Past event

Plastic Time: research workshop A series of research and practice-based workshops exploring the temporalities of plastic - £50

On Monday 12 June, there will be an interactive plastics workshop facilitated by artist academics. Find out more…

This research workshop will explore the temporalities of plastic.


9.30 Coffee & Welcome (Patrick O'Hare and Richard Irvine)

10am Panel 1: On Wine Dark Plastic Seas

  • Antonia Thomas (University of the Highlands and Islands): Plastic islands? The past, present and future of people and plastics in Orkney, Scotland
  • Saskia Abrahms-Kavunenko (University of Copenhagen): Commensality and Plastics Amidst a Deluge of the Living: The Materiality and Rhythms of Connection on Christmas Island
  • Inna Yaneva-Toraman (Heriot-Watt University), Phan Phuong Thanh (Vietnam Institute of Fisheries), and Giang Van Trong (Institute for Vietnamese Studies): Not my plastics: time, movement, and connectedness through marine plastics
  • Discussant: Richard Irvine (University of St Andrews)

12 noon: Lunch

1pm Panel 2: Unplastifying Packaging

  • Lea Breitsprecher (University of Freiburg): Beyond Plastic – Contested Temporalities in the Process of Infrastructuring New Packaging Solutions
  • Declan Murray (University of Durham) and Stephano Ayo (Dar es Salaam University College of Education): Persistence and resistance: Plastic bags through time in Dar es Salaam
  • Louise Rondel (Goldsmiths): Plastic landscapes: The never-ending journey of packaging to and through beauty salons
  • Discussants: Catherine Alexander (University of Durham)

3pm Coffee

3.30pm Panel 3: Circular and Cycling Plastics

  • Isabel Bredenbröker (Humboldt University Berlin): Plastics and Death in Ghana – Considering Specific Perspectives on Materials
  • Felix Ringel & Henry Chilobwe (University of Durham/ University of Malawi): A Season for Plastics: Harvesting and Baking High Density Polyethylene in Blantyre Malawi
  • Kathrin Eitel (University of Zurich): Doing Plastic Politics under the Blue Sky of Waste Fantasies
  • Discussant: Patrick O'Hare (University of St Andrews)

5.30pm Refreshments

6pm Keynote speech: Dr Trisia Farrelly (Massey University): How are global plastics treaty negotiations responding to the temporalities of plastic pollution (Online)

7.30pm Dinner (Mitchells)

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