President's Dream Colloquium on Creative Ecologies


Creative Ecologies focuses on the intersection of art, culture, and environment to examine how cultural practitioners- artists, writers, anthropologists, historians, and interdisciplinary theorists- critically address and creatively negotiate environmental concerns. These concerns include anthropogenic climate change, habitat destruction, drought, species extinction, and environmental degradation.

This colloquium is designed around a series of talks by artists, writers, and theorists, on their thoughts on the humankind's impact on the planet and how we all can survive it.

Through public lectures by international speakers whose expertise spans such fields as visual culture and art history, anthropology and sociology, sensory ethnography and multispecies ethnography, Indigenous cosmopolitics and climate justice activism, the course aims to foster cross-disciplinary discussion on the emerging environmental arts and humanities in the academy and beyond.

What unites all of the speakers is their passionate commitment to challenge us to face the environmental bad news and to imagine human and nonhuman life in new and excitingly different ways.

The colloquium seminar 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. 

Elizabeh Povinelli, Frans Boas Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at Columbia University. After the End: Stubborn Affects and Collective Practices Sept. 19, 3:30 pm, Burnaby Campus (Room TBA)
Timothy Ingold, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, University of Aberdeen Art and Anthropology for a Living World Sept. 26, 2:30 pm, Big Data Hub, Burnaby Campus. (To be broadcast via video conferencing)
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Michi Saaglig Nichnaabeg writer, scholar and activist.  As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom Through Radical Resistance Oct. 17, 7 pm, Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Vancouver Campus
Claire Colebrook, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English, Pennsylvania State University. What would you do (and who would you kill) in order to save the world? Oct. 24, 3:30 pm, Big Data Hub Presentation Studio
Susan Schuppli, Director and Reader in the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmith’s, University of London.  “Earth Evidence” Nov. 7, 7:00 pm, World Art, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Vancouver Campus
Candice Hopkins, Tlingit art curator and writer Indigenous Methodologies and Exhibition Making Nov. 21, 7:00 pm, World Art, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Vancouver Campus

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Download, complete and return the appropriate application form by July 15.

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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