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October 22, 2021 @ 8:00 am October 24, 2021 @ 5:00 pm EDT

The Ruderal Ecologies 2 conference builds upon the 2018 Ruderal Ecologies: Grounds for Changeconference, which brought together thought leaders in art, science, and environmental justice to explore the history and future of urban environments shaped by stress. “Ruderal,” from the Latin rudus (rubble), refers to plant species that are first to repopulate disturbed lands, an apt analogy for the state of our post-industrial neighborhoods. It is through this lens that we will envision our futures. Ruderal Ecologies 2 conference is a collaboration between the School of HASS’s ARTS and STS departments, and our programs iEAR Presents (supported by a grant from the New York State Council for the Arts/NYSCA) and local non-profit organization, The Sanctuary for Independent Media.

We will host the Ruderal Ecologies 2 conference virtually with the ARTS and STS departments and The Sanctuary for Independent Media, based in North Central Troy, one of the most economically and ecologically devastated neighborhoods in New York State. As our communities deal with these urban challenges, it is vital to approach problems from a humanistic standpoint: understanding the history, urban ecologies and philosophies that left us with toxic water, soil and air so that we don’t repeat the same mistakes. 

Ruderal Ecologies 2 will once again bring together cutting-edge artists, social scientists, scholars, and activists learning and working beyond the barriers of any one discipline, and this time our work will be all-virtual, making it possible to present thinkers and host virtual audiences from all over the globe. Almost all of our invited presenters are women or gender non-conforming, as a method of curating a feminist framework for this conference. We have also invited more indigenous authors, artists, and speakers, with the intention of embedding indigenous histories, ways of thinking, storytelling and expression into conversations about our urban futures. 

OurRuderal Ecologies 2 conference confirmed presenters include:

Friday night, October 22, 6pm – 9pm EDT:

  • Max Liboiron. Liboiron’s book, Pollution is Colonialism, to be released by Duke University Press in April 2021, bridges Science and Technology Studies (STS), Indigenous studies, and discard studies while providing a framework for understanding all research methods as practices that align with or against colonialism. Focusing on plastic pollution, the text models an anticolonial scientific practice associated with Métis concepts of land, ethics, and relations, and demonstrates that anticolonial science is not only possible, but it is currently being practiced.  Dr. Liboiron is an Associate Professor in Geography and is formerly the Associate Vice-President (Indigenous Research) at Memorial University. Liboiron is Métis/Michif (Woodman via Red River) who grew up in Lac la Biche, Treaty 6 territory. Gender pronouns: they/she.Liboiron is pronounced: Lee-Bwah-rohn.

Saturday, October 23 6pm – 9pm EDT:

Bettina Stoetzer teaches cultural anthropology at M.I.T. Her research focuses on the intersections of ecology, globalization, and urban social justice. Bettina received her M.A. in Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies from the University of Goettingen and completed her Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of California Santa Cruz in 2011. Before coming to MIT, she was a Harper Fellow in the Society of Fellows at the University of Chicago. Bettina’s most recent book, Ruderal City: Ecologies of Migration and Urban Life in Berlin (Duke University Press, 2018), draws on fieldwork with immigrant and refugee communities, as well as ecologists, nature enthusiasts and other Berlin residents to illustrate how human-environment relations have become a key register through which urban citizenship is articulated in contemporary Europe.

Anna Scime is an internationally exhibited media artist whose latest project, Lake Sturgeons’ Guide for Surviving the Anthropocene, is an experimental work created from nine years of research and fieldwork collaborations with scientists working in biology, geology and ecology. It consists of a feature length nonfiction film, a series of short video essays and a multimedia installation comprised of interrelated pieces. The project examines history, art, culture, and language through an ecological lens pointed at a single species and zooms outward from there. hough varied in material, style and genre, Scime most often experiments with moving-image-based work at the intersection of art, technology and science – addressing topics including the Anthropocene, eco-histories, and the archive. http://www.a–

Tiare Ribeaux is a Kanaka Maoli artist and filmmaker from Honolulu based in the Bay Area. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of B4BEL4B gallery, and co-founder of REFRESH. As an artist, her work employs storytelling and visual narrative to make visible socialand ecological imbalances while imagining more regenerative futures, and explores how both our bodies and the technologies we use are entangled with the environment. She is interested in re-centering indigenous technology, and stories that include indigenous narratives and the experience and of the Kanaka Maoli diaspora.

Natasha Myers is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at York University in Toronto. Her ethnographic research examines forms of life in the contemporary arts and sciences. Her first book, Rendering Life Molecular (Duke University Press, 2015) is an ethnography of an interdisciplinary group of scientists who make living substance come to matter at the molecular scale.

Sunday, October 24 11am – 4pm EDT:

Scott Kellogg, RADIX Ecological Sustainability Center Educational Director. Scott holds a PhD of Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a Master’s in Environmental Science from Johns Hopkins University, and is visiting faculty at Bard College where he teaches in the Masters in Environmental Education program.  Scott is an appointed member of Albany’s Sustainability Advisory Committee to the Common Council and the chair of its urban agriculture subcommittee. He has taught at numerous universities and has led workshops and multi-part sustainability courses nationally and internationally.  Scott was also a co-founder of Austin, Texas’ Rhizome Collective, an urban sustainability education project, and worked as the director of its sustainability program from 2000-2009.  He is a co-author of the book “Toolbox for Sustainable City Living: A Do-It-Ourselves Guide” (South End Press, 2008).

Whitefeather Hunter is a multiple award-winning Canadian artist and scholar working in a research, craft and performance-based transdisciplinary practice. She specializes in biomaterials research, used predominantly to develop new critical discourse. She has been professionally engaged in a craft-based (bio)art practice for over 18 years, via an ongoing material investigation of the functional, aesthetic and technological potential of bodily materials. Her works coalesce various media approaches, such as textile methods, biology, storytelling (video, audio and text), performance, public intervention, digital + web-based installations and DIY electronics. WhiteFeather is a multiple-award winner and grant recipient, holding a Master of Fine Arts in Fibres and Material Practices from Concordia University. She is currently a SSHRC Doctoral Fellow, Australian Government International RTP Scholar and UWA Postgraduate Scholar, situated between the School of Human Sciences and School of Design at The University of Western Australia.

Margaretha Haughwout collaborates with humans, and the more-than-human, across technologies and ecologies, to enact possible worlds. Speculative fabulation, intervention, participatory event, walking tour, experimental pedagogy, installation, and biological processes articulate stages of her worlding processes. She hosts the annual Grafters X Change with Marisa Prefer, for bioregional eco-artists and fruit tree enthusiasts to continue the work toward abundant Food Forest Futures. Haughwout received her MFA from the Digital Art and New Media program at the University of California Santa Cruz, her Permaculture Design Certificate from the Urban Permaculture Institute, has studied with numerous herbalists including Matthew Wood.

3361 6th Ave
Troy, 12181 United States
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