Art – Science – Engineering Workshop: June 15th 2012, 10:00-12:00
Attenborough Centre Creativity Zone, Pevensey III, 307
Guest speaker Johannes Goebel
Director of EMPAC – Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center http://empac.rpi.edu/
Professor, Arts Department and School of Architecture, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Member of Attenborough Centre International Advisory Group
Workshop convened and moderated by Sally Jane Norman
Director of the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Artshttp://www.sussex.ac.uk/acca
Professor of Performance Technologies , University of Sussex
Art, science, and engineering are regularly convened under the seductive banner of transdisciplinary research. Yet vital differences across this spectrum of activities are often glossed and lost by discourse in praise of “innovation”. This session will look at the goals and values underpinning these respective domains, and at how their convergence might be organized more thoughtfully and productively.
Biography for Johannes Goebel (http://empac.rpi.edu/about/biography/)
As Founding Director of EMPAC, and Professor in the Arts Department and School of Architecture at RPI, Johannes Goebel’s engagement with transdisciplinary challenges involves regularly producing and supporting a wide range of creative work. In 2011 he organised a workshop co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts, focused on the intellectual, infrastructural and managerial requirements of an institutional network to support researchers, engineers, and artists in collaborations situated at the intersection of Arts, Science, and Technology.
Johannes’s art and technology experience commenced in the seventies when, as recipient of a DAAD German Academic Exchange grant, he joined Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics. He has since upheld strong links with CCRMA, bridging Silicon Valley and contemporary European culture, developing research and pedagogical activities as a composer, teacher, instrument designer, curator and musician. In the eighties, as Founding Director of the Institute for Music and Acoustics at the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe, Germany, Johannes established the ZKM as a leading international music and technology hub, commissioning work which included compositions with live and interactive electronics, sound synthesis, interactive operas and radio plays, sound installations, ballet music, and music films with live orchestras, and ensuring a continuous programme of performances and festival co-productions. Throughcollaboration between Stanford (notably with Max Mathews) and the ZKM, Johannes helped create the first digital archive of electronic music, now used in libraries and music institutes worldwide. As consultant to the major publishing house Schott Musik International, he led the transition from traditional music engraving to electronic music printing, and with the German avant-garde label Wergo produced pioneering Audio CD collections devoted to Digital Music andDigital Sound Synthesis.
Science must begin with myths, and with the criticism of myths.
Arts research needs to change direction, to look outwards, and investigate the audience not the texts. It needs to link up with sociology and psychology and public health, and create a body of knowledge about what the arts actually do to people. Until that happens, we cannot even pretend that we are taking the arts seriously.
Every brilliant experiment, like every great work of art, starts with an act of imagination.
As the ‘Two Cultures’ debate of the mid-twentieth century, and the ‘Science Wars’ of the 1990s, suggest, relations between the sciences and the arts and humanities have often been characterized by mutual suspicion, frustration, and misapprehension. In academia, interdepartmental competition for diminishing resources has only exacerbated this trend.
But this polarized picture belies the rich possibilities presented by the intersection and / or re-articulation of these two fields. In this spirit Excursions calls for critical scholarly work on any aspect of the relationship between science and the humanities. We welcome submissions from any discipline, within the contexts of academia, scientific/cultural institutions or society itself. We strongly encourage work that questions or challenges preconceived disciplinary boundaries.
Submissions may consider, but are by no means limited to:
- The question of ‘truth’ in science, art, literature, and the humanities
- Science fiction / Fiction as science / Science as fiction (or scientific narrative)
- The Two Cultures / The Science Wars / The Sokal affair
- The notion of the experimental in art and literature
- ‘Impact’ and the instrumentalization of academic research. Can and should science and humanities research be assessed against the same criteria?
- The public legitimization of science / climate change denialism / the UEA email affair
- Psuedoscience and the humanities. Karl Popper regarded Marxism and Psychoanalysis as ‘pseudosciences’ because their findings were unfalsifiable. Should the humanities be concerned about this kind of criticism?
- Popular science writing
- Engagement with the work of figures such as Thomas Kuhn, Karl Popper, Bruno Latour.
