CommunicAbility / Cosmology HU Berlin 07/8.07.

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Communication is bound to a promise of relational enhancement that both depends upon and provides a context for technological innovation and knowledge transfer. CommunicAbility and Cosmology seeks to address this promise—which endures amidst communicative failures—by interrogating the imagination of communication’s “ability.”

It is because communication is inseparable from the imagination of a world that one can speak of “cosmology”: endeavors that seek to express the very nature of the world. Such endeavors inevitably encounter limits wherein the world to be expressed appears to exceed the abilities of communication. Questions of how to respond to these cosmological limits—where responses range from acceptance to overcoming—thereby intersect with questions concerning the abilities and failures of communication.

These questions and themes emerge within a diversity of disciplinary domains—to name but one example, cosmology is a concern of physics, anthropology, and religious studies. As such, the overarching aim of this conference is to create a space in which the concomitant differences and commonalities can give rise to a productive multilogue transgressing the boundaries of communication.

Whitney Bauman, Florida International University
Arianna Borrelli, Technical University Berlin
Simone Browne, University of Texas
Anne Dippel, Humboldt University Berlin
Christoph Engemann, Leuphana University Lüneburg
Steven Goldfarb, CERN Atlas Experiment
Wolfgang Hagen, Leuphana University Lüneburg
Jean-Luc Lehners, Max Planck Institute Munich
Arpita Roy, Max Planck Institute Göttingen
Andreas Salzburger, CERN Atlas Experiment
Peter Skafish, Collège de France
Florian Sprenger, Goethe University Frankfurt
Michelle Wright, University of Minnesota

The conference is supported by Humboldt University’s Interdisciplinary Laboratory, Image Knowledge Gestaltung  and the German Research Foundation Network, “Social Innovation Through the Non-Hegemonic Production of Knowledge,” a node of which is housed in Humboldt University’s Institut für Kulturwissenschaft.

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