PhD seminar: Networks, Topologies, Aesthetics

In this seminar we will discuss theoretical, artistic and political approaches to networks and topologies together with key international scholars in the field.

Friday January 27, University of Oslo, Blindern, room 452 in Georg Morgenstiernes hus 9.15-16.30

Day one of the seminar will be devoted to network theories and practices. In the morning we will discuss a selection of texts proposed by our invited guests: sociologist and cultural theorist Tiziana Terranova (University of Naples ‘L'Orientale’), as well as the art historians Eric de Bruyn (Leiden University) and Ina Blom (University of Oslo). In the afternoon, PhD candidates are invited to give presentations within the overall framework of the seminar.


Saturday January 28, Kunsthall Oslo, Bjørvika, 11.00-17.00

Day two of the seminar will take the form of a public symposium: These are Situationist Times: A Symposium on Topology, Culture and Politics. The symposium inaugurates a research, exhibition, digitization and publication project devoted to The Situationist Times (1962-1967), a cultural magazine which experimented with topological approaches to contemporary and historical image cultures. The symposium will explore what topologies of culture might be, historically and today. In addition to Terranova and de Bruyn, speakers will include media scholar Mattew Fuller (Goldsmith University), artist Axel Heil (Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe), se well as artist Jacqueline de Jong, the editor of the Situationist Times.

Note: Day two of the seminar is open to the general public, but advance registration is required at:

The PhD seminar is a collaboration between the Media Aesthetics Research Group (IMK) and the PhD programs at IMK and IFIKK), convened by PhD candidates Andreas Ervik (IMK), Karin Nygård (Dept. of Archivistics, Library and Information Science, HiOA), Ellef Prestsæter (IFIKK) and Sara R. Yazdani (IMK).

These are Situationist Times: A Seminar on Topology, Culture and Politics is a collaboration between Aesthetic Seminar, Kunsthall Oslo, Media Aesthetics, and Torpedo kunstbokhandel.



Credits: 3 ETCS (2 points for attendance and readings, 1 point for presentation or comment)

Requirements: In addition to the reading the course materials, PhD candidates are expected participate actively in the seminar either by i) giving a 20 minute presentation on a topic relating to the seminar context, or ii) giving prepared comments (based on the reading materials provided) to one of the invited speakers or to one of the PhD candidates. When registering, please indicate whether you would like to participate with a presentation or as a respondent. If presenting, please provide a brief description of the topic of your proposed Presentation.

The course is open to a limited number of participants whose research interests intervene with the themes and concepts of the seminar. We therefore encourage you to register ASAP. Please indicate the relevance of the course in your email.

Please register by 15 December to


Readings for the Friday seminar (the texts will be distributed to participants)

Texts selected by Tiziana Terranova:

Terranova, Tiziana. 2004. “Network Dynamics.” In Network Culture. Politics for the Information Age, 39-72. London: Pluto Press.

________2009. “Another Life.” Theory, Culture & Society 26 (6): 234-262

________2015. “Securing the Social: Foucault and Social Networks.” In Foucault and the History of Our Present, edited by Sophie Fuggle, 111-127. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.


Texts selected by Eric de Bruyn:

Galloway, Alexander and Eugene Thacker. 2004. “Protocol, Control, and Networks.” Grey Room 17 (Fall): 6-29.

de Bryun, Eric. 2006. “Topological Pathways of Post-Minimalism.” Grey Room 25 (Fall): 32-63

________2016. “Empire’s Hologram.” In Cinema in the Expanded Field, edited by François Bovier & Mey Adeena, 14-53. Zurich: JRP/Ringier.


Texts selected by Ina Blom:

To be announced shortly

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