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Blog of the Centre for Invention & Social Process, Goldsmiths

January 9, 2017
by CISP Administrator

Experimenting in the Plural. A Report on the Workshop “The New Experimentalisms”

By Kim Kullmann

The Workshop The New Experimentalisms, held on September 21st 2016 at CISP was organised in response to an expanding cross-disciplinary interest in experimentation as a mode of enquiry. While contemporary experimentalisms draw on a range of resources, from laboratory ethnographies in Science and Technology Studies to the early urban research of the Chicago School, such work is united in the assumption that knowing the world necessarily participates in its coming into being (see Guggenheim 2012; Kullman 2013). Instead of settling with empirical description, then, experimenters compose various types of devices and set-ups to induce new variations in phenomena, so as to bring out their transformative potential.… Continue reading

January 6, 2017
by Baki Cakici

CISP Salon: STS Then & Now – Infrastructure (Jan 18, 2017)

CISP Salon - Infrastructures

CISP Salon poster designed by Naho Matsuda.


CISP Salon: STS Then & Now – Infrastructure
January 18 (Wednesday) 2017
4:00pm-6:00pm, Warmington Tower 1204

Over the past 40 years, Science and Technology Studies (STS) has grown with contributions from many disciplines, sometimes leading to complicated genealogies concerning its many theoretical commitments. During the Autumn and Spring terms, we will meet to discuss two texts in conversation with each other to trace how theories and methods have changed over time. With this reinvention of the CISP Salon, we aim to offer an entry point to STS for those new to the field, as well as providing a new discussion for those familiar with the literature.… Continue reading

November 14, 2016
by Alex Wilkie

The event of invention: Deleuze and the art of experimentation


The event of invention: Deleuze and the art of experimentation

The event of invention: Deleuze and the art of experimentation

23 November 2016
5 – 7pm DTH 109
Speakers: Dr Craig Lundy and Dr Jon Roffe

The work of Gilles Deleuze has been a great source of inspiration for those interested in the nature, meaning and practice of invention and experimentation. Aside from the conceptual resources that his philosophy affords for rethinking these themes, Deleuze’s work also has much to tell us about the manner in which invention and experimentation involve an interplay of metaphysical, socio-political, scientific and aesthetic dimensions. In this session we will discuss a number of these intersections, including the ‘evental’ nature of invention, the creative capacity of repetition, and the claim that ‘invention has no cause’. … Continue reading

August 29, 2016
by Tahani Nadim

Mattering Press Launches



Friendship is not to be sought, not to be dreamed,

not to be desired; it is to be exercised (it is a virtue).

Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace, 1952, p. 67



At some point during the proceedings that constituted the launch of Mattering Press at Conway Hall[1] I found myself looking at pictures of friends. Projected onto the screen in front of which an illustrious panel had gathered were the five absent present editors, Uli Beisel, Endre Dányi, Natalie Gill, Julien McHardy, and Michaela Spencer who together with the present present Joe Deville make up the press’s editorial team.… Continue reading

May 4, 2016

A two-day Symposium with Isabelle Stengers and Goldsmiths academics

The Insistence of the Possible - A Two-Day Symposium with Isabelle Stengers

The Insistence of the Possible – A Two-Day Symposium with Isabelle Stengers

The Insistence of the Possible

A Two-Day Symposium with Isabelle Stengers

18th and 19th of May 2016, 2pm-6pm
PSH 314, New Academic Building
Free but registration is essential

These two events will explore the development of Isabelle Stengers’ work, and will engage with her in conversations about many of her influential concepts and propositions. The two days will consist of brief interventions by Goldsmiths staff members that will focus around a selection of her most recent essays. These will be followed by conversations with Stengers as well as with members of the audience.

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