Relative Time/Little Time Speaker Series


In collaboration with Bik Van der Pol, Mosaic, an interdisciplinary critical journal invites you to join us for a series of digital lectures via Zoom on what we have called relative time/little time. The lectures concentrate on the different granularity of current time relative to the period beginning in 1989, which marked a decisive acceleration of economy, growth, extraction, globalism, movement, population, transportation, etc., and ending in 2020, when over a few weeks the world came to a halt under the influence of the pandemic that spread as rapidly and widely as people, commodities, and capital once moved.

Frédéric Neyrat, “Heliopolitics (Or How to Cure an Amnesiac Sun)”

September 17, 2021

Frédéric Neyrat is Associate Professor and Mellon-Morgridge Professor of Planetary Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a member of the editorial board of Multitudes and his books include Biopolitique des catastrophes (2008); L’indemne. Heidegger et la destruction du monde (2008); Instructions pour une prise d’âmes: Artaud ar l’envoûtement occidental (2009); Clinamen: Flux, absolu et loi spirale (2011); Le communisme existential de Jean-Luc Nancy (2013); Homo Labyrinthus. Humanisme, antihumanisme, posthumanisme (2015); Atopias: Manifesto for a Radical Existentialism (2017); and The Unconstructable Earth: An Ecology of Separation (2019).

Erin Manning, “The Untimely Impersonal”

September 22, 2021

Erin Manning is University Research Chair in Relational Art and Philosophy in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada). She is the director of SenseLab, “a laboratory for thought in motion,” which brings together individuals from a diversity of fields to work at the intersection of philosophy, art, and activism. Her books include Relationscapes: Movement, Art, Philosophy (2009); Always More Than One: Individuation’s Dance (2013); with Brian Massumi, Thought in the Act: Passages in the Ecology of Experience (2014); and The Minor Gesture (2016).

Jonas Staal, “Collectivize Time, Redistribute the Future”

October 8, 2021

Jonas Staal is a visual artist dealing primarily with the relation between art, propaganda, and democracy. With lawyer and writer Radha D’Souza, he is developing the Court for Intergenerational Climate Crimes. This attempts to articulate a legal framework for interdependent and intergenerational climate justice. Intersecting temporalities of past and present as well as unborn plant, animal, and human life in the future are the key issues broached. His books include Nosso Lar, Brasilia (Jap Sam Books, 2014); Steve Bannon: A Propaganda Retrospective (Het Nieuwe Instituut, 2018); and Propaganda Art in the 21st Century (The MIT Press, 2019). With Dilar Dirik and Renée In der Mauer he co-edited Stateless Democracy (BAK, 2015). Learn more at: