Posts Tagged ‘Isabelle Stengers’

Video of Isabelle Stengers’ keynote in Halifax

9 March 2012

On “Cosmopolitics: Learning to Think with Sciences, Peoples and Natures,” Halifax, Canada, March 5 , 2012. Thanks to dmf for the link. More details here.

Isabelle Stengers on progress

20 February 2012

Isabelle Stengers visits Halifax, Canada for a series of conversations as part of the “To See Where it Takes Us” series during March 5-9, 2012. Her keynote will be streamed live.

Professor Stengers’ keynote address will examine sciences and the consequences of what has been called progress. Is it possible to reclaim modern practices, to have them actively taking into account what they felt entitled to ignore in the name of progress? Or else, can they learn to “think with” instead of define and judge?

Metaphysics and Things

24 September 2010

Check out the conference website for the Fourth International Conference of the Whitehead Research Project, entitled “Metaphysics and Things: New Forms of Speculative Thought,” at Claremont Graduate University on 2-4 December 2010.

“This conference will provide the opportunity to identify and work through shared elements and problems, which have been developed by those working in the philosophies of A. N. Whitehead and Gilles Deleuze, Actor-Network-Theory, and Speculative Realism. The extensive work of Isabelle Stengers in its relation to Whitehead and Deleuze could be seen as indicative of the milieu which contemporary thought inhabits and the problems it is addressing. The importance of this major re-conceptualization of the demand for a renewed interrogation of the inter-relation of metaphysics and things is also evident in the work of Bruno Latour who has often discussed the importance of the work of both Whitehead and Stengers for his re-description of objects in terms of associations and networks. Speculative Realism has, recently, developed approaches to such questions which have a tensile but productive relationship with the concepts and approaches raised by Whitehead, Stengers, and Latour. This conference will include participants who are influential in all of these fields and its overall aim is to provide an open forum to further these important debates and to produce new modes of thought.”

Confirmed conference participants include:

  • Isabelle Stengers (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
  • Donna Haraway (University of California at Santa Cruz)
  • Ian Bogost (The Georgia Institute of Technology)
  • James J. Bono (University at Buffalo)
  • James Bradley (University of Newfoundland)
  • Nathan Brown (UC Davis)
  • Levi Bryant (Collin College)
  • Didier Debaise (Max Planck Institute, Berlin)
  • Roland Faber (Claremont Graduate University)
  • Andrew Goffey (Middlesex University)
  • Michael Halewood (University of Essex)
  • Graham Harman (American University in Cairo)
  • Judith Jones (Fordham University)
  • Steven Shaviro (Wayne State University)

Middlesex letter

6 May 2010

Letter in Times Higher Education, signed by Alain Badiou, Etienne Balibar, Judith Butler, Maxine Elliot, Jacques Ranciere, Gayatri Spivak, Slavoj Zizek and 24 others:

“We the undersigned deplore Middlesex University’s recent decision to close its philosophy programmes, including its prestigious and successful MAs. This is a matter of national and indeed international concern. Not only does it contradict Middlesex’s stated commitment to promote ‘research excellence’, it also represents a startling stage in the impoverishment of philosophy provision in the UK.” Read the rest here.

Add your voice by leaving your comment at the Times Higher Education articles, signing the petition and joining the Facebook group.

Times Higher Education articles:

Update: Times Higher Education have now published the full list of signatories. A very impressive list indeed, featuring leading philosophers of our time. If Dean Edward Esche at Middlesex is not familiar with these names, perhaps the Vice-Chancellor, members of the University Executive, and its Board of Governors should do a little Google search for these names just to get an idea of the damage they are causing to the Middlesex brand.

