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Moving Normativity. Agency between Confirmation and Contestation

The Graduiertenkolleg 2638 will host its first international conference in 2023. "Moving Normativity" will be held on Thursday, May 11 from 9:30 am to 6:15 pm, and on Friday, May 12 from 9:30 am to approx. 5:15 pm at the Uferstudios in Berlin. Bringing together researchers from Philosophy, Law, Political Theory, Religious Studies, and several disciplines from the Arts, the conference seeks to create a space for a genuinely interdisciplinary approach to pressing questions on normativity, agency, and social change. A PDF with the full program can be downloaded here.

In recent years, new ways of engaging with action and agency have emerged. In humanities, social sciences and artistic practices, much intellectual work has focused on the emancipation of historically marginalized subjects. We witness a provincializing of classical frameworks and a redefinition of rights around the embodied categories of sexuality, race, and class. The normativity of individual agency has expanded and condensed under these conditions. Even the category of agency itself, classically understood as a form of activity, has come under scrutiny: Theory and artistic practice have explored the generative potential of passivity, paralysis, and rest. The interdisciplinary Graduiertenkolleg “Normativity, Critique, Change” hosts a conference to investigate agency as the site of a tension between contestation and confirmation across a range of disciplines in the arts, law, and humanities. According to a general premise of our research, action is based on norms on the one hand, and only possible through a distance from norms on the other. In this understanding, critique is inherent to normativity. The conference sheds light on the various sites of tension inherent to agency, normative action and critique in four panels.

In the lead-up to the conference “Moving Normativity – Agency between Confirmation and Contestation”, two additional events with artistic perspectives by Gulzat Egemberdieva and Choy Ka Fai will take place at the Uferstudios. A film screening (Oral Histories as Artistic Archives – Central Asian Counter Narratives in the Medium of Film, Tuesday, May 9, 19.00 - 21.00) and a lecture with a demonstration (Negotiating Choreography between Knowledge Transmission and Colonization, Wednesday, May 10, 19.00 - 21.00) followed by talks with the artists and academics will explore and expand the thematic issues of the conference programme. Participation for both events is free of charge and do not require a prior registration. 

Concept: Friederike Allner, Johanna Baumgardt, Marlena Jakobs, Ina Karkani, Marta Lietti, Rodrigo Maruy van den Broek, Andrea Messner, Yon Natalie Mik, Lisa Paland, Ben Seel, Deborah Mühlebach, Jochen Schuff, Tobias Wieland, Georg W. Bertram, Kirsten Maar

Please click here for further information on the conference as well as the artistic interventions:

Freie Universität Berlin
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
Universität der Künste Berlin