President's Dream Colloquium on Creative Ecologies

About

Since the industrial revolution, human activity has profoundly and relentlessly damaged the earth and how to change this trajectory is the direst problem humankind is currently facing. Though many disciplines and organizations offer their own methodologies and solutions, this colloquium recognizes that relying on one system or culture of knowledge will not save the world. Designed around a series of public lectures given by internationally renowned speakers from varying art practices and scholarly disciplines, Creative Ecologies focuses on the intersection of art, culture, and environment to critically address and creatively negotiate environmental concerns including anthropogenic climate change, habitat destruction, drought, species extinction, and toxic waste.

The speakers—whose expertise spans the fields of visual art, literature, film, anthropology, women’s studies, and Indigenous politics and aesthetics—provide the framework and launching point for the cross-disciplinary discussion between the academy and the public. The aim of the colloquium is to challenge all of us to face the environmental bad news and to imagine human and nonhuman life in strikingly new and different ways.

The public lecture series is curated by Dr. Denise Oleksijczuk (Contemporary Arts) in collaboration of Dr. Zoë Druick (Communication) and Dr. Michelle Levy (English). Dr. Oleksijczuk is the instructor of INS897, President's Dream Colloquium on Creative Ecologies, which will be held in GCA4390 on Thursdays at 2:30 to 5:20 (class meeting times and locations will vary in relation to the public lectures).

Featured Speakers

There will be a networking session after each lecture. 

Note: Screening only

The films: Mermaids, or Aiden in Wonderland, 2018, (26.29 mins.) and Wutharr, Saltwater Dreams, 2016 (28 mins.) by the Karrabing Film Collective and directed by Elizabeth Povinelli will be screened on Sept. 12 at 7:00 pm in Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Vancouver.

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SPEAKER

TOPIC

TIME AND LOCATION

Elizabeth Povinelli, Frans Boas Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at Columbia University. Extractive Ecologies & Filmic Creations: Examples from the Karrabing Film Collective

Sept. 19 at 3:30 pm

Big Data Hub, Presentation Studio, Applied Science Building, Room 10900, Burnaby Campus

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Timothy Ingold, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, University of Aberdeen

Note: This talk will be broadcast via video conferencing

Reception to follow in atrium.

The Sustainability of Everything

Sept. 26 at 2:30 pm

Big Data Hub, Presentation Studio, Applied Science Building, Room 10900, Burnaby Campus

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Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Michi Saaglig Nichnaabeg writer, scholar and activist. 

Lecture will be with special guests: Amanda Strong, Bracken Hanuse Corlett, and Whess Harman

Reception to follow in the Wong Theatre Lobby. 

Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes)

Oct. 17 at 7:00 pm

Fei and Milton Wong Theatre, Room B2290, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Vancouver Campus

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Claire Colebrook, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English, Pennsylvania State University.

Reception to follow in the atrium. 

What would you do (and who would you kill) in order to save the world?

Oct. 24 at 3:30 pm

Big Data Hub, Presentation Studio, Applied Science Building, Room 10900, Burnaby Campus

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Susan Schuppli, Director and Reader in the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmith’s, University of London. 

Reception to follow in World Art

Earth Evidence

Nov. 7 at 7:00 pm

Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Room 2555, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Vancouver Campus

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Candice Hopkins, Tlingit art curator and writer

Reception to follow in the GCA Main Lobby.

Indigenous Methodologies and Exhibition Making

Nov. 21 at 7:00 pm

Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Room 2555, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Vancouver Campus

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Sponsors

The President’s Dream Colloquium on Creative Ecologies: Reimagining the World is generously funded and supported by:

Course requirements:

  • Reading and colloquium lecture journals 20% 
  • Facilitating discussion on seminar readings 10%
  • Paper or project proposal presentation, abstract, and schedule of work 20%
  • Final research paper or creative project 50%

Final grading:

  • Graduate students: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
  • Undergraduate students: Pass/Fail