space and culture research group

 ~readings and events~


 

Welcome to the Space and Culture Research Group site! 

"The practical privilege in which all scientific activity arises never more subtly governs that activity (insofar as science presupposes not only an epistemological break but also a social separation) then when, unrecognized as a privilege, it leads to an implicit theory of practice which is the corollary of neglect of the social conditions in which science is possible"
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Pierre Bourdieu, Outline of a Theory of Practice (1972, R. Nice trans. 1977)

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01 December 2011 (Thursday), 3-5 pm
Art Show: Consumed
Curators:
Elena Siemens, Jim Morrow, Andriko Lozowy
Tory 1-80

05 November 2011 (Saturday), 1:30 pm
Debating Sovereignty and Security in the Arctic: the Inuit Declaration on Sovereignty and Other Matters - Barret Weber
2011 SGSA Conference, In the Know: How we Evaluate, Disseminate, and Apply Research

05 November 2011 (Saturday), 2:00pm
Intermedia Research Studio [Henry Marshall Tory Bldg. 1-80]
Practical Photography in Social Research Workshop by Andriko
Bring your camera, ask questions, etc...


01 November 2011 (Tuesday), 2:00pm
Intermedia Research Studio [Henry Marshall Tory Bldg. 1-80]
Film Screening: Ex Drummer
Come eat popcorn and discuss affect/ performance


25 October 2011 (Tuesday), 2:00pm
Intermedia Research Studio [Henry Marshall Tory Bldg. 1-80]
Film Screening: Control, an Anton Corbijn film, with discussion by Jim Morrow
About Control: Directed by Anton Corbijn, Control is a profile of Ian Curtis, lead singer of Joy Division


21-23 October 2011 [postponed until Spring 2012. Please contact Barret Weber or Bryan Sluggett if you are interested in participating]
4th Annual Theory Retreat hosted by SCRG
Dino Theory!
Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta
Email Titles and Abstracts by September 16th

barretw[at]ualberta.ca; sluggett[at]ualberta.ca

12 May 2011, 6:00pm-7:30

Barret Weber
'The virtual north: Inuit films'


3 May 2011, 4:00pm-5:30
Jim Morrow
'Last Day of the Miners' Strike: Thatcher and the End of English Working Class Culture'

29 March 2011
, 4:00pm-5:30
Andriko Lozowy
'Youth Picturing Place'

15 March 2011, 5:00pm-6:30
Gabby Riches
'Caught in a Mosh: Moshpit Culture, Extreme Metal Music and Underground Leisure Spaces'

11-13 February 2011

Rewriting Lyotard Conference, University of Alberta
Website here. Final Program here.

27 January 2011 5:00pm-6:30pm

Presenter: Heidi Bickis and Rob Shields

Title: "Confessions on Lyotard"

29 April 2010 5:00pm-6:30pm

Presenter: Tonya Davidson Title: "Speaking to Angels: Unmapping Gender in Ottawa's Built Environment"

23 February 2010 5:30pm-7:00pm

Presenter: Matthew Tiessen Title: "Change, Agency, and Interdependent Affordances:
The Outlines of a Modest Ontology"

11 February 2010 5:00pm-6:30pm

Presenter: Michelle Brady Title: "Interrogating Capacity Building Processes Within the Welfare State"

28 January 2010 6:00pm-7:30pm

Presenter: Dr Chloe Taylor Title: "Foucault and the Ethics of Eating"

14 January 2010 5:00pm-6:30pm

Presenter: Emily Snyder Title: "The Ugly Animal: Aesthetics, Power, and Animal-Human Relationality."

03 December 2009 5:00pm-6:30pm

Presenter: Barret Weber

Title: Arctic Sovereignty as public secret: an investigation into questions of ownership and control in the Canadian North 

19 November 2009 5:00pm-6:30pm

Presenter: Dr. Jason Wallin 

Title: I’m Not There: The Cinematic Time-Image, Cultural Curriculum Studies and the Political Arts of an Untimely Subject.

