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Haunted Humanity: Workshop by The Monster Network

In light of so-called migratory challenges and increasing nationalism in the Nordic countries, this workshop critically engages with ongoing debates about exclusion and inclusion through the ideas surrounding monsters, ghosts and haunting. The workshop explores not only important historical contexts for how monsters emerged as justifications for discrimination and violence, but also the monstrous Others as figures that haunt the foundations of the very idea of humanity, and what it means to be human today.

With the generous support of the Nordic Culture Point, the monster network is organizing a 2-day workshop in Stavanger, Norway on November 29 & 30. This workshop, called Haunted Humanity, critically engages with ongoing debates about exclusion and inclusion through the ideas surrounding monsters, ghosts and haunting. We aim to explore not only important historical contexts for how monsters emerged as justifications for discrimination and violence, but also the monstrous Others as figures that haunt the foundations of the very idea of humanity, and what it means to be human today. 

To participate, email ingvil.f.hellstrand@uis.no before November 7th. The workshop is supported by the Nordic Culture point and is free of charge. For full program, click here 

 

Public event #1

The Monster Network meets Frail Mighty

Thursday 29 November 19.00-20.30, The Monster Network invites to an open panel discussion with and about the art and artists involved in the exhibition Frail Mighty at Kunsthall Stavanger. This panel discussion grapple with issues of vulnerability, power and monstrousness. After the discussion, it will be possible to visit the exhibition

The event is open for everyone and is and is free of charge. The event is generously supported by the Nordic Culture point.

 

Public event #2

Haunting humanity: monster talks

Friday 30. November at 10.00-11.30, The Monster Network, invites to an open lecture at UiS celebrating 200 years since the publication of Frankenstein’s monster. Dr. Siv Frøydis Berg, researcher at the Norwegian National library, gives her talk Creating a human, creating a self. Mary Shelleys Frankenstein.

The talk is followed by a panel conversation between between editors of two special issues foregrounding the monster: SI Promises of monsters (Somatechnics Journal) meets SI Manufacturing Monsters (Nordlit Journal, UiT).  We ask: why the monster and why now?

 

The event is generously supported by the Nordic Culture point.