Good Scientific Practice 2019

21st October 12:00 - 20:30 

Two years ago, for the first cohort of the RTG, “good scientific practices in the age of uncertainty” was situated in the political climate of “post-truth” or “turn to the right” marked by the assault on critical intelligentsia, the precarization of intellectual labor, the conformist tendency of institutional policies regarding research, and the depoliticization of science, and asked what constituted “good scientific practice.” As the world continues to move in worrying directions, scientific practices are in need of urgent decolonization, pluralization, and de-canonization, and perhaps also re-enchantment. This year’s “good scientific practice,” besides pragmatic guidance on the various aspects of academic life especially on the question of publication, will also focus on a variety of “shamanic” practices, knowledge-systems of their own right that first and foremost challenge the categorical certainty and neat-ness of “science”, “religion” and “art." 

12:00 – 14:00


 Publish and or Flourish? TEA Workshop on Academic Writing - Workshop led by Prof. Dr. Kyoo Lee

 Kyoo Lee, a scholar-writer at the City University of New York and co-editor of philoSOPHIA: A Journal of TransContinental Feminism (SUNY Press), will offer insights, both practical and futural, into academic writing including the nuts and bolts of journal publishing; a Visiting YBU Distinguished Professor at Yanbian University and an International Fellow at Cambridge University this year (2019-20), she is set to launch a host of collaborative TEA (TransEurAsian) research projects and will introduce some of the key concepts.


15:00 – 17:00


Publishing without Perishing: New Directions in (Academic) Publishing

 Workshop with Alissa Jones Nelson and Kocku von Stuckrad

 Dr. Alissa Jones Nelson, publisher, editor, and writer will talk about the various aspects of (academic) publishing, including some advice on how to turn a PhD thesis into a monograph. She will also talk about the publishing world beyond traditional academic arenas as well as, closely related, the so-called #alt-ac careers.

 Prof. Dr. Kocku von Stuckrad, professor of religious studies in University of Groningen will mainly focus on introducing the Counterpoint Knowledge initiative, which he co-founds as different forms of knowledge production and non-traditional platforms.


18:30 – 20:30 (Lecture)


 A Philopoetics of Techno-Shamanism: Reanimating the TEA Work of Nam June Paik, a Good Scientific Philopoet

Lecture by Prof. Dr. Kyoo Lee

 Nam June Paik, (not just) “the founder of video art,” is a poet philosopher who through rigorously artistic practices radically altered the very sense of space and time, which he rendered more profoundly, extraordinarily, connective, “wireless.” Today, he will be revisited—through “Q”s transcoding of the work of that techno-shamanistic TEA (TransEurAsian) imagineer who “saw” the internet two generations ago. 


Response: “Good Shamanic Practice” by Prof. Dr. Kocku von Stuckrad



Concept and Organization: Zairong Xiang
Organizing Team: Farai von Pentz and Monica Gutierrez