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Nora Rigamonti

PhD Candidate of the 2nd cohort

 

 

Subsequent position:

Following the Research Training Group, Nora Rigamonti works  at the Department of Sociology of Politics and Governance (Prof. Dr. Jan-Peter Voß) in the research project "Schmeck! Qualitative-sensory 'citizen science' on the practice and aesthetics of eating" at the Institute for Sociology of the TU Berlin.

Research project

In(ter)ventive Democracy? Experimental Future Scenarios of the European »Refugee Issue«

This study draws on the particular case of experimental future scenarios of the European »refugee issue« by explicitly designing and relating politics and aesthetics. It examines whether such scenarios may be identified as in(ter)ventive devices for exploring prospective alternative solutions that contribute towards meeting challenges posed by current processes of social transformation and controversies – and if so, to what extent. Its starting point is the following observation: While these processes and accompanying complexities and uncertainties are on the rise, at the intersection of politics and aesthetics multiple, situated and adaptive practices are increasingly emerging at a (trans)local level. Heterogeneous actors intentionally and reflexively design and connect politics with aesthetics and thereby constitute future scenarios. This not only provides inquiries into specific ways of making public social changes and controversial issues by sensory and comprehensible means, it also aims at developing and mediating individual and collective social capacities to gain agency. In light of this pluralization and modification of political and aesthetic actors and practices alongside the increasing fragility of liberal-democratic orders, the study aims at the following: Engaging with and contributing to recent pragmatist and praxeological approaches informed by Science and Technology Studies as well as Actor-Network Theory, I present a comparative, contrastive ethnographic case study. I investigate in detail two empirical manifestations of such a concrete doing and meshing of politics and aesthetics along with the scenarios constituted in this way. In this context, I systematically identify and discuss the relative capacities and limitations that accompany these practices and scenarios. Furthermore, I seek to approach an analytical differentiation of certain forms of politics and aesthetics and therefore suggest a theoretical conceptualization in wide and more narrow sense. In this vein, I try to render related certain forms of publicity and collectivity as well as perception and experience more precisely.

 

Talks:

„How To Experimentally Shape Taste?“, Michael Guggenheim/ Jan-Peter Voß/ Nora Rigamonti/ Aline Haulsen/Max Söding, discussion series „Taste! Discussions About Investigating Aesthetic Practices“, project Taste!, TU Berlin / digital, March 2021.

„How Can We Study Taste As It Happens?“, Jan-Peter Voß/ Nora Rigamonti/ Aline Haulsen/ Max Söding/ Caroline Contentin/ Margarita Ruby, discussion series „Taste! Discussions About Investigating Aesthetic Practices”, project Taste!, TU Berlin / digital, March 2021.

„Schmeck! Zur experimentellen Konstruktion von sinnlichen Erfahrungen beim Essen“ Michael Guggenheim/Jan-Peter Voß/ Nora Rigamonti, annual conference, Gesellschaft für Wissenschafts- und Technikforschung: „Die experimentelle Konstruktion der Wirklichkeit:  Art, Facts, and Artefacts“, November 2020.

„Gustografie – 'grounded methods' in der Schmeckforschung“ Jan-Peter Voß/ Nora Rigamonti, 40. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie "Gesellschaft unter Spannung", Berlin, September 2020.

"Material Politics? Experimental Public Mobilisation and Collectivisation Practices of Refugees and Supporters and their Socio-Material Infrastructures", International Conference "What matters? New materialities and material-semiotic perspectives within critical migration and border regime studies", Munich (Germany), May 2016.

"Artivism - a new form of politics?", Conference of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) and Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) "Science and Technology by Other Means", Barcelona (Spain), September 2016.

"The diverse entanglements of aesthetics and politics: Current enactments of the European refugee issue", 12th Annual Ethnography Symposium "Politics and Ethnography in an Age of Uncertainty", Manchester (UK), August 2017.

"How materiality and spatiality matter in the current enactments of the European refugee issue", Workshop: "How materiality and spatiality matter in innovation", Winter School, Research Training Group „Innovation Society Today", TU Berlin, Dezember 2016.

