In order to do so, Contemporary Matters is turning toward contemporary cultural and activist practices
that steadily make biodiversity a subject of discussion. Merging approaches from life sciences and cultural studies through
the deconstruction of the binary opposition Nature/Culture equals embracing the complex and large-scale hybridity of biodiversity.
For this symposium Contemporary Matters invites researchers, scholars, artists, activists, and politicians to come together
on a public forum at the University of Vienna and discuss new approaches for human and non-human co-existence.
Contemporary Matters is a student-initiated platform launched in 2018 raising critical awareness on the role of “the contemporary”
in the increasingly transdisciplinary field of art history. Contemporary Matters believes that biodiversity constitutes a
multifaceted challenge on a global scale. The endangerment thereof impacts all classes, groups, professions and nations, thus
highlighting the entanglement of human and non-human agents in our contemporary world and the necessity to put these various
affected actors in conversation with each other. In fact, by facilitating an exchange between rather uncustomary combinations
of perspectives on the subject of biodiversity, we can perform (bio-)diversity in the very structure of the conference.
With contributions by Ingeborg Reichle (University of Applied Arts) |Extinction Rebellion Austria | Roswitha
Schuller (University of Applied Arts) | Tahani Nadim & Sybille Neumeyer (Humboldt University Berlin) | Maria Huhmarniemi
(University of Lapland) | Alice Vadrot (University of Vienna) | Yulia Kopr (University of Vienna) | Brishty Alam (University
of Applied Arts)
Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 10am to 8pm
Aula am Campus der Universität Wien
(Spitalgasse 2-4, Hof 1.11, 1090 Vienna)https://contemporarymatters.org