This November 6th, Unthinkable invites you to participate in the Unthinkable Nomos Workshop, in Vilnius. Together we will form a large research group to investigate the cardinal threads pertinent to rethinking our contemporary nomoi (plural of nomos). Following from the Unthinkable Nomos Conference and Night event, this workshop will be an investigation into some of the main aims outlined in the Unthinkable Nomos abstract (see below).
To participate in the Unthinkable Nomos Workshop, please send a letter addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org that includes:
– a short description identifying your interests in the workshop;
– your experience(s) with either, doing group thinking/concept engineering, or with any of the event’s research topics* (optional);
– please state your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices for the work groups you would like to be part of most. Unfortunately not every person can be put into their first choice so to maintain the group ratios.
– a short, two-sentence bio so we can know something more about you. CVs are unnecessary.
Four working groups will be formed to coordinate a concentrated research area, defined by four important research threads. In recognition of diversity in thought, and in order to develop the integrity and rigour of a collective thinking practice, later to be refined and posed to the invited informants – scholars in according areas of research, important to the development of the platform for rethinking and unthinking the nomos.
This is a methodology that has been uniquely conceived within Unthinkable in order to maximize the creative potential and intellectual efficiency for collective research in a new formation. Confirmed videocall guests for the Sunday workshop in Rupert are: Nick Srnicek, lecturer at City University, author of Platform Capitalism (Polity), Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work (Verso, with Alex Williams), and the forthcoming After Work: What’s Left and Who Cares? (Verso, with Helen Hester) and Pete Wolfendale, a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Johannesburg. Wolfendale’s work develops the consequences of philosophical rationalism for the philosophy of mind, aesthetics, and metaphysics. He is the author of ‘Object-Oriented Philosophy: The Noumenon’s New Clothes’ (Urbanomic 2014).
There is already a new nomos in formation, co-evolving around us through the accidental megastructure of planetary-scale computation – a supranational historic moment in process, from which we do not yet have enough distance to call it by name. We do not believe this process is absolutely ineffable or lacking intelligibility, we even say this process is not unthinkable. Yet, as a self-futurizing exercise, recognizing and understanding the unthinkable of nomos must take itself beyond our contemporary normative conditions, launching from multi-perspectival views in liminal spaces (both abstract and concrete) where identity politics blur with the misrecognized, the misplaced(?) or the proudly ambiguous, to zones free from top-down Corporatocratic domination.
To actually attempt this kind of (un)thinking requires an actualization that transits between the ‘outside-in’ and the ‘inside-out’––in other words, it involves skin-deep transformational critical thinking. It involves unthinking and rewiring our own contemporary narratives rather than reconstituting unjust territorial, political and institutional frameworks, including dismantling media rhetoric that (dis)orients us with uncritical judgments and opinions. During the Unthinkable Nomos Conference Event and Workshop, we will discuss together how we can derive conceptions and affordances of the new nomos in order to gain traction upon new spatial and rational freedoms, “for all of our alien kin”. Our aims are clear, to develop research and ideas into more sensitive languages and sonic/visual cues for the public sphere, that can expose the rhetoric that makes visible surrounding hegemonic and xenophobic discourses, including thinking ourselves out of our contemporary state of total (information) war on all citizens. We would like to unthink our contemporary mutating nomos, to germinate a self-correcting enterprise for extraterritorial social political justice and greater rational freedoms for all.
Application deadline extended until 26 October.
Workshop will take place in Vilnius. For any other questions or clarifications please contact us email@example.com