Friday, September 18, 2015

[Yasmin_discussions] International Affairs and Political Science is an Emerging Trend in art science ?


We now have several radar topics under discussion on this list, at the
risk of complicating
this asynchronous discussion here is another one, that seems relevant
given the refugee
humanitarian crisi in the mediterranean

roger malina

Do you agree that International Affairs and Political Science is an
Emerging Trend in art science ? Do you have other examples ?

Roger Malina

Art Science Technology, International Affairs and Political Science an
Emerging Trend ?

Roger Malina, University of Texas at Dallas and Leonardo Publications,
MIT Press.

Submitted to the SEAD study group snapshot update:

The art science technology community has a long history of socially
engaged practice in a variety of forms from public art initiatives, to
web art activism and engagement with ethical and societal issues from
the environment to bio-art. In recent years a number of emerging
actors from within political science and humanities disciplines have
emerged, from social anthropologists to diplomats, economists, social
scientist to disaster management experts. What is a new trend is the
increasing involvement from professionals and researchers from within
the political sciences in art-science activities. These initiatives re
contextualized socially engaged art within the disciplines that engage
with political and social organization.

Examples include:

The activities of Bernard Stiegler and Ars
Industrialis a political and cultural
group. An example of their approach is initiative launched by De
Philippe Aigrain and five other officials by announcing that in the
current period – which is also the preparatory climate conference
organized by the UN in Paris from 30 November to 12 December this year
– we would open a discussion on the future of Greece in Europe and the
future of Europe in the world, opening new perspectives for Europe.

The work of Bruno Latour at Science Po in Paris

The médialab at Sciences Po was founded in 2009 as a center of
research and practice that connects the social sciences with new
digital tools with the goal of bringing together a set of knowledge
and capacities necessary for the development of a digital humanities.
With its technical and methodological expertise, the médialab has
become an essential partner in digitally-focused research projects in
the human and social sciences. As the day-to-day activity of people
and institutions becomes more and more oriented toward the web, the
fact that the traces of these activities are easily recoverable using
simple digital techniques offers a powerful field of observation for
researchers in the social sciences.

The Balance Un Balance series of conferences have been co sponsored by
the the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, with the participation
at the recent conference at Arizona State University of Pablo Suarez,
the Associate Director for Research and Innovation at theRed Cross Red
Crescent Climate Centre,

See for instance Breaking Paradigms: Electronic Arts & Humanitarian
Actions Ricardo Dal Farra:

The International Studies Association has recently established the
STAIR initiative ( Science, Technology, Arts and International
Relations) :

Their statement of purpose indicates:

This newly chartered section recognizes that science, technology, and
art are at the core of global politics. They shape much of the
everyday reality of international security, statecraft, development,
design of critical global infrastructures, approaches to social
justice, and the practices of global governance. Science, technology
and art (i.e., in the form of creativity, the arts, architecture and
design) permeate international affairs in the form of material
elements and networks, technical instruments, systems of knowledge and
scientific practices. Yet, they also challenge existing conceptual
approaches and prompt us to step beyond IR canons to seek
inter-disciplinary collaborations. Through this new section we
generate the space for international Relations (IR) as a discipline
and field to engage these matters through productive intellectual
research conversations with existing subsections as well as other
disciplines. Our intention is that this will facilitate theoretical
understandings of how we go about creating, assessing, and
deliberating scientific, technological and artistic design and their
impact on the shifts of contemporary world order. To use a
methodological metaphor, if science, technology and art are held
constant in most IR models, STAIR aims to make them variable!

International Law: The Legal Medium Conference in 2015, brought
together leading artists and thinkers at Yale Law School to engage in
a series of panels, presentations and performances about how artists
use law as material in their work.

Amar Bakshi: Anartist who previously worked as a diplomat and
journalist. Bakshi created a multimedia series for the Washington Post
called How the World Sees America. He also worked as Special Assistant
to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and as managing editor of's premier international analysis. At CNN, Amar created and
hosted a live online show called Uncommon Ground, which connected
people from around the world who would never otherwise meet.

The Anti-Atlas Project , led by anthropologist Cedric Parizot has
involved customs experts,civil servants, political scientists . For
instance the theme of Managing International Migration? Visa Policies,
Politics, and Practice workshop to be held 28 September 2015 at the
University of Oxford, UK. Their Anti-Atlas manifesto
( )
states: At the beginning of the 21st Century, the functions of State
borders have changed. Borders do not just contain but also overflow
spaces, districts and jurisdictions. Borders are losing their linear
aspects and are becoming more mobile and more diffuse in order to
adapt to globalisation. Actors managing border control have also
substantially multiplied. In addition to states, new stakeholders such
as agencies, corporations, and NGOs have emerged as actors of border
management. The ways in which people's mobility is controlled are more
and more diversified and differentiated. People have to pass through
multiple networks and identification devices. All these mutations have
to be analyzed in detail, using a wide range of modes of expression
and critical too, The group has a broad art-science practice involving
scientific research, art exhibitions and working groups with
stakeholders from governments, agencies, corporations, and NGOs.

The Bank of England has engaged artist Martin John Callanan, who will
be working at the Bank over twelve months on a series of conceptual
art projects. Mr Callanan's work – funded by the Leverhulme Trust and
University College London – will reflect aspects of central banking,
economics, finance and data.

Do readers have other projects that belong in this list ?

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