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Conference poster: Depths and Surfaces

“Affect and Polar Aesthetics: Art and Visual Culture of the Anthropocene.”

HASSEC Conference 2017. Depths and Surfaces: Understanding the Antarctic Region through the Humanities and Social Sciences, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia, July 4-7, 2017.


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“Political Art Matters to Build Environmental Social Movements: Art and Visual Culture on Climate Change in the Anthropocene.”

Pro-Arts Gallery, Oakland, California., June 15, 2017.


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“Polar Environmental Discourses: Film, Politics, and Oil in the Anthropocene.”

University of California, Los Angeles, CSW Research Affiliate Brown Bag, April 21, 2017.

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Lisa Bloom speaking

“True North: Race, Sexuality and Science in Arctic Exploration.”

Lecture Series for Black History Month. Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada, February 7, 2017.


“Polar Environmental Discourses: Film, Politics and Oil in the Anthropocene.”

For the 4S EASST Conference, “Science and Technology by Other Means, Exploring Collectives, Spaces and Futures.” Panel Title: “Science and Technology through Critical Art Practice.” Convenors: Prof. Merete Lie (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) and Prof. Lisa Cartwright (University of California, San Diego), Barcelona, Spain, September 3, 2016.


Speculative Landscapes poster

“Experimental Documentary and Oil Culture in the Alaskan Arctic and the Gulf of Mexico,” and “Connie Samaras’ Futures in Extreme Environments: Towards a New Aesthetics of Daily Life and Survival in  V.A.L.I.S.”

Feeling Photography Conference, UC San Diego, Visual Arts Department, April 15, 2016.

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Polar Environmental Discourse poster

“Polar Environmental Discourses: Politics and Art in the Era of the Anthropocene.”

Lecture Series for Cultural Studies, UC Davis, March 10, 2016.

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“Gender on Ice Revisited in the Context of Climate Change.”

Keynote for CircumPolar Gender Conference at the Svalbard Polar Museum. Svalbard, Norway, September 30, 2015.

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“Archives of Knowledge and Potential Disappearances in the Anthropocene: Amy Balkin’s A People’s Archive of Sinking and Melting.”

Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences for panel on “Living and Dying in the Anthropocene.” San Diego, California, June 25, 2015.


“Archives of Knowledge and Potential Disappearances in the Anthropocene: Arctic and Antarctic Landscapes in the Work of Amy Balkin.”

Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies, Ohio State University, May 8, 2015.

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“Archives of Knowledge and Endangered Objects in the Anthropocene: Arctic  Landscapes in the Work of Amy Balkin and Lina Salander.”

Society for Cinema and Media Studies, for panel on “Ecocriticism.” Montreal, Canada, March 25, 2015.


“Witnessing Climate Change: Oil, Geopolitics and Landscapes of Invisibility.”

Presented for UCLA’s Center for the Study of Women. Respondent: Sharon Traweek. March 4, 2015.

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“The Paradoxes of Modernity in the Arctic: Climate Change, Gender, and Landscapes of Invisibility,” on the panel “Climate Change and Gender.”

For  Arctic Modernities – an international interdisciplinary conference that took place at UIT: The Arctic University of Norway in Tromso, November 16-18, 2014.

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“Antarctica: Feminist Art Practices and Disappearing Polar Landscapes.”

The Art of Stewardship of the Antarctic, Seminar and Exhibition, Port Clyde, Maine, July 17-20,  2014.


“Invisible Landscapes: Extreme Oil and the Anthropocene in Ursula Biemann’s Deep Weather (2012) and Brenda Longfellow’s ”Dead Ducks.”

For the Southern California Ecocritical Theory Symposium: The Future of Ecocritical Theory. UC Irvine, May, 16, 2014.


“Anthropocene Feminism: Ursula Biemann’s Deep Weather (2012) and Brenda Longfellow’s ”Dead Ducks.”

For the Center for 21st Century Studies’ conference on Anthropocene Feminism, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, April 12, 2014.

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“Invisible Landscapes: Extreme Oil and the Anthropocene in Ursula Biemann’s Deep Weather (2013).”

For the “Polarscapes” panel of the "Anthropocene Feminism Conference, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, April 10-12, 2014.

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“Climate Change and Contemporary Art of the Polar Regions: Gender After Ice.”

Invited Speaker for  the Winter Event for the Antifreeze Book Project at Marabouparken, Stockholm, Sweden, April 3, 2014.

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SALT Lecture poster

“Climate Change and Contemporary Art of the Polar Regions: Gender After Ice.”

Invited Speaker for the Salt Lecture in English Park Campus, Uppsala University, Centre for Gender Research and Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, April 2, 2014.


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Chair and Presenter on the Panel, “Feminist and Environmental Art Practices on Climate Change: Temporality, Affect and Loss.”

For the PostNatural Conference, the 27th Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (SLSA). University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, October 3-6, 2013.


Textures of Technology poster

“Extreme Environments: Film Technology and Aesthetics in Isaac Julien's True North and Fantome Afrique.”

Invited Speaker for the Conference, “Textures of Technology: Film Production and Aesthetics,” University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, September 19-20, 2013.

“Polar Fantasies and Aesthetics in the Work of Isaac Julien, True North and Fantôme Afrique.

UCLA Film Studies Department, January 29, 2013.


“Contemporary Art and Climate Change: Landscapes of Disappearance at the Poles.”

For the Polar Seminar at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego,” January 8, 2013.


“Contemporary Art and the Polar Regions: Feminist and Queer Engagements with Narratives of Empire and Climate Change.”

For the panel, “Dimensions of Empire and Resistance:  Past, Present, and Future," San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 15-18, 2012.

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“Public Conversation with Isaac Julien on True North and Fantôme Afrique.”

Invited speaker for the discussion panels held in conjunction with the Retrospective of Isaac Julien, Associação Cultural Videobrasil, San Paulo, Brazil, October 20, 2012.

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Photo of Nathalie Talec

“Public Conversation with the Artist Nathalie Talec.”

In conjunction with the exhibition, “Nathalie Talec: The One Who Sees Blindly,” at the Yerba Buena Center, San Francisco, April 22, 2012.


“Feminist Landscapes and Climate Change: The Aesthetics of Disappearance at the Poles.”

For the panel, “Climate Change and New Art Landscapes and the Polar Regions,” The Tenth Annual Meeting of the Cultural Studies Association (US) Culture Matters, University of California, San Diego, March 29, 2012.


Tourism and Culture poster

“Negotiating the Visual Culture of Antarctica in the Artwork of Anne Noble.”

For the panel, “Tourism (and) Culture, Part II,” organized by Laurie Beth Clark. College Art Association, Concourse Meeting Room 406B, Level 2, Los Angeles Convention Center, Saturday, February 25, 2012.


Book: The J. Street Project

“Jewish ‘Ghosts’ and the Landscape Tradition in the work of Susan Hiller.”

Panel organizer for “Jews and Women’s Landscape Photography and Video.” Association for Jewish Studies, Washington D.C., December 18, 2011.


Istanbul 2011 poster

“Climate Change, Antarctica and the Contemporary Sublime in the work of Feminist Artists.”

Panel co-organizer with Judit Hersko for “Far Field 1: New Art Practices on Landscapes and the Polar Regions: Politics, Emotion, and Culture.”2011 ISEA Conference, the 17th International Symposium on Electronic Arts, Sabanca University, Istanbul, Turkey, September 7, 2011.


Jewish Ghosts poster

“Contemporary Art and Climate Change: Jewish Ghosts within Judit Hersko’s “Pages from the Book of the Unknown Explorer.”

University of Wisconsin, Madison, April, 6, 2011.

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Antarctic Iceberg photo

“The Aesthetics of Disappearance: Climate Change, Antarctica and the Contemporary Sublime in the Art Work of Judit Hersko, Anne Noble, and Connie Samaras.”

The History of Art and Visual Culture Dept., University of California, Santa Cruz, November 19, 2011.


“Climate Change in the Polar Regions and its Visualization.”

Presentation for the Dept. of Intercultural Studies, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan, June 28, 2010.


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“Climate Change in the Polar Regions and its Visualization.”

Presentation for the Research Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan, June 25, 2010.


“Geopolitics and Contemporary Art of the Polar Regions.”

Panel organizer and presenter for the International Cultural Studies Conference at Lingham University, Hong Kong, June 17, 2010.


“Arctic Discourses, Climate Change and Contemporary Art.”

Presentation for the Association of American Geographers in Washington D.C. for the panel: Critical Geopolitical Perspectives on the Polar Regions: Governance (Chairs: Klaus Dodds, and Phil Steinberg), April 18, 2010.


“Visual Culture of the Polar Regions and Global Warming.“

Presentation for the College Art Association in Chicago for the panel:  Far Field: Digital Culture, Climate Change, and the Poles (Chairs: Andrea Polli & Jane Marsching), February 13, 2010.


“An expanded view of contemporary Jewish art's geographical scope emphasizing a transnational frame.”

Presentation for the Council of American Jewish Museums for the panel: “Making the Artistic Transition: Identity and Politics Encountered by the Jewish Institution in the 21st Century.” (Chair: Vicki Fox), Feb. 3, 2010.