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Let's Talk 'Dirty'!

  • 28 October 2020 - 30 October 2020
  • Various timings
  • Online

About this event

Organised by Daniel Fountain and Marlous van Boldrik.

The event brings together a wide range of researchers, practice-researchers and artists, including some of Loughborough’s own staff and postgraduate researchers, united in their study of ‘dirty’ matters.

Spread across three days, there are four panels relating to the following themes:

  • Gender and Sexual Politics
  • Place and the Institution
  • Geographies and Ecologies
  • Materialities.

While some talks will approach the subject by interrogating classificatory systems, others will look closely at the materiality of ‘dirt’ itself.

There will also be two exciting evening events. Firstly, award-winning artist and writer Hana Shafi will be giving a reading from her new book 'Small, Broke, and Kind of Dirty'.

Secondly, there is a slow reading session of sections from an article called 'Tidy Whiteness', written by Dana Berthold. In this session we hope to open up a space for collective reflection on how, to this day, “Dirt, contamination, or pollution are labels likely to be associated with behaviors that fall outside of, and thereby threaten, our most carefully guarded categories of social classification, including races, classes, genders, and sexualities."

Contact and booking details

Daniel Fountain
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