Panel discussion exploring the symbolism of the sea and its relationship to migration
Vertigo Sea reflects on themes of encroachment, territory, movement and displacement with specific reference to current issues around migration. This panel discussion will further explore the symbolism of the sea and its relationship to post-colonial experience and diaspora. Through discussion and presentation, speakers will consider the sea as a site of conflict and a vessel for journeys.
Guest speakers include Melanie Keen, Director, iniva, writer Philip Hoare and academic Adam Elliott-Cooper.
An experienced broadcaster, curator and filmmaker, Philip Hoare wrote and presented the BBC Arena film The Hunt for Moby-Dick, and directed three films for BBC’s Whale Night. He is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Southampton, and curator of the Moby-Dick Big Read, www.mobydickbigread.com
His book Leviathan or, The Whale won the 2009 BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction. Hoare’s latest book, The Sea Inside, was published in 2013.
Adam Elliott-Cooper is a doctoral student in the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford. His research looks at black resistance to police violence in post-2011 Britain.
Melanie Keen is Director of Iniva, London. Her career spans two decades in the visual arts as a curator, consultant, an arts funding manager and was a Senior Relationship Manager at Arts Council England. Her independent curatorial projects focuses on collaborative practices and process-based approaches to making work. Other projects include the production of a national education resource, which uses contemporary art and culture to explore the history and legacies of the transatlantic slave trade, for Understanding Slavery, National Maritime Museum, London; Necessary Journeys, an Arts Council England initiative in collaboration with BFI Black World.
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