Under Her Eye Festival and Summit

The Under Her Eye festival and summit ran from 1-2 June, 2018. I worked with Invisible Dust as a Young Curator, and took part in the Under Her Eye fellowship with 14 other female professionals and activists. 

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Under Her Eye Training Weekend

This week I was thrilled to be starting the Under Her Eye fellowship with Invisible Dust.

I have been interested in Invisible Dust since I began my research on waste and garbage, and I am fascinated by the possibilities of interdisciplinary work between the arts and environmental research. My work is based on literature and considers the representation and impact of waste and garbage on postmodern American society. My research has taken me on a variety of avenues including waste studies and petro-studies, and I am always looking for ways in which I can adapt my work for public engagement purposes. This is all the more important for research based on the waste crisis, which is having such a detrimental and critical effect on the environment. For these, and many other reasons, I was honored and excited to be part of the 15 young women taking part in this project.

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Science Roadshow for British Science Week

Invisible Dust Young Curator Fellowship Scheme – Observing Science Roadshow at Scarborough UTC

16th March 2018
This event brought together Invisible Dust, Hull University Street Scientists and the Scarborough UTC. Three shows ran throughout the day (9:30am, 11am, and 1pm). Over 700 students came, ranging from Year 5 to Year 8. Phil performed and gave interactive demonstrations using volunteers from the audience.

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Review: Cyber Apocalypse in “The Circle” by Dave Eggers

Create a scenario in your mind. The cyber-apocalypse is upon us. A corporation, like Google for example, has taken over the world’s virtual presence. By extension, it has taken over every human being’s presence within that world. What would you do? Submit yourself to the world of social media, enjoy the kind of detached familiarity of being open with the entire world, or seclude yourself, like a refugee, and cut yourself from the world and live in nature and liberty?

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Waste Theory & Discard Studies

Waste Theory & Discard Studies

Here’s a list of 40 important texts for studying Waste theory or discard studies (ordered by date published):

1.    Douglas, M. (1966) Purity and Danger: an analysis of concepts of pollution and taboo. Routledge.

2.    Thompson, M. (1979) Rubbish Theory: the creation and destruction of value. Oxford: Oxford University Press

3.    Appadurai, A. (1986) The Social life of things: commodities, in cultural perspective.

4.    Tanner, T. (1987) Scenes of Nature, Signs of Men. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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Energy Recovery in literature – just postapocalyptic stories about running out of fuel?

I have started my research into a thesis chapter on Energy Recover as a way to manage waste, through the lens of American Literature. As I have started looking into books about the recovery of energy, whether this is violent or not, I have been overwhelmed by one thing: it seems to be that the literary representation of energy recovery does not centre around the possible energy recovery that the EPA desires, but an image of a postapocalyptic world which has run out of fuel. Therefore, the energy recovery is translated to finding an alternative fuel from waste, rather than using waste to generate energy, and thereby increasing its usefulness. Now, my aim in my research is to avoid a chapter on petrofiction (despite how fascinating it is, and having completed a up-and-coming module on it at Warwick University under Graeme Macdonald). This is only because petrofiction is only partly relevant to the matter of energy recovery from waste.

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How many books?!

I’m one year into my PhD. Did I think I would be reading book after book, blissfully unaware of time passing me by? Perhaps.

How many books have I read? 3.

PhD reading is not the relaxing, find-a-comfy-window-seat type of reading I have become accustomed to. I’ve quickly learnt that if you don’t want to waste an entire month of potential chapter writing… reading becomes about interrogation.

When I pick up a book – I immediately go to the back cover- “Don’t judge a book by its cover!” I hear you cry. I’m afraid it’s a must. Not only this, but vigorous google searching takes place. I MUST know this book is going to be useful before delving into it. I have learnt this the hard way. Ship Breaker, by Paolo Bacigalupi, was brilliantly entertaining. Will it end up in the bibliography? No it won’t. A month I’ll never get back.