In Conversation archive

Seb Franklin and Annie McClanahan join Nicholas Ridout for a conversation about automation and cultural production.

Instead of imagining a future in which our lives are managed for us by robots or AI, it may be time to think instead about how automation is already deeply embedded in our everyday lives. Automation is not replacing human beings, but it may be changing how we work and act, and how we think and feel about ourselves and other people. 

Friday 17th July, 6-8 pm (BST), Online

Paul C. Johnson and Rebecca Schnieider join Nicholas Ridout for a conversation about possession and performance.

What if possession is a totally modern idea? Could it be a way for people who live modern lives in a supposedly secular culture to describe modes of being that don’t fit with their ideas of what it is to be yourself? How does performance help us think about possession? Are performance and possession both ways of becoming an automated or programmed self? 

Friday 24th July, 6-8 pm (BST), Online

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Kyla Wazana Tompkins and Roberto Strongman join Nicholas Ridout for a conversation about possession and subjectivity.

Might possession and other experiences in which people seem to lose control of themselves – like intoxication or narcosis – expand our understanding of what it means to be a subject, beyond the bounded subjectivity assumed and promoted in so-called ‘Enlightenment’ thought? Do subjects always and everywhere have to fit neatly into bodies?

Friday 31st July, 6-8 pm (BST), Online

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