ASCA 2013 International Workshop and Conference

Friday, 19th Apr 2013


Workshop 2013: Dislocating Agency – Moving Objects:
17-19 April 2013

CIID Research’s David Gauthier and Erin La Cour will be presenting a paper at this conference in Amsterdam.


The ASCA 2013 international workshop and conference concentrates on the notions of mobility, culture, and concepts through the themes of ‘dislocating agency’ and ‘moving objects’. We explore the cultural, political, and aesthetic values associated with phenomena of associations, demarcations, and transformations.

How do ideas that ‘circulate’ affect or infect their environments? When languages or communications travel, what types of changes occur? What are the advantages or disadvantages of visualizing disciplines in terms of territories? When people ‘pass’, ‘cross over’, or ‘transition’, what do they teach us about how to imagine points of departure or destinations?

Are those connections desirable or unavoidable? Over the course of the workshop, we urge questions of the imaginary and political consequences of the ways in which various cultures establish links between, on the one hand, notions of progress, revolution, integration, economic development, ageing, or healing, and, on the other hand, nomadism, border-crossing, migration, or commuting.

Confirmed keynote speakers at the workshop include:
Sara Ahmed, Professor in Race and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths University of London;
Judith Butler, Maxine Elliot Professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley and Hannah Arendt Chair at the European Graduate School;
Engin Isin, Professor in Politics and International Studies and Chair in Citizenship at The Open University, Milton Keynes.