The day will include conference papers from current researchers, workshops, roundtable discussion and a keynote presentation from Robin Mackay of Urbanomic. Further details below:
9.00-9.30am Registration, Tea and Coffee, Treehouse
9.30-9.35am Welcome, Bowland Auditorium
9.35am Panel 1: Creating and Communicating, Bowland Auditorium
10.15am Panel 2: Frameworks of Thinking, Bowland Auditorium
11.20-11.40am Tea and Coffee, Treehouse
11.40am Panel 3: Exploring New Frontiers, Bowland Auditorium
12.40-1.30pm Lunch, Treehouse
1.30pm Roundtable, Bowland Auditorium
2.45pm, 3.30pm Workshops, Treehouse and BS/008
Sue Carver, Head of Histories, Cultures and Heritage, AHRC
4.10-4.30pm Tea and Coffee, Treehouse
4.30pm Keynote Presentation
5.30pm Wine Reception, Treehouse
Sarah Campbell, Editorial Director at Rowman & Littlefield Publishers is running book proposal clinic appointments throughout the day, offering one-on-one publisher feedback on a draft book proposal. Slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To express your interest and book a slot, please email us at email@example.com.
4.30 - 5.30 pm, Bowland Auditorium, The Humanities Research Centre, Berrick Saul Building, York University, Y010 5DD.
Robin Mackay - Approaching the Contemporary Object
Not only do the most crucial objects of study in contemporary life stubbornly refuse to fall under one discipline or another; not only do they demand that the theoretical, speculative, and historical approaches of the humanities cross over with the empirical and systematic investigations of the sciences: their very status as ‘objects’ is in itself problematic. Any decision to define and address them from a single disciplinary perspective, or as an object of the ‘humanities’ as such, is heavy with both epistemological and political consequences. The question of interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary methodology is therefore all-important; but it is not simply a question of finding ways of ‘working together’, but also involves a search for a new model of the object in general, beyond the division of labour implied by disciplinarity.
Through a discussion of models that have emerged in the process of editing the transdisciplinary journal Collapse and through working with contemporary artists who also seek to address these problematic objects, I want to propose some ways of thinking about the contemporary, and the different contributions that philosophy, art, and science can make as we try—tentatively, experimentally—to approach it.