Jonathan Bate – ‘Song of the Earth’ – (July 16th 5:15pm)

Great news! The Contemporary Theory group is set to continue for the next three weeks of July, and will instead break through August to resume in September. Next week on the 16th of July we will be reading the first chapter ‘Going, Going’ in Jonathan Bate’s ‘Song of the Earth’. In ‘Song of the Earth’ … Continue reading “Jonathan Bate – ‘Song of the Earth’ – (July 16th 5:15pm)”

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Weekly Writing Sessions (Summer 2019)

Weekly Writing Sessions July-August 2019, University of Birmingham Centre for Digital Cultures Vicki Williams is organising a series of writing sessions throughout the summer, for PGRs in the Centre for Digital Cultures. The sessions will provide an informal setting to share and discuss ideas, whilst coming with set tasks and putting time aside for writing. … Continue reading “Weekly Writing Sessions (Summer 2019)”

3 July 2019 by

Oxana Timofeeva – ‘The History of Animals: A Philosophy’ – (30/7/19)

For our last session until September, we will be looking at selections from Oxana Timofeeva’s ‘The History of Animals: A Philosophy’. In an original and inspiring work, Oxana Timofeeva provides an ambitious response to what in philosophy has been called the ‘Animal Question’. Specifically, what is the status of the animal in philosophy? Or, why … Continue reading “Oxana Timofeeva – ‘The History of Animals: A Philosophy’ – (30/7/19)”

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Kodwo Eshun – ‘Further Considerations on Afrofuturism’ (23/7/19)

This week we will be looking at Kodwo Eshun’s ‘Further Considerations of Afrofuturism’. As a philosophical and aesthetic movement examining the effects of the African Diaspora through technoculture and science fiction, Afrofuturism is both historical and rebellious. Taking the long view of history, its authors imagine possible futures that stem from diasporic experiences. Eshun’s daring … Continue reading “Kodwo Eshun – ‘Further Considerations on Afrofuturism’ (23/7/19)”

17 July 2019 by

Rebekah Sheldon Form/Matter/Chora – July 9th 5:15pm

For the final session of our six week schedule we will be reading Rebekah Sheldon’s ‘Form/Matter/Chora: Object-Oriented Ontology and Feminist New Materialism’ from the Nonhuman Turn. This session hopes to tie up some of the themes explored over the course of the previous weeks by engaging with Sheldon’s exploration of a ‘newly emergent realism in … Continue reading “Rebekah Sheldon Form/Matter/Chora – July 9th 5:15pm”

2 July 2019 by

Aria Dean, Blacceleration – July 2nd 5:15pm

This week we will be looking at Aria Dean’s ‘Notes on Blacceleration’. An alternative to right and left accelerationisms, blaccelerationism is a portmanteau of black and accelerationism which suggests that ‘accelerationism always already exists in the territory of blackness, whether it knows it or not – and conversely blackness is always already accelerationist.’ Aria Dean’s … Continue reading “Aria Dean, Blacceleration – July 2nd 5:15pm”

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