 

Publications:

Voß, J.-P./ Rigamonti, N./ Suarez, M./Watson, J. (Hg.) (2022, i.E.): Sensing collectives - aesthetic and political practices intertwined. Transcript. Bielefeld; https://www.transcript-verlag.de/978-3-8376-5745-6/sensing-collectives/ [1]

Voß, J.-P., Guggenheim, M., Rigamonti, N., Haulsen, A., Söding, M. (2022, i.E.): Provoking Taste Experimenting With New Ways of Sensing. In: Sensing collectives - aesthetic and political practices intertwined. Transcript. Bielefeld.

Rigamonti, N. (2021): „Aggressiver Humanismus“ – Politischer Widerstand im 21. Jahrhundert. Überlegungen zu Produktivitäten und Problematiken von affektiven (Ver-)Bindungen. In: diskurs. Bd. 6 (2020): Gefühle des Widerstandes?, 105-127.

Rigamonti, Nora (2019): The diverse entanglements of aesthetics and politics. Current enactments of the European refugee issue as prospective and experimental democratic “devices”?  In: Riot, Elen/Raviola, Elena/Schnugg, Claudia: Arts and Politics: from radical perspectives to innovative interventions. Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 149-180.

Rigamonti, N./Voß, J.-P./Suarez, M./Watson, J. (2018): Sensing collectives - aesthetic and political practices intertwined. In: Sensing Collectives – Aesthetic and Political Practices Intertwined, n.d., sensing-collectives.org [2].

Maas, F.; Rigamonti, N. (2018): Zur reflexiven Hervorbringung von Innovationen in einem raumbezogenen Modus. Überlegungen am Beispiel des transdisziplinären Projekts Die Gärtnerei in Berlin. In: Hergesell, J.; Maibaum, A.; Minnetian, C:, Sept, A. (Hg.): Innovationsphänomene. Modi und Effekte der Innovationsgesellschaft. Wiesbaden: Springer Vs, 81-102.

Rigamonti, N. (2014): Das Wesen der Weiblichkeit: Nur eine Dependenz der Eierstöcke oder ein hybrider Cyborg? Eine kritische Überlegung zur (Dis-)Kontinuität diskursiver Konstruktionen von Weiblichkeit. Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder) (online).

 

Organizing/ Transdisciplinary formats:

„Taste! Discussions About Investigating Aesthetic Practices“, discussion series, project Taste!, TU Berlin, 3 March - 14 April 2021.

Concept und organisation: Jan-Peter Voß/ / Nina Langen/ Nora Rigamonti/ Aline Haulsen/ Max Söding/ Michael Guggenheim/ Markus Binner

“Taste! Experiments for the senses”, partizipatory exhibition, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, 30. September - 18. October 2020; https://www.schmeckprojekt.de/partizipative-ausstellung [3]

Concept und organisation: Michael Guggenheim/ Jan-Peter Voß/ Nora Rigamonti/ Aline Haulsen/ Max Söding

Award: Warden’s Annual Public Engagement Award 2020 der Goldsmiths University of London

"Sensing collectives - aesthetic and political practices intertwined", workshop in collaboration with The Institute for Latin American Studies at FU Berlin, ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry and Hybrid Lab of the UdK Berlin und TU Berlin; http://sensing-collectives.org/ [4] 

Conception and Organization: Jan-Peter Voß, Nora Rigamonti, Marcela Suarez, Jacob Watson, 14-16 November 2018, Berlin" 

 

Memberships:

Member of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST)

 

CV:

since 10/2016
Scientific researcher and PhD candidate, Graduate School "Innovation Society Today: The Reflexive Creation of Novelty", Department of Sociology, Technical University Berlin
04/ 2015 - 09/ 2016
Scholarship holder, Graduate School "Innovation Society Today: The Reflexive Creation of Novelty", Department of Sociology, Technical University Berlin
2011 - 2014
Master of Arts: Socio-cultural Studies, European University Viadrina
2009 - 2010
International internship, Buenos Aires, Argentina, funded by German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
2006 - 2010
Bachelor of Arts: Cultural Studies (disciplines: Comparative Social Science, Literature Studies), Viadrina
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