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The Whole Earth Catalogue, 1968

The Whole Earth Catalogue, 1968

The Whole Earth Catalogue, 1968

The Whole Earth Catalogue, 1968

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Stresses: Living with Toxicity

Facilitated by Eva Giraud, Gregory Hollin, Lynne Pettinger with Rebecca Beinart and Des Fitzgerald.

15 Sep 2015

In this workshop we explore how toxicity permeates the mental, social and ecological dynamics of life. We consider toxicity both as poison and as symbiotic with life. We will host a ‘world café’ workshop to consider toxic nature and toxins in nature, the toxicity of economic life and toxic spaces. We will discuss beagles and barbies, waste and deserts, knotweed and nuclear fallout, and consider questions such as: what’s good about toxicity? What would detoxification involve? How does toxicity affect mental, social and environmental ecologies?
 
Rebecca Beinart (Primary Studios, Nottingham) is engagement curator, and a resident artist, at Primary Studios. Her work explores the relationship between art, ecology and politics, and involves site-specific performances, installations and interventions in public space. Recent projects (both individual and collaborative) have focused on food politics, the commercialisation of public space, and relationships between migration and place. See: http://www.weareprimary.org/people/rebecca-beinart/ 
 
Dr Des Fitzgerald (Cardiff University) is a (slightly reluctant!) sociologist, whose recent work has examined the relationships between mental health and urban life, and psychiatric interventions into these relationships. His broader research interests are concerned with questions of interdisciplinarity, and the potential for new forms of engagement between the social sciences and neurosciences. 
 
Eva Giraud is interested in the dynamic between on- and offline activism, with a focus on the work of environmental, anti-capitalist and animal rights activists. More broadly she's interested in cultural theories that question and challenge existing relationships between humans, animals and the environment.
 
Gregory Hollin is a researcher at the Institute for Science and Society in the University of Nottingham. His work is primarily concerned with sociological and historical understandings of autism spectrum conditions.
 
Lynne Pettinger works in the sociology department of the University of Warwick. She is currently researching ‘green collar’ workers.
 
 
 
7pm
 
Toxic Interventions
With: Pawas Bisht, Thom Davis, Bev Gibbs and Sujatha Raman.
 
A public discussion addressing the question: How can we engage with toxic environments, as publics, as artists, as activists, as academics or as policy-makers? Dialogue and debate, preceded by short discussions of four case studies: Activist interventions in Bhopal, visual representations of Chernobyl, policy debates about rare-earth mining in Greenland, and contemporary concerns about the problems – and potentials – surrounding anti-microbial resistance.  
 
Pawas Bisht (Keele University). Coming from a background in documentary film making, Pawas’s work brings theory and practice together, in its focus on the media and cultural politics of remembrance, social movements and environmental activism. Recent research has focused on institutional, social and personal forms of memorialisation of the Union Carbide Gas disaster in Bhopal, India.
 
Dr Thom Davies is a human geographer at the Department of Sociology, University of Warwick. His PhD (University of Birmingham) investigated the lived experience of the Chernobyl nuclear accident in Ukraine. Over several years he conducted long-term ethnographic research with communities impacted by the 1986 nuclear disaster, learning about local coping strategies and informal ways of understanding toxic risk. During his PhD he was also awarded funding from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science to conduct qualitative research with marginalized communities impacted by the 2011 Fukushima triple-disaster in Japan. 
 
More recently Thom has conducted the first academic study of the ‘New Jungle’ refugee camp in Calais, with an interdisciplinary team of Public Health and Human Geography experts. Thom has recently started an ERC funded project on ‘Toxic Expertise’ at the University of Warwick, led by Dr Alice Mah. He uses visual and participatory methods throughout his research, and has exhibited his photography at galleries throughout the UK. 
See: http://thomdavies.com/ 
 
Bev Gibbs (University of Sheffield) looks at national-level technology projects and how government, companies and the public come together to shape how these projects are implemented. This has included issues arising in Scotland’s transition to a low-carbon society. Her current research examines the development of a rare-earth mining industry in Greenland and how this can help us understand current issues in the management of Arctic resources.
 
Sujatha Raman (University of Nottingham) examines the relationships between knowledge, research, technology, policy and publics, in relation to emerging sustainability challenges, and the implications of these relationships for both science and democracy. Her work has explored questions surrounding biofuels, renewable energy, anti-microbial resistance and public engagement with science.
 
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Stresses
4pm - 6:30pm SeminarThe Studio 

Toxic Interventions

7pm LectureCafe.Bar 

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