Friday 24th June 2016, 9am-5pm, The Storey, Lancaster
This workshop aims to explore recent social and cultural engagements with ontology associated with scholars working in diverse disciplines. It brings together researchers interested in exploring what ontological politics might mean for ‘who, how and what’ we research. We will discuss key concepts such as Ontological Multiplicity, which suggests that there are not only many ways of knowing ‘an object’ – the biosphere, sex, the autonomous – but that there are many ways of practising it, that in turn enact different realities. Further, different realities are variously entangled and interdependent. A further implication is Ontological Politics. As we attend to specificity and learn to see multiplicity everywhere, a crucial issue becomes which differences we want to attend to and to make. Hence, the workshop will explore two key questions:
- What are the realities of the biosphere/sex/the autonomous that are taking shape and that people are living with?
- What kinds of analytical, methodological and political interventions does this engagement with ontology make possible?
Confirmed speakers: Hannah Knox, John Law, Javier Lezaun, Celia Roberts and Charis Thompson
Contact Vicky Singleton for further details: firstname.lastname@example.org