Scholarly papers should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words and must follow MHRA style guidelines. We also encourage creative submissions in media such as film, photography, or audio. For creative submissions, please include an abstract and a brief biography (no more than 150 words) along with your submission. All enquiries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.Submissions should be made via our website, www.excursions-journal.org.uk, no later than 1st August 2012.
This Call for Papers is also issued under the GNU Free Documentation License.
Events from the inbox: a subsidised, residential, interdisciplinary academy scholarship from the Institute of Ideas. Philosophy, History, Literature…
Does the idea of grappling with the great existential questions of free will and determinism through the works of Homer and Sophocles, Thomas Paine and Herbert Spencer, Jane Austen and Dostoevsky, Martin Luther and Jean-Paul Sartre, appeal to you? Would you like to spend a long summer weekend in a stimulating and open environment, with interesting, like minded people from all walks of life? Do you have a passion of the greatest works in the historical, philosophical, classical, and literary cannons? If so, then the new Academy Scholarship Programme for students between the ages of 18-23, organised by the Institute of Ideas is definitely for you. The full price may be a challenge for students, so this year we have launched a new Academy Scholarship Programme for students between the ages of 18-23.
The Institute of Ideas Academy is a three day residential retreat from Friday 20th July to Monday 23rd July, in which we aim to get away from the overly prescriptive nature of debate in society at large, and be unashamedly esoteric and intellectual for a weekend, in the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake. This year, there are three separate lecture series on Classics, Literature and History as well as a plenary series on Free will and Determinism. They will explore texts as diverse as Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and Homers Illiad, right through to Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment and Sartre’s Nausea, in the hope that together we may come to better understand the great question of whether we are truly free, or whether we are determined by human nature, circumstances or indeed God.
As well as this, the Academy Scholars will also have three additional lectures organised for them on Liberty, the role of The Public Intellectual, and the Western Canon on Friday 20th July, prior to the main programme which will begin on the morning of Saturday 21st July.
Students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply to the Scholarship Programme, and you will be joining Institute of Ideas members from every possible walk of life; from Professors and academics, to other students, Barristers, film makers and writers. The one thing that they all share is a passion for knowledge. And as such, the environment is one of free thinking, in which everybody will have the opportunity to cultivate themselves in beautiful surroundings, with good books, good food and drink, and amongst good company.
The scholarship programme offers a limited number of students the chance to attend for the heavily subsidised price of £60 for three nights’ accommodation and full board at the luxury Wyboston Lakes complex in Bedfordshire.
To apply for an Academy Scholarship, please submit a 500-word (max) essay on the question: “What is the value of the humanities today?” Please also submit a 300-word (max) motivation on why you in particular deserve to attend The Academy.
Submit applications online by 11am May 15 2012. When we have successfully received your application you will be sent the reading list so you can start preparing while we evaluate the applications.
All successful candidates will be notified on June 1st 2012
For more information on the Scholarship Programme, please email email@example.com and to learn more about the Academy itself, and to see full details of the lectures and schedule, please visit: http://www.instituteofideas.com/academy2012.html
Human Welfare: An International Journal of Graduate Research is dedicated to original graduate student research that investigates issues of human welfare in any part of the world. This journal will appeal to students, scholars, practitioners, policy-makers, and anyone else seeking to understand new research related to human welfare that is being carried out by today’s brightest young scholars.
Human Welfare seeks to promulgate research among emerging scholars in ANY discipline, and is intended for publishing the work of graduate students (i.e., masters and doctorate students) at any stage of their research. Students who have completed a graduate program within the previous year may also submit a manuscript that is based on their graduate research project(s).
Email your submission by 9 December 2011 for eligibility for Online Early Access, or by 3 February 2012 for eligibility for the first issue (May 2012).
Many biologists, mathematicians and informaticians across the University and Medical School say they want to work more closely together, but need a better understanding of who may have the skills they need to work with. Clearly a dating agency is needed…..
So the Environment and Health Research Theme team is planning a Workshop, at which biologists can “pitch” their analysis wishes against analysts expertise. The meeting is being co-ordinated by Dr Anotida Madzvamuse (Theme Advisory Group), Prof Jackie Cassell (Research Theme Leader), and Debbie Foy-Everett (Research Development Officer, Research Themes).
