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Vibrant Matters


A Land2/PLaCE International Conference
The Third Annual Art & Humanities Postgraduate Conference

University of Dundee

29-30 January 2015


A Land2/PLaCE International Conference | 29 January 2015

Keynote Speaker: Dr Peta Hinton completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of New South Wales, Australia, and most recently undertook a postdoctoral fellowship with the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICI) Berlin (2013/14), where she is an Affiliated Fellow for the 2014-15 academic year. Her current project investigates the way death and nothing(ness) might figure for a new (feminist) materialist politics and ethics.

Title: Assembling Vital Life, or, Ecology is the New Ethics: Bennett's Vital Materialism (co-sponsored by Scottish Centre for Continental Philosophy, University of Dundee, School of Humanities and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee)

Abstract: In this talk I will discuss certain commitments in Jane Bennett’s vital materialism that mark it out as both an important new materialist contribution to questions (and issues) of ecology and methodology, that at the same time work to delimit its capacity to shift the terrain of a more conventional politics (or political economy) and ethics, as Bennett proposes to do. The crux of this discussion lies with Bennett’s notion of assemblage and its potential to revitalise the humanism that she endeavours to displace in her formulation of a posthumanist, material ecology. If we turn to the question of death, or the inanimate, in Bennett’s text, then her argument reveals both a complicated and yet problematic relationship with life that draws some of these issues into focus.

Invited speakers:

  • Dr Helmut Lemke (German/UK, currently based on Skye)*
  • Dr Judy Tucker (Leeds) & Dr Harriet Tarlo (Sheffield Hallam)
  • Dr Paul Wilson (Leeds)
  • Dr Andrea Thoma (Leeds)
  • Dr Susan Trangmar (Central St. Martins, London)
  • Dr Gina Wall (UHI-Moray College)
  • Dr Rebecca Thomas (Hertfordshire)
  • Dr Louise K Wilson (Leeds)
  • Dr Dom Smith (Dundee, philosophy)


The Third Annual Art & Humanities Postgraduate Conference | 30 January 2015

Panel moderators:

  • Mick McGraw (Glasgow)
  • Dr Stephen Felmingham (Plymouth)
  • Dr Iain Biggs (emeritus, UWE/independent)

Postgraduate student presenters:

  • Victoria E Jones, UWE (sensory art)
  • Elika Vlachaki, Dundee (sculpture, philosophy)
  • Davina Kirkpatrick, UWE (Socially Engaged art)
  • Veronica Vickery, Exeter (Human Geography, ecological art)
  • Filippa Dobson, Leeds (history and art)
  • John Rooney, Leeds (art)
  • Polly Gould (the Bartlett, London) (architecture)
  • Jelena Stankovic, Dundee (architecture)
  • Nel Whiting, Dundee (feminist studies, social history & art)



 29 January 2015

 30 January 2015

9:00 - 9:15 Arrive at Carnelly Large Lecture Theatre, info about day and venues

9:00 - 9:15 Arrive at Carnelly Building, Small Lecture Theatre, info about day and venues

9:15 - 9:30 Welcome from Mary Modeen

9:15 - 9:30 Welcome from Mary Modeen and Panel Introductions

Panel 1: (9:30-11:00) Carnelly Bldg, Large Lecture theatre

Dr Judith Tucker and Dr Harriet Tarlo, collaboration in text and image

Dr Gina Wall, photography and philosophy

Rebecca Thomas, performative actions

(Move venue, walk from Carnelly to Harris Building Lecture Theatre)

Panel 1: (9:30-11:15) - Creative Practices and Vital Materiality

Filippa Dobson

Elika Vlachaki

John Rooney

(Short break)

Panel 2: (11:30-13:00) Harris Building Lecture Theatre

Susan Trangmar

Paul Wilson

Andrea Thoma

(Move venue)

Panel 2: (11:30-13:15) - The Sited Social and Socially Sited

Veronica Vickers

Davina Kirkpatrick

Victoria E Jones

Lunch (13:15-14:15)

Brown-bag Lunch break (13:15–14:00)

Panel 3: (14:30-16:15) - Sound, Space and Sense, Dalhousie Lecture Theatre 1

Helmut Lemke

Louise K Wilson

Dr Dom Smith

Panel 3: (14:00-15:45) - The Spatial and Philosophical

Polly Gould

Jelena Stankovic

Nel Whiting

Open discussion (16:00-16:45)

Concluding Remarks- (16:45-17:00) - Modeen, Hinton and Panel

(No conference fees: lunch and teas for waged will be £10 / £5 for students)

 (No conference fees: £5 each for brown bag comestible art)

Please confirm your attendance to: Mary Modeen <> by 12 January 2015.