4 November 2009 4:30pm-6:00pm

Heidi Bickis:
"The aesthetics of confession"


22 October 2009 5:00pm-6:30pm


Mickey Vallee:

"Turn me on, dead man!": Backmasking as the inaudible of reversibility

14 August 2009 1:00pm-2:30pm

Third of summer series gatherings


Bryan Sluggett and Ondine Park "Green spaces: picking up on the pastoral in the city"

15 July 2009 1:00pm-2:30pm

Second of summer series gatherings

Maria-Carolina Cambre and Yun-Csang Ghimn "How to Research - the Greimassian Style" using Algirdas Julien Greismas' square. Includes readings from "Towards a Topological Semiotics" & "On Nostalgia". The talk will be methods focused...

15 June 2009 9:00 am-10:30am

First of summer series gatherings


Andriko Lozowy  Visual Landscapes: "Where is Fort McMurray?"

27 May 2009 6:30 pm

Drinks, possibly dinner at Manx Pub during Congress 2009

- 6:30pm

370 Elgin Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 1N1
(613) 231-2070
 
We welcome grads and others from Carleton and from Space and Culture

 

24 April 2008

Space and Culture Spring Social

6 pm: Bonny Doon Bowling Lanes  
 

 4 April 2008 12 noon

StoryCubes Event:

Space and Culture Research Group invited to attend a special art event hosted by UK new media/community-based artists Giles Lane & Orlaugh Woods. At 12 noon on Friday April 4th, the artists will be delivering a lecture on "StoryCubes" at Enterprise Square, Edmonton. 

Following the lecture, at 4 pm, there will be a Storycube-making activity led by the artists at the iHuman Studio, also downtown, Edmonton.

 

27 & 28 March 2008

Space and Culture Excursion and Discussion: 

Thursday March 27th at 5:15 pm: The Space and Culture Research Group is invited to attend visiting speaker Henry Giroux's lecture entitled "Higher Education Beyond Neoliberalism and the Politics of Disposability," which he will be presenting as the last guest lecture in this year's Dialogue on the Arts in the 21st Century

Friday March 28th at 1 pm: The group will meet to discuss Giroux's lecture as well as Giroux's related article:"Cultural Studies and the Politics of Public Pedagogy: Making the Political More Pedagogical." (in parallax, 2004, vol. 10, no. 2, 73–89).

14 March 2008 at 10-2 pm

Space and Culture Excursions: 

10-11 am: Timms Centre Lobby (University of Alberta) - Performance by artist and curator Judy Freya Sibayan

12-2 pm: Drawing studio (next to Powerplant, University of Alberta) - MFA/MDES Graduate Group Art Crits.  

29 February 2008

Flusser, Vim. The Shape of Things: A Philosophy of Design. Reaktion Books: London, 1999.

We will be continuing discussion of this text (p. 49 onward). 


8 February 2008

Flusser, Vim. The Shape of Things: A Philosophy of Design. Reaktion Books: London, 1999.

We will be discussing the text in its entirety.


30 November 2007

Flusser, Vim. The Shape of Things: A Philosophy of Design. Reaktion Books: London, 1999.

We will be discussing pages 17-29 (first two sections) of this text.

*Note: Due to difficulty obtaining sufficient copies of the text for this meeting, we will begin discussing Vilém Flusser's A Philosophy of Photography the first meeting of Winter Term on Friday January 11th, 2008. (We hope this will give participants the chance to order this text in advance).

 

16 November 2007

Perniola, Mario. Sex Appeal of the Inorganic: Philosophies of Desire in the Modern World. Trans. Massimo Verdicchio. New York: Continuum, 2004.  

We will be hosting Dr. Massimo Verdiccio, translator of Mario Perniola's The Sex Appeal of the Inorganic for a discussion of this text. 

 

2 November 2007

Perniola, Mario. Sex Appeal of the Inorganic: Philosophies of Desire in the Modern World. Trans. Massimo Verdicchio. New York: Continuum, 2004.  

We are discussing pages 71-144 (chapters 16-27) of the text.

Supplementary Reading (available @ Space and Culture office, HM Tory 4-27): Heidegger, Martin. "The Origin of the Work of Art" and "The Thing." Poetry, Language, Thought. Trans. Albert Hofstadter. New York: Harper & Row, 1971.

 

19 October 2007

Perniola, Mario. Sex Appeal of the Inorganic: Philosophies of Desire in the Modern World. Trans. Massimo Verdicchio. New York: Continuum, 2004.

