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The Panarchy of pan-pan: Para-normal Investigations in the Neomedieval Cosmology

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The Panarchy of pan-pan: Para-normal Investigations in the Neomedieval Cosmology

Hogg, Norman (2020) The Panarchy of pan-pan: Para-normal Investigations in the Neomedieval Cosmology. PhD thesis, Concordia University.

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Alongside documentation of the neomedieval exhibition and bookwork pan-pan, this paper advances a theory-fictional, para-academic methodology that speculates on the ‘modern’ and ‘medieval’ as mutually constitutive, temporally entangled worlds (a pancosmia) rather than developmental cultural stages set within an evolutionary timeframe. While much media attention has recently been given to the modern world’s apparent regression into a ‘post-truth’ condition, neomedievalism challenges the linear, bifurcating historicism that positions ‘the medieval’ as the primitive, base condition of ‘pre-truth’ from which a secular ‘age of reason’ evolved. If Eurocentric ‘enlightened’ modernity is taken to be the universally black-boxed ‘normal’ — wherein it is accepted that claims to objective ‘reality’ belong only to the domains of science-based reason — this paper speculates on the persistence of the ‘para-normal’ as a para-situated and multi-temporal ‘middle space’ wherein reality coalesces as oscillating, hyphenated assemblages of quasi-subjective and quasi-objective practicing entities (fiction-facts, thought-matters, medieval-modernities, person-objects etc.).

The hyphen glyph of research-creation is evoked throughout, not just as a linguistic device signifying a translation interface between two conceptual categories, but also as a material prosthesis, (an explorers stick, flagellum, probe or bridging tool) that enables the corporeal navigation and affective habituation of onto-generative spaces that exist in-between habitats — habitats hitherto regarded, under the modern classificatory episteme, as mutually excluding. Thus it is my non-bifurcating intention, not just to elucidate the academic reasoning behind the artistic creation of pan-pan’s speculative pancosmia, but to actively perform the hybridizing process of world-making through the actual making and hosting of alternate and alternating para-site worlds.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Humanities: Interdisciplinary Studies
Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Authors:Hogg, Norman
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Ph. D.
Program:Humanities
Date:18 March 2020
Thesis Supervisor(s):Manning, Erin and Mulholland, Neil and Massumi, Brian
ID Code:986812
Deposited By: NORMAN JAMES HOGG
Deposited On:25 Jun 2020 18:32
Last Modified:25 Jun 2020 18:32

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