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Monsoon [+ other] Grounds is the third in a series of symposia convened by the Monsoon Assemblages project. It will comprise a key-note address, inter-disciplinary panels, and an exhibition. The event will bring together scholars and practitioners from a range of disciplines to engage in conversations about geologies, soils, histories, spatialities, and modifications of monsoon [+ other] grounds.

Confirmed keynote speaker

Tim Ingold, Professor and Chair of Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen. His early work involved ethnographic research amongst the Skolt Saami of northeast Finland. This led to a more general concern with human-animal relations. Most recently, he has been working on the connections between anthropology, archaeology, art and architecture, conceived as ways of exploring the relations between human beings and the environments they inhabit, as mutually enhancing ways of engaging with our surroundings. Ingold is author of numerous books, anthologies and essays, including, most recently, The Life of Lines (Routledge, 2015) and Anthropology: Why it Matters (Polity Press, 2018).

Event programme

Thursday 21 March: 3.30-8pm
Friday 22 March: 10am-6pm


  • 3.30pmRegistration / Tea
  • 3.45pmWelcome : Simon Joss, University of Glasgow
  • 4-5pmExhibition walk-about led by John Cook
    Exhibitors: Alexandra Arenes, Matt Barlow, Blue Temple, Hari Byles, Corinna Dean, DS18 students, Tumpa Fellows, MONASS, Ben Pollock
  • 5-6pm[multi]grounds
    Chair: Ed Wall, University of Greenwich
    Lindsay Bremner, MONASS: On sediment as method
    Ifor Duncan, Goldsmiths College: Sedimentary Witness
  • 6.30pmKeynote Lecture : Tim Ingold, University of Aberdeen
    Chair: Lindsay Bremner

Friday 22 March

  • 9.45am: Registration / Coffee
  • 10am: Welcome + introduction : Lindsay Bremner, MONASS
  • 10.15-11.30am: [over]ground matters
    Chair: Godofredo Pereira, Royal College of Art
    Alexandra Arenes, University of Manchester: Mapping the Critical Zones
    Christina Leigh Geros, MONASS: Here be Dragons
    Avi Varma, Goldsmiths College: Unjust Intonations
  • 11.30-11.45am: Tea
  • 11.45am-1pm: [inter]ground matters
    Chair: Kirsten Hastrup, University of Copenhagen
    Owain Jones, Bath Spa University: Monsoon + Tide
    Jonathan Cane, University of the Witwatersrand: Permeability, Ocean, Concrete
  • 1-2pm: Lunch: Convivial Grounds
  • 2-3pm: [under]ground matters
    Chair: Tim Waterman, The Bartlett UCL
    Anthony Powis, MONASS: The Materiality of Groundwater: Leaking, Seeping, Swelling, Cracking
    Matt Barlow, University of Adelaide: Floating (under) ground
  • 3-4pm: [in]ground matters
    Chair: Alfredo Ramirez Galindo, AA
    Eric Guibert, University of Westminster: Architectural Soils
    Harshavardhan Bhat, MONASS: About a Monsoon Forest
  • 4-4.15pm: Tea
  • 4.15-5.30pm: [with]ground matters
    Chair: Radha D’Souza, University of Westminster
    Naiza Khan, Goldsmiths College: Sticky Rice and Other Stories
    Beth Cullen, MONASS: Brick
    Labib Hossain, Cornell University: Wetness and the City: A Critical Reading of the Dry and Permanent Ground Through the Practice of Muslin Weaving in Bengal
  • 5.30-5.45: Closing remarks: David Chandler
  • 5.45-7pm: Drinks