Monday, November 12, 2018 - 13:00
Greenwashing Culture examines the complicity of culture with our environmental crisis. Through its own carbon footprint, the promotion of image-friendly environmental credentials for celebrities, and the mutually beneficial engagement with big industry polluters, culture both operates as a crucial polluter and enables environmental criminals to propagandize with local, national, and international communities in search of a social license to operate.
Friday, December 7, 2018 - 12:00
Amazon and Google are the largest cloud service providers in the world. They offer free storage for genomic data, which is a boon for Big Tech and Big Pharma alike. This talk investigates the role of Big Tech infrastructures in mining “Genetic Gold” and its implications both economically and ethically. Mél Hogan is Assistant Professor of Environmental Media in the Communication, Media and Film Department at the University of Calgary. She is a PI for a SSHRC IDG project (2018-2020) about storing genomic data in the cloud.
Monday, November 5, 2018 - 18:30