IMMA is delighted to invite internationally renowned quantum physicist feminist theorist Karen Barad to offer critical reflection on the troubling times and ecologies of our global present. This keynote talk coincides with the final week to experience Chapter One: Queer Embodiment of The Narrow Gate of the Here-and-Now
Author of Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning (2007), Karen Barad is Distinguished Professor of Feminist Studies, Philosophy, and History of Consciousness at the UC Santa Cruz and is celebrated for their theory of Agential Realism. This keynote talk by Barad is a continuum of investigations into the entanglement of matter and meaning, to radically expose the ways in which quantum physics needs to be troubled while simultaneously troubling modernist conceptions of time and being. Barad invites us to observe the mysteries of ‘quantum temporalities’ that in turn present radical political imaginaries for cohabiting this planet more justly, by ‘undoing the future’.
This talk is followed by a moderated discussion with Dr. EL Putnam, a digital artist, who works as Lecturer in Digital Media, Programme Director, MA in Digital Media, National University Ireland Galway.
Presented in the context of Chapter One: Queer Embodiment and Chapter Two: The Anthropocene of The Narrow Gate of the Here and Now
This keynote talk is an online talk, to attend please register here
Keynote Speaker: Karen Barad
Karen Barad is Distinguished Professor of Feminist Studies, Philosophy, and History of Consciousness at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Barad is also affiliated faculty in the Critical Race and Ethnic Studies program. Barad’s Ph.D. is in theoretical particle physics and quantum field theory. Barad held a tenured appointment in a physics department before moving into more interdisciplinary spaces. Barad is the author of Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning (Duke University Press, 2007) and numerous articles in the fields of physics, philosophy, science studies, poststructuralist theory, and feminist theory. Barad’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Hughes Foundation, the Irvine Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Barad was one of the Co-Founders of UCSC’s Science & Justice Research Center and the Director of the Science & Justice Graduate Training Program. See more details here
Discussion Moderator: EL Putnam
Dr. EL Putnam is an internationally recognised digital artist and a lecturer in Digital Media at NUI Galway. Dr. Putnam’s practice discovers new ways of thinking about the relationship between the body and data; her artworks and performances have travelled to the United States, Europe and beyond. Recent experiments have seen the artist create generative animations using biometric data, such as heart rate and oxygen levels. In this interview, Dr. Putnam shares her thoughts on creativity, education and the materiality of technology. See more details here
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