The workshop will take place on Wednesday 9th November, 3-6pm, followed by refreshments, at a central location on Sussex campus TBC
Here’s what we need you to tell us before the day:
For mathematician/informaticians/physicists Responses
- What techniques or approaches would you like to share with Life Science or Medical researchers?
- What kind of researchers do you think would be interested?
- Do you have a web link where people could look at your work in advance?
- What would you like to get out of the meeting?
For life sciences/medical researchers Responses
- What problem or analysis need do you want to address at this meeting?
- What kind of researcher do you think would be interested?
- Do you have a web link where people could look at your work in advance?
- What would you like to get out of the meeting?
This information will be used in planning the meeting. There will be prizes for the most successful blind dates of the evening….
We hope this event will give us:
- A set of planned initial collaborations – in the form of prepare an initial no cost collaboration (e.g. as a student project), and/or the germ of a potentially fundable proposal.
- A map of the data analysis expertise relevant to life sciences that is available across the university (e.g. signal detection, analysis of large scale datasets, imaging analysis) – along with a map of gaps in expertise.
- 1 and 6 months later, we will follow up to see if this has given rise to active collaborations.
What should you do now?
Please forward to anyone who might like to come and reply to Debbie Foy-Everett at D.Foy-Everett@sussex.ac.uk
Deadline for articles:
15th August 2011 Extended to 1st November 2011
Submit online at: http://www.excursions-journal.org.uk/cfp.html
‘The tradition of the oppressed teaches us that the ‘state of emergency’ in which we live is not the exception but the rule. We must attain to a conception of history which is in keeping with this insight. Then we shall clearly realize that it is our task to bring about a real state of emergency, and this will improve our position in the struggle against fascism.’
~ Walter Benjamin, ‘Theses on the Philosophy of History’ (1940)
Benjamin’s remarks on states of emergency have been fundamental to an understanding of political life which considers the roles played by threat, danger and fear in processes of political control. In one sense, Benjamin suggests that we live in a constant state of emergency, something Giorgio Agamben has called the ‘paradigm of modern politics’, a situation where threat is deployed by government in order to wield power and restrict human rights. Yet Benjamin refers to the need to ‘bring about a real state of emergency’ (italics added), suggesting, perhaps, the etymological connection between ‘emergency’ and the verb ‘emerge’. We could thus read Benjamin as calling for something new, for a state of emergence in which newness is constituted.
Excursions, an interdisciplinary, open-access, peer-reviewed journal, now calls for submissions upon the theme of emergence/emergency which draw upon the vast possibilities contained both in terms of disaster, threat and power, as well as beginning, becoming and creating. As a journal with an interdisciplinary mandate we welcome research from all areas, creating a space wherein the richness of concepts can be explored. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:
- The history of states of emergency, states of emergency in different historical contexts, parallels across contexts
- A literal take on ‘states of emergence/ emergency’ perhaps inspired by the ‘Arab Spring’ – the emergence of new democracies, new political rights, new modes of political representation
- New technologies/media – their role in shaping public space, discourse and our relationships with others; their implication in new forms of representation/artistic practice; the (re)presentation of states of emergency in the media
- General emergence – the rise of new aesthetic or political paradigms and perhaps the difficulties inherent in recognising/ narrating these emergences
- Emergence and origins – narratives or myths of origins and emergence; our modes of narrating the emergence of the individual, the state etc.
- Scientific advances – space exploration, genetics, cloning – the border of threat and newness
- Environmental/ecological disaster and emergent environmental conditions
- Physical/chemical states, stasis and change
Event: Beauty Seminar Series
Location: Fulton 104
16th June 2011 4.00-6.00pm
The Mind and Brain Research theme is hosting the first of a projected series of seminars on beauty.
This seminar is open to faculty and students and there will be refreshments afterwards.
If you would like to attend the event please email Eleanor Marsh at Eleanor.Marsh@sussex.ac.uk
 Find out more about our six interdisciplinary Research Themes