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From xenolinguistics to cephalo­pods
From xenolinguistics to cephalo­pods

Xenolinguistics

If ever humans should face creatures from outer space, they would ­surely have to find a way of dealing with the aliens and—supposing they would have such a thing: with their languages. The branch of linguistics dedicated to the study of such languages from outer space is commonly referred to as xenolinguistics. For the time being, xenolinguistics is an essentially speculative and certainly radical exercise of conceiving the diverse. We have asked a series of specialists from different fields that...
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  • communication
  • communication media
  • linguistics
  • science fiction
  • semiotics and semiology
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Jean-Luc Nancy

غریبه‌ها غریبه‌ها

Etrange (غریب) در زبان فرانسوی از ریشه لاتین extraneus به معنای «خارجی» در برابر داخلی intraneus است. آنچه از خانه نیست unheimlich (امر غریب) از heim (خانه) نیست از منزل نیست در طرف دیگر دروازه fores است foreigner (خارجی)، خارج از ضرب و زیادی است odd (زاید) ناهنجار نامعمول نادر کمیاب تکی است seltsam (عجیب) عجیب و غریب besherat رشید ظریف پراوهام خمیده‌‌ verschroben (بد خو) خمیده شگفت‌ آور خارق‌ العاده حیرت‌ انگیز

غنای زبان امری غریب است در کلماتی که به نحوی حولِ مفهومِ غریبِ خارجی ausländer شکل گرفته اند خارج از کشور «هم‌‌ کشور ما» همانگونه  که پیش‌ تر در فرانسه می‌ گفتیم «این کشور من است» برای اشاره به کسی از روستای من محله‌ ی من استان من ولایت من

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Book & CD Release: "Pynchon's Sound of Music" & "Now Everybody"

15.04.2020, 19:30

Kulturraum Scaletta
Kalkbreitestr. 33
8003 Zürich
Schweiz

 

Topics
  • Wissen-Nicht-Wissen

    Wissen-Nicht-Wissen

    • history of knowledge
    • ignorance and non-knowledge
    • potentiality
    • idleness
    • literary studies
    • epistemology
    • poetics
    • astonishment
    • poetology of knowledge
    • experiment
  • Color and meaning

    Color and meaning

    Who is afraid of Red, Yellow, Blue…?

    • color
    • chromatics / colour science
    • image and imagery
    • semiotics and semiology
    • monochrome
  • The Subject of Capitalism

    The Subject of Capitalism

    • migration
    • capitalism
    • subjectification
    • cognitive capital
  • Genealogies of violence

    Genealogies of violence

    • violence
    • archaeology
    • aniconism
    • anxiety
    • ethics
    • war
    • civil war
    • colonialism
    • religion
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Humanity is a metahuman concept.

Rolf Bossart, Milo Rau

Humanity is a metahuman concept.

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  • postmodernism
  • transhumanism
  • artistic practice
  • realism
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Of what can I be truly certain?
Of what can I be truly certain?

Jean Paul Mongin, François Schwoebel

Mister Descartes and his Evil Genius

Can one trust his senses when perceiving the outside world? When my sensations are the basis of my perception of my own existence, what if these sensations are to be doubted – what can the proof of my own existence be? These questions, both simple and profoundly undermining, stand at the beginning of Modernity: the philosophy of René Descartes. This book drags its readers – and musketeer-like Mister Descartes himself – into the adventure of thinking. It gives a lively...
  • Descartes
  • certainty
  • young readers
  • thinking
  • epistemology
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Alexander García Düttmann

What does “emancipatory” mean today?

Pretending one more time that the world can still be saved and asking whether art contains an emancipatory potential can be a meaningful endeavour only if illegitimate attempts at appropriating this emancipatory potential are thwarted. Its usurpation, which amounts to its abolition, must be prevented. Critique that deserves its name must first and foremost struggle against false pretenders, not against those who do not even claim to be pretenders. The efficiency of critique’s propaedeutic character should be sought in this struggle against false pretenders. If one fears that its negativity may entail a dangerous impotence and if for this reason one wishes to supplement it with a justifying and constructive “affirmationism”, mindful of the fact that it was once meant to prepare the outline of a metaphysics purged of precritical dogmatism, then one risks forgetting that critique ceases to hurt and can no longer trigger an impulse the instant that...

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  • morals
  • aesthetics
  • contemporary art
  • critical theory
  • political aesthetics
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Blood!

Ines Kleesattel

Blood!

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  • body
  • subjectification
  • feminism
  • gaze
  • painting
  • gender
  • art history