Join Hyphen Collective for the Hyphen Journal Issue 3: Ecologies pre-launch on Tuesday 14th December. 

13:30-15:30 Philosophise Like a Plant: Thinking in Transversal and Vegetal Modes (Panel discussion- contributions to the forthcoming Ecologies issue)

Hanjo Berressem, Professor of American Studies at the University of Cologne, and Ana V. Fleming, University of Notre Dame, talk with artist and CREAM researcher, Uriel Orlow.

16:00-17:30 submerged in transitions: bodily, material, energetic, ecological

mirko nikolić, Institute for Culture and Society, Linköping University in conversation with CREAM alumni and Hyphen Journal co-Editor-in-Chief, Matthias Kispert.

Hanjo Berressem is Professor of American Studies at the University of Cologne. He has written books on Thomas Pynchon and on Witold Gombrowicz, is the author of On the Gradual Contraction of Media in Movement (Bloomsbury, 2018), and has recently published Gilles Deleuze’s Luminous Philosophy and Felix Guattari’s Schizoanalytic Ecology (both Edinburgh University Press, 2019).

His contribution to Hyphen Journal argues that Guattari’s book Schizoanalytic Cartographies is the latter’s most thorough and important contribution to ecological thought. Berressem’s piece makes use of Hyphen’s digital format to create an interactive flipbook that combines visuals and typographically organised blocks of text to spatially and conceptually explore Guattari’s diagrammatic and transversal thought.

Ana V. Fleming recently completed her MFA in Painting + Drawing at the University of Notre Dame (2021). Inspired by the genres of speculative and weird fiction, Ana’s visual artwork foregrounds a consideration of the nonhuman world, often featuring imagined, hybridised forms that fuse mechanical, vegetal, biological, and amorphous elements in states of mutation, growth and flux.

In her contribution to Hyphen Journal, she seeks to explore vegetal being as a site for productive reckoning—for entwining, grafting, and cross-pollinating along artistic, philosophical, and affective lines, fuelled largely by the arguments of philosopher Michael Marder and intrigued by plants as quintessentially embodied, undeniably lively, and intelligent in most unfamiliar ways. 

mirko nikolić is a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for Culture & Society, Linköping University, Sweden.

His presentation will reflect on his practice of following the injustices and violations perpetuated by the global mining industry and the kinds of transitions this has taken him to across personal, social and environmental dimensions, while also making space for sharing actual and potential transitions and transformations in PhD/post-PhD art/research work/nonwork experiences.

The Hyphen Collective is an interdisciplinary platform for critical thinking and practice-based research, convened by PhD researchers and alumni from the University of Westminster. Together the collective organises group exhibitions, research events and symposia, and publishes the open-access journal Hyphen. Find on more on the Hyphen website.

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