On December 17, in Vintage Hall, will be discussion “Alien vs. Hogweed: existence on the ruins of otherness”.
The possession of knowledge not only gives freedom and emancipation, but is itself a form of power and suppression. The claims of science and philosophy to objectivity and truth often conceal the mechanisms of domination and exclusion. Thus, in the 20th century, the concept of the “Other” became an effective means of opening the power hierarchies operating within one or another discourse. “Inakov” could be a representative of oppressed, minority groups who do not have the right to vote or the status of a subject. Epistemological problems, therefore, pursued political goals - to call into question the class, gender, racial, heteronormative foundations of knowledge that determine human existence.
Today, with an increased interest in the natural, radicalized interpretations of the Other, containing elements of the supernatural, penetrate into the philosophical discourse. They can come from science fiction, Hollywood blockbusters or the natural sciences. Xenomorph, a hostile stranger from the Alien movie, can be seen as a paradigmatic example. Reminding a person, he violates the logic of biological laws and scares his Inhumanism. Similarly, other alien quasi-, super- and hyperobjects confront philosophy with natural phenomena disproportionate to man, technological objects, extraterritorial creatures and mind forms.
During the round table, participants will discuss the problems of the ontological status of xenosubstances and their borders in the context of Soviet and post-Soviet narrations, ecologies and technologies. The coexistence of invasive plants, ruderal flora and fauna, aliens, as well as the technologies by which all of the above are packaged in a modern television script, will become a reference in talking about alien, toxic media ecology and the hybrid forms of physicalities, consciousnesses and subjectivities they generate.
Login to the discussion is free by registration - https://winzavodcca.timepad.ru/event/868438/
Ekaterina Nikitina - Doctor of Arts in Literature (Ph.D.), University of Silesia, an expert in posthumanism studies.
Polina Khanova - Lecturer, Faculty of Philosophy, Moscow State University, researcher, translator.
Alexander Vetushinsky - Lecturer, Faculty of Philosophy, Moscow State University, employee of the Moscow Center for Video Game Research.
Nikita Sazonov - philosopher, author of articles and translations in the magazine "Logos"