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The Aesthetics of Infrastructure/The Infrastructure of Aesthetics

Event Type
Seminar/Symposium
Sponsor
Humanities Research Institute, Environmental Humanities Research Cluster
Date
Apr 21, 2022 - Apr 22, 2022   All Day
Contact
Rebecca Oh
E-Mail
rsoh@illinois.edu
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Originating Calendar
Campus Humanities Calendar

This symposium explores how infrastructure and aesthetics, as structuring forms, are being taken up in the environmental humanities. We will attend to infrastructure's aesthetic capacities, how built forms and their materials produce specific aesthetic effects and social uses, or make aesthetic perceptions available to social practice. In turn we are interested in the ways aesthetic qualities like medium, genre, narrative, or color are themselves infrastructural and shape encounters with infrastructure. These questions connect infrastructure and aesthetics to environmental and political struggles, such as those for resource security, political visibility, and access to environmental futures.

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