Thursday, February 13, 2014

Disrupting the Humanities

In early March, I'll be participating in an event whose theme is close to my heart: Disrupting the Humanities. This event is the first of three half-day seminars looking at research and scholarship in a so-called 'posthumanities' context and is organized by the Centre for Disruptive Media at Coventry University.

The event announcement focuses on how the various participants, including Craig Saper, Karen Newman, Sarah Kember, Endre Dányi, and myself "will both critically engage with the humanist legacy of the humanities, and creatively explore alternative and affirmative possible futures for the humanities." My own "hybrid conference" (to borrow a term from my performance in Paris last Fall) is still untitled and in formation, but will highlight the way practice-based research methodologies and the expanding universe of creative outcomes challenge traditional humanities and, for that matter, scientific research outcomes.

Here's another take on what's happening, as composed by the hosts of the event:

Disrupting the Scholarly Establishment: How To Create Alternative and Affirmative Humanities Institutions?

The first seminar in the series, Disrupting the Scholarly Establishment, focuses on alternative ways of creating, performing and circulating research and scholarship in a posthumanities context. It brings together scholars and practitioners who have actively tried to rethink some of the humanities' established forms and methods in an affirmative way by experimenting with the establishment of new academic organisations and institutions.

In the first seminar panel, Scholarly publishing: scholar-led initiatives and experiments in digital publishing, Sarah Kember, EndreDányi and Craig Saper will discuss a number of initiatives  that reimagine the relationship between authors, publishers, distributors, libraries and readers. The aim of these initiatives is to createmore opportunities for the  publication and circulation of the kind of work that the established, 'legacy' publishers increasingly regard as being too difficult, experimental, radical, specialised or avant-garde to be economically viable.

In the second panel, Art education: practice-based research and open art education: new structures and new institutions, Karen Newman and Mark Amerika  will address recent developments in open art education and practice-based research. They will explore how we can establish new structures and new institutions that challenge some of the divisions that still exist between art practice and scholarly research, between the lecturer and the learner, and between the learning space of the classroom and the 'outside world'.


Keywords: disrupting the humanities, scholarly establishment, practice-based research, creative outcomes, radical pedagogy