Communication is bound to a promise of relational enhancement that both depends upon and provides a context for technological innovation and knowledge transfer. CommunicAbility and Cosmology seeks to address this promise – which endures amidst communicative failures – by interrogating the imagination of communication’s »ability«. It is because communication is inseparable from the imagination of a world that one can speak of »cosmology«: endeavors that seek to express the very nature of the world. Such endeavors inevitably encounter limits wherein the world to be expressed appears to exceed the abilities of
communication. Questions of how to respond to these cosmological limits – where responses range from acceptance to overcoming – thereby intersect with questions concerning the abilities and failures of communication. These questions and themes emerge within a diversity of disciplinary domains – to name but one example, cosmology is a concern of physics, anthropology, and religious studies. As such, the overarching aim of this conference is to create a space in which the concomitant differences and
commonalities can give rise to a productive multilogue transgressing the boundaries of communication.
July 7– 8, 2016
Humboldt University’s Heilig-Geist-Kapelle
Spandauer Strasse 1