Media@McGill 2016-2017

Media and the Environment

In the shadow of anthropogenic climate change, questions and contests over ecological responsibility, environmental justice and the transformation of unsustainable economies have moved to the centre of cultural, political and intellectual attention globally. Media are deeply implicated in these questions, and this implication has a long history, extending back at least to the role of communication and transportation media in the establishment, representation and operation of imperial and colonial extractive economies and networks. Our conceptions and experiences of nature, environment and ecology are bound inextricably to mediation, to the technologies, practices and aesthetics of communication by which we inhabit relationships with human and non-human others. Contested practices of discourse and representation frame and carry the politics of the environment. Media technologies and the industries and practices they support are resource and energy-intensive, and leave massive environmental footprints. The question of media and the environment is thus simultaneously symbolic and material. It is also political: the unequal burdens of environmental degradation are indexed to geographic location, class, racialization and gender, and both this inequality and struggles against it are mediated culturally. Emerging themes in the arts, humanities and social sciences – new and vital materialisms, extractivism, indigeneity, infrastructure, anthropocene, post-humanism, mobilities, infrastructure, energy humanities, elemental media – challenge and enlarge established critical vocabularies for thinking with and through the couplet “media and the environment.” In naming its theme for 2016-2017 in this way, Media@McGill intends to take up these challenges and contribute to this enlargement.

2016 Beaverbrook Annual Lecture: Sheila Watt-Cloutier & Elena Bennett

The 2016 Beaverbrook Annual Lecture will exceptionally present two speakers, Sheila Watt-Cloutier, environmental, cultural and human rights advocate and author of The Right to be Cold, and...

Communicating Climate Change in Canada

Media@McGill presents Communicating Climate Change in Canada, a public conversation on media, science and global warming, on Thursday, February 2, 2017, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm, in Adams Auditorium,...

Bodies in Difference

McGill University presents Bodies in Difference, a three-day Symposium and Theatre Festival (April 20-22, 2017).

Interfacing Biomusic and Autism

As part of Autism Awareness Month in April, a special public town hall event will be held on April 23, 2017 from 12:30 to 4:15 p.m. as part of the Biomusic & Autism initiative led by McGill...

The Future of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Broadcasting

The Future of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Broadcasting: Conversation & Convergence...

Climate Realism International Colloquium

Climate Realism, Media@McGill’s international colloquium, asks leading scholars in the humanities and social sciences to spell out a new research agenda for climate theory and aesthetics in the age...