Our Winter Lectures series kickstarted with a wonderful double guest lecture by Dr. Başak Ağin and Şafak Horzum. Başak kickstarted proceedings with a rhizomatic talk, which spiraled out of debates between ecofeminism and materialist feminisms. Talking about the problem of critique, and favouring the concept of diffraction, Başak argued for thinking about ecofeminism as a form of new materialism, suggesting that oneness doesn’t necessarily mean sameness. Şafak followed with a talk about posthuman bodies as eloquent story-telling bodies, arguing for a deconstruction of the credibility of of the written word in favour of the concept of matter-text.
The ways may vary but the road is one
Below is a selection of texts talked about throughout the session:
18th January 3-5pm *amended from 1-3pm* Dr. Başak Ağin and Şafak Horzum
Eloquent Natures, Ecofeminism, and Posthuman Materialities
We are delighted to welcome Dr. Başak Ağin and Şafak Horzum for their talk ‘Eloquent Natures, Ecofeminism, and Posthuman Materialities’.
Başak’s and Şafak’s research is concerned with the posthumanism, ecocriticism, and Speculative Realism, exploring worlds beyond the human. In this lecture-seminar, they will talk about their recent work in this area. Başak will open by challenging the opposition of ecofeminism and material feminisms, exploring how it paved the way for a defensive cases of new materialisms. She focuses on why such attacks have proved unfruitful for the development of feminisms as an overarching set of theories and practices that would otherwise benefit all. Drawing attention to the common points between ecofeminism and material ecocriticism, which she sees as the latest brainchild of new materialisms, she exemplifies these points by deriving her examples from the rewriting of Medusa myths in contemporary social networking platforms as well as Rumi’s poetry. In the second part, Şafak concentrates on posthuman materialities as eloquent, story-telling bodies, by referring to examples from various Western fictions ranging from Gulliver’s Travels to Alice series and twenty and twenty-first-century science fiction and fantasy novels. Moving towards an interactive talk with the audience, he will engage in conversations by thinking and talking through various genres and what it means to be a posthuman agentic body that narrates stories.
Dr. Başak Ağın is an Associate Professor of English Literature, TED University, Ankara, Turkey
Şafak Horzum is a PhD Candidate in English Literature, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
There will be a chance for a Q&A with our speakers, followed by an open discussion on the topic. Please note, the opening talk will be recorded, but the Q&A and discussions which follow will not.
1st February 1-3pm Christopher Griffin
New Labour, Neoliberalislam and the Multicultural Zeitroman
8th February 10am Dr. Gregory Marks
Apocalypse Never: Walter Benjamin and the Deferral of the End
How to join
If you’d like to attend any or all of these lectures, get in touch via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by DMing us on twitter (@Theory_UoB) and we’ll send you a Zoom link for each event nearer the time. Like all of our events, these lectures take place online, are completely free of charge, and all are welcome.
We’re under a week away from our monthly Postcapitalist Desires reading group session, which will cover the fifth (and final) of Mark Fisher’s final lecture transcripts on Tuesday 23rd of March 1-3pm (GMT). If you haven’t yet registered for a link to the sessions, but would like to, please email or DM us on Twitter and we’ll set you up!
As always with our Postcapitalist Desires sessions, it’s up to you how far you wish to delve into each lecture as there’s a wealth of material in each, but we do ask as a minimum that you read the relevant lecture transcript before the session.
In addition to lecture transcript #5 – ‘Libidinal Marxism’, should you wish, the extra reading for this session is:
Jean-François Lyotard, “The Desire Named Marx” in Libidinal Economy (London: Athlone Press, 1993), pp. 95–149
Like all of our series, these events are online and free. If you haven’t yet registered, there’s still time – get in touch and we’ll add you to the list. We’ll be sending out a Zoom link to everyone on the list nearer the time. Once you’ve registered, you don’t need to confirm attendance for each session – we’ll send you a fresh link every month. You also don’t need to commit to every session – just attend what you fancy (even if you miss the first session, there is more than enough material in each lecture for discussion).