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TECHNOLOGY, SEX AND GENDER IN CLASSICAL ANTIQUITY 7th of June 2019 Amory Building Room 315 Convened by: Maria Gerolemou Supported by the Centre for Knowledge in Culture in Antiquityand Beyond and the Centre for Medical History, University of Exeter This workshop proposes to explore the ways that technology (defined as techniques) produces, configures or reshapes gender and sexuality. Cosmetics, prosthetics, athletics, pharmaceutics and sexual tools can all be considered in terms of enhancement technologies with a variety of aims, including longevity, and…Find out more »
Keynote speakers: Greta LaFleur, Yale University, USA Astrida Neimanis, University of Sydney, Australia Artist in Residence: Amy Cutler, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK Since 2016 the Ecosexual Bathhouse art venue has been touring the world. Designed by the Pony Express artist collective, this roving multi-chamber venue aims to explore ecological fantasies: visitors can visit a pollination gallery, a composting glory hole, and a honey bee swarm. Activating desire and channelling erotic expression towards the elements of water, earth,…Find out more »
Keynote Speakers: Professor John Mercer (Birmingham City University) Professor Susanna Paasonen (University of Turku) Professor Tim Dean (University of Illinois) We’re living in viral times; ours is a time of contagion. As Tony Sampson writes in his book Virality: Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks, “the networked infrastructures of late capitalism are interwoven with the universal logic of the epidemic” (Sampson 2011, 1–2). Deeply connected to contemporary biopolitics and modes of digital sociability, virality also underpins news forms of wealth…Find out more »
Research Seminar: Professor David Getsy (School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Freie Universität Berlin)
Viral Sites: Scott Burton’s Sculpture, Undetectability, and Public Art in the First Decade of the AIDS Crisis in the U.S. Scott Burton was one of the most well-known proponents of the new public art in the United States in the 1980s, and his work involved making site-specific sculptures of furniture that served the public. These seemingly innocuous functional artworks, however, were based in Burton’s long-running investigation into the queer experiences of public space, cruising, and dissemblance. Burton’s sculptures hide in…Find out more »