Seminar Series - Rhythmanalysis: Everything You Always Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask

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Type: 
Seminar
Date: 
February 15, 2017 to May 30, 2017
Location: 
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Humanities, Intellectual History, Philosophy, Sociology

This CHASE-funded seminar series foregrounds rhythm and rhythmanalysis by highlighting their relevance and richness as methodological perspectives and practices within the humanities. The six sessions will explore various approaches to time and rhythm as those found in the work of key critical theorists, such as Gilles Deleuze, Henri Lefebvre, Rudolf Laban, Roland Barthes, Henri Meschonnic, Emile Benveniste, Gaston Bachelard and others. To sign up and for further information contact: p.crespi@gold.ac.uk.

Organised by: Dr Paola Crespi (Topology Research Unit, Goldsmiths), Prof Mike Featherstone (ICCE, Goldsmiths) and Dr Sunil Manghani (Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton).

 

Rhythm lies at the heart of our experience of shifting dynamics ruling neo-liberal society in terms of life patterns, economic growth and decay, and our systems of mediation and communication. Our lives are shaped and partake of rhythmical fluctuations: the regular happening of events and its sudden variations, the negotiations between different degrees of speeds, as in the way we produce and consume food, think and practice art and the balance and alternation between our moods, affects, and desires. Rhythm is nevertheless difficult to grasp, point down, describe. It is more something we feel, sense and intuit. Its study encompasses such diverse fields as cultural theory, psychology, crafts and design, movement arts, music, sociology, literature and the visual arts. Moreover, based on time and rhythm rhythmanalysis was famously introduced by Henri Lefebvre as a new type of methodology. However, both rhythm and rhythmanalysis have fluctuating meanings, something that hinders their understanding and that has limited their impact.

This seminar series foregrounds rhythm and rhythmanalysis by highlighting their relevance and richness as methodological perspectives and practices within the humanities. The six sessions will explore various approaches to time and rhythm as those found in the work of key critical theorists, such as Gilles Deleuze, Henri Lefebvre, Rudolf Laban, Roland Barthes, Henri Meschonnic, Emile Benveniste, Gaston Bachelard and others.

Seminars convenors will introduce the readings, which will be circulated to the participants ahead of the seminars. Interested research students are kindly asked to signed up for as many sessions as possible so as to ensure continuity. The maximum number of participants is 15 per session. To sign up and for more information contact: p.crespi@gold.ac.uk.

 

PROGRAMME

15th February 2017, 6.30-9.00pm Room 305, Professor Stuart Hall Building, Goldsmiths

Dr Stamatia Portanova (University ‘L’ Orientale’, Neaples)

Rhythm in the work of Gilles Deleuze’

 

15th March 2017, 6.00 – 8.30pm Room 302, Professor Stuart Hall Building, Goldsmiths

Dr Yi Chen (London College of Communication, University of the Arts London)

Rhythm and Rhythmanalysis

 

29th March 2017, 6.00 to 8.30pm Room 305, Professor Stuart Hall Building, Goldsmiths

Dr Paola Crespi (Goldsmiths)

Rhythm and Education’

Dr Sunil Manghani (Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton)

Rhythm and the Neutral

 

25th April 2017, 6.00 to 8.30pm Room 305, Professor Stuart Hall Building, Goldsmiths

Dr Pascal Michon (Independent, Paris)

Rhythm in the work of Emile Benveniste and Henri Meschonnic’

 

16th May 2017, 6.00 to 8.30pm Room 305, Professor Stuart Hall Building, Goldsmiths

Dr Derek McCormack (University of Oxford)

TBC

 

30th May 2017, 6.00 to 8.30pm Room 305, Professor Stuart Hall Building, Goldsmiths

Dr Eleni Ikoniadou (Kingston University)

Rhythm in the work of Gaston Bachelard and Kodwo Eshun’

Contact Info: 

Dr Paola Crespi
Visiting Research Fellow (Topology Research Unit), Goldsmiths
Lecturer (Media Philosophy), Anglia Ruskin University
Lecturer (Critical and Contextual Studies), University of Suffolk

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