Section X: Reimagining and Reinventing Societies and Social Thought

Track 1: Social Life
Michael Halewood, Chair
Mason Hall, Pomona College campus

For too long, the discipline of social theory has focussed only on relations between humans. There is a need to rethink and to broaden its remit to include many kinds of entities; including animals, organisms, fictions and others. The discipline needs to be reimagined, and the thought of Alfred North Whitehead can help us to bring the words “social” and “life” together in a richer and more productive way.

Friday June 5th

Session 1:

2pm – 3.30

Steven Shaviro – “Fictions and Fabulations of Sentience.”

Michael Halewood – “Unsocial Life.”

 

Session 2:

4pm – 5.30

Adam Nocek – “Propositional Ecologies: Media, Biology, and Time”.

Michael Thomas – “Aesthetic Experience and the Art of Civilization.”

 

Saturday June 6th

Session 1:

11am-12.30

Erin Manning and Brian Massumi – “Double Affirmation and the Question of Value.”

 

Session 2:

2pm – 3.30

Heather Davis – “Future animals”.

Ada Smailbegovic – “’A Feeling for the Organism:’ Lures of Affective Ethology.”.

 

Session 3:

4pm – 5.30

Pearl Brilmyer – “The Temporality of Form in Hardy’s The Well-Beloved.”

François Lemieux and Erik Bordeleau: Ecologies of Broadening Feelings.