If the problem requires it – get un-disciplined!
This motto pervades Sigrid Weigel’s work, from her early feminist writings to her studies of Walter Benjamin and Ingeborg Bachmann, from her works in the fields of religious and visual studies to her critical engagements with the life-sciences. Guilt and debt, genealogy and heritage, culture and nature, image and text, art and science, history and the present – Sigrid Weigel’s research does not content itself with filling so-called historical or philological research-desiderata; on the contrary, she examines multi-layered entanglements that are relevant because we encounter their effects in problematic situations of the present.
Such an approach is not only labor-intensive, it also often leads the researcher into formerly unknown territories. For the work of disentangling, of unthreading and re-threading requires regular excursions from one’s own disciplinary dwelling. The latter must be opened for other approaches if one wants to get acquainted with the particularities of new territories and the unforeseen relations between them. Cultural research then becomes a practice of skillfully exploring thresholds. Guided by concrete political, epistemological, ethical etc. problems, Weigel’s research is therefore constitutively un-disciplinary.
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Katrin Solhdju is a Senior Researcher of the Belgian Fonds national de la recherche scientifique (FNRS) and a Professor at the Department for Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Mons. Her work largely takes problematic situations in contemporary medical research and clinical practice as its starting point. Exploring the entanglements between knowledge, ethical, and political regimes present in these situations allows her to cultivate a particular attention for the multiple injustices inherent to (hi)stories of disqualification and to their multilayered, and often violent consequences.

The work of Margarete Vöhringer, a professor of the Materiality of Knowledge, is centered on the entanglement of aesthetics and knowledge. She explores artistic research practices on the one hand, and the materiality and aesthetics of the sciences on the other. She is particularly interested in those practices of knowledge production that circulate between the arts and the sciences, and that often times leave material traces beyond the written.

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