Thursday, 20 September 2012

History, memory and green imaginaries

On 30th November I'll be participating in the symposium 'History, memory and green imaginaries' at the University of Brighton's Centre for Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories. Below is the abstract for the short talk I'll be giving based on my Reels of Resilience work, after which I'll be taking part in a  round-table discussion and Q&A alongside Dr Rebecca Bramall, Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at University of Brighton, Tim Cooper, Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Exeter and Victoria Johnson, Head of Climate Change and Energy at the New Economic Foundation (nef).

I was invited to attend by Rebecca Bramall who was interested in the dual worlds I inhabited as a film curator and a permaculture educator, so this should prove a good opportunity to present some design thinking.

‘Re-member, Re-vision and Re-claim – Using archival film to facilitate local conversations about community resilience’ 


British non-fiction films of the first half of the 20th century display an apparently different country, one that is localised, less atomised, and more self-reliant. Propaganda films of the 1930s to 1950s, in particular, celebrate community and local resilience in a manner that appeals to the similar concerns of current social activists. What purpose might they serve now in kindling re-generative human habitats.

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