Explore symposia hosted by the Centre in 2009
Encountering Affect: A cross disciplinary exploration
Facilitator : Associate Professor Andrea Witcomb
Wednesday 11 February 2009
An increasing number of commentators have begun to notice a 'sensorial turn' in critical theory, away from its previous focus on texts and representation. While still interested in processes of meaning making, there is an increasing recognition that some meanings are pre-rational, embodied and felt before they are thought. Understood as 'affect', many are beginning to argue that such visceral felt forms of experiencing and coming to know the world are important forms of knowledge creation and that we need to know more about how they work. From cognitive psychologists to film and literary critics, art historians to anthropologists and archaeologists, from art practitioners to museum curators, an increasing number of people are interested in creating texts that work at the level of affect (that is in non cognitive ways) and in analysing their potential for how we produce and embody meanings.
In conversations with a number of people from different schools I have become aware that there are a number of us who are interested in such questions. In putting out this call for your papers I am interested therefore in bringing us together, getting to know who we are, what we are interested in and hopefully generating ongoing dialogue between us.
Migration and Inter-cultural Encounters
Migration and Inter-cultural Encounters: From Theory to Empirical Research
The Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation organised a one day symposium around the broad themes of migration and intercultural relations. The symposium explored the cultural, social and economic implications of migration for contemporary western and non-western societies and its impacts for intercultural relations. The symposium brought together colleagues from the Faculty to discuss the following relevant and inter-related themes:
- The extent to which key migration theories and concepts (such as transnationalism and hybridity) are adequate tools to unpack the migration experience
- The need for genuine inter-disciplinarity as the basis for methodological approaches to migration research
- The changing nature of citizenship in old and new immigrant countries
- Intercultural contact between ethnic communities and indigenous people
- The impact of globalisation, in particular at the level of information technology, on migration experiences and the resulting intercultural encounters
- The problematic Ethno-centric (not to say Euro-centric) nature of migration research
Convenor : Dr Kim Toffoletti
Thursday 8 October 2009
Abstract:Screens play an important part in mediating our reality – think of the silver screen, military and medical screening devices, structural partitions, computer monitors and sports tactics. This symposium aims to bring together research that engages with the meaning of 'screens' it its broadest sense. What do screens filter, obscure and shield us from? How do they frame, project, and capture the world? Where do screens and screening tactics operate and for what purposes? Who do they 'screen out' and who do they allow?
The papers presented at the symposim analyse the significance of screens and screening from historical and contemporary perspectives. Given the wide scope of the topic, the symposium offered opportunities for rich inter-disciplinary dialogue between fields as varied as media and communication, social and political science, education, architecture and health. Our event helped in creating an accessible forum for the exchange of ideas and for generating fresh approaches to conceptualising screens and their role in culture and society.