Conference "Gilbert Simondon: Ecological, aesthetic and technological modes of existence"
15 – 16 October 2021, Time Zone: Central European Summer Time
The conference will be held virtually. All contributions will be in English.
Please register here.
Gilbert Simondon is known as a philosopher of technology. Yet in his principal book on that subject he reflects on the "entire genesis implicating man and the world of which the genesis of technicity is perhaps only a small part" (MEOT 168). His book Individuation in Light of Notions of Form and Information (1958), recently translated into English, reveals him in turn as a philosopher of nature. In lecture courses, Simondon reflects on further topics such as aesthetics and psychology of perception, imagination and invention. The challenge is to show to what extent Simondon’s theories – of technology, nature and culture – are interrelated.
The conference aims to study the interconnections between the different aspects of Simondon’s philosophy – the various "modes of existence" to which he devoted considerable reflection. Its basic premise is the one that Simondon himself can be seen to have accepted as essential, that technology and its development are not an independent reality but encounter science and ethics, religious and aesthetic thought within a regulative system that Simondon names "Culture". Cultural objects fulfil the double role of mediating the relation between human beings and their natural as well as social milieu.
Simondon sees a role for philosophy in thinking the imbrication of these different modes of existence and fostering mutual exchange and communication between them. How can we think the relation between ecological, technological and aesthetic modes of existence? In what ways are they distinct in terms of structures and operations? In what ways are they engaged in a form of co-evolution? How might it be possible to reduce the fragmentation of human knowledge and experience and foster integration, in particular the reintegration of technical developments into cultural understanding?
The conference brings together international scholars from various disciplines to discuss Simondon’s thought and its relevance today in the light of possible "symbiotic" forms of ecological, aesthetic and technological modes of existence.
Anne Sauvagnargues (University of Paris, Ouest Nanterre La Défense)
Daniela Voss (University of Hildesheim, Germany)
Andrea Bardin – Oxford Brookes University
Yuk Hui – City University of Hong Kong
Cécile Malaspina – King's College London
Heike Delitz – Otto-Friedrich University Bamberg
Olivier Del Fabbro – ETH Zurich
Anne Lefebvre – ENS Paris-Saclay
Jean-Hugues Barthélémy – Paris-Nanterre University
Anne Sauvagnargues – Paris-Nanterre University
Daniela Voss – University of Hildesheim
Annual Conference 2021
November 4 – 6th, 2021
For more information on the annual conference, click here.
Feministische Wissenschaftskritik über den Weg des Körpers.
Feminist critique of science (The event will be held in German)
A practical workshop with Sunny Graff
29.11.-30.11.2021, Monday13.00-17.00, Tuesday 9.00-14.00 (Aula, Domäne)
The workshop is aimed at female academic staff, lecturers, female professors at the University of Hildesheim (approx. 15 participants possible).
Registration until 30.10.21 with Ben Steppath (<email@example.com>)
Workshop "Wittgenstein's Exercises: Aesthetic and Ethical Transformations"
15 - 16 July 2021
This workshop aims to investigate Wittgenstein’s philosophical practices as exercises. It explores their simultaneously aesthetic and ethical dimension, so as to uncover their transformative potential for and within ordinary social practices, conceived of as a weave of trained, embodied practices and techniques.
Anna Boncompagni (University of California, Irvine)
Anne-Marie-Christensen (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)
Logi Gunnarsson (University of Potsdam, Germany)
Andreas Hetzel (University of Hildesheim, Germany)
Oskari Kuusela (University of East Anglia, UK)
Beth Savickey (University of Winnipeg, Canada)
Davide Sparti (University of Siena, Italy)
Katrin Wille (University of Hildesheim, Germany)
"Body Politics In The Exhibition Context"
April – September 2021
- (Interactive) Lectures
Clémentine Deliss, Antje Géra, Fanny Hauser, Viktor Neumann, Alice Peragine, Megan Tamati-Quenell, Kathy-Ann Tan, Alice Wilke und Emma Wolf-Haugh
Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven auf Praxistheorie(n)
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Practice Theory(s) (The event will be held in German)
Online Roundtable Discussion (via Zoom)
Guests: Sophia Prinz und Hilmar Schäfer
"Widening Aesthetic Discourse – Postcolonial and Global Perspectives"
Online Roundtable Discussions
DFG Research Training Group "Aesthetic Practice", DFG Koselleck Project "Histories of Philosophy in a Global Perspective", Center for World Music
Interested? Please contact: GRK2477@uni-hildesheim.de
Over the past decades, postcolonial and global perspectives have significantly widened and rearranged aesthetic discourses. Cultural and philosophical theory is trying to keep pace with aesthetic practices, that have ceased to obey Eurocentric constrictions long ago. Thereby, a postcolonial view carries the potential not only for a rereading of the history of aesthetic practices. It also brings the political dimension of aesthetic practice and theory of aesthetics in the present to the fore. Based on postcolonial perspectivation, different layers and aspects of globalized discourses on art and aesthetics can be made accessible for analysis in novel ways.
