Henrik Oxvig (Associate Professor, KADK), Martin Søberg (Assistant Professor, KADK)
Svava Riesto (Associate Professor, KU), Søren Riis (Associate Professor, RUC), Ulrik Schmidt (Associate Professor, RUC)
together with Natalie Koerner (PhD Fellow, KADK) and Kristine Sundahl (PhD Fellow, KADK)
6 Nov 2017, 11-16h: Reading session
21 Nov 2017, 11-16h: Reading session
30 Nov 2017, 9-18h + 1 Dec, 9-15h: Seminar and master class
2 Oct 2017 to Karen Margrethe Laursen firstname.lastname@example.org
The course explores the implications of New Materialism philosophy for theory, criticism and practice in the fields of architecture, art, archeology and social science.
Scholarship acknowledging assemblages, the performative qualities of materials, and inorganic agency has gained a strong foothold through writers such as Deleuze, DeLanda, Harman, Whitehead, Bennett, Latour, etc. We are interested in discussing the concrete integration of their concepts in contemporary culture: How can an attention for material life and agency guide the empirical study of cultural artifacts? And how can empirical studies contribute to expanding, questioning and potentially renewing our thinking and concepts? How do notions of vibrancy and agency define material assemblages, which could consist of climate, buildings and occupants? How does New Materialism approach spatial, material and social aspects in the analysis of material assemblages? How are typically architectural and artistic notions of concept, atmosphere and subjective experience understood from the perspective of New Materialism?
The course consists of two one-day reading sessions in September/October and a two-day seminar in December. The reading sessions are intended as preparatory for the seminar which will be structured around two-three daily lectures by senior researchers (such as Riesto, Riis, Oxvig, Mikkel Bille (RUC), Dag Petersson (KADK) et al.) followed by paper presentations by PhD students, discussion and feedback from senior researchers. The two-day seminar will be kicked-off with an international keynote. The focus is on the integration of ideas and perspectives from or related to New Materialism into the student’s own research.
PhD candidates interested in contributing to methodological and interdisciplinary debates on New Materialism and agency will submit a 300-word abstract of their planned presentation and a short CV.