led by Rick Dolphijn, Sonic Acts and the Platform for Posthuman Ecologies and the Contemporary (post)-Humanities (Utrecht University) organise a seminar in collaboration with the Research School for Media Studies (RMeS). It comprises a close reading session, a workshop with prominent guests – among others, Rosi Braidotti and Susanne Winterling – and a Sonic Acts festival visit and intervention, and aims to map some key thoughts that relate to life and death from a posthuman perspective. At the intersection of contemporary philosophy, contemporary art, psychoanalysis and ecology, we convene for a triptych of events that explore the concepts of death and life in different ways. Leaving modernist and anthropocentric oppositions behind us, our aim is to explore how different ideas of death give rise to different forms of life, and how these concepts relate to the organic and the inorganic, to space and time.

The deadline for applications is 1 February. Participants pay a €50 contribution for the seminar. The fee also grants access to the Sonic Acts conference on Friday 22 February.

Production still by Susanne M. Winterling. Courtesy of Studio Winterling and Empty Gallery Hong Kong.