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Seminar Series//Precarity//Futurity//Aesthetics : Seminar with Anna Gibbs

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Seminar Series//Precarity//Futurity//Aesthetics : Seminar with Anna Gibbs

Event dates

Wednesday, 21 September, 2016

Event times

Wednesday: 5:30-7:30pm

Research areas

Presented by the Visual Anthropology (VisAnth) and Contemporary Culture, Art and Politics (CCAP) research groups, NIEA, UNSW Art & Design. Co-convened by A/ProfJennifer BiddleA/Prof Anna Munster and Dr Veronica Tello.

FREE. All welcome.

Undoing Things with Words: Fictocriticism and the Futures of Writing 
Anna Gibbs

If the hyphen attempts to join the ‘ficto’ with the ‘critical’ it also inevitably severs them and holds them apart. In this tense and quivering gap between them arises the possibility of a writing otherwise: a writing in which the confident authority of argument gives way to hesitation and doubt, and the house of fiction begins to fall apart. Here place is displaced; setting becomes unstable; site gives way to constantly shifting situation. We are in the middle of something, immersed in the materiality of writing as doing and making, a thinking taking shape in action, and then shifting that shape again at the very moment it forms. It is in this process that writing takes place.

Anna Gibbs is a Professor in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at Western Sydney University. A member of the Writing and Society Research Centre and the Digital Humanities Research Group, she writes across the fields of textual, media and cultural studies with an emphasis on feminism, affect theory, and fictocriticism. Co-editor of three collections of Australian experimental writing, she also performs her own experimental texts. She is currently completing a book on feminist theory and electronic literature Exscryptions: Memory, Movement and The Unfolding of Space in Digital Writing with Maria Angel. 


Elwyn Lynn Conference Centre (next to UNSW Art & Design library) 
Cnr of Greens Road & Oxford Street
Paddington NSW 2021


Professor Anna Gibbs
A/Prof Jennifer Biddle
A/Prof Anna Munster
Dr Veronica Tello