Figure 1. Opicinus de Canistris (1296–ca. 1354), Diagram with Zodiac Symbols, folio 24r, Avignon, France, 1335–50 (Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Vatican City, Pal. Lat. 1993)
by EILEEN JOY
Enter the speculative metaphysics of the philosophers , Quentin Meillasoux, Graham Harman, and Ray Braisser, and also the speculative turn that a post-human literary history might take, following the passage of things themselves through human discourse, charting the networks or associations that form as things travel from hand to hand, in and out of texts, between and among different spheres of reference, describing a kind of Brownian motion of persons and things, each remaking the other as they are put to use, reanimating aesthetics as a contact zone in which the presence of things is understood to manifest via the installed thoughts and feelings of their human screens.
--Julian Yates, “It's (for) You; or, The Tele-t/r/opical Post-Human,” postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies 1.1/2 (Spring/Summer 2010)
I'm thrilled to announce that the first event in the newly-unveiled SPECULATIVE MEDIEVALISMS project [a co-production of Urbanomic, the BABEL Working Group, and the Petropunk Collective: Nicola Masciandaro, Michael O'Rourke, Anna Klosowska, and Eileen Joy], "Speculative Medievalisms: A Laboratory-Atelier," will be held at the Anatomy Theatre & Museum @ King's College London on Friday, 14 January 2011, and the full program schedule [with links to .pdfs of "specimen" papers] can be found here:
Speculative Medievalisms: A Laboratory-Atelier
The background to and vision statement for the project can be found HERE. And you can follow us on Facebook HERE. We will have a registration page up and running by the end of August for those who are interested in attending the event.
Stay tuned for a second "mirror" event, still to be scheduled in New York City in Fall 2011, and featuring Graham Harman, Kellie Robertson, Jeffrey Cohen, and others.