We are discussing pages 21-70 (chapters 8-15 ) of the text.

 

28 September 2007

Perniola, Mario. Sex Appeal of the Inorganic: Philosophies of Desire in the Modern World. Trans. Massimo Verdicchio. New York: Continuum, 2004.  

We are discussing the first 20 pages (chapters 1-7) of the text.

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30 November 2006 

@ 11am - 1pm, Tory 1-81. Videoconference with Rob Shields and his discussion group in Salvador, Brazil. Look for some more details and resources here.

November 17 2006

Benjamin, W. The Task of the Translator. For those who have Benjamin's 'Illuminations' or 'Selected writings' in 4 volumes (you need the first volume), you'll find the essay there.

Additoinal: Taussig, M. Walter Benjamin's Grave, excerpts

November 3 2006 

Taussig, M. 'Language of Flowers' continued.

*Additional: Benjamin, W. News about Flowers

October 20 2006

Taussig, M. Language of Flowers.  (PDF) 

*Additional: Thomas Hardy, The Withered Arm. (Word file)

October 6 2006

Kristeva, J. Holbein's Dead Christ. (PDF) In: Kristeva, J. (1992). Black sun. Here is The Dead Christ by Holbein. (pic)

*Additional:                                                                             Beardsworth, Sara (2005). Freud's Oedipus and Kristeva's Narcissus: Three Heterogeneities. Hypatia, 20 (1).
 
Margaroni, Maria (2005). "The Lost Foundation": Kristeva's Semiotic. Hypatia 20 (1).

September 22 2006

The Bataille Reader (1997). Chapters 18, 22, 24-26.                        Bataille, G. Story of the eye. Capters 10 - 13.                                Bataille, G. The use value of D.A.F. de Sade.                             *Additional:  Bataille, G. The Cruel Practice of Art. 

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March 31  2006

Bey continued
Darnton, R. (2000).
Paris: The early Internet. New York Review of Books, 47 (11), 42-47. 

March 3 2006 

Debray continued

Bey, H. (1991). T.A.Z. Brooklyn: Autonomedia, pp. 95-141 

February 10  2006 

Debray, R. (1995). The image v. language: Transmitting

symbols. Common Knowledge, 4 (2), 51-69. 

January 27 2006

Lambert continued                                                                           Taussig, M. (1993). Mimesis and alterity: A particular history of the senses. New York:Routledge, pp. 1-43.   

January 13 2006

Lambert, G. (2003). Universal hospitality. In A. Levy & E. Cadava (Eds.) Cities without citizens (pp. 13-31). Philadelphia: Slought Foundation. 

Diken, B. & Laustsen, C. B. (2002). Zones of indistinction. Space and Culture, 5 (3), 290-307.

Cadava, E. (1992). Words of light: Theses on the photography of history. Diacritics, 22 (3-4), 84-114.  

January 6 2006

Bey, H. (1991). T.A.Z. Brooklyn: Autonomedia, pp. 95-141.            Darnton, R. (2000; June 29). Paris: The early Internet. New York Review of Books, 47(11), 42-47.

December 9 2005

Agamben, G. (1998). Homo sacer: Sovereign power and bare life. Stanford University Press, pp. 1-12 & 119-143.                                             Derrida, J. (2000). Of hospitality. Stanford University Press, pp. 75-155.

November 18 2005

Massumi, B. The future birth of the affective fact.                        Benjamin, W. On the concept of history/Theses on the philosophy of history.

November 4 2005

Delanda, M. (2002). Intensive science & virtual philosophy. London: Continuum, Intro & Ch. 1

Serres, M. (2000). The birth of physics. Manchester: Clinamen Press, pp. 101-134.

Reiser, S. J. (1978). Medicine and the reign of technology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 23-44.

Reference
Lucretius Carus, Titus: Of the Nature of Things, trans. by William Ellery Leonard (Gutenberg text):
http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext97/natng10.txt

October 7 2005

Delanda, M. (2002). Intensive science & virtual philosophy. London: Continuum, pp. 45-81.

