Experimentality – Ciclo seminarios IAS, Lancaster University

El Institute for Advanced Studies de la Lancaster University organiza su ciclo anual de encuentros en torno a la “experimentalidad”. Muy interesante y recomendable para aquellos que intentan pensar las relaciones entre los ámbitos de la tecnociencia, el arte y la vida cotidiana.


Experimentality”

Institute for Advanced Studies, Lancaster University, Annual Research Programme 2009-10

Experimentality is a year-long collaborative exploration of ideas and practices of experimentation in science and technology, the arts, commerce, politics, popular culture, everyday life, and the natural world.

Over the course of the academic year, the programme will run a range of workshops and arts events, culminating in an international conference, The Experimental Society, on 7-9 July 2010.

What do experiments do?

How do they work?

How do they have the power to change the world?

Is the distinction between experimentation in the arts and in the sciences becoming blurred?

Is experimentality replacing command-and-control as the key organising principle of contemporary society?

Can the idea of experimentality help us understand the emergence of radical novelty in technology, culture and nature?

What can an investigation of the experimental tell us about the human condition in the twentieth century?

Such questions will be amongst those that will be explored in ‘Experimentality’, a year-long programme of linked events organised by the Institute for Advanced Studies at Lancaster University, from October 2009 to September 2010. This will be a comprehensive, collaborative interrogation of the strange notion of ‘the experiment’ across the diverse domains in which it arises today, including science and technology, the arts, commerce, popular culture, warfare, everyday life, and the natural world.

We will bring together academics – including prominent international scholars in the sociology, anthropology, history and philosophy of science, culture and the arts; leading practitioners from various fields of endeavour; and members of the wider public, in order to explore the various forms that experimentality takes in contemporary society.
Fifty years after CP Snow gave his famous lecture lamenting the separation of the ‘two cultures’ of science and the humanities, we will thus use ‘the experiment’ as a meeting point, a site at which we can collectively investigate the current relationship between these supposedly hostile cultures. And we will also use ‘the experiment’ – with its instability of meaning between closure and openness, between objective truth and radical freedom – as a key site for the exploration of some of the most challenging ethico-political ambiguities of modern society.

Más info: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/experimentality/

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