Events and meetings

Throughout

Creating Life-Event Walks: A Meeting of Landscape, People and Science exhibition by Louise Ann Wilson 
(Peter Scott Gallery at Great Hall Complex, Lancaster University)
Louise Wilson is a scenographer, visual artist and researcher who creates interdisciplinary, site-specific walking-performance, books, artworks, and installations in rural landscapes that emplace, re-image and transform ‘missing’, marginal life-events. Each piece of work is developed in close collaboration with scientists and experts in the field of the particular life-event in question and those experiencing it. She uses the features of a rural landscape and the act of walking as metaphor for the participants’ experiences and immersion in that landscape as a therapeutic, transformative process. Her work has addressed bereavement, infertility, coping with change and the effects of aging. The work is underpinned by a rigorous methodology and her six principles for making socially engaged and therapeutic scenography. The exhibition will demonstrate how the methodology works and how she applies the principles in her practice using examples from her current projects and past work – a mixture of film, photography, objects, mapping drawings and text as well as an opportunity to try out her creative mapping process. The exhibition also marks the beginning of a year long relationship between Louise and Lancaster Arts which will support her development of a Centre for Life-Event Walks, a hub for research-based practice which aims to promote and disseminate the possibilities for socially engaged and applied scenography in rural landscapes.

Gallery opening times: Wed 25 July: 11:00 -18:00, Thu 26 July: 09:30-18:00, Fri 27 July: 09:30-18:00, Sat 26 July: 09:30-18:00
For exhibition-related events, see below. 

Meeting Environments at Lancaster University
To complement the theme of the conference, the Local Organising Committee have organised various events to enable participants to ‘meet’ some of the specific kinds of environments we have at Lancaster. We have themed these: Meeting Soil (Wed, 10:00); Meeting Energy (Thu, 12:30); Meeting Machines (Fri, 12:30); Meeting Chi (Thu, Fri, Sat 08:00). Details below.

Wednesday 25 July

10:00–12:00: ‘Meeting Soil’ campus trip (Meet at the Chaplaincy Centre, south side)
A walk to the Eco-Hub where we can hear about and take part in student/staff natureculture experiments including permaculture and orchard plantings. N.B. Pre-registration required as this campus trip will be limited to 30 pre-registered participants. Remember to bring suitable clothes and sturdy footwear for being outdoors, and for doing some practical work in a permaculture garden. 

15:00-16:30: Sub-plenary: Meeting Frankenstein (Great Hall)
This session will mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein through a wide-ranging consideration of the significance of that text and its contemporary relevance. It will be organised through explorations of meeting Frankenstein in: media (Christopher Frayling), technoscience (Lucy Suchman) and Science and Technology Studies (Maureen McNeil). 

17:00-18:30: Plenary 1: Meeting Soil (Great Hall)
Plenary speakers: Starhawk and Maria Puig De La Bellacasa, Chair: Joan Haran

18:45-19:15: Millennium Choir Performance ‘Frankenstein Sings’ (Great Hall)
In this 25 minute performance, Lancaster’s Millennium choir sings to and about James Whale’s 1931 classic film, Frankenstein. Both ridiculously funny and sometimes moving, this unique musical performance explores and engages with the cultural significance of the Frankenstein legend in its Hollywood form. All welcome!

18:35-19:45: Welcome drinks reception (LICA)
After the plenary and the choir performance, we invite you to move on to LICA for a drinks reception, to enjoy drinks and snacks, reunite with old friends and meet some new ones. 

Thursday 26 July

08:00-08:45: ‘Meeting Chi’ (Lancaster Square or, if raining, in Minor Hall in Great Hall Complex)
Chi Gung followed by Tai Chi exercises enabling energy to flow freely in the body for a centred and relaxed start to the day.
N.B. Pre-registration required.

12:30-14:00: ‘Meeting Energy’ campus trip (Meet at the Chaplaincy Centre, south side)
Meeting energy challenges tour, talk and picnic at the Lancaster University wind turbine with campus energy manager Jan Bastiaans. Remember to bring clothing and sturdy footwear for a talk and picnic outdoors: it may be windy on the site which is in a field near the university.
N.B. The trip is limited to 44 participants and pre-registration is required by Monday 16th July.

12:30-14:00: German Association of STS meeting (Marketplace)

12:30-14:00: Science and Technology Studies Board meeting (Bowland North Seminar Room 2)

12:30-14:00: EASST Review Editorial Board meeting (FASS meeting room 1)

12:30-14:00: Encounter, create and eat the world: a meal (AW01 Workshop) (LICA C01 Design Studio)

13:00:13:50: Creating Life-Event Walks: A Meeting of Landscape, People and Science exhibition by Louise Ann Wilson (Peter Scott Gallery at Great Hall Complex, Lancaster University)
Exhibition Launch/Talk (Louise Ann Wilson with Celia Roberts, Simon Bainbridge Jocelyn Cunningham  – contributors tbc.)

