Aesthetics of Contamination Conference
Friday, Oct. 27, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
DH-2002; DH-2006, Gushue Hall
In close collaboration with the University of Grenoble Alpes, Memorial University in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, is organizing an international conference on October 27-29, 2023, on the aesthetics of contamination. This conference aims to enact the linkages between the study of literature, art, and other media and artistic practice as they intersect with blue ecocritical concerns and methods of research. It will look to intermodal practices, scholarship, and research-creation and across disciplines – oceanic literature, visual art, performative art, dance, theory, and criticism – to address the urgent need to examine and curb human impact on our oceanic environments.
Aimed towards an exchange between research and creative practices, the conference is organized around three discursive threads: The Oceanic Environment: An Ecocritical Perspective; Cultural Identities: A Cultural Perspective; and Intermedial Research Creation: An Artistic Perspective.
The first two conference threads will address the aesthetics of contamination as it relates to oceanic environments across different media and disciplines. The first thread, will focus on pressing oceanic environmental threats – oil production, aquaculture, pollution by plastics and other invasive substances, and environmental threats to biodiviersity – to explore how these threats are communicated and how they can be curbed. These discussions will give way to the conference’s second thread, which considers how climate disasters across oceans impact the movement and health of people. It will highlight the convergence of climate, oceanic, and human crises to recognize how it impacts the social and economic realities of people across the globe.
The third thread, will bring the conference’s findings about oceanic contamination and its impact on people into creative-critical, collaborative dialogue through a research-creation project. Aimed at exploring the intersectionality of diverse modes of knowledge practice that share creative and scholarly influences, this thread aims to bring together creative writing, visual art, music, dance, and other art practices to underscore the urgency and magnitude of oceanic contamination and the importance of aesthetic practices to foster real world change.
Presented by Department of English