Waste: A Symposium. Papers on Disposability, Decay, and Depletion (free, booking essential)

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September 21, 2017
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Environmental History / Studies, Humanities, Social Sciences

A one-day event to be held at Birkbeck College, University of London, on September 21st 2017.

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Professor Esther Leslie (Birkbeck, University of London)
Dr Leo Mellor (University of Cambridge)
Dr Rachele Dini (UCL / University of Cambridge)

Conference overview:
This one-day interdisciplinary event will make visible the untold story of waste by exploring its representations, both material and metaphorical, within contemporary culture. Through an investigation of waste’s presence (or lack thereof) within modern life, this conference will disrupt the entrenched value judgements surrounding objects, places and people otherwise deemed redundant. By exploring how we create, classify and treat waste material this discussion will simultaneously review and challenge the ethics of human waste(-ing); the marginalisation of populations rendered disposable within a globalised socio-economic framework. Calling on related discourses from the arts, social sciences, medical humanities and beyond, this symposium will bring together a diverse mix of academics, artists and industry experts to share insights on a (waste) matter that impacts and implicates us all.

The symposium will run from 9am until 6pm on Thursday September 21st at Birkbeck's School of Arts (43 Gordon Square, London, WC15 OPD). Refreshments and lunch will be provided throughout the day, as well as a drinks reception in the evening. An indicative schedule is included below –

9.00am Arrivals
Teas & Coffees
9.15am Welcome/Introductions
9.30am Professor Esther Leslie Keynote
10.15am Panel 1: Bodily Matters: Human Waste and Wasting Humans
11.30am Coffee Break
11.45am Panel 2: Managing Waste: Labour, Storage and Materiality
1.00pm Lunch
2.00pm Dr Rachele Dini Keynote
2.45pm Panel 3: Not a Load of Garbage: Making Art From Rubbish
4.00pm Coffee Break
4.15pm Dr Leo Mellor Keynote
5.00pm Thank You/Outro
6.00pm Close

The closest stations are Euston (National Rail, Victoria and Northern Line), Euston Square (Hammersmith and City, Circle and Metropolitan Lines) or Russel Square (Piccadilly Line). Gordon Square is also served well by numerous bus routes, please visit www.tfl.gov.uk.

The event will be free to attend, with lunch and refreshments provided on the day. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL.

Following the conference, there will be the opportunity to submit papers for a Special Collection in the Open Library of Humanities (8000 words, peer reviewed) and Alluvium Journal (2000 words, non-peer reviewed).

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/waste-a-symposium-tickets-33554692990 (ESSENTIAL)

Contact Info: 

Dr Grace Halden, Birkbeck College University of London (g.halden@bbk.ac.uk)