Univ.-Prof. Dr. Alexandra Ganser and Dr. Gudrun Rath would like to cordially invite you to the IFK conference in January.
LIBERTY AND DEATH: PIRATES AND ZOMBIES IN ATLANTIC MODERNITY
Time: January 18th and 19th, 2018
Place: IFK Reichratsstraße 17, 1010 Vienna
The conference’s thematic focus will be as follows:
Questioning the opposition of freedom and slavery, life and death, zombies and pirates have negotiated (post)colonial relations for centuries. Zombies, in the cultural imaginaries of the Caribbean understood as bodies or spirits doomed to serve a master beyond the moment of death, thematize histories of enslavement and rebellion, while pirates were used to articulate colonial adventure and exploitation on the one hand and the idea of a resistant collective beyond established power relations on the other. Both have been cast as figures of exception (Giorgio Agamben) who are discursively located beyond law and state while simultaneously playing a constitutive role for both; both are marked by ambivalent characterizations—hero and criminal, rebel and slave, perpetrator and victim.
The conference examines the conjunctures of these figures in the transatlantic realm with a focus on their cultural-historical functions for empire and nation building, legal discourses and the history of ideas as well as for contemporary artistic research.
Please find more information about the participants as well as the program on the event’s website: http://www.ifk.ac.at/index.php/kalender-detail/liberty-and-death-pirates-and-zombies-in-atlantic-modernity.html