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A Novel brWithout A World

A Novel
Without A World

Reading and Discussion, 15 Feb 2024, 19:30

Gareth Gavin is a writer whose work moves between fiction, theory, and creative criticism. He will read from his most recent book Never Was: A Novel Without a World (Cipher Press, 2023) and will be joined by Bobby Benedicto and Daniel Colucciello Barber for a discussion on how novels make and sustain worlds, systems of meaning, consistency, and plausibility. By doing so, they extend a domain of intelligibility, referentiality, and possibility. What would it mean, then, to imagine a novel without a world — to make prosaic 'genres of dissociative life' (Lauren Berlant) that take form without forming a world?

An ICI Event  in cooperation with the Centre for New Writing

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Trails brand Ruins

and Ruins

Poetry and Poetics of Place

Reading and Discussion, 7 Feb 2024, 19:00

The poems to be showcased in this event, when read collectively, conjure up a variety of affective states that inform the poetic subject's entanglement with milieu—private or urban or macrocosmic or speculative—and their articulations of embeddedness, relocation, and dislocation.

With Johannes Heldén, Jaya Jacobo, and Donna Stonecipher

Organized by Mark Anthony Cayanan

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Leigh brRaiford


When Home is a Photograph: Kathleen Cleaver's Albums of Exile

Lecture, 26 Feb 2024, 19:30

This talk examines how former Black Panther Party Communications Secretary Kathleen Neal Cleaver has used photography to make ’home‘ in the world. Raiford considers the everyday image making practices that a public figure committed to improving the conditions of Black lives globally has engaged to imagine, identify, create, fabulate, inhabit, leave and, sometimes, destroy ‘home‘.

Part of the ICI Lecture Series Models 2023 – 24

An ICI Event in cooperation with the American Academy in Berlin

Livestream available
At the venue: Registration will open on 13 Feb 2024

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Disruption, brTechnique, World

Technique, World

Thinking the Present with Jean-Luc Nancy

Conference, 29 Feb – 1 Mar 2024, 9:30 – 21:00

The present time is one of general disruption, in which crisis is the normal state of affairs. In a situation characterized by climate catastrophe, pandemic, war, interruptions to supply chains, and contestations of democracy, the modern Western categories of ‘progress’ and ‘History’ implode. With Jean-Luc Nancy’s work as the point of departure, the hope of this conference is to re-think the present and the present status of world.

Organized by Erich Hörl, Susanna Lindberg, Donovan Stewart, Marita Tatari
A Leuphana Universität Lüneburg event in cooperation with ICI Berlin

At the venue: Registration will open on 13 Feb 2024

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Shifting brNatures


Symposium, 14 – 15 Mar 2024

The very concept of nature has been the subject of thorough critique for quite a while. From a Western deconstructive perspective, nature is a signifier standing for naive immediacy or reactionary normativity. Poststructuralist and queer paradigms have shifted from an idea of nature as a being and of the natural as a given to a conception of them as the effects of discursive, performative practices. 

Organized by Federica Buongiorno, Alberica Bazzoni, and Xenia Chiaramonte

At the venue: Registration will open on 29 Feb 2024

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Image credit:  Queen of Virginity in Planet Lubunya directed by İrem Aydın, Photographer: Mayra Wallraff, 2023

Queer Crossings in Global Contexts

Symposium, 13 May 2024

In the wake of the drag boom, questions of what drag performance is and does are increasingly relevant. Such questions might lead to diverse understandings of drag, including as a queer and/or trans way of doing things, a method of critique, a form of activism, and an art form with a rich legacy of deconstructing and challenging dominant norms and systems of oppression. Focusing on multi-layered contexts of queer crossings, this symposium aims to develop critical approaches to drag that incorporate its range of uses by various marginalized groups in diverse contexts globally.

Organized by B Camminga, Tunay Altay, Özgün Eylül İşcen, and Ruth Ramsden-Karelse

Please send 300-word abstracts for 15-minute papers and a short biographical note (100-150 words) to

Deadline: 24 February 2024

Jeanne brWolff Bernstein

Wolff Bernstein

The Return of the Past in the Present: The Work of Edouard Manet
Teresa brFankhänel


Analog World-modelling: Anticipating a Post-war World Through Architectural Models
Acting brOut


Cuban Artists Challenge to the State