In the wake of Covid-19 and its convulsions that have rendered ever more salient a global system dependent on the warp and weft of global supply chains and logistical systems, #WyrdPatchworks returns to grasp how conceptions linked to Patchwork, MetaUtopia, or alternative governance dynamics can grapple with addressing the virus compounded by Climate Change, Loss of Biodiversity, Displaced Populations. Thus, we will speculate how Covid will inflect potential ways of mining out new social arrangements that in turn transform and rezone urban, peri-urban and rural limits or how mechanisms that will sort and cast the concept of populations in a different light that departs from national, cultural, and identitarian markers towards genetic, antibody or ‘hologenetic’ economies that shift us to ponder the evolution of post-human governance. Featuring Louis Armand, Adam Lovasz, and Michael Uhall.
November 28th 19:00 CET
Link to Join: https://meet.jit.si/WyrdPatchwork5
Will include a roundtable discussion and a subsequent screening of Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson’s The Last and First Men based on Olaf Stapledon’s science fiction novel.
Louis Armand is a Prague writer, theorist & visual artist. His novels include, among others, Vampyr (2020), GlassHouse (2018), The Combinations(Equus, 2016), Abacus (2015). His theoretical works include Videology (2015), Solicitations (2013), Event States(2007), and others. In addition, he is the author of eleven collections of poetry — most recently Monument(with John Kinsella, 2020), East Broadway Rundown(2015), and others. He is formerly an editor of VLAK magazine & Directs the Centre for Critical & Cultural Theory at Charles University, Prague.
Adam Lovasz is an Australian-born philosopher based in Hungary. A co-founder of Absentology, a center for collaboration and interdisciplinary philosophical inquiry, Adam is currently a PhD student enrolled in the Ethics and Political Philosophy Program at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, his interests include continental philosophy, embodiment, phenomenology, posthumanism and speculative realism. He is author and co-author of numerous books.
Michael Uhall is a political theorist from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign His ongoing research interests include environmental political theory, the history of conservatism, the new materialisms, and, increasingly, various issues in environmental security, geopolitics, and security studies. He is especially interested in how developments in these areas can help us rethink how conditions of existential risk, political decay, and technical debt affect our conceptual and strategic imagination of what is politically desirable or possible.