Lab Sense: Of Minds & Magnets - a Roundtable Conversation with Erin Manning, Brian Massumi, and Ralph James Savarese

Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Location: FHI Garage - C105, Bay 4, Smith Warehouse

A Neurohumanities Research Group event & part of Erin Manning and Brian Massumi's Short-Term Residency at the FHI, presented with the Program in Literature. This event is co-sponsored by DIBS.

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page-event-neurohumanities.jpgAs part of our Short-Term Residencies for 2012-2013, Erin Manning and Brian Massumi will be in residence at the FHI November 27 - 30. For other events associated with their residency, please see below.

Please join us for a round-table event with Erin Manning, Brian Massumi, and Ralph James Savarese. A light lunch will be served.

Using the Erin Manning project “Folds to Infinity” as described in the SubStance article “Fiery, Luminous, Scary,” this roundtable will explore the interdisciplinary setting of knowledge production. The Massumi/Manning Sense Lab will serve as a consideration of the laboratorium or work of the senses in neurotypical and neurodiverse rhetoric and performance.

Erin Manning, Ph.D., is a philosopher, visual artist and dancer, and is currently a University Research Chair at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University, Montreal. She is also a founder and director of The Sense Lab, an interdisciplinary laboratory on research, creation and an international network focusing on intersections between philosophy and art through the sensing body in motion. Erin Manning received her Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Hawaii (2001) and has been teaching philosophy, political theory, visual studies, cultural studies, and film theory. She is a member of the editorial board for the online journal Inflexions and the author of works on movement and ephemerality, for which she frequently collaborates with Brian Massumi. Erin Manning is author of Relationscapes: Movement, Art, Philosophy and Politics of Touch: Sense, Movement, Sovereignty. She has two forthcoming books: Always More Than One: Individuation's Dance, and, with Brian Massumi, Thought in the Act: Passages in the Ecology of Experience.More information on Professor Manning is available here.

Brian Massumi, Ph. D., is a political theorist, writer and philosopher, and is currently a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences at the University of Montréal in Quebec Canada, where he directs both the Ph. D program and the Workshop in Radical Empiricism (Atelier en empirisme radical). He is well-known for his translations of several major texts in French post-structuralist theory, including Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari's A Thousand Plateaus, Jean-François Lyotard's The Postmodern Condition, and Jacques Attali's Noise. Brian Massumi received both his Masters and Doctoral degrees in French Literature from Yale University and completed postdoctoral work at Stanford University. Brian Massumi is the author of Semblance And Event: Activist Philosophy and the Occurrent Arts, Parables for the Virtual: Movement, Affect, Sensation and A User's Guide to Capitalism and Schizophrenia: Deviations from Deleuze and Guattari. More information on Professor Massumi is available here.

Ralph James Savarese, Assoc. Professor of English at Grinnell College and a poet, essayist, and literary scholar, is a Mellon Humanities Writ Large Fellow in residency at the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and the DIBS/FHI Neurohumanities Research Group at Duke in 2012-2013. This fall he is co- teaching in the Neurohumanities “Flaubert’s Brain” course with Deborah Jenson and Nima Bassiri. He has published widely on cognitive approaches to literature and disability, with articles and forthcoming work on topics including poetry as right-hemispheric language, postcolonial neurology, and conjoined neurology. Prof. Savarese is the author of Reasonable People: A Memoir of Autism and Adoption, which Newsweek called “a real life love story and an urgent manifesto for the rights of people with neurological disabilities.” With his wife, Emily Thornton Savarese, he is the co-editor of a special issue of Disability Studies Quarterly, “Autism and the Concept of Neurodiversity.” The winner of the Herman Melville Society’s Hennig Cohen Prize for “an outstanding contribution to Melville scholarship” and a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for his work on neuropoetics, he is working on a scholarly monograph entitled “A Dispute with Nouns: Autism, Poetry, and the Sensing Body.”

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