ACADEMIC CONFERENCE

We cordially invite you to join our international conversation about what unity and rebellion mean to us. We believe that, as people who dream, imagine, and think for a living, we have a responsibility to the earth and its   people.  Join us for a day of fascinating panels, to listen to our keynote talk, and to become part of an online community of thinkers. The 2020 digital conference is free to attend, and open to all. 

TUESDAY 2ND JUNE 2020 | 10AM - 6.30PM PARIS TIME | DIGITAL EVENT 

For more information including the Zoom webinar access link, individual abstracts and the specific timings of the day, please see our CONFERENCE PROGRAMME:

KEYNOTE SPEAKER | JULIAN HANNA

WRITER | ACADEMIC 

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The Manifesto Handbook: 95 Theses on an Incendiary Form (2020)

Julian Hanna is a writer and academic currently living in Portugal, where he is a researcher at the Interactive Technologies Institute (ITI). He was born in Vancouver and taught at the University of British Columbia and the University of Lisbon before moving to the island of Madeira. His diverse research interests focus especially on critical intersections between culture, politics, and technology. He has written extensively about modernism and the avant-garde for publications such as the Journal of Modern Literature, Modernism/Modernity, Modernist Cultures, the Journal of Wyndham Lewis Studies, and The Atlantic, and in a book, Key Concepts in Modernist Literature (Palgrave). Since 2015 he has been working with the designer James Auger. As well as co-authoring the critical futures blog Crap Futures, in 2017 they shared (with Laura Watts) the CCCB Cultural Innovation International Prize for The Newton Machine, a speculative energy project, and last year issued a catalogue of their work, Reconstrained Design. He is co-founder of the Words in Freedom Project, which recently created a card game for activists called MANIFESTO! His latest book, The Manifesto Handbook: 95 Theses on an Incendiary Form, was published this year by Zero Books.

Key Concepts

in Modernist

Literature (2008)

KEYNOTE SPEAKER | LARISA BLAZIC

DIGITAL ARTISAN / FEMINIST HACKER

Larisa Blazic is a London-based artist focusing on critical examination of digital technology, its impact on power relations, dominant narratives surrounding it and consequences of lack of ethical consideration and/or framework in the world of digital innovation. Over past 20 years, Larisa has been combining hybrid interests ranging from creative use of the Internet to intersections of video art and architecture and has initiated, collaborated and participated internationally in projects ranging from net.art to FLOSS art and design.

 

She is currently working on Data Union Fork: tools for data strike, an art project building on Decode OS, blockchain-based, operating system and nodes for decentralised ownership and control of data, as part of Vertigo Starts Residency programme. Data Union fork, sets to develop a collective, creative, and democratic response to the social, economic, and cultural implications of mass scale data harvesting and to fully leverage the value of that data.

http://www.e-w-n-s.net/dataunion/dataunion.html

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ACADEMIC CONFERENCE

We cordially invite you to join our international conversation about what unity and rebellion mean to us. We believe that, as people who dream, imagine, and think for a living, we have a responsibility to the earth and its   people.  Join us for a day of fascinating panels, to listen to our keynote talk, and to become part of an online                              community of thinkers. The 2020 digital conference is free to attend, and open to all. 

TUESDAY 2ND JUNE 2020 | ALL DAY | DIGITAL EVENT 

Jordan Bryant, University of Kent | “The Politics of Football: How Colonialism and Coloniality Allowed European Dominance in the Postcolonial World of the Beautiful Game . . . And The Darker Chapters Of European History”

 

Connie Judkins-Law, University of Kent | “Appropriating Utopia: Dystopian Flaws in the 'Monolithic Vision' of Emile Zola's The Ladies' Paradise”

Julian Hanna | “Manifestos of Hope and Resistance (in Times of Crisis and Uncertainty”

 

 

Kelsey Davies, Sorbonne-Nouvelle | “The Intersectional Politics of Self-Defense”

 

Kanishka Sikri, University of Toronto | “Locating ‘survival as resistance’ in feminist activism: Entangling hyper-visible protests with everyday forms of resistance as viable mechanisms for revolution”

Bianca Belli, University of Bologna | “Disrupting the Illusion of Unity: How Inclusive Language Fosters Progress in the Digital Space”

 

 

Larisa Blazic | “Data Union Fork: Tools for Data Strike”

 

 

Bethan James, University of Oxford | “Maggie, can you hear us?": Unity, Failure and Usefulness in Miners' Poetry 1984-5”

 

Serin Gioan, University of Oxford I “More than Friends: Emily Dickinson’s Unusual Existence and Relationships”

 

Aaron Pugh, University of Kent | “Disparate Murmurings in Virginia Woolf’s Between the Acts”

MORNING

10am – 11am: First Panel:

Rebellion in Repressive Systems

Chair: Aaron Pugh

11am – 11.30am: Coffee break

 

 

11.30am – 12.30pm: Keynote

Chair: Connie Judkins-Law

 

 

12.30pm – 1.30pm: Lunch break

AFTERNOON

1.30pm – 3pm: Second Panel:

Intersectional Resistance

Chair: Connie Judkins-Law

3pm – 3.30pm: Coffee break

 

 

3.30pm – 4.30pm: Keynote

Chair: Olivia Gilmore

 

 

4.30pm – 5pm: Coffee break

5pm – 6.30pm: Third Panel:

Literary Communities

Chair: Madeleine Piggott

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

END OF CONFERENCE

 

 

 

Connie Judkins-Law, University of Kent | “Appropriating Utopia: Dystopian Flaws in the 'Monolithic Vision' of Émile Zola's 'The Ladies' Paradise'”

Jordan Bryant, University of Kent | “The Politics of Football: How Colonialism and Coloniality Allowed European Dominance in the Postcolonial World of the Beautiful Game . . . And The Darker Chapters Of European History”

Julian Hanna | “Manifestos of Hope and Resistance (in Times of Crisis and Uncertainty)”

 

 

Kelsey Davies, Sorbonne-Nouvelle | “The Intersectional Politics of Self-Defense”

 

Kanishka Sikri, University of Toronto | “Locating ‘survival as resistance’ in feminist activism: Entangling hyper-visible protests with everyday forms of resistance as viable mechanisms for revolution”

Bianca Belli, University of Bologna | “Disrupting the Illusion of Unity: How Inclusive Language Fosters Progress in the Digital Space”

 

 

Larisa Blazic | “Data Union Fork: Tools for Data Strike”

 

 

Bethan James, University of Oxford | “Maggie, can you hear us?": Unity, Failure and Usefulness in Miners' Poetry 1984-5”

 

Serin Gioan, University of Oxford I “More than Friends: Emily Dickinson’s Unusual Existence and Relationships”

 

Aaron Pugh, University of Kent | “Disparate Murmurings in Virginia Woolf’s 'Between the Acts'”

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