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Faculty of Arts at Home 21 - Literature, Language and Translation: Caribbean Artivism: Exploring the connections between environmental and racial justice

Dr Fabienne Viala (Director of the Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies) explains the concept of ‘artivism’ to us, in its Caribbean context, as a fusion of art forms and practices through which artists confront and engage with a range of publics. Fabienne argues that artivism activates the empathetic imagination, and looks at how environmental and racial justice are brought into dialogue through her work with Caribbean artivists.

Faculty of Arts at Home 20 - Literature, Language and Translation: Literary Translation: A Guide for the Perplexed, Curious and Uninitiated

Dr Chantal Wright (Warwick Writing Programme) delivers the first of our ‘Literature, Language and Translation’ Faculty of Arts at Home films: ‘The Literary Translation: A Guide for the Perplexed, Curious and Uninitiated’. Chantal is an important advocate for translation as a profession and a practice, and she draws our attention here to the creative processes of literary translation. She highlights, for example, the significance of the #namethetranslator​ hashtag, and the campaign to properly credit translators for their work. Her film urges us, more broadly, to appreciate the fact that translated works are the result of the creative endeavours of two people.

Faculty of Arts at Home 19 - Ethics, Politics and Social Justice: Ethical Praxis and the Moving Image

In the third of our ‘Ethics, Politics and Social Justice’ Faculty of Arts at Home films, explore with Dr Michele Aaron (Film and Television Studies) ‘Ethical Praxis and the Moving Image’. Michele outlines here the power of film to affect and effect personal, social and political change. She discusses her projects, including the Screening Rights Film Festival ( and Life:Moving (, which looks at how film making might develop authentic and ethical representations of the experience of dying, and argues that film can be critical in feeling for, and feeling with, the suffering of others.

Faculty of Arts at Home 18 - Ethics, Politics and Social Justice: Feminist Dissent: Struggle not Submission

In the second of our ‘Ethics, Politics and Social Justice’ Faculty of Arts at Home films, explore with Dr Rashmi Varma (English and Comparative Literary Studies) the topic of the latest issue of the journal Feminist Dissent which she co-edits, which focuses on secular states and fundamentalist politics ( Rashmi’s passionate film recalls the struggles of women migrant workers in India during the 2020 lockdowns, as well as the protests of the women of Shaheen Bagh in 2019. She also reads her translation of Aamir Aziz’s poetic tribute to these women, ‘The Girls of Jamia/Jamia ki Ladkiyan’.

Faculty of Arts at Home 17 - Ethics, Politics and Social Justice: The Author Dies Hard

Explore with Professor Silvija Jestrovic (Theatre and Performance Studies) some ideas from her recent work about the presence and absence of the author, in ‘The Author Dies Hard’. Siilvija challenges us to think about the questions ‘Who is the author?’ and ‘Where is the author?’. Her wider work looks at how the author is constructed through cultural and political imaginaries and erasures, intertextual and intertheatrical references, re-performances and self-referentiality, and what the politics and ethics of these constructions are.

Faculty of Arts at Home 16 - Environmental Issues: The "Year of Misery": Ecological grief in the Safaitic inscriptions of Ancient Northern Arabia

Hear from Dr Eris Williams Reed (Classics and Ancient History) about her work on the history of the Roman Near East and ancient communities’ interaction with the environment. Eris looks for expressions of environmental loss and ecological grief in the Safaitic inscriptions of Northern Arabia and uncovers the precarious, volatile and fragile relationship that some people in the ancient world had with their environment.

Faculty of Arts at Home 15 - Environmental Issues: Environmental Media Management

Hear from Dr Pietari Kaapa (Centre for Cultural and Media Policy Studies) about his work on the relationship between media and climate change. Pietari asks us to think here about the environmental impact of the production of our media and reports on the work of the Global Green Media Production Network.

Faculty of Arts at Home 14 - Environmental Issues: Paragraphs on Forest Bathing

Hear from Dr Jonathan Skinner (English and Comparative Literary Studies) about his critical and creative work in the field of ecopoetics. Jonathan illuminates for us the importance of the writing and study of poetry in environmental contexts, and highlights the important work that poetry can do in times of environmental crisis. He reads here his poem ‘Paragraphs on Forest Bathing’, written for the HS2 protest encampment at Cubbington Woods, Warwickshire.

Faculty of Arts at Home 13 - Environmental Issues: Visualising Climate Change

In the first of our Faculty of Arts at Home films focusing on environmental issues, hear from Dr Olga Smith (Institute for Advanced Studies, History of Art) about her research on ‘Visualising Climate Change’. Olga explores the effect of images on our perception of global climate change and how this might impact upon public awareness of these issues, as well as on the formation of environmental policy. Her broader research looks at the relationship between humans and nature in contemporary landscape art.

Faculty of Arts at Home 12 - Health, Wellbeing and the Arts: Queer Immigrants of Colour, Coventry 1970 to Now

In the final of our ‘Health, Wellbeing and the Arts’ Faculty of Arts at Home films, hear about the research journey of Dr Somak Biswas (Institute for Advanced Studies, Global History and Cultures) and Dr Sara Bamdad (Sociology, now at the University of Kent) on their fascinating project, ‘Queer Immigrants of Colour, Coventry 1970 to Now’. As well as discussing some of their findings, they talk about the challenges of doing this research in lockdown.

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