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'Waste' is the launch event for the Network for Hispanic and Lusophone Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds. We aim to bring together researchers in the sciences and humanities whose work focuses on ecological issues in Latin America, Spain, Portugal and Portuguese-speaking Africa and Asia, with a view to identifying potential areas for future collaboration in response to calls from the Global Challenges Research Fund. Colleagues and students are welcome to attend all, or part, of the event. Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required. There are still places available in the 'lightning talks' - please e-mail Rebecca Jarman (r.s.e.jarman@leeds.ac.uk) if you would like to present your work.

Provisional Programme

2.00-3.30pm: Panel: Trash/Basura/Lixo in Latin American Visual Cultures
Prof. Stephanie Dennison (University of Leeds)
Dr Geoffrey Kantaris (University of Cambridge)
Blas Valdéz (Mexican Filmmaker)

3.30-4.00pm: Coffee

4.00-5.00pm: Lightning Talks. We are inviting colleagues from across the University to participate in a series of 3-minute ‘lightning talks’ -- this will be an opportunity to present your work on 'Waste', in its different articulations, to a multidisciplinary audience with expertise in Hispanic and Lusophone regions.

5.00-6.00pm: Waste Workshop. Marie Millward (Flotsam and Jestam) and Alison Booth (Associated Artist) will highlight opportunites for collaboration with community artists in Yorkshire.The presentation will be followed by a workshop to create a drinking vessel out of repurposed materials.

5.30-6.30pm: Wine and Networking, all welcome

Participant Bios

Alison Booth
Alison Booth is an artist, maker, producer and facilitator. Alison transforms waste materials into beautiful objects and installations, often incorporating light. Recent projects include immersive light installations using recycled plastics, exhibited at Kirkstall Art Trail, Light Night 2016, Bluedot Festival and the Christmas in Leeds art trail. Alison takes inspiration from nature, transforming materials through craft processes to create organic forms and textures. Alongside her artistic practice, Alison produces events and delivers projects and workshops to learners of all ages. Alison also has an interest in digital making, and often incorporates technology into her artwork and educational workshops.

Stephanie Dennison
My main areas of research are Brazilian film culture and the broader context of World Cinema. I currently lead an AHRC-funded research network entitled Soft Power cinema and the BRICS. Full profile here.

Geoffrey Kantaris
Geoffrey specializes in modern Latin American film and literature, with particular interests in urban film (Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and Brazil), women's writing, popular culture, and the cultures of globalization. He teaches a graduate-level seminar on the spatial turn and spatial theory. He has published many articles and book chapters on urban film, postmodernity, women’s writing and dictatorship, and on the theory of Latin American Popular Culture. Full profile here.

Marrie Millward
Marie has followed an unorthodox career path from environmental scientist via managing waterside regeneration projects to working as a freelance project manager on endeavours that fit the remit “interesting to Marie” (usually involving water, community participation or technology). She is part of the core team at Playful Anywhere – a Leeds-based social enterprise delivering playful participatory experiences, projects and processes.

Blas Valdez
Author of the novels Crasheado (Drácena), Deleting Me (Fiction Department), Rompecabezas (Plaza & Valdés); the book of short stories Restos de Corazón (Tierra Adentro, Conaculta); as well as the hypertext collection Dolor y viceversa, presented at the UCLA State of the Arts. Programmer, Morelia International Film Festival.

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