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About this event

Monsoon [+ other] Airs is the first of three annual symposia that will be convened by the ERC funded Monsoon Assemblages project at the University of Westminster. It will interrogate questions of monsoon atmospheres, politics and media and comprise a keynote lecture (Thursday 20 April 2017) followed by a one-day long symposium (Friday 21 April 2017). It will be accompanied by an exhibition of graphic, audio and video works.

The keynote lecture will be given by architect Sean Lally of Weathers. Symposium speakers will include meteorologist Andrew Turner (University of Reading) and philosopher Etienne Turpin (MIT Urban Risk Lab). The exhibition will include work by students of DS18 and Victoria Watson (University of Westminster).

How to attend

The event is free and open to the public. Register on Eventbrite to attend.

Event Programme

Thursday April 20 2017

  • 6.30–8pm: Key Note by Sean Lally of Weathers

Friday April 21 2017

9.30–10am: Tea and Coffee

10–11.45am: Panel 1: Air Space

  • Chair: Anthony Powis.
  • Andrew Turner (talk tbc)
  • Nerea Calvillo: Airscapes in the Making
  • Victoria Watson: The Earth is Flat and Square - Yves Klein's Paintings of Thunderclouds
  • Discussion

11.45am–1pm: Panel 2: Weather Reports

  • Chair: Rosie Thomas
  • Anasuya Basu: Kolkata
  • Rifat Islam Essa: Dhaka
  • Neha Lalchandani: Delhi
  • Discussion

1–2pm: Lunch

2–3pm: Panel 3: Air Movements

  • Chair: Beth Cullen
  • Hannah Swee: The Role of Cyclone Forecasting in Responding to Uncertainty
  • Cleo Roberts: ‘The remarkable rise of the Barometer':Calcutta and the cyclone of 1864
  • Discussion

3.15pm–5pm: Panel 4: Air Politics

  • Chair: Chella Rajan
  • Etienne Turpin: (talk tbc)
  • Stine Simonsen Purl: Betting on the Monsoon in a town of semi-arid Rajesthan
  • Harshavardhan Bhat: Complicit Unkowns
  • Discussion

5–5.15pm: Closing remarks by Simon Joss

5.15–6.30pm: Exhibition and Drinks

Exhibition work by:

  • Tom Benson
  • Nerea Calvillo
  • Vishal Gowtham
  • Vinusha Keshav
  • Koushik Krishna
  • Aishwarya K
  • Sean Lally
  • Keerthana Muralidharan
  • Cid Schuler
  • Calvin Sin
  • Victoria Watson.