Building on Rob Nixon’s seminal book ‘Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor’ (2013), contributing artists working across film, photography, print and installation challenge us to rethink the long-term effects of environmental damage by exploring both the visualisation of slow

Slow Violence Symposium in conjunction with Slow Violence Exhibition

"Violence is customarily conceived as an event or action that is immediate in time, explosive and spectacular in space and as erupting into instant sensational visibility. We need, I believe to engage a different kind of violence that is neither spectacular nor instantaneous, but rather incremental and accretive, its calamitous repercussions playing out across a range of temporal scales. In so doing, we also need to engage the representational, narrative and strategic challenges posed by the relative invisibility of slow violence." Rob Nixon, Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor

The Symposium

In a time of mass media, where only the spectacular and immediate draws our attention, disasters that are slow moving and long-term in the making seem to flow past us unnoticed and easy to ignore. Climate change is one such disaster, its escalation a slow violence experienced daily, yet often unremarked, even invisible, in our sea of sensational imagery. This one-day symposium will draw from Nixon’s forensic examination of the long-term effects of environmental damage, by exploring both the visualisation of slow violence and the far-reaching consequences in areas such as health, economics, education and migration.

Symposium speakers include: -

  • Jane Hardy - Professor of Political Economy, University of Hertfordshire, UK
  • Prof. Christian Kloeckner – Environmental Psychologist, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway
  • Alice Sharp - Founder, Curator and Director of Invisible Dust, UK
  • Dr Kamila Kuc – Filmmaker, Film Theorist and Course Director of Media, Coventry University, UK
  • Steve Shelley - Principal Lecturer in Human Resource Management, University of Hertfordshire, UK
  • Dr. Julian Manley – Research Fellow, University of Central Lancashire and Member of Climate Psychology Alliance
  • Laura Sommer – PhD Climart Research Project, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway
  • Michael Pinsky – Visual Artist, Urban Planner, Activist, Researcher and Exhibitor of the Slow Violence Exhibition, UK
  • Emma Critchley – Visual Artist and Exhibitor of the Slow Violence Exhibition, UK

Event schedule - Room - Todd Building AB145

  • 10.30 -- 11:30: Welcome Tea and Coffee
  • 11.00 – 11.15: Introduction to Slow Violence Symposium – Samantha Jury
  • 11.15 – 12.15: Part 1 – Psychology, Image and Representation
  • 12.15 – 13.15: Buffet Lunch and Informal Discussion
  • 13.15 – 13.45: A guided walk through the UH Arts Sculpture Trail [optional]
  • 13.45 – 14.45: Part 2 - Visual Arts and Climate Change
  • 14.45 – 15.00: Afternoon tea
  • 15.00 – 16.00: Part 3 – Environmentalism of the Poor
  • 16.00 onwards: Opening and Private View of the Slow Violence Exhibition

Guests can arrive from 10.00 to view the Slow Violence Exhibition. Student Ambassadors will be available to give a tour of the show and Creative Arts Faculty.

To book your place, please visit our booking page.

If you would like to know more about the exhibition, please visit UH Arts.

Image - With kind thanks - Emma Critchley, Frontiers, 2015