Gregynog Hall

Gregynog Hall

31 May 2016

Guest professor seminars and workshop details

We are delighted to announce that full details of the guest professor seminars are now available through the link to the right. 

There is an exciting choice of topics. Each seminar comprises three one-and-a-half hour sessions. The seminars run in three steams and participants choose one seminar from each stream:

Stream A:
Specular Politics: Mystery, Manifestation, Resistance (Michael Dillon)

Deleuze and Politics  (Tom Lundborg)

Psychoanalysis and the Practice of Resistance (Andreja Zevnik)

Stream B:
On Violence, Security, and Outliving ‘Life’ (Asli Calkivik)

The New Politics of Enclosure (R. B. J. Walker)

(Un)making the Neoliberal Subject (Erzsebet Strausz)

Stream C:
Aesthetics and Politics (Jenny Edkins)

"The world, after the end of the world" (Andrew Davison)

Interpreting War: Critical Methods, Ethics & Politics (Annick T. R. Wibben)

In addition to the seminars, we have two plenary workshops. The first, led by Himadeep Muppidi, entitled ‘Worlding the postcolonial’, follows on from the wonderful storytelling workshop he led last year. The second is a completely new venture for this year—a workshop led by Phil Gaydon, Conor Heaney and Erzsebet Strausz. This workshop takes place over two plenary sessions in the Music Room on Wednesday afternoon/evening. Expect to find the room transformed and your ideas of learning spaces challenged.

Other activities include research surgeries with guest professors, sessions organised by participants, a twympath dawns on the first evening, a barbecue, and hopefully a yoga session to counterbalance all that thinking. There will be free time too, to enjoy walks and conversation in the beautiful surroundings at Gregynog.

Any queries, contact Yvonne Rinkart on
Looking forward to seeing you in July!

02 May 2016

July is fast approaching: Gregynog update

Dear all
July is getting closer and we are into the final phase of preparations for the Ideas Lab. We have a wonderful group of participants--and a few places are still available if you wish to join us. Use the booking tab on the right or if you have any queries email our Graduate Assistant, Yvonne Rinkart, on

We have a new guest professor to announce: Aslı Çalkıvik, from Istanbul Technical University has agreed to take part this year. Her work focuses on questions in international relations and political theory. She will be offering a seminar On Violence, Security, and Outliving ‘Life’, which examines questions to do with the relation between security and violence, and how political fear circulates in and produces the political field. The seminar asks whether we should or can dismantle security and what kinds of political imaginaries are available to think politics beyond a politics of security.   Aslı replaces Sam Opondo, who has family responsibilities that unfortunately prevent him participating this year.

We are also fortunate to be able to announce two exciting plenary sessions on Alternative Learning Spaces; we explore, with the help of visiting artists, creative spaces for learning that move beyond the seminar room or lecture theatre. More details of these will be available later.

Altogether a wonderful programme: the revised details have been posted on the right. We are very much looking forward to seeing you in July! 
Best wishes