The scope and objectives of the conference are to 1) explore the impact of human activity on the oceanic environment in terms of contamination and pollution; and 2) explore methods to curb contamination and pollution. The forms of knowledge exchange that the conference will employ to address these aims will extend across several disciplines. To further create a rich discussion that better confronts socio-economic, environmental, and cultural concerns, our conference is geared towards attracting a group of diversified participants and audience members.
This public conference sets out to highlight how Newfoundland’s social and economic development is located at the intersection between cultural production, the arts, academic scholarship, and oceanic resource extraction. It also asks how our local concerns of contamination intersect with those of other cultures that have a deep interest in the ocean and the socio-economic development that informs its health.
The Aesthetics of Contamination: Oceanic Environments, Identities, Intermedial Research Creation, organized by N. Pedri (MUN), L. Moore (MUN) and A. Dodeman (U of Grenoble-Alpes, France) is a 3-day international, multidisciplinary conference open to the public to be held at Memorial from Oct. 27 - Oct. 29, 2023. The conference will focus on oceans and the aesthetics of contamination in artistic and critical practices. Aimed towards an exchange between research and creative practices, it will bring together students, scholars, artistic practitioners, and the general public across three discursive threads: The Oceanic Environment: An Ecocritical Perspective; Cultural Identities: A Cultural Perspective on identities formed in relation to the ocean as social and economic influence on culture; and Intermedial Research Creation: An Artistic Perspective on artistic representations of oceans and the lives shaped by living next to the ocean.
Besides panels and round tables, an expert in each discursive thread will engage in a public event. Confirmed speakers are Dr. Sourayan Mookerjea (Director of the Intermedia Research Studio and Kule Scholar of Climate Resilience, U of Alberta), Dr. Gretchen Schiller (Director Interdisciplinary Performance Laboratory, U of Grenoble- Alpes), and Dr. Claire Omhovere (Director Intermedial Cultural Geography Research Group, U of Montpellier).