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.

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September 17, 2021

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

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).

September 22, 2021

Erin Manning, “The Untimely Impersonal”

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).

October 8, 2021

Jonas Staal, “Collectivize Time, Redistribute the Future”

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:

January 25, 2022

Denise Ferreira da Silva, “Negative Accumulation”

Denise Ferreira da Silva is the Director of the Social Justice Institute at the University of British Columbia. An academic and practicing artist, Dr. Denise Ferreira da Silva’s work addresses the ethico-political challenges of the global presentwith particular emphasis on raciality as a temporal predicament. Her books include Toward a Global Idea of Race (2007), A Dívida Impagavel (2019), and Unpayable Debt (forthcoming). With Paula Chakravartty she co-edited Race, Empire, and the Crisis of the Subprime (2013). She has made a number of films in collaboration with Arjuna Neuman that include Serpent Rain (2016) and 4 Waters-Deep Implicancy (2018). With Valentina Desideri she has collaborated on the relational projects Poethical Readings and Sensing Salon.

January 26, 2022

Paul Huebener, “Sleep Through This Talk: Imagination and the Paradox of Sleep in a Restless World”

Paul Huebener is Associate Professor of English in the Centre for Humanities at Athabasca University. His research focuses on time and in particular its relation to power, more recently the intersection of time studies and sleep studies. His books include Nature’s Broken Clocks: Reimagining Time in the Face of the Environmental Crisis (2020) and Timing Canada: The Shifting Politics of Time in Canadian Literary Culture (2015). With Susie O’Brien, Tony Porter, Liam Stockdale and Yanqui Rachel Zhou, he co-edited Time and Globalization: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue (2017) and Time, Globalization and Human Experience (2017).

February 3, 2022

Dr. Dominic Pettman, “The Observational Eros: Time, Libido, and the Attention Ecology.”

Dominic Pettman is Professor of Media and New Humanities at the New School of Social Research. His many books include, After the Orgy: Toward a Politics of Exhaustion (from 2002), Avoiding the Subject: Media, Culture and the Object (with Justin Clemens from 2004), Love and Other Technologies: Retrofitting Eros for the Information Age (from 2006), Human Error: Species-Being and Media Machines (from 2011), Look at the Bunny: Totem, Taboo, Technology (from 2013), In Divisible Cities (from 2013), Infinite Distraction (from 2015), Humid, All too Humid (from 2016), Sonic Intimacy: Voice, Species, Technics, Creaturely Love (from 2017), Metagestures (with Carla Nappi, 2019), and finally from 2020 Peak Libido: Sex, Ecology, and the Collapse of Desire.

February 5, 2022

Dr. Chigbo Arthur Anyaduba, “‘A Great Universal Future Equitably Open to All Peoples, All Nations, and All Species’: Decoloniality Beyond Openness.”

Dr. Arthur Anyaduba is assistant professor in the English Department at the University of Winnipeg. His research focuses on African and Black/African diaspora literatures, currently he is researching cultural representations of genocidal mass atrocities in Africa. He is the author of The Postcolonial African Genocide Novel: Quests for Meaningfulness (from 2021).

Dr. Melanie Braith, “Learning from the Six Seasons: Research with the Asiniskaw Īthiniwak.”

Dr. Melanie Braith is the Project Manager of the Six Seasons of the Asiniskaw Īthiniwak Partnership Project, and the Research Coordinator for the Centre for Research in Young People's Texts and Cultures at the University of Winnipeg. Her research focuses on traditional Indigenous storytelling and its contemporary manifestations and reinventions. Melanie is a settler scholar from Germany who lives and works in Winnipeg.

Dr. Sean Singh Matharoo, “An Artificial Anthropology of Noise.”

Dr. Sean Singh Matharoo is a Postdoctoral Fellow of French in the Department of Romance Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His current book project is provisionally titled Race and the Apocalypse: Toward a Solar Semiotics of Energy. He has published essays in Horror Studies, Green Letters, Alienocene, and in a new anthology on Philip K. Dick. His essay in that collection is titled “Ubik Does Not Yet Exist: Reading Philip K. Dick’s Ubik as a Case of Extro-Science Fiction.” He is a practicing noise musician.

Dr. Melanie Dennis Unrau, “Boom Time, Giant Time, and Other Elsewhens of Lindsay Bird’s Boom Time.”

Dr. Melanie Dennis Unrau (she/her) is a settler of mixed European ancestry living on Treaty 1 territory in Winnipeg. Melanie is a Visiting Fellow at St. John's College (University of Manitoba) and a Research Affiliate at the University of Manitoba Institute for the Humanities. She is the author of Happiness Threads: The Unborn Poems (Muses’ Company, 2013), a co-editor of Seriality and Texts for Young People: The Compulsion to Repeat (Palgrave, 2014), and a former editor of Geez magazine and The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment, and Culture in Canada. Her current book project is titled, “The Rough Poets: Petropoetics and the Tradition of Canadian Oil-Worker Poetry,” which is on contract with McGill-Queen's University Press.

February 7, 2022

Dr. Steven Duval and Marina McDougall, “Art’s Ecosophical Imperative.”

McDougall is a curator working at the intersection of art and science, who specializes in interdisciplinary approaches in public educational environments. She was the founding director for the Center for Art & Inquiry at the Exploratorium; the first curator of art and design at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts and co-founded the Studio for Urban Projects. She has been a visiting curator at the MIT Media Lab, the Museum of Jurassic Technology, the California Academy of Sciences, and the Oakland Museum of California. Duval is an artist and researcher with a focus on the relationship between specialist and non-specialist identities in relational and collaborative art practice. He has shown his work nationally and internationally and was a founding member of the pedagogical research collective Protoacademy, where I first met him. In 2019 Duval co-edited the book, Hybrid Practices: Art in Collaboration with Science and Technology in the Long 1960s (2019).

March 3, 2022

Anna-Sophie Springer and Etienne Turpin, “How Long Has This Been Going On: Natural History, Political Economy and the Times of the Anthropocene”

Anna-Sophie Springer and Dr. Etienne Turpin are principal co-investigators and co-curators of the exhibition-led inquiry Reassembling the Natural, the most recent iteration of which is, ponds among ponds: threshold behaviour & nested life, that opened last March at Shanghai’s Institute of Contemporary Arts. The two are also co-editors of the intercalations: paginated exhibition series, and the book Fantasies of the Library (MIT Press, 2016). With support from Germany's Stiftung Kunstfond, they are presently consolidating a decade of field work and archival research on the colonial histories and possible futures of natural history collections in the book-as-exhibition project, Productions of Nature.