Join us for an interdisciplinary symposium where scholars and artists engage and respond to Nerea Calvillo's atmosphere-changing book!
Nerea Calvillo’s "Aeropolis: Queering Air in Toxicpolluted Worlds (2023)" offers a speculative and interdisciplinary framework to reorient common understandings of air and air pollution as matter “out there.” Aeropolis contests regimes of managing air which ultimately operate toward upholding dominant modes of world-making that are dependent on forms of exclusion and inequity. Instead, it proposes that air be thought of as a city, to center its social, cultural, political, ecological entanglements. Drawing on feminist technoscience and queer ecological frameworks, Aeropolis moves away from solutions toward a methodology of “designing-thinking-making” that redirects and connects our understandings of air—as designers, as citizens—with ongoing struggles for just futures. It insists that we acknowledge the diversity of air and its relation to humans, non-humans, and environments, both physically and affectively, becoming sensible to air by following its unruliness—by living, breathing, seeing, holding, touching, queering airs.
Nerea Calvillo is an architect and researcher; an Associate Professor at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick; and an adjunct associate professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. She's the author of "Aeropolis: Queering Air in ToxicPolluted Worlds" (Columbia University Press, 2023)
Cooking Sections is an artistic duo (Daniel Fernández & Alon Schwabe) that, by using site-responsive installation, performance and video, explores the overlapping boundaries between art, architecture, ecology and geopolitics.
Dancing New Ecologies is a dance activist network that aims to investigate how embodied collective practices may contribute to the reactivation of a politicised public space by envisioning, experimenting with and constructing alternatives to capitalism, through dance.
KAPP__ is a musician, artist and funder of Bunker194 Records, a London based record label focused on the Queer community.
Sasha Engelmann (Royal Holloway, UoL) is a geographer exploring interdisciplinary, feminist and creative approaches to environmental knowledge making. She is the author of "Sensing Art in the Atmosphere: Elemental Lures and Aerosolar Practices" (Routledge, 2020), an active member of the Aerocene Community, and a co-founder of open-weather.
Marsha Rosengarten is Professor in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, and works on biomedicine and the sociality of infectious diseases. She's the author of "Innovation and Biomedicine: Ethics, Evidence and Expectation in HIV" (Palgrave, 2013).
Martin Savransky is Reader and Director of the Centre for Critical Global Change at Goldmsiths, where he convenes the MA Ecology, Culture & Society. He is the author of "Around the Day in Eighty Worlds: Politics of the Pluriverse" (Duke University Press, 2021)
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|1 Feb 2024
|6:00pm - 8:00pm
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