11 Oct 2023 | 'Rethinking Crises' Forum
Author of 'Another Science is Possible: A Manifesto for Slow Science' (2018)
Workshop with Isabelle Stengers (Professor Emerita of Philosophy, Université Libre de Bruxelles)
'In Catastrophic Times: Resisting the Coming Barbarism' (2015)
Date: Wednesday, 11th October 2023
Venue: HI Seminar Room (H204 / top floor)
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Isabelle Stengers is a Belgian philosopher, noted for her contribution to the philosophy of science. Stengers has authored and co-authored more than twenty-five books and two hundred articles, exploring science as a diverse and independent system that, through specific practices and processes, helps shape truths instead of rediscovering preexisting ones. In the 1970s and 1980s, she worked with Nobel Prize recipient Ilya Prigogine, with whom she wrote La nouvelle alliance (1979), Order Out of Chaos: Man’s New Dialogue with Nature (1984) and The End of Certainty: Time, Chaos and the New Laws of Nature (1997). Her book Cosmopolitics (2010, 2011), a sweeping critique of the role and authority of modern science in contemporary society, won the Ludwik Flek Prize in 2013. Her interests include chaos theory, the history of science, the popularization of the sciences, and the contested status of hypnosis as a legitimate form of psychotherapy. She is professor emerita of philosophy at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, and her work is related to the philosophy of Deleuze, Whitehead and James, as well as to the anthropology of Latour and the SF thinking adventure of Haraway. In her book In Catastrophic Times: Resisting the Coming Barbarism (2015), Stengers reminds us of our human responsibility of surviving without sinking into barbarism, and of resisting the threat of impotence in a time of panic.
PLEASE NOTE: Workshop participants are strongly encouraged to have read In Catastrophic Times: Resisting the Coming Barbarism in preparation of the workshop.
In Catastrophic Times: Resisting the Coming Barbarism
17 Oct 2023 | RIA Discourse Series
Professor Anders Olsson: 'The Nobel Prize and the idea of the universal'
Date: Tuesday, 17th October, 2023
Venue: Royal Irish Academy
Professor Anders Olsson, Chair of the Nobel Committee, The Swedish Academy, will explore the universal aims of the Nobel Prize in Literature in his upcoming lecture in the RIA Discourse Series.
Professor Anne Fuchs, MRIA, FBA, Director of the UCD Humanities Institute, is the respondent.
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The Nobel Prize is and has always been considered a universal prize. This is perhaps its unique, prestigious and everywhere acknowledged property. In The World Republic of Letters Pascale Casanova even writes: “There is no better measure of the unification of the international literary field than the effectively universal respect commanded by this prize.” How effective the prize is to unify the literary world is open to debate.
Professor Olsson's lecture will try to clarify the different and changing meanings of the universal in the history of the Prize, characterized by conflicting interpretations of the donor’s will of 1895. He will stress the importance of critical self-examination and show the slow and gradual transition of the Prize from a European to a global horizon during the 20th century. But his lecture will also show how the Prize in this development becomes more in tune with the developments of modern literature. Professor Olsson's lecture will finally touch upon the possible conflict between the autonomy of aesthetic judgement and the widely spread questioning of universal values in the public debate today.
Anders Olsson is a literary historian and author. His own works include seven collections of poetry, and he earned his doctorate with a dissertation about the works of Swedish poet Gunnar Ekelöf. Anders is professor emeritus in literature at Stockholm University, and his research has examined fundamental elements in the development of modern literature. He has written some fifteen books on poetry and the history of literature and is also active as a critic. In 2008 he was elected to the Swedish Academy, and he served as its Permanent Secretary during 2018-2019.
18 Oct & 22 Nov 2023 | The Unnatural History Museum: Mediating Nature in the Sixth Mass Extinction | online talk series
The Unnatural History Museum brings together museum professionals, creatives and academics across disciplines to platform vital conversations about the museum mediation of the natural world during the sixth mass extinction.
The series unfolds over a series of themed Zoom sessions featuring short presentations, followed by a roundtable discussion.
Session 1: Art
Date: Wednesday, 18th October 2023
Time: 5pm Irish Standard Time on Zoom
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The event will feature papers from and discussion with Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg (Artist, The Substitute), Donal Maguire (Keeper of Art and Industry, National Museum of Ireland), and Bergit Arends (Courtauld Institute).
Session 2: Oceans
Date: Wednesday, 22nd November 2023
Time: 7pm Irish Standard Time on Zoom
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The event will feature papers from and discussion with Susanna Lidström (KTH Royal Institute of Technology) and Anna Åberg (Chalmers University of Technology), Killian Quigley (Australian Catholic University), Dominik Huenniger (German Port Museum Hamburg), Marie-Theres Fojuth (Universitet I Stavanger).
Links to upcoming sessions can be found here:
The information on the link will continue to be updated as more events are added.
10 Nov 2023 | 'Rethinking Crises' Forum
Professor John Barry: ‘The Imagination, Hope and the Planetary Crisis’
Professor of Green Political Economy, Co-Chair Belfast Climate Commission, School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, Queen's University Belfast
Date: Friday, 10th November 2023 [Rescheduled from May]
Venue: HI Seminar Room (H204 / top floor)
The presentation focuses on the role and potential of art, imagination and creativity in helping us understand and respond in positive ways to the climate and ecological crisis. While there is a role for science and technology, there are limits to scientific-expert and technological modes of both understanding and communicating the ‘polycrisis’ now unfolding and being experienced by planet, people and places. Is one of the reasons why we do not see enough citizen or popular pressure on governments for more urgent action on the planetary emergency the fact that it lacks a compelling ‘story’? That the dominant science-based ways we see it being communicated in the media, in politics etc. does not constitute a narrative that connects with their values, aspirations and lives? Or is it that the narrative of ‘crisis’ and ‘emergency’ itself is a barrier to action? Alternatively, is ‘telling the truth’ about the state of the world, not matter how negative, both honest and liberating? Or what of the comforting (if dangerous) narrative that ‘technology will save us’? Can imaginative literature, art, poetry, plays and other forms of creative modes of expression have a role, to engage more people, to inspire more people, to mobilise more people to understand the causes, consequences and solutions to our climate and ecological emergency? Is the difficulty responding to the planetary crisis indicative of a deeper cultural crisis? A crisis of creativity and imagination as much as one rooted in the structure of economy and ways of life?
John Barry is a father, a recovering politician and Professor of Green Political Economy at Queens University Belfast. He is also co-chair of the Belfast Climate Commission.
What keeps him awake at night is the life opportunities and future wellbeing of his and other children in this age of the planetary crisis, and why it is easier for most people to believe in the end of the world than the end of capitalism and economic growth. His areas of academic research include post-growth and heterodox political economy; the politics, policy and political economy of climate breakdown and climate resilience; socio-technical analyses of low carbon just energy and sustainability transitions; and the overlap between conflict transformation and these sustainability and energy transitions. His last book was The Politics of Actually Existing Unsustainability: Human Flourishing in a Climate-Changed, Carbon-Constrained World (2012, Oxford University Press).
16 February 2024 | Distinguished Guest Lecture Series
Date: Friday, 16th February 2024
Prof. Kieran Keohane(UCC, Department of Sociology & Criminology):
“Social Pathologies of Contemporary Civilization: Diagnoses and Therapies”
Venue: Humanities Institute, H204