17:00: Doors open for Plenary 2, Meeting Energy (Lancaster Town Hall, Dalton Square, Lancaster LA1 1PJ)

17:30-19:00: Plenary 2: Meeting Energy (Lancaster Town Hall, Dalton Square, Lancaster LA1 1PJ)
Meeting Energy will be a public event in a public place: Lancaster’s Edwardian Town Hall in the famous Ashton Hall, complete with grand organ and sprung dance floor! This large space has been the scene of many lively public meetings over the years and now it brings together academics, activists, residents, journalists and politicians to explore and debate the most live and contentious issue: energy.
Plenary speakers: Andrew Sterling, João Camargo, Gillian Kelly. Chair: Maggie Mort.

Friday 27 July

08:00-08:45: ‘Meeting Chi’ (Lancaster Square or, if raining, in Minor Hall in Great Hall Complex)
Chi Gung followed by Tai Chi exercises enabling energy to flow freely in the body for a centred and relaxed start to the day.
N.B. Pre-registration required.

12:30-14:00: ‘Meeting Machines’ campus trip (meet at the Chaplaincy Centre, south side)
Talk and tour around the nano-imaging and microscopy pod of Isolab, a space designed by Lancaster physicists to provide the most advanced environment for studying quantum systems.
N.B. The trip is limited to only 10 participants and pre-registration is required.

12:30-14:00: Special issue launch: “Pedagogical experiments with STS in design studio courses” (DISEÑA #12) (Marketplace)
Organised by Ignacio Farias & Tomás S. Criado. Guest commentators: Yana Boeva (York University, Toronto) and Teun Zuiderent-Jerak (Linköping University)
In the last decades, the institutionalization of STS in technical universities has made urgent the challenge of how to teach STS sensibilities and political commitments to a project of technical democracy when operating in the belly of the beast. Focusing on the crossroads of design and STS, “Re-learning Design: Pedagogical experiments with STS in design studio courses” is a bilingual issue of DISEÑA recently edited by Ignacio Farías and Tomás S. Criado, which features a series of interviews and articles on pedagogical experiments with STS in design studio courses undertaken by a diverse range of academics from Europe and the Americas. 

12:30-14:00: Journal Science as Culture Advisory Panel meeting (FASS meeting room 1)

12:30-14:00: AsSIST-UK Board meeting (Faraday Seminar Room 2)

13:00-13:50: Gallery Talk and Creative Workshop (Walks to Remember) (Peter Scott Gallery, Great Hall Complex, Lancaster University)

17:30 onwards: Dan Fox’s Howling Wire installation, 12-metre tall electro-acoustic wind harp (Lancaster Square)

17:45-19:00: EASST General Meeting & Awards Ceremony (Great Hall)

19:00-24:00: VERTEX – the EASST2018 Social event (Lancaster Square) – ticketed event, sold out
In geometry, a vertex (plural: vertices or vertexes) is a point where two or more curves, lines, or edges meet. The square is the centre of social life, where public meets private, local meets exotic, familiar meets strange. Join us in Lancaster Square for an evening of meetings, for encounters with street food, pop-up bars, and ambient sounds from Dan Fox’s Howling Wire (12-metre tall electro-acoustic wind harp), and live music from NuJazz Collective (electronica, hip-hop, nujazz), Paddy Steer (cosmic experimental lo-fi analogue funk) and the Groove Cutters (high-energy, super-danceable funk & soul). Drinks will be served from 19:00, food from 20:00.

Saturday 28 July

08:00-08:45: ‘Meeting Chi’ (Lancaster Square or, if raining, in Minor Hall in Great Hall Complex)
Chi Gung followed by Tai Chi exercises enabling energy to flow freely in the body for a centred and relaxed start to the day. 
N.B. Pre-registration required.

13:00-13:50: Gallery Talk and Creative Workshop (Warnscale for Men) (Peter Scott Gallery, Great Hall Complex, Lancaster University)

14:00-15:30: Plenary 3: Meeting Machines (Great Hall)
A key theme for the EASST Conference is meetings between, and differences within, the cultural and intellectual constituencies of STS and how this work embraces diverse socio-technical fields and practices. This Plenary, supported by AsSIST-UK and its members, provides an opportunity to discuss these processes at a synoptic level, exploring how work within both STS and innovation studies (IS) is opening up constructive engagement between the two, new forms of inquiry that remake intellectual constituencies and so will reshape future work.
Plenary speakers: Noortje Marres, Sampsa Hyysalo, Kornelia Konrad, Robin Williams Chair: Andrew Webster.

15:30-16:30:   Closing drinks reception (LICA)
It is time to celebrate the passing of the conference and drink to new Meetings! These drinks have been kindly sponsored by AsSIST-UK.

 

 

 

 

 

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