Saturday, March 3rd
Coffee and pastries 9:00 – 9:15
9:15: Welcome and Opening remarks:
Dr. Samir Gandesha, Director, Institute for the Humanities, SFU
9:30 – 11:00: Panel: Producer as Author
- Mark Nowak, Director, the Worker Writers School, “Social Poetics and the Worker Writers School”
- Alessandra Capperdoni, Lecturer, Department of English and Humanities, SFU, “Poetic Work as Labour: Value and Aesthetics for a History of the Present”
- Chair: Jeff Derksen, Professor, Department of English, SFU
11:15 – 12:45: Panel: Free Associations
- Johan Hartle, Professor, Philosophy, University of Amsterdam, “Labour Associations”
- Duane Fontaine, PhD Candidate, SAR Program, SFU, “The UBI-subject: The New Proletariat or Forgotten Rabble?”
- Philip Wohlstetter, Co-founder, Invisible Seattle, “Robinson at Work: Life as a Non-Value Creator”
- Chair: Samir Gandesha
12:45 – 2:00 Lunch
2:00 – 3:30
Lecture: Samir Gandesha, “The Aesthetic Politics of Hegemony: Machiavelli/Nietzsche/ Gramsci”
Chair: Am Johal, Director, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement
3:45 – 5:15
Lecture: Jaleh Mansoor, Associate Professor, Art History, UBC, “Readymade or Made [to be] Ready: Social Reproduction and Autonomy in 21st Century Art”
Chair: Sanem Guvenc-Salgirli, Emily Carr University
Reception (Snacks and Cash Bar) 5:15 – 7pm
Sunday, March 4th, 2018
12:00 – 1:30: Panel: Art, Labour, Utopia
- Andrew Czink, PhD Candidate, SFU, “What Labour Musicking?”
- Morgan Young, MA Student, SFU, “On a Road to Nowhere: Reconsidering Utopia”
- Ed Graham, PhD Candidate, SFU, “Mapping Artistic Labour in Sheila Heti’s How Should a Person Be?”
- Chair: Hilda Fernandez, Lacan Salon
1:30 – 2:30: Lunch
2:30 – 4:00
Lecture: Anita Chari, Associate Professor, Politcal Science, University of Oregon, “I Am Your Voice: Aesthetics, Politics and the Materialization of Critique”
Chair: Jaleh Mansoor
Alessandra Capperdoni teaches modern and contemporary literature, literary theory, and critical theory in the Departments of English and Humanities. Her research focuses on avant-garde poetics and experimental writings in the context of the nexus space/nation/culture, gender and sexuality, and subjectivity and desire in relation to larger social imaginaries and practices.
Anita Chari is a political theorist, somatic educator, and vocalist based in Portland, Oregon, and is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Oregon. Her scholarly work focuses on the significance of aesthetics and embodiment for critical theory and practice. Her first monograph, A Political Economy of the Senses, was published in 2015 by Columbia University Press, and recent publications include pieces in The Hysterical Material (2017), New Political Science (2016), Theory and Event (2015), and Philosophy and Social Criticism (2016). You can read more about her work at https://polisci.uoregon.edu/profile/anitac/ and anitachari.com.
“One of Canada’s most imaginative musicians” (Craig Harris, All Music), Andrew Czink is a composer, pianist, audio engineer, and educator based in Vancouver. He is co-director of the CD and concert producer earsay productions. His primary instrumental training was of a classical bent, with excursions into jazz and popular forms early on. Along with exposure to, and study of, various Asian and African musics (particularly Javanese Gamelan and Japanese Taiko Drumming), this suite of influences continue their hold on his musical thought. He has also been playing the lap steel guitar for the last few years and has integrated it into his musical practices. His music has been performed and broadcast throughout Europe, New Zealand, Australia, the USA, and Canada where he has received numerous awards, grants, and commissions. He is a music and audio instructor at LaSalle College Vancouver, and has completed an MA in Liberal Studies at SFU, with his research focusing on the development of an embodied epistemology of auditory experience. He is a PhD Candidate at Simon Fraser University, studying the philosophy of musical experience as a situated, embodied, cognitive, sonorous, and prosthetic practice from the perspective of the composer/improviser/performer. He has been composing, improvising, and creating both live and acousmatic forms of electro-acoustic music in both stereo and multi-channel formats for over 30 years.
