Spectral Storytelling. Social Engagement Through Technology in Traumatized Environments - Keynote lecture 15.12.2020
Can technology work for the benefit of excluded, both human and nonhuman actors, and reveal the essential problems of traumatized places, historically unclear and hidden events? The lecture will be focused on the analysis of two examples from the practice of the Humanities/Art/Technology Research Center: the interactive installation Post-Apocalypsis (2015) dealing with the problem of the spectral nature of the Chernobyl disaster as a multifaceted and long-term cultural trauma, and the Ecological and Social Archive of Lake Elsensee-Rusałka (2018-2021), which is a media platform for social interaction with the historical, urban and ecological problems of this place. Lake Elsensee-Rusałka, located in Poznań, is an artificial reservoir created due to Jewish prisoners’ slave labor during World War II, rebuilt by the Polish communist authorities, currently undergoing a continuous revitalization. Through these processes and repressed stories, the lake as a place itself became a source of social emotions and tensions.
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Philosophical Posthumanism - Keynote lecture 16.12.2020
Dr Francesca Ferrando is an author of a pioneering and widely discussed book on Philosophical Posthumanism (Bloomsbury, 2019). It has appeared in the time when 'the human' indeed seems to require urgent redefinition. In light of radical bio-technological developments and many political and environmental challenges of our time, the term 'posthuman' provides an alternative.
Francesca Ferrando defines Philosophical Posthumanism as a philosophy of mediation which addresses the meaning of humanity not in separation, but in relation to technology and ecology. The posthuman shift thus emerges in the global call for social change, responsible science and multispecies coexistence. The subject of Philosophical Posthumanism as the philosophy of our time and its meaning in the current moment, defined mostly by the pandemic, will be the point of departure for the lecture.
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