WORKSHOP No.3

* CALL FOR PROPOSALS *

‘Interdisciplinarity as Resistance.’

VALAND ACADEMY, UNIVERSITY OF GOTHENBURG, 5-8 June 2019.

Organisers: Rose Parfitt (Kent), Matilda Arvisson (Gothenburg) and Hjalmar Falk (Gothenburg)

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Summary.

The global resurgence of far-right nationalism, in a new context with specific characteristics, has generated new problems for those – scholars, artists and activists – engaged in resisting the effects of this resurgence on minority groups, women and refugees in particular. Against that backdrop, this workshop aims to test out new modes of collaboration, in order to generate more effective responses to such problems. In addition to presenting their work in relation to the project’s central question of how easily those phenomena which fascism celebrates (violence, racism, unbridled expansionism…) become invisible, tolerable, or indeed straightforwardly attractive, the workshop also aims to:  

(1) Enact a shift from the theory to the practice of interdisciplinarity through the creation of non-hierarchical space for cross-teaching, cross-learning and reciprocal research;

(2) Introduce participants to new, at first deeply unfamiliar techniques (from bracelet-shading to critical human rights advocacy), allowing new methods and perspectives to emerge ready wired-in to changing political and technological realities;

(3) Develop a new textual, visual and aural vocabulary that is better equipped to interpret and respond to the normativity/aesthetics of the 'new right';

(4) Engage the wider community in Gothenburg in the development of this vocabulary;

(5) Begin work on the production of a stream of content – in multiple different forms – for a new online review.

If you’d like to be involved, please submit a 300 word proposal to gothenburgworkshop@gmail.com before 1 March 2019. We look forward to hearing from you.

WITH PARTICIPANTS (so far) INCLUDING…

  • London-based visual artist Alicja Rogalska, fresh from a Paradise AIR residency in Tokyo, whose many exhibitions, performances and projects include ‘How to Talk to Fascists’, at Metal in Liverpool; ‘Karaoke Capitalism’ at the Galeria Metropolitana, Santiago; and ‘Gotong Royong. Things We Do Together’ at CCA Ujazdowski, Warsaw.

  • Curator and critical theorist Helena Chávez Mac Gregor, of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México’s Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas and former academic curator at UNAM’s Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo.

  • Barrister Paul Clark (Garden Court Chambers), a founding member of the groundbreaking Global Legal Action Network (GLAN), who recently represented the Libyan Government in two cases before the International Criminal Court, authored a an amicus curiae submission to the Constitutional Court of Colombia concerning the application of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in the context of the potential criminal liability of state military forces.

  • Egyptian cartoonist, scriptwriter, performer and cult satirist Andeel, co-founder of the comics quarterly Tok Tok.

  • Artist, editor and writer Jenifer Evans, co-curator, Taha Belal, of Nile Sunset Annex, an art production and distribution outfit in downtown Cairo which opened soon after the revolution in 2011, and former Culture Editor for the bilingual online newspaper Madr Masr.

  • Scholar of law and technology, cyber-physical systems, AI and surveillance Jake Goldenfein (Swinburne University of Technology), currently a research fellow at Cornell Tech, whose book Monitoring Laws: Surveillance, Automation and Information Law, will be published by Cambridge University Press later this year.

  • New York-based composer, conductor, audio-visual and performance artist and pianist Luciano Chessa - author of Luigi Russolo, Futurist: Noise, Visual Arts, and the Occult (University of California Press, 2012), who recently conducted the New School’s Mannes Orchestra at the Lincoln Centre in the world premiere performance of Julius Eastman's ‘Symphony No. 2’.

  • Roger Reeves (TBC), poet and Associate Professor of English at The University of Texas at Austin, whose first book, King Me (Copper Canyon Press, 2013), won the Larry Levis Reading Prize from Virginia Commonwealth University, the Zacharis Prize from ‘Ploughshares’, and the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award.

  • Mónica A. Jiménez (TBC) is an historian and an assistant professor in the African and African Diaspora Studies Department, whose work explores the intersections of law, race and nationalism in U.S. empire building in Latin America and the Caribbean and whose forthcoming book, American State of Exception, offers a legal history of race and exception in United States empire building centering, in relation to Puerto Rico in particular.