Transmission: Fall 2016



Beyond the Sun: Tools for recomposing the STS universe

Science and Technology Studies is but one of the many permeable frames in which humans are reconceptualizing their relationship to life and how we come to know it. Across a spectrum of embodied and mediated experiences, humans are shifting their stance on foundations that once seemed enduring, including the very definition of “human”.

As life on earth becomes a more vulnerable and collective endeavor, we cannot avoid being interested in what it will mean to know in the future, especially when it clearly must no longer mean to judge. What is to be done whenradical ideas of the past solidify into canons of knowledge that now seem ill-fitting? Who among us has not experienced pedagogy as a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde affair, caught between outdated practices and exhilarating potential?

Join us this fall as we explore radical approaches to research that attempt to re-make knowledge as creative acts of sensory, conceptual, and technical complexity. 

About the sessions: All meetings take place at the Graduate Center Bar. We encourage participants to read, watch, or listen to all of the selections for each session. Of course, there isn’t always enough time in the day. If that happens, feel free to focus on a smaller selection, and to share your thoughts about it within the broader discussion. All readings will be provided. Audiovisual materials are either free to view online, or available with your Brown login.

Session One:  From partial connections among indigenous worlds

Wednesday, October 5th, 6:30 pm @ GCB

1 - Chris Marker, Sans Soleil (Film, 1983).

2 - Isabelle Stengers, “Experimenting with Refrains: Subjectivity and the Challenge of Escaping Modern Dualism.” (Essay, 2008).

3 - Marisol de la Cadena, Earth Beings: Ecologies of Practice Across Andean Worlds (Book selection, 2015).

4 - Doreen Reid Nakamarra, (Painting, 2007).

Session Two: To the end of the world as we know it

Wednesday, November 2nd, 6:30 pm @ GCB

1 - Anna Tsing, The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins (Book selection, 2015).

2 - Simone Hancox, “The Performativity of Ice and Global Ecologies in Olafur Eliasson’s ‘Your Waste of Time’” (Essay, 2013).

3 - Karen Barad, “Posthumanist Performativity: Toward an Understanding of How Matter Comes to Matter” (Essay, 2003).

4 - Sandy McLeod, Seeds of Time: Saving Our Food Supply in the Face of Climate Change (Film, 2014).

Session Three: Sensing the body inside this body

Friday, November 18th, 6:30 pm @ GCB

1 - Steven Brown, “The Theatre of Measurement: Michel Serres” (Essay, 2005).

2 - Michel Serres, “Visit” in The Five Senses: A Philosophy of Mingled Bodies (Book selection, 2005).

3 - Jonathan Glazer and Walter Campbell, Under the Skin, (Film, 2013). Note: This film is only available to purchase or rent.
We will arrange a home screening for those who are interested.

4 - Hans-Jörg Rheinberger in conversation with Michael Schwab, “Forming and Being Informed” in Experimental Systems: Future Knowledge in Artistic Research (Essay, 2013).

Session Four: To travel round the sun, into the Afrofuture

Wednesday, December 7th, 6:30 pm @ GCB

1 - Sue-Ellen Case, “Sun Ra: Pharoah From Outer Space” in Performing Science and the Virtual (Book section, 2007).

2 - Sun Ra, Space is the Place (Film clip, 1974), or whole film here.

3 - Sun Ra, Lecture at Berkeley (Recording, 1971); Detroit Black Press Interview (Recording, circa 1970).

Bonus: Check out Chimurenga’s Pan African Space Station! (Streaming audio).

For more information or to RSVP for any of the meetings, please contact [email protected]