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A Feeling for Things: The work of Jane Bennett

Starts Oct 04, 2013 06:00 PM
Finishes Oct 04, 2013 08:00 PM
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Public Lecture

Speaker: Jane Bennett (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore)

The work of Jane Bennett, the political theorist over the last decade has consistently drawn attention to and had a feeling for things, for the inorganic, and for the agency or quasi-agency of nonhuman actants. Her project of developing a new political ecology and renewed vitalist thought beginning with Thoreau’s Nature: Ethics, Politics and the Wild, Modernity and Political Thought (1994) was further developed in The Enchantment of Modernity: Crossings, Energetics and Ethics (2001)and found its fullest expression in Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things (2010) a book which has thoroughly reshaped the way in which we think about landscape, ecology, matter, vitality and the terrain of continental philosophy in a time of critical climate change.

This two day event makes the writing of Jane Bennett a vibrant matter for discussion across the fields of philosophy, psychosocial studies, political theory, cultural studies, literary theory, visual theory and performance studies among others. In particular, the focus will be on how Bennett’s explorations of vitalism, anthropocentrism, agency, biopolitics and new materialisms contribute to the emerging and fraught conversations between feminist and queer theory, Object Oriented Ontology and Speculative Realism.

You may register for one of the events or both:

The public lecture on 4th October is free but registration is essential – register here

  • Day two (5th October) will consist of a workshop discussing the intersections between Bennett’s political thought, OOO and feminist/queer theory featuring responses from Eileen Joy, João Florêncio, Jussi Parikka, Nigel Clark, Milla Tiainen, Lisa Baraitser and Michael O’Rourke.

Payment by credit/debit card and Registration is essential here
Birkbeck Staff and all Students £20
Standard  £40

Sponsored by Department of Psychosocial Studies and Birkbeck Institute of Social Research, Birkbeck, University of London

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