Online Symposium: Let’s Talk ‘Dirty’!

28 - 30 October 2020

Let’s Talk ‘Dirty’!

28-30th October 2020

An online symposium that brings together a wide range of researchers, practice-researches and artists united in their study of ‘dirty’ matters. Spread across three days, with four sessions on the following themes: Gender and Sexual Politics, Place and the Institution, Geographies and Ecologies, and Materialities. Talks range from the ways in which classifications of ‘dirt’ are used to impose social and political hierarchies, to the materiality of ‘dirt’ itself.

In addition, we have two special evening events. Firstly, award winning artist and writer Hana Shafi will be giving a reading from her forthcoming book ‘Small, Broke, and Kind of Dirty: Affirmations for the Real World’. Secondly, we have a slow reading session of sections from an article called ‘Tidy Whiteness’ (2010), written by Dana Berthold and originally published in the journal Ethics and the Environment. In the slow reading session we hope to open up a space for collective reflection on how, to this day, “Dirt, contamination, or pollution are labels likely to be associated with behaviors that fall outside of, and thereby threaten, our most carefully guarded categories of social classification, including races, classes, genders, and sexualities” (p.10).

Tickets are free. Registration details and the full programme is available to view via our Eventbrite page:

For further details please contact the organisers, Daniel Fountain and Marlous van Boldrik, on