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Idioms of the Post-Global:
A Conference in Five Mini Happenings


Idioms of the Post Global

Presenter: Multiple Presenters
Location: 120 Clemens ; Special Collections Reading Room
Campus: North Campus, University at Buffalo
Date: 3/19/09 - 3/21/09
Time: Noon - 7:00 p.m.
Sponsor: Humanities Institute, Department of Comparative Literature, Institute for Critical Climate Change (IC3)

The conference is a joint collaboration between the University of Buffalo and the Institute for Critical Climate Change (IC3). The latter group is involved in a series of conferences and publications whose overall mission is to redirect the innovations of contemporary critical theory toward an engagement with the environmental, demographic, systematic, diplomatic, socio-political, administrative, and tele-technic, and informational crises of our time. Past IC3 events, hosted in China and at Albany, have included “Chronopolitics and Visual Culture,” “Ecologies of War,” and “X-Factors: Terrestriality, Reinscription, Memory Machines.”

1) Reality Check: Theory on the Ground (Thurs. March 19, 12:00 PM; Clemens 120): An encounter between theoreticians and observers whose perches have been more “on the ground” than is academically customary, whether as journalists or members of international organizations. At a moment when highly astute and informed journalism, on the order of Naomi Klein’Äôs The Shock Doctrine, has caught up with and assembled the matrix of ideological distortions, cynical policies, and unrealistic expectations significantly at play in current conditions. Participants: Tom Cohen, UA; Thomas Bass, UA; Sarah Elder, UB; Peter Hudson, UB; Randy Martin, NYU; David Pitt, UN; formerly NY Times; Theresa Runstedtler, UB; Krzysztof Ziarek, UB.

2) Science of the Times (Thursday, March 19, 3:30 PM, Clemens 120): Not only the impact of environmental despoiling, critical resource shortage, and ecological transformation on scientific protocol and investigation, but an assessment of reasonable expectations for scientific achievement and remediation under reconfigured conditions. Participants: Robert Markley, Illinois; Bruce Clarke, Texas Tech; Hernan Diaz, UA; Nancy Anderson, UB; Jim Bono, UB; James Bunn, UB; Jim Swan, UB.

3) The Plastic Humanities (Friday, March 20, 12:00 PM, Clemens 120): This section tracks the impact of recent shocks whose impact has been tangible and material in the fullest senses to cultural programming and processing, sensibility, concentration, and attention itself—as registered in philosophical discourse, literature, cinema, and the allied arts. Participants: Catherine Malabou, UB; Claire Colebrook, Penn State; Ming-Qing Ma, UB; Ewa Ziarek, UB; Mike Hill, UA; Mary Valentis, UA; Kalliopi Nikolopoulou, UB; Kir Kuiken, UA.

4) The Post-Global City, Philosophically (Friday, March 20, 3:30 PM, Poetry & Rare Books Collection, Capen 120): Urban centers as focal points for post-global transformation, breeders for improvisation in communal life at the level of “neighborhood,” screens on which new notions of sovereignty and nationality—and their boundaries and borders—have been projected. Participants: Al Lopez, Purdue University; Glyne Griffith, UA; David Johnson, UB; Justin Read, UB; Alan Shelton, Buffalo State College.

5) The Last Breakfast: In Response: (Saturday, March 21, 9:30 AM, Poetry & Rare Books Collection, Capen 420): A parting event in which students of all ages and at all stages indicate tangible impacts of post-global conditions on their thinking and their current possibilities for productive cultural response and intervention. Participants: Natalie Knight, UA; Christina Thyssen, UA; Phil Campani.

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