CIDRAL Symposium: Precarity, Spectrality, and Hauntology
|Starts:||16:00 14 Mar 2017|
|Ends:||18:00 14 Mar 2017|
|What is it:||Symposium|
|Organiser:||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Current University students|
This event is part of CIDRAL's Spring 2017 programme 'Precarity'.
Hauntology, a term originated by Jacques Derrida in Specters of Marx in relation to the simultaneous and continuous presence and non-presence of ideas of utopian revolution, and spectrality, which uses ideas of ghosts and haunting to interrogate lingering and troubling traces of the past in the present, allow us to examine the inherent precarity of the relationship between the past, present, and future, and to emphasizethe innately uncanny relationship between what we imagine as existing now and that which has existed in the past. These concepts have been applied across the humanities and social sciences, to cultural products including photographs, films, musical works, novels, buildings, cities, and landscapes, and have inspired artists in a variety of media, including the filmmaker John Akomfrah, the photographer Tracey Moffatt, and the musical collective Ghost Box, as well as more widely known practitioners such as the playwright Jez Butterworth and the novelist Toni Morrison. This workshop will combine a number of short presentations with film clips and visual and aural resources in order to encourage transdisciplinary discussions about the ongoing relevance of the concepts of hauntology and spectrality, their connection to the broader theme of precarity , and their applicability to a variety of scholarly and pedagogical projects.
Convenor: Dr Natalie Zacek (American Studies, Manchester)
Presenters: Dr Maria del Pilar Blanco (Oxford University); Dr Rachel Clements (Drama, Manchester); Dr Michelle Coghlan (American Studies, Manchester); Dr Sorcha ni Fhlainn (Manchester Metropolitan University)
Travel and Contact Information
Samuel Alexander Building