Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Irigaray conference - London - Registration open

I am, of course, going to this one:

Sexuate Subjects: Politics, Poetics and Ethics

UCL, London

Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th December 2010

Please register now via the website.

This international interdisciplinary conference seeks to generate new theories and practices of subjectivity  ‘sexuate subjects’ ­ through contemporary poetic and political research in the visual arts, humanities and social sciences, and with reference to Luce Irigaray’s theory of ‘sexuate difference’. It explores how these positive ethical subjectivities for women and men are constructed through spatial, material and textual feminist poetics and politics. Over three days, it will examine especially how sexuate subjects (people/disciplines) aid interdisciplinary responses to contemporary global crises of community conflict, social and environmental wellbeing.

Sexuate Subjects will focus on these issues as they are expressed in political, poetic and ethical practice in disciplines including:

architecture, art, literature, modern languages, philosophy, the political and social sciences. Nine panels and invited keynote speakers examine the following themes:

-    environmental and social crises

-    sustainable ecologies

-    poetic communities, pedagogies, voices and bodies

-    the politics of bio-medicine, body-rights, family and well-being

By examining these complex expressions of our physical and psychic lives through artefact, body, dialogue, image, installation and word, the event

will provide a platform of diverse approaches which can help us build

sexuate futures for all. Such approaches aim to contribute towards

developing more nuanced understandings of the diversity of global cultures

and their academic and public intersections. International experts from

higher education, professional and public realms, as well as young

researchers and practitioners, are invited to attend.

Confirmed Invited Speakers

Principal Keynote:

Luce Irigaray, Doctor in Philosophy and Director of Research in Philosophy

at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientific, Paris,


Dr Caroline Bergvall, AHRC Fellow in the Creative and Performing Arts,

School of Humanities, University of Southampton,

Dr Karen Burns, Department of Architecture, Monash University,


Professor Lorraine Code, Department of Philosophy, Toronto University,

Professor Elizabeth Grosz, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies,

Rutgers University, New Jersey - video conference presentation.

Professor Dorita Hannah, Spatial Design, College of Creative Arts, Massey

University, New Zealand,

Dr Doina Petrescu, Atelier d’Architecture Autogérée and the Department of

Architecture, University of Sheffield,


Professor Katja Grillner,

Dr Meike Schalk,

Dr Katerina Bonnevier,

Brady Burroughs  of FATALE, School of Architecture, KTH, Stockholm,

Dr Gillian Howie, Department of Philosophy, Liverpool University,

Professor Mary Rawlinson, Departments of Philosophy and Comparative

Literature, Stony Brook University, State University of New York,

Dr Margrit Shildrick, School of Sociology, Social Policy & Social Work,

Queen’s University, Belfast,

Professor Gail Schwab, Professor of Romance Languages and Literature,

Hofstra University, Long Island NY

Professor Judith Still, School of Modern Languages and Culture, The

University of Nottingham

Taking Place: Feminist Spatial Practice collective

For more information and contact details please go to the Conference


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