The past week of British politics seems surreal in its ambiguity over the future. Reflecting not only the political but deeply embedded social challenges facing us in the 21st Century. As we look across Europe (and indeed the world) we see similar challenges for politicians and policy makers to tackle. Institutions we thought were immortal suddenly seem very vulnerable; both to collapse but perhaps more importantly to change, where fresh ideas and ways of seeing could find the space come to the forefront.
Woman also seem to be playing a key role in these political landscapes with newspapers like the Guardian running stories about May, Sturgeon, Merkel: women rising from the political ashes of men (http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jul/05/sturgeon-may-leadsom-women-to-the-rescue-amid-political-turmoil). However it seems that despite the gender of politicians there does not appear to be a significant shift in the way that policy is constructed or legislated. This will be the core focus of this conversation which will look at how feminist philosophy can push policy making into creating new ethical guidelines which draw from a more inclusive and plural range of ideas.
The Feminism, Policy and Otherness Creative Conversation will feature Nicole Dewandre, from the European Commission in conversation with Felicity Colman, Professor of Film and Media Arts at the Manchester School of Art. The event will be chaired by Ghislaine Boddington, Creative Director of Body>Data>Space and Reader at the University of Greenwich
We will aim to address the key questions:
What would policy-making look like if it implemented creative and feminist philosophy?
- What are the prejudices in current policy-making?
- What new ethical frameworks might evolve?
- What are the potential barriers to these forms of creative intervention?
The conversation will also welcome questions and debate from the audience as we attempt to navigate the turbulent waters of deeply established convention. This promises to be an exciting meeting of minds unpicking the relationship between feminist philosophy and policy-making!
Felicity Colman is Professor of Film and Media Arts at the Manchester
School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University. Prof. Colman is Vice-Chair of the EU funded COST [European Cooperation in Science and Technology] Network Grant Action IS1307 on New Materialism: Networking European Scholarship on ‘How Matter Comes to Matter [2014-2018] http://www.cost.eu/domains_actions/isch/Actions/IS1307. She is the author of Film Theory: Creating a Cinematic Grammar (Columbia University Press, 2014), Deleuze and Cinema (Berg, 2011), and editor of Film, Theory and Philosophy: The Key Thinkers ((McGill-Queens University Press/ Routledge /Acumen, 2009), and co-editor of Global Arts & Local Knowledge (Lexington, 2015), and Sensorium: Aesthetics, Art, Life (Cambridge Scholars, 2007). She is Co-Editor [with Dr David Deamer and Prof. Joanna Hodge] of the A/V Journal of Practical and Creative Philosophy. Her current book projects are on “Digital Feminicity” and “Materialist Film”.
Nicole Dewandre is advisor for societal issues to the Director General of the Directorate General for Communications, Networks, Content and Technologies (DG CONNECT) at the European Commission. She studied applied physics engineering and economics at the University of Louvain, operations research at the University of California (Berkeley) and philosophy at the Free University of Brussels (ULB).
She published “Critique de la raison administrative, pour une Europe ironiste”, coll. L’ordre philosophique, Editions du Seuil, Paris, 2002. She entered the European Commission in 1983. She has been a member of the Central Advisory Group and the Forward Study Unit, dealing with strategic analysis of research and industrial policy for the President of the Commission (1986-1992). In 1993, she supported the Belgian Presidency of the European Union in the areas of industry, energy, and consumer policies. She then worked in “science and society” issues (women and science, research and civil society) from 1994 until 2006, before being in charge of the “sustainable development” unit that has been put in place in DG Research between 2007 and 2010. She is now working on the societal interface of the Digital Single Market.
Ghislaine Boddington, Co-founder and Creative Director of body>data>space and Women Shift Digital, is a researcher, artist, dramaturg, curator and thought leader specialising in body responsive technologies. Ghislaine is recognised as an international pioneer advocating the use of the entire body as a digital interaction canvas for over 25 years. She has created live telepresence projects between thousands of participants/audiences across the world for arts, educational and creative industries usage, using her work to deeply examine the representation of our physical selves and our shifting identities in virtual environments. She has co-created and directed many art works exploring the hyper enhancement of our human senses, including “me and my shadow” for the National Theatre in 2012. She has been lead director of many international multi-partner projects, most recently the successful EU project “Robots and Avatars”.
In 2016 she co-curates Nesta’s FutureFest, is curator for the EUNIC series of exhibitions”The Games Europe Plays” and continues her research into virtual physical bodies through her Fellowship at Middlesex University and Readership at CPDA University of Greenwich.