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Creative Climate

Venue: Birkbeck 43 Gordon Square

Call for Participants for Conversations/Papers/Performances

Creative Climate

Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre

Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities

Birkbeck College, University of London

8 May 2018

Keynote Speakers:

Zoë Svendsen (Artistic Director, METIS)

Alan Simpson (Shadow Chancellor's Advisor on Sustainable Economics, previous Labour MP)

This one-day symposium explores new critical-creative responses to climate change in performance, and discusses performance as a space of engagement with and communication of the larger-than-human issue of climate crisis (particularly in relation to the post-political climate). The symposium aims to generate vigorous conversation through dialogue-panels in which artists and scientists/academics pair up and have a discussion following their individual talks about their works. Hence, we call for artists, scientists and academics from all disciplines whose work explores climate change and who would be interested in participating in a dialogue-discussion.

Each participant will have 10-15 minutes presentation to talk about climate change in relation to their work (or others' work) and/or respond to a topic decided together with his/her peer, and then, the duo will have approximately 15 minutes to have a conversation between each other and with the audience.

Please send your proposals for papers, performances and provocations (max. 250 words) to by 1 March 2018.

Please include full name of the author/s, institutional and departmental affiliation and contact details in the proposal file.

After the receipt of the proposals we will match the artists and scientists, but please do not hesitate to let us know if you are already working on a project with an artist/scientist.

The symposium concludes with Birkbeck's artist-in-residence Lily Hunter Green's Bee Composed Live exhibition and a wine reception at the Keynes Library (5.30-8pm).

There are no fees for this event but spaces are limited and can be booked online via

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