Me Lo Dijo un Pajarito – Neurodiversity, Black Life and the University as we Know It.

Drama, Theatre and Performance, Theatre (Jubilee Building)

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Wednesday 7 November 5.30-7.30pm, Theatre (Jubilee Building) - Erin Manning (SenseLab / Concordia University). This event is funded by TECHNE and organised by Adrian Heathfield.

Creating conditions for neurodiversity and black life in the university is not about creating a space for difference, a space where difference sequesters itself. It is about attuning to the undercommon currents of creative dissonance and asymmetrical experience always already at work in, across and beyond the institution. It is about becoming attentive to the ways in which the production of knowledge in the register of the neurotypical has always been resisted and queered despite the fact that neurotypical forms of knowledge are rarely addressed or defined as such. Through an exploration of diagrams of power-knowledge in the context of the university, this paper moves with the urgency of undercommon modes of learning to ask how else learning can happen and what the stakes are in retaining the university as we know it as the paradigm for education.

This talk will be followed by a short response from Lis Austin.

Erin Manning is the director of the SenseLab, a laboratory that explores the intersections between art practice and philosophy through the matrix of the sensing body in movement. Her current art practice is centred on large-scale participatory installations that facilitate emergent collectivities, investigating minor gestures in relation to colour, material and movement. Her publications include: Always More Than One: Individuation’s Dance(DUP, 2013), Relationscapes: Movement, Art, Philosophy (MIT, 2009) and with Brian Massumi, Thought in the Act: Passages in the Ecology of Experience (MUP, 2014) and The Minor Gesture (DUP, 2016). Erin is a University Research Chair in Relational Art and Philosophy at Concordia University, Montreal.

Dr Lis Austin is Senior Lecturer in the Drama, Theatre and Performance Department at the University of Roehampton. Her research is concerned with pedagogical practice within university and higher education contexts. She is particularly interested in the ways in which teaching and learning - as embodied practices - intervene in institutional definition, discipline, and education.

This event is supported by the Research Centre for Performance & Creative Exchange, based in the Department of Drama, Theatre & Performance. The Centre offers a forum for the exchange of energy and ideas about histories, theories, and practices of theatre, performance and live art. At the core of the Centre’s activities is an ongoing series of public talks and seminars with guest speakers, which run through the academic year.