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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 required

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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I am bran Arara

I am
an Arara

Screening and Discussion, 14 Mar 2024, 19:00

I am an Arara (directed by Mariana Lacerda and Rivane Neuenschwander, Brazil, 2023, 28′). A forest runs through the protests in São Paulo during the election year of 2022, a political moment in Brazil, when what was at stake was the end of democracy and the continuity of a government whose main agenda was destruction of nature and its territories, of social conquests, of indigenous peoples and quilombolas, of culture and art.

The screening is followed by a discussion with Mariana Lacerda and Peter Pál Pelbart.

Part of the symposium Shifting Natures

Organized by Marlon Miguel and Elena Vogman

At the venue: Registration will open on 29 Feb 2024

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Model brOrganisms


Materiality, History and Politics

Symposium, 21 – 22 Mar 2024

Model organisms are life forms used to test biological theories of various kinds in laboratory settings. Research with model organisms muddies the line between models as material objects and models as abstract entities. Model organisms are not fully constructed, since they are evolved beings, but the longer they reside in a laboratory the less they resemble their kin in the wild.

Organized by Maria Dębińska, Julia Sánchez-Dorado, Ben Woodard

At the venue: Registration will open on 6 March 2024

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Sabina brLeonelli


The Future of the Model Organism Repertoire

Lecture, 21 Mar 2024. 19:00
This talk considers two recent and novel uses of simpler model organisms (such as zebrafish, water fleas, and nematodes) in contemporary life science research: as an indicator species in predictive toxicology and as a substitute for rodents and other mammals in translational biomedical research associated with new efforts to foster new approach methodologies (NAMs).

Part of the symposium Model Organisms

At the venue: Registration will open on 6 March 2024

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Jan brBaedke


From Lichen to Human Life: Symbiotic Organisms as Models of Social Organization

Lecture, 22 Mar 2024, 19:00

This talk examines the historical use of model organisms in symbiosis research, focusing particularly on bipartite interactions like the plant root-rhizobium relationship and algae-fungi symbiosis in lichens. The latter has been pivotal in shaping diverse images of (i) societal structures and (ii) human individuality.

Part of the symposium Model Organisms

At the venue: Registration will open on 6 March 2024

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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