President's Dream Colloquium on Creative Ecologies

FALL 2019

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.

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

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. 

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Free Public Lecture Series

This public lecture series is curated by Dr. Denise Oleksijczuk (Contemporary Arts) in collaboration of Dr. Zoë Druick (Communication) and Dr. Michelle Levy (English). 

Seminars for Graduates & Undergraduates

SFU students may gain course credits towards their degree for attending and participating in colloquium seminars and completing supervised research papers relating to the colloquium’s subject or theme.

Applications accepted until November 24, 2023.

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Public Lecture Schedule

Public lectures are free and open to everyone including the general public. Please RSVP to the event as space is limited. A recording of each lecture will be made available after the event.

September 19, 2019

Extractive Ecologies & Filmic Creations: Examples from the Karrabing Film Collective

Speaker: Elizabeth Povinelli
Frans Boas Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at Columbia University

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September 26, 2019

The Sustainability of Everything

Speaker: Timothy Ingold
Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, University of Aberdeen

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October 17, 2019

Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes)

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

Special Guests: Amanda Strong, Bracken Hanuse Corlett, and Whess Harman

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November 7 at 7:00 pm

Earth Evidence

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

Location: Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, SFU Vancouver Campus

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November 21 at 7:00 pm

Towards a Practice of Decolonial Listening: Sounding the Margins

Speaker: Candice Hopkins
Tlingit art curator and writer

Location: Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, SFU Vancouver Campus

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November 28 at 3:30 pm

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

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

Location: Applied Sciences Building, SFU Burnaby Campus

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If you have any questions about the Colloquium administration, please email Graduate Studies.

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