IN SYNC International Colloquium
The InSync Project at Oslo's Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS) holds its concluding colloquium on May 27-29. Professor Kristin Asdal will give a keynote on May 28.
The three-day long international colloquium will will address the topic of "How synchronisation and mediation produce collective times, then and now". Among the participants in the 8 panels and 3 keynotes are John Durham Peters, Bernard Siegert, Kristin Asdal, Geoffrey Bowker, Stefan Tanaka aned Anne Danielsen.
On May 28 at 09.00 (Aud. 2, Georg Sverdrups Hus, University of Oslo), Kristin Asdal, from the Little Tools project, will give a keynote on the following topic:
The Little Tools of Timing: Co-modifying Nature-Times with Democratic Times
Politics of nature are inextricably linked to the question of time: not only is it a time-issue, but also a timing-issue; about working upon time and about having different modes and versions of time to meet: nature-times in encounters with democratic times and the little tools that do such co-modification work. Hence, in doing environmental humanities we need to turn time into one of our key objects of inquiry, in combination with, I will argue, the means and tools that set nature-entities on the move and enable them to become part of political procedure and re-inventing democracy. In doing this I will argue that parliaments are not such exclusively human affairs as they are often thought to be. In order to delve into these issues empirically, I will draw from the blue whale and the controversy with which this large animal was surrounded in the late 19th century.
The event will take place at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters on May 27 and 29, and at the University of Olso Library on May 28. It is free and open to all.