3. (Online) Workshop: 10. & 11. Juni 2021

Embodied Knowledges & the Failures of Neoliberal Work Culture

Aufgrund der aktuellen Pandemie wird auch der dritte Workshop des Netzwerks virtuell stattfinden.

Interessierte sind daher herzlich eingeladen per Zoom an den zwei folgenden Gastvorträgen teilzunehmen.

  • 10. Juni 2021, 18:00-19:30 Uhr
    David T. Mitchell & Sharon L. Snyder
    (George Washington University):
    “What We Talk About When We Talk About Disability”
  • 11. Juni 2021, 11:00-12:30 Uhr
    Mita Banerjee
    (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz):
    “Life Writing, Writing Life: From Benjamin Franklin to Mitchell Levitz’ and Jason Kingsley’s Count Us In

Hier erhalten Sie Zugang zu den Onlinevorträgen. Weitere Informationen können Sie dem Programm entnehmen.

Kurze Einführung:

The workshop “Embodied Knowledge & the Failures of Neoliberal Work Culture” investigates the potential of disability narratives to shed critical attention on the failure of contemporary work cultures to accommodate disabled bodies. In doing so, we explore how representations of ‘unproductive’ bodies uncover not only the fragility and precariousness of neoliberal notions of efficient laboring bodies, but especially how they imagine alternative, more inclusive work environments.

2. (Online) Workshop: 10. & 11. Dezember 2020

Queer / New Media: Rethinking Knowledge and its Failures

Aufgrund der aktuellen Pandemie wird auch der zweite Workshop des Netzwerks virtuell stattfinden. Interessierte sind daher herzlich eingeladen per Zoom am Gastvortrag von Prof. Dr. Robert Payne (American University, Paris) teilzunehmen.

  • 10. Dezember 2020, 16:00-17:30 Uhr
    Prof. Dr. Robert Payne
    (American University, Paris):
    „The Queer Potential of Infrastructural Failure“

Um Zugang zum Zoom-Meeting zu erhalten, senden Sie bitte eine E-Mail an die Organisatorin Dr. Kathrin Horn (Universität Bayreuth).

Kurze Einführung:

One of the most critically challenging and illuminating directions in media studies in recent years has been the so-called „material turn“ which has encouraged more precise analysis of the objects, infrastructures, spaces, and labor which form concrete components of all media experiences but which are often obscured by a preoccupation with content. Infrastructures studies, which pays attention to what Lisa Parks has humorously characterized as „the stuff you can kick“, has proved especially valuable in shining light on systems of media distribution that are taken for granted yet contingent and incomplete. Principles and methods of queer theory can bring a particularly rich critical framework to studies of media materialities but have been significantly under-used in favor of studies of representation. This critical shift shows particular potential if we take seriously – and as inherently queer – the material instabilities and failures that haunt media systems and the unexpected emergences that arise from encounters with media which often confound how identifications and relations are articulated to media reception practices. Notably, queer affect studies have richly theorized the experiences of queer bodies that do not fit, are disoriented by or disarticulated from heteronormative protocols of time and space.

In this presentation, I will outline some of my current attempts to apply queer critique to sociotechnical infrastructures and to uncover the queer potential of infrastructural failure. In particular, building on what I have elsewhere called „lossy media“ (Payne 2018), I will explore the possibility of a queer theory of media formats. Formats have been identified in media studies scholarship as normative and taken-for-granted yet contingent protocols that fit a given medium to ensure its smooth operation. But how do we account for formats that do not fit? What emerges from an encounter with a medium for which other format protocols were prescribed or for which standards have moved on? A queer theory of formats might offer a way of accounting for the strange, generative potential of aesthetic and affective experiences of queer format fits.