Preliminary Conference Programme

 

Thursday 28 April – University of Stavanger

 

09.00-09.15: Welcome by the Monster Network

09.15-10.45: 1st keynote

10.45 – 11.00: SHORT BREAK

11.00-12.30: Parallel session 1

12.30-13.30: LUNCH

13.30-15.00: Parallel session 2

15.00-15.15: SHORT BREAK

15.15-15.45: Parallel session 3

15.45-16.15: BREAK: coffee and cakes

16.15-17.45: Parallel session 4

 

19.00: Library event with Tove Kjellmark at Sølvberget

20.00: Conference dinner

 

 

Friday 29 April – University of Stavanger

 

09.00-10.30: 2nd keynote

10.30-10.45: BREAK: coffee

10.45-12.15: Parallel session 5

12.15-13.15: LUNCH

13.15-14.45: Parallel session 6

14.45-15.00: BREAK

15.00-16.00: closing panel

 

Keynote speakers and artist:

Margrit Shildrick, Professor of Gender and Knowledge Production at the unit for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, Tema Genus, Linköping University, Sweden. Shildrick is the author of Embodying the Monster: Encounters with the Vulnerable Self (2002), as well as a wide range of scholarly work on questions of embodiment, including Dangerous Discourses: Subjectivity, Sexuality and Disability (2009) and Leaky Bodies and Boundaries: Feminism, Postmodernism and (Bio)Ethics (1997). Her academic interests include postmodernism, feminism, technologies, bodies, medicine, philosophy of science.

 

Surekha Davies, Assistant Professor of European History at Western Connecticut State University. Her research interests and areas of publishing include cultural encounters, travel writing, the histories of knowledge and of science, geographical exploration, cartography, monstrous bodies and the history of mentalities c.1400-1800. Davies is the author of numerous articles and the forthcoming monography Mapping the Peoples of the New World: Ethnography, Imagery and Knowledge in Early Modern Europe. Her research interests include cultural encounters, travel writing, the histories of knowledge and science, geographical exploration, cartography, monstrous bodies and the history of mentalities.

 

Tove Kjellmark is an established artist based in Stockholm, Sweden. Her work investigates what she herself calls Another Nature: A nature that refuses to accept a difference between technological and natural forces, between human life and animal life, and between mechanics and organics. She explores artistic methods to trigger unsettling encounters between non-living artifacts and living agencies.

 

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