Duane Fontaine is a professional accountant and is currently a PhD student in SFU’s interdisciplinary SAR program. He is studying the nature of work in contemporary society and is contrasting it with an examination of alternative visions for the future of work. The widespread application of robotics, automation and artificial intelligence into the productive economy threatens the future of work. Duane is revisiting the utopian quest for an Aesthetic State and how its emancipatory potential, combined with such transitional solutions as Universal Basic Income, might present an opportunity to redefine the very nature and purpose of work in a way that enhances meaning and freedom.
Samir Gandesha is an Associate Professor in the Department of the Humanities and the Director of the Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University. He specializes in modern European thought and culture, with a particular emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. His work has appeared in Political Theory, New German Critique, Constellations Logos, Kant Studien, Philosophy and Social Criticism, Topia, the European Legacy, the European Journal of Social Theory, Art Papers, the Cambridge Companion to Adorno and Herbert Marcuse: A Critical Reader as well as in several other edited books. He is co-editor with Lars Rensmann of Arendt and Adorno: Political and Philosophical Investigations (Stanford, 2012). He is co-editor (with Johan Hartle) of Spell of Capital: Reification and Spectacle (University of Amsterdam Press, 2017) and Aesthetic Marx (Bloomsbury Press, 2017) also with Johan Hartle. In the Spring of 2017, he was the Liu Boming Visiting Scholar in Philosophy at the University of Nanjing and Visiting Lecturer at Suzhou University of Science and Technology in China.
Ed Graham is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at Simon Fraser University. He holds an MA in Philosophy from the University of Amsterdam, and a BA (Hons) in English from the University of Warwick. His research explores the contemporary significance of cultural theorist Fredric Jameson.
Johan Hartle studied Philosophy and Political Science in Marburg and Frankfurt/M. Currently he teaches Philosophy of Art at the University of Amsterdam, Aesthetics of the Political at the University of Arts and Design, Karlsruhe, and Art Theory at the China Academy of Arts, Hangzhou. He held research fellowships at the University of Amsterdam, the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, the Universitá Roma Tre and taught at the Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam and the Academy of Fine Arts, Münster/Westphalia and several other art schools.
Jaleh Mansoor is a historian of Modern and contemporary cultural production, specializing in twentieth-century European art, Marxism, Marxist feminism, and critical theory. She received her PhD from Columbia University in 2007 and has taught at SUNY Purchase, Barnard College, Columbia University, and Ohio University.
Mark Nowak is the author of Shut Up Shut Down (Coffee House Press, 2004), a New York Times “Editor’s Choice,” and Coal Mountain Elementary (Coffee House Press, 2009), which Howard Zinn called “a stunning educational tool.” He is a 2010 Guggenheim fellow, a recipient of the Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism from Split This Rock (2015) and a Lannan Literary Fellow (2015). A native of Buffalo, Nowak currently directs the Worker Writers School, in collaboration with PEN America and the Worker Justice Center of New York.
Philip Wohlstetter is co-founder of Invisible Seattle, a loose group of actors, artists, dancers, and writers specializing in demystifications-to-order (trials of the enemies of civic life) and strategic interventions (the first novel written by an entire city). He is currently producing Red May, a month-long festival in Seattle with two rules: first, riff on red; second, assume that the market is not the solution for the problems the market creates. He was at Columbia University during the exhilarating days of the 1968 takeover and in Santiago, Chile on September 11, 1973 for the last moments of the Allende government. He has translated Regis Debray and has been working for forty years on a book called Valparaiso, which he will probably never finish.
Morgan Young has an interdisciplinary background, mostly in music, anthropology and philosophy. She is currently an MA Student in the Department of Humanities at SFU. She is interested in the Frankfurt School and related theorists on art and critical aesthetics. In particular, she is interested in the utopian dimension of the Frankfurt School, and the Romantic critique of capitalism. She is exploring the idea of art as transformative experience and as site of resistance. Her thesis is focused on developing a critical theory of fantasy as a part of a broader category of theory for radical speculative fiction. Morgan also enjoys singing, writing, and cuddles with her cats.