Here is the full list (from Times Higher Education):

Keith Ansell-Pearson, professor of philosophy, University of Warwick

Alain Badiou, emeritus professor of philosophy, École Normale Supérieure, Paris

Etienne Balibar, emeritus professor of philosophy, Université de Paris-Nanterre, and distinguished professor of humanities, University of California, Irvine

Miguel Beistegui, professor of philosophy, University of Warwick

Andrew Benjamin, professor of critical theory and philosophical aesthetics, Monash University, Australia

Andrew Bowie, professor of philosophy and German, Royal Holloway, University of London

Judith Butler, Maxine Elliot professor of rhetoric and comparative literature, University of California, Berkeley

Susan Buck-Morss, Jan Rock Zubrow professor of government, Cornell University, New York

Barbara Cassin, directeur de recherches, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris

Simon Critchley, professor of philosophy and chair of the philosophy department, New School for Social Research, New York

Christopher Fynsk, professor of comparative literature and modern thought, and director of the Centre for Modern Thought, University of Aberdeen

Simon Glendinning, reader in European philosophy, London School of Economics, and director of the Forum for European Philosophy

Boris Groys, professor of Slavic and Russian studies, New York University

Michael Hardt, professor of literature, Duke University, NC

Harry Harootunian, emeritus professor of history, Chicago and New York universities

Joanna Hodge, professor of philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University

Claude Imbert, emeritus professor of philosophy, École Normale Supérieure, Paris

Mandy Merck, professor of media arts, Royal Holloway, University of London

Dermot Moran, professor of philosophy, University College Dublin

Michael Moriarty FBA, centenary professor of French literature and thought, Queen Mary, University of London

Antonio Negri, philosopher and political scientist

Jacques Rancière, emeritus professor of philosophy, Université de Paris VIII

Kristin Ross, professor of comparative literature, New York University

Lynne Segal, anniversary professor, psychosocial studies, Birkbeck, University of London

Peter Sloterdijk, rektor der Staatlichen Hochschule für Gestaltung, Karlsruhe

Gayatri Spivak, university professor in the humanities, Columbia University, New York

Isabelle Stengers, professor of philosophy, Université Libre de Bruxelles

Peter Weibel, chairman and CEO, ZKM/Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe

James Williams, professor of European philosophy, University of Dundee

Slavoj Zizek, co-director of the International Centre for Humanities, School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London


19 January 2010

Richard Grusin’s account of Bruno Latour’s talk, chaired by Isabelle Stengers, at “The Large, The Small, and the Human Mind” conference last week, as part of the Swiss Biennial on Science, Technics + Aesthetics in Lucerne.

The Large, the Small and the Human Mind

14 July 2009

“The Large, the Small and the Human Mind:” a highly interdisciplinary two-day conference at the New Gallery Lucerne, as part of the Swiss Biennial on Science, Technics + Aesthetics, bringing together scientists, sociologists, philosophers, ecologists, writers, artists, and policy-makers to discuss various theories of everything, among others with Bruno Latour as keynote speaker, Isabelle Stengers as chairperson, and Peter Weibel as panel discussion leader, on 16-17 January 2010. (Hat tip to Jess).

Comparative Relativism Colloquium

7 January 2009

Please see the following announcement for the Comparative Relativism colloquium to be held at the IT-University of Copenhagen on 3-4 September 2009. Key note speakers include Barbara Herrnstein Smith (Brown University & Duke University), Isabelle Stengers (The Free University of Brussels), Marilyn Strathern (Cambridge University) and Eduardo Viveiros de Castro (Museo Nacional, Rio de Janeiro). Pre-register here (max. 100  participants on first-come, first serve basis). PhD students can also sign up for short intensive discussion sessions with one of the keynote speakers.

This workshop puts in conjunction the two unlikely terms “comparison” and “relativism.” On the one hand, comparison, in the most general sense, involves the investigation of different contexts in order to elucidate their similarities and differences. Relativism, on the other hand, often involves the assumption that contexts exhibit radically different, incomparable or incommensurable traits. Thus comparative studies are required to treat their subjects alike, by providing general and external measures by which can be established what is shared and not between cultures or practices. Relativism, however, indicates the limits of this stance, by suggesting that the observation of the similar and the different depends on an outside position from which comparison can be made. And, of course, relativism is sceptical of the possibility to establish such an outside position. (more…)

Intentional Objects for Non-Humans from Toulouse

21 December 2008

Toulouse was hopping this autumn. Hot on the heals of the “Performativity as Politics” conference in October another interesting gathering took place in Toulouse between 17-19 November 2008. It was the Pour une approche non-anthropologique de la subjectivité conference that among others included speakers such as Isabelle Stengers, Quentin Meillassoux and Graham Harman.

The text of Graham Harman’s talk, “Intentional Objects for Non-Humans,” is available for direct download as a PDF from here (if you want to read the abstract first, click here).


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