Ethics & Things workshop, June 1-2

In dominant modern conceptions things often become little but things-for-us, reduced to resources or what Heidegger termed Bestand. Even as heritage, monuments and things mostly receive their value from being useful to us; as cultural, scientific or economic resources, serving as vehicles for identity and securing human well-being. This workshop will explore possible alternatives to this understanding. That is, to what extent may things be seen as valuable and/or significant also in and of themselves, beyond human concern or definition? Rather than providing a “corrective”, or appealing to abstract (and often humanized) principles of “rights”, we would like to frame this exploration, first and foremost, as a concern for things’ integrity and difference.  Moreover, we argue, taking seriously things’ recently applauded “agency”, also entails moral obligations, including concern for their less desirable aspects.

ETHICS & THINGS

Interdisciplinary workshop, Centre for Advanced Study (CAS),

Norwegian Academy of Sciences, June 1-2, 2017, Oslo, Norway (Drammensveien 78, Turret room – top floor)

JUNE 1

10.15-10.45   Vigdis Broch-Due, director of CAS: Welcome

Bjørnar Olsen, UiT-The Arctic University of Norway/CAS: Introduction

10.45-11.45  Lucas Introna: The ethos of those who have nothing in common.

11.45-13.15   Lunch at Gabelshus Hotel (Gabels gate 16)

13.15-14.15   Caitlin DeSilvey: Other Objects and the Ethics of Indifference.

14.15-15.15   Tim LeCain:  Three Thousand Dead Snow Geese: Towards a Post-Anthropocentric Ethic.

15.15-15.30   Tea/coffee

15.30-16.30   Ingar Figenschau: The heritage of war and the discourse of sustainability.

19.00              Dinner (restaurant to be announced)

JUNE 2

09.30-10.30   Silvia BensoBodies of Water: Levinas’s Hydrodynamic Ethics.

10.30-11.30   Þóra Pétursdóttir: Ethics in drift.

11.30-13.00   Lunch at Gabelshus hotel

13.00-14.00   Sven Ouzman: Archaeology and Artefacts in the Anthropocene: Between the dead hand of the past and the high intentions of the future.

14.00-15.00   Alfredo González Ruibal: One single catastrophe: ethics, jurisdiction, archaeology

15.00-15.15   Tea/coffee

15.15-16.30   General discussion

19.00              Dinner (restaurant to be announced)

The workshop is part of the CAS project After Discourse: Things, Archaeology, and Heritage in the 21st Century, https://cas.oslo.no/research-groups/after-discourse-things-archaeology-and-heritage-in-the-21st-century-article1802-827.html

If you are interested in attending this workshp, contact Þóra Pétursdóttir: thora.petursdottir@uit.no

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