Sexuate Subjects: Politics, Poetics, Ethics

  • Kristen Kreider (Speaker)

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This international interdisciplinary conference seeks to generate new theories and practices of subjectivity – ‘sexuate subjects’ – through contemporary poetic and political research in the visual arts, humanities and social sciences, and with reference to Luce Irigaray’s theory of ‘sexuate difference’. It explores how these positive ethical subjectivities for women and men are constructed through spatial, material and textual feminist poetics and politics. Over three days, it will examine especially how sexuate subjects (people/disciplines) aid interdisciplinary responses to contemporary global crises of community conflict, social and environmental wellbeing.

Sexuate Subjects focuses on these issues as they are expressed in political, poetic and ethical practice in disciplines including: architecture, art, literature, modern languages, philosophy, the political and social sciences. Nine panels and invited keynote speakers examine the following themes:

- environmental and social crises
- sustainable ecologies
- poetic communities, pedagogies, voices and bodies
- the politics of bio-medicine, body-rights, family and well-being

By examining these complex expressions of our physical and psychic lives through artefact, body, dialogue, image, installation and word, the event will provide a platform of diverse approaches which can help us build sexuate futures for all. Such approaches aim to contribute towards developing more nuanced understandings of the diversity of global cultures and their academic and public intersections. International experts from higher education, professional and public realms, as well as young researchers and practitioners, are invited to attend.

For 'Sexuate Subjects' conference Kristen Kreider delivered a paper entitled 'Time, Space and Empathy: A Material Poetics of the Film Image'. The paper extended the critical work done in 'Constructing Atmospheres: A Phenomenology of the Film Image and its Relation to Place', both of which contextualise and theorise the work undertaken by Kreider + O'Leary for the project Gorchakov's Wish.
Period3 Dec 20105 Dec 2010
Event typeOther