JHI Program for the Arts in 2019-2020

Strange Weather

How might the humanities contribute to the critical discourse on energy and climate? The energy crisis is no longer simply about limited supplies but now concerns the very nature and place of energy in human life and society. Strange weather as symptom of changing climate destabilizes our trust in and certainty of our home (i.e. our planet) and provokes fantasies of control and of chaos. How can we help frame questions of environmental degradation, scientific knowledge and its popularization, especially in their relation to social equity, and societal futures?


Qaggiq: Gathering Place

Exhibition, 21 September – 30 November 2019

  • Barbara Fischer, Director, Art Museum of University of Toronto and John M. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design



Exhibition in partnership with Royal Ontario Museum, 9 November – 7 December 2019

  • Christine Shaw, Blackwood Gallery (UTM)


The Ends of Social Media

Artificial Intelligence Symposium, November 2019

  • Tero Karppi, Institute for Communication, Culture, Information & Technology and Faculty of Information


Talking About the Weather: The Science and Art of Climate Change

Workshop, November 2019

  • