In his public lecture "Unsoiled: The Promise of Future Foods" organized by the Political Ecologies Seminar (UvA), Rhys Williams explores the narratives and aesthetics mobilised by radical developments in food production technologies, and asks what new formal relations between human and non-human nature they might bring into being. The accompanying Graduate Masterclass studies solarity and agriculture.
How the poor treatment of factory-farmed chickens makes pandemics more likely
In a blog post for the Rachel Carson Center, student board member Sadie E. Hale asks us to consider what the miserable lives of intensively-reared broiler chickens can add to our understanding of global entanglements and pandemics like COVID-19.
Landscape Event: Report by Tim Renders
What is a landscape? For our second event we chose three guest speakers to deal with this broad topic. But first we acknowledged that the landscape is a natural phenomenon but heavily influenced by culture and thus mankind. So how do we deal with landscapes and how do we make sure that the balance between... Continue Reading →
Landscape and affect
The Dutch Society for the Protection of Birds has just coined a new term in the fight to ensure ecological diversity in Dutch meadows. The suffering brought about by the monotonous agrarian landscape to both human and non-human animals from now on goes by the name of 'landschapspijn' (landscape pain). They urge the next government... Continue Reading →