Message posted on 29/11/2023

Aesthetic Engagement – EASST4S Call for Abstracts Amsterdam 2024

Dear Colleagues,

Many apologies for cross-posting.

We are inviting submissions to the panel for the forthcoming EASST-4S conference (16th – 19th July 2024), Making and Doing Transformations, in Amsterdam on Aesthetic Engagement: Sensitisation, Metrology & Commoning.

More specifically, we invite contributions that engage with aesthetic practices and knowledge production and how these sensitise the researcher and researched to contemporary concerns regarding knowledge practices not least those that engage with environmental and climate crisis.

Convenors Alex Wilkie (Goldsmiths, University of London) Mike Michael (University of Exeter)

Short Abstract This panel explores how ‘commoning’ operates with regard to metrology and metrological assemblages that mediate between aesthetic experience and knowledge practices and how these sensitise the researcher and researched to contemporary concerns regarding environmental and climate crisis.

Long Abstract Aesthetics – understood ontologically rather than phenomenologically – is a central feature of how socio-material events unfold insofar as the elements that compose such events make themselves commonly available to one another. Such ‘commoning’ entails the researcher as well as the researched in the process of the research event. This panel explores how this commoning operates with regard to metrology and metrological assemblages that mediate between aesthetic experience and knowledge practices. Specifically, we ask: how do modes of sensitization and measurement become available to – in common with - that which they measure? This is not a straightforward question as that which metrological devices measure are complexly configured to include not only the ‘thing’ being measured against an accredited ‘scale’, but a panoply of things and a heterogeneity of scales (including what might be call ‘lay metrologies’) that can implicate the socio-material, the affective, the narrative, the economic, and so on. The panel will focus on how we can operationalise this broad schema of commoning through aesthetic engagement practices that draw on social science, design, artistic disciplines and the environmental humanities. We are particularly interested in empirical examples or proposals ideally those that address contemporary climate crisis and environmental concerns as well as frameworks such as the Anthropocene or Chthulucene.

To submit your abstract please go to the EASST4S website to find details on terms and requirements or directly to the panel page.

We very much look forward to receiving your submissions. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you want to clarify the call or discuss your abstract.

Please feel free to share this with your colleagues and networks.

Bests wishes,

Mike and Alex

Alex Wilkie Professor of Design and Societies Convenor of the MPhil/PhD Programme in Design (he/him/his)

Director: Design Societies Research Unit

Series editor: Dis-positions: Troubling Methods and Theory in STS, Bristol University Press.

Department of Design Goldsmiths, University of London


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