Symposium Program + Schedule

DRAFT PROGRAM (Updated August 9th, 2017)

September 14, 2017

3:30 – 5:30 pm: Savage States: Settler Governance in an Age of Sorrow, by Professor Audra Simpson.  A parallel event presented by the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota, Professor Simpson’s lecture will be held in the Crosby Seminar Room at 240 Northrop Hall on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota Campus. Prof. Simpson’s lecture considers the world of settler colonialism in which Native people and their claims to territory are whittled to the status of claimant or subject in time with the fantasy of their disappearance and containment away from a modern and critical present. Audra Simpson is Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University. She is the author of Mohawk Interruptus: Political Life Across the Borders of Settler States (Duke University Press, 2014). She is a Kahnawake Mohawk.

6:00 – 9:00 pm: Opening Reception with exhibition artists presenting their work and parallel film screenings. This will be held at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery | Regis Center for Art Artists: Mabe Bethônico, Ursula Biemann and Paulo Tavares, Lonnie van Brummelen and Siebren de Haan, Frauke Huber and Uwe H. Martin, Peter Mörtenböck and Helge Mooshammer, Xavier Ribas

Parallel Film Screening in adjacent Influx Space | Regis Center for Arts:

Copper Eaters (2016, 80 min.) by Bodil Furu

Midstream and Twilight (2016, 20 min.) by Steve Rowell

September 15 – 16, 2017

Iron Range Field Tour  (Please see the Field Tour Link on the home page for more details as well as registration information).

We will depart early (7am) from Minneapolis by bus and caravan from the University of Minnesota. The registration fee for the field tour is $52.50 and includes free transportation (on a limited, first come-first served basis – please contact Ozayr Saloojee at to reserve a spot on the bus) as well as two lunches, but not overnight accommodation in Duluth. This field tour will visit landscapes and sites in Minnesota’s Iron Range – including the Hibbing and Virginia mining pits and mining operation sites in addition to the extraction infrastructure in the Port of Duluth-Superior. We will stay overnight in Duluth, Minnesota and will have a reception and film screening (TBD) as well.  The field tour will include conversation, discussion and micro-workshops lead by UMN faculty from the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses as well as by invited guests and speakers. We return to the Twin Cities on Saturday, September 16th in the early evening.

September 17, 2017

10:00 am – 6:00 pm: World of Matter: Mobilizing Materialities Symposium. The symposium is held at at the InFlux Space, at the Regis Center for Art on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities campus.  Please see the Venue + Lodging page for more details about parking and location. Coffee will be provided.  Please check back here for updates on the speaker format and schedule. A finalized program will be posted by September 1, 2017

Symposium Speakers: Kai Bosworth, PhD Candidate in Geography, University of Minnesota; Bruce Braun, Professor of Geography and Director of Graduate Studies, University of Minnesota; Fellipe Correa, Associate Professor of Urban Design and Director of the Urban Design Program, Harvard University; Brian Davis, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, Cornell University, Director of the Borderlands Research Group and member of the Dredge Research Collaborative; TJ Demos, Professor, History of Art and Visual Culture, Director, Center for Creative Ecologies, University of California, Santa Cruz; Rania Ghosn, Assistant Professor of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Geographer and Founder of DESIGN EARTH; Brian Holmes, Art Critic, Cultural Theorist and Activist, Chicago; Kyle Powys White, Timnick Chair in the Humanities, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Community Sustainability, Michigan State University; Kathryn Yusoff, Reader in Human Geography, Queen Mary University of London.

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