These questions are addressed from different angles in three online roundtable discussions: Michaela Ott and Ivo Ritzer will discuss "dividuation" and "composite cultures" from the point of view of Africa-focused media studies. Monica Juneja and Christian Utz will talk about the possibility of a global history and historiography of visual arts and music. Simon Gikandi and Ruth Sonderegger will engage in an intellectual exchange on the connectedness of colonialism and the emergence of aesthetic discourses in 17th- and 18th-century Europe.
Thursday, 16:00 – 18:00 h (CET) (online, BigBlueButton)
Postcolonial constellations in contemporary arts and aesthetics
Invited Guests: Michaela Ott (Professor of Aesthetic Theories, Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg) and Ivo Ritzer (Professor of Comparative Media Studies, University of Bayreuth)
Globalization of art history and music history in the course of the 20th century
Invited Guests: Monica Juneja (Professor of Global Art History, University of Heidelberg) and Christian Utz (Professor of Music Theory / Music Analysis at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz)
Colonialism and aesthetics
Invited Guests: Simon Gikandi (Robert Schirmer Professor of English, Princeton University) and Ruth Sonderegger (Professor of Philosophy and Aesthetic Theory, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna)
"Think Practice!" - Interdisciplinary lecture series
The lecture will be held digitally!
Lecture series in the course catalog LSF
The lecture series "Think Practice!" deals with the question of how practice is talked about and thought about in different disciplines. To this end, renowned representatives from a whole range of disciplines have been invited to present their respective understanding of practice. The lecture series will include lectures from the fields of education, art history, cultural studies, philosophy, political science, psycholinguistics, and sociology. These lectures will deal with the meaning of practice in the context of the respective discipline.
"Participation - Body - an Action: Dimensions of Aesthetic Practice"
1. annual conference of the Research Training Group 2477
13.-15.02.2020, Kulturcampus Domäne Marienburg, Hohes Haus, Aula
Speakers (external guests): Prof. Dr. Thomas Alkemeyer, Prof. Dr. Kathrin Busch, Dr. Adam Czirak, Dr. Azadeh Sharifi, Prof. Dr. Kerstin Stakemeier
"Embodied Practices between Phenomenology and Performance Studies"
Scientific theory and practical experience workshop in combination with the Augmented-Reality-Installation "Conspiracy Archives"
06.-07.12.2019, Kulturcampus Domäne Marienburg, Hohes Haus, Aula
Participants (external guests): Prof. Susan Kozel PhD, Jun.-Prof. Dr. Michela Summa, Margret Sara Guðjónsdóttir (Installation, choreography und practical experience exercise)
"Professional wrestling in theory and practice."
Scientific Workshop with theory and practical experience
28.-29.11.2019, Kulturcampus Domäne Marienburg, Burgtheater
"Aesthetic practice. A Research Training Group introduces itself"
Events forming part of the anniversary week of the cultural studies
25.10.2019, 13:00 bis 15:00 Uhr, Kulturcampus Domäne Marienburg
Speakers (Graduates of the Training Group): Dr. Lucilla Guidi, Marie-Charlotte Simons, Salvatore Calabrese, Tobias Wittchen.
Lectures at the workshop "Event and Agency" with Gernot Böhme, Dieter Mersch and Rainer Winter
Thursday, July 4th, 2019
Andreas Hetzel (Hildesheim) Welcome and introduction
Gernot Böhme (Darmstadt) The atmosphere of pictures
Jens Roselt (Hildesheim) Welcome and introduction
Dieter Mersch (Zürich) Artificial and Artistic Intelligence - On the critique of the algorithmization of creativity
Friday, July 5th, 2019
Andreas Hetzel (Hildesheim) Welcome and introduction
Rainer Winter (Klagenfurt) Power, obstinacy and the emergence of the political
Venue: University of Hildesheim, Kulturcampus Domäne Marienburg, Domänenstrasse 1, Hohes Haus/Aula (Hs 50/302)