Friday 23 September

Jaqcues Attali (1985) "Listening" from *Noise: The Political Economy of Music*, pp. 3-20

John Shepherd and Peter Wicke (1997) "Towards a Sociology of Sound" from *Music and Cultural Theory*, pp. 204-217.

Elizabeth Tolbert (2004) "Theorizing the Musically Abject" from *Bad Music: The Music We Love To Hate* (edited by Chris Washburne and Maiken Derno), pp. 104-119.

September 9 2005

Barbaras, R. (2002). The ambiguity of the flesh. Chiasmi International, 4, 19-26.                                                                                            Lawlor, L. (2002). The chiasm and the fold: An introduction to the philosophical concept of archeology. Chiasmi International, 4, 105-118.
Amin, K. (2003). The chiasm of rhythm: A Merleau-Pontian revision of Lacanian embodiment. Chiasmi International, 5, 179-199.
Gilson, E. (2005). Questioning to the nth power: Interrogative ontology in Merleau-Ponty and Deleuze. Chiasmi International, 6, 207-224.

August 12 2005

Rebecca's "Reconsidering the utility of Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology for feminist thought"

Merleau-Ponty, M. (1968). The visible and the invisible.  Evanston, Il: Northwestern University Press, pp. 130-155.

Barbaras, R. (2002). The ambiguity of the flesh. Chiasmi International, 4, 19-26.

Lawlor, L. (2002). The chiasm and the fold: An introduction to the philosophical concept of archeology. Chiasmi International, 4, 105-118.

Young, I. M. (1989). Throwing like a girl: A phenomenology of feminine body comportment, motility, and spatiality. In J. Allen & I. M. Young (Eds.), The thinking muse: Feminism and modern French philosophy (pp. 51-70). Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Irigaray, L. (1993). _An ethics of sexual difference. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, pp. 151-184.

June 24 2005

Karatani, K. (1995). Architecture as metaphor: Language, number, money. Cambridge: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press, pp. vii-xlvi.

April 15 2005

Virilio, P. (1997). Open sky. London: Verso, pp. 9-45 & 103-145.    Armitage, J. (1999). From modernism to hypermodernism, Theory, Culture & Society, 16(5-6), 25-55  

April 1 2005

Lefebvre, H. (1991). The production of space. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, pp. 229-291. We will also be reading the chapter 'plan of the present work.' 

March 18 2005

Lefebvre, H. (1991). The production of space. Oxford:`Basil Blackwell, pp. 229-291. 

March 4 2005

Deleuze, G. (1998). How do we recognize structuralism? In C. J. Stivale. The two-fold thought of Deleuze and Guattari (pp. 258-282). New York: The Guilford Press.

Deleuze, G. (2001). Pure immanence: Essays on a life. New York: Zone Books, pp. 7-33 & 53-102.

Supplementary Readings

Badiou, A. (1999). Deleuze: The clamor of being. Minneapolis: The University of Minnesota Press, pp. 43-53.

Stivale's introduction to & notes to Deleuze (1998).

Thom, R. (1983). Mathematical models of morphogenesis. Chichester: Ellis Horwood Limited, pp. 261-276. 

January 28 2005

Reading: several sections from Walter Benjamin's Arcades Project. Shields R. Fancy Footwork 

November 26 2004

Shields, R. (2003). Visualicity.                                                              Von Bonsdorff, P. (1998). The human habitat: Aesthetic and axiological perspectives, pp. 18-51.
Greimas, A. J. & Fontanille, J. (1993). The semiotics of passions, xvii-xxvi.

November 5 2004

Shields, R. (2000). Virtual spaces? Space and Culture, 4/5, 1-12.
Deleuze, G. (1988). _Bergsonism_ (pp. 91-103; pp. 59-61. New York: Zone Books.

October 29 2004

Shields, R. (1992). A truant proximity. Environment and Planning D, 10, 181-198.
Simmel, G. "The stranger."
Derrida, J. "Ousia and gramme." In F. J. Smith (Ed.), Phenomenology in perspective (pp. 54-93). Dordrecht: Martinus Nijhoff.

October 22 2004

Shields, R. Places on the margin. Chapter 1.                                            Van Loon, J. Social Spatialization.

October 15 2004

Shields, R. Places on the margin. Chapter 2.

 

 

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