System of Systems: Migration, Extraction and Climate

This guest programme, organised by research group System of Systems, brings together climate activists, legal practitioners, artists and researchers to explore how resource extraction, fossil capitalism and ecological dilapidation have been central forces in shaping contemporary migration and migratory flows.

 
In recent years, there has been a major shift towards a broader societal acceptance that the planet is experiencing a climate crisis, yielding cataclysmic and irreversible effects on human and non-human species and ecosystems.  A central turning point in this more widespread acceptance is often pinpointed at the formation of The Paris Agreement in April 2016, which brought the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change into common political parlance, and began tackling greenhouse-gas-emissions mitigation, adaption and finance.
 
Decades before this issue was foregrounded in European politics, climate justice campaigners, indigenous and aboriginal peoples, and those inhabiting places worse affected by the crisis, have been calling for its recognition – yet have long been ignored. Dominant political narratives continue to dispute such groups’ position on how far back one can trace the crisis, and therefore where the roots of the problem lie. The links between contemporary fossil capitalism, imperialism, and the treatment of those who are displaced as a result, demonstrate a shared rendering of non-renewable resources and migrant bodies as extractable and disposable. In this way, the programme aims to explore and exemplify critical ways of narrating the intersections of migration and climate issues.
 
DETAILS
 
Entry is free and all levels of experience and interest welcome. 
 
The event will be live streamed via video conferencing software. Detailed instructions on how to join will be provided for those attending.  
 
18.00 – 19.15 – presentations
19.15 – 20.00 – live Q + A

Register here via eventbrite.

 
SPEAKERS
 
Angela Chan 
(curator and founder of Worm: art + ecology)
 
Angela is a curator, researcher and artist. As a ‘creative climate change communicator’, she collaborates widely with artists, activists, speculative fiction authors and youth groups. She holds an MA in Climate Change (KCL) and researches across decolonial climate justice, geography, feminist sciences and speculative fiction. Angela independently curates as Worm: art + ecology, and recent projects include a DYCP research project on climate visual cultures in East Asia (2019), and an exhibition project Climate Knowledges at MAMA in Rotterdam (2020). She co-founded the London Chinese Science Fiction Group hosted at UCL, and is published in Science Fiction (2020, MIT Press).
 
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Nadine El-Enany 
(Senior Lecturer in Law)
 
Nadine El-Enany teaches at Birkbeck School of Law, University of London, and co-directs the Centre for Research on Race and Law. She is author of (B)ordering Britain: Law, Race and Empire (Manchester University Press, 2020).
 
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Radha D'Souza 
(social justice activist, lecturer in Law)
 
Radha D'Souza is a Professor of International Law, Development and Conflict Studies at the University of Westminster. Before joining the University of Westminster in early 2007, she taught law at University of Waikato in New Zealand, and development studies, sociology and human geography at the University of Auckland. She practiced law in the High Court of Mumbai in the areas of labour rights, constitutional and administrative law, public interest litigation and human rights. She is a social justice activist from India where she worked with labour movements and democratic rights movements as organizer and as activist lawyer.
 
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Nabil Ahmed 
(scholar and writer)
 
Nabil Ahmed is a researcher and writer. He leads INTERPRT, a research and design studio for environmental justice that advocates for criminalizing ecocide. The group's long-form research and investigations have been exhibited most recently by the Biennale Warszawa/The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and Beirut Arts Centre. He has written for Third Text, Routledge, Documenta, Candide: Journal for Architectural Knowledge, Sternberg Press, and e-flux architecture among others. He has taught and lectured extensively in the UK and internationally and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).  
 
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System of Systems
 
System of Systems is a research project – co-founded by Rebecca Glyn-Blanco, Danae Io and Maria McLintock – that uses the format of exhibitions, publications and public programming to address the use of technology and bureaucracy in the asylum seeking process in Europe. SoS sees the importance of a long term commitment to focus not just on the individual migrant experience, but specifically on the system that produces and processes migration, under the pretence of security. By involving artists, architects and designers along with policy-makers, activists and researchers, SoS strives to create a diverse way of critically examining migration processing systems in a way that is accessible to non-specialists.
 
Image:
Red indicates forest loss between 2000 – 2019; blue indicates forest gain 2000 – 2012. The Chaco woodlands of Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina are under intensive pressure from agroindustrial development. Paraguay’s Chaco woodlands within the western half of the country are experiencing rapid deforestation in the development of cattle ranches, the result is the highest rate of deforestation in the world. Image courtesy Global Forest Change.