[csaa-forum] Research symposia: "geo-" & "Speculative Ethology"

Matthew Chrulew mchrulew at gmail.com
Thu Aug 4 17:01:20 ACST 2016

Dear colleagues,

On behalf of the Posthumanism-Animality-Technology program in the Centre
for Culture and Technology (Curtin University), we would like to bring to
your attention two exciting research symposia being held towards the end of
the year at Curtin University, Western Australia: *geo- (the earth and the
earth sciences in humanities inquiry)* (Nov 28-30) and *Speculative
Ethology: The History, Philosophy and Future of Ethology III *(Dec 1-3).

Please see the attached promotional poster and the details below for more

Robert & Matthew

r.briggs at curtin.edu.au

matthew.chrulew at curtin.edu.au


*(the earth and the earth sciences in humanities inquiry)*

Claire Colebrook | Sean Cubitt | Thom van Dooren | Matthew Kearnes

Peta Mitchell | Stephen Muecke | Chris Russill | Isabelle Stengers |
Etienne Turpin

… geophilosophy, geopolitics, geoaesthetics, geomedia, geoculture …

The development of new conceptual formations and cultural practices
articulated with, by or through the prefix ‘geo-’ suggests a shift in the
location or function of ‘the Earth’ in contemporary knowledge.

What status is accorded the Earth, for instance, in debates over the
emergence of the ‘anthropocene’ as a (contested) geological epoch? Does the
rising interest in ‘geophilosophy’ or ‘geoaesthetics’ signal a displacement
of the worldly or the global in favour of the earthly? Is there a place in
‘the earth sciences’ for philosophical thought and cultural practice?

Or again: what role do geomediation processes (mapping, climate modelling,
geoimaging, GPS navigation systems) play in the construction of the Earth
as site, object or producer of knowledge? Do the technical and
communicative potentials of geocoding and geolocation necessitate a
reimagining of the interplay between the virtual and the physical, the
ideal and the material? More generally still, how might reflection on
media, technology and communication develop to address conditions and
effects of the geophysical as much as the geopolitical kind?

Ctrl-Z’s *geo-* is a 2-and-a-half day symposium (Nov 28-30), bringing
together a select number of established and emerging scholars who are, in
different ways, leading reflection on the significance or the problem of
the Earth for understanding posthumanity, culture and technology. In its
explorations of the cultural and conceptual dimensions to our planetary
condition, *geo-* will test the capacity for humanities-based inquiry to
stake a place within not only ecology and environmentalism, but perhaps
also within the earth sciences more generally.

*geo-* is organised by Robert Briggs, Matthew Chrulew, Janice Baker and
Francis Russell. Proceedings of the event will appear as a special issue of
*Ctrl-Z**: New Media Philosophy* scheduled for publication in 2017.

enquiries: Robert Briggs r.briggs at curtin.edu.au | image: Ursula Biemann


*geo- is a* Ctrl-Z *event supported by the Centre for Culture and
Technology and the School of Media, Culture & Creative Arts* *@ Curtin


*Speculative Ethology*

*The History, Philosophy and Future of Ethology III*


 Vinciane Despret

Michelle Bastian | Jeffrey Bussolini | Florence Chiew | Matthew Chrulew

Jacqueline Dalziell | Thom van Dooren | Cameron Duff | Nathan Everson

James Hatley | Eben Kirksey | Anna-Katharina Laboissiere | Stephen Muecke

Deborah Bird Rose | Isabelle Stengers | Hollis Taylor

This international collaborative workshop will provide the opportunity for
thinking and discussion in the domain where philosophy and ethology
overlap. This is the productively fraught territory of animal
“behaviour”—or misbehaviour—sometimes predictable, often surprising, always
intriguing. Scientific knowledge here confronts in a distinctive way the
problems of interpretation and reflexivity with which the hermeneutic and
social sciences have struggled. And it informs and is informed by the
demands of power, spectacle and economics, transforming the conduct of
those it conducts. Burdened philosophies have structured its concepts and
methods, from instinct to *Umwelt*, from norm to wild. Yet new ideas and
facts about animal cognition, technology and culture, as well as new
experiences and relationships, have emerged from this site of exchange. How
might work in this zone of philosophical ethology contribute to the
rethinking and restaging of human-animal relationships? What circumstances
and exigencies govern the creation and transformation of concepts in this
field? Following the interventions of such perceptive and engaged observers
as Jane Goodall and Shirley C. Strum, the “unfaithful daughters” of
ethology, how might we revise and revive the often mechanistic and
anthropocentric notions we have inherited? What new possibilities do
bewildering and misbehaving animals offer to thought and practice?

*Centre for Culture and Technology // Posthumanism**-Animality-Technology*

*info: Matthew.Chrulew at curtin.edu.au <Matthew.Chrulew at curtin.edu.au>*



Dr Robert Briggs

Director of Graduate Studies

School of Media Culture & Creative Arts

Curtin University

GPO Box U1987



General Co-Editor, *Ctrl-Z**: New Media Philosophy*




Dr Matthew Chrulew
DECRA Research Fellow, Centre for Culture and Technology, Curtin University
Associate Editor, *Environmental Humanities*

"The Mamontogist's Tale," *Cosmos Online *28 Dec 2015

*SubStance* 43:2, "Fabled Thought: On Jacques Derrida's *The Beast & the
Sovereign*" <http://sub.uwpress.org/content/43/2.toc>

*Angelaki* 19:3, "Philosophical Ethology I: Dominique Lestel"
<http://sub.uwpress.org/content/43/2.toc>*Angelaki *20:2, "Philosophical
Ethology II: Vinciane Despret" <http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cang20/20/2>

*Angelaki *21:1, "Philosophical Ethology III: Roberto Marchesini"
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