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Controlling Environments

MIT Architecture Machine Group (1971) ‘Seek’, exhibited at SOFTWARE, Smithsonian Museum, Washington D.C. All images are property of their respective owners
Thursday, October 15, 2015 -
9:30am to 8:30pm
School of Geography and Environment, South Parks Road, OX1 3QY

Controlling Environments is a one-day interdisciplinary workshop addressing the historical and contemporary significance of the cybernetic sciences as an array of related disciplines that have, and continue to, inform the environmental sciences and other disciplinary conceptualisations of human-environment relations.

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Conference Programme

10.00 : Welcome and coffee

10.30 – 13.30 : Morning session

Isabell Schrickel (Institute of Culture and Aesthetics of Digital Media, Leuphana University)

The Obergurgl Model – An Integrative Approach to Environmental Modelling at IIASA

Ola Uhrqvist (Department of Thematic Studies, Linköping University)

Earth System Governmentality and the Anthropocene

Thomas Turnbull (School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford)

The Heath Government and the energy crisis: failure, futurology and feedback

13.30 – 14.30 : Lunch

14.30 – 15.30 : Intervention

“No Future!”
Author collective (Tarnac/Zürich)

15.30 – 18.30 : Afternoon session

Nate Tkacz (Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick)

The Performance Platform: Governing Through Design

Jennifer Gabrys (Sociology, Goldsmiths)

Programming Environments, Programming Sense: Technical Distributions of Governance in the Smart City

Andrew Goffey (Centre for Critical Theory, University of Nottingham)

Feedback, control, and the machinic environment

18.30 – 19.15 : Closing discussion

20.00 : Dinner

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