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Environmental Performance: Art, Science, and Trans Terminology for Ecological Justice in the Global Context by Professor Jane Chin Davidson

Professor Jane Chin Davidson is an IAS Residential Fellow.

Artists since the 1960s-70s have used performance to restore environmentally fragile sites and to stage activist events in locations impacted by anthropogenic climate and species devastation. An archival effort to document these works, this project seeks to develop trans-disciplinary methodologies for studying environmental art;  including the past and present activism of artists, such as for the Fruit Routes project here at the Loughborough campus, revealing the ways in which art and science can be used to engage communities at the grassroots level.

In the global context of environmental humanities, performance becomes a means to explore trans-national, trans-corporeal, and trans-human identities in the Anthropocene. A review of the 1990s work of contemporary artists in China recognizes the use of Chinese performance traditions for addressing the oncoming capitalist industrialization of the country’s landscapes. The eco-feminist discourse in China contributes to the global acknowledgment of the patriarchal regimes that have authorized extractive modes of capitalist domination over all of planetary life.

This is a hybrid event and you can choose to attend in-person or online via Zoom. For those joining in-person, lunch will be served after the seminar from 1pm. Please select the appropriate booking button at the bottom of the IAS event page to book your place.

This event is organised by Loughborough University’s Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS). We are promoting it through Fruit Routes’ channels as we believe it may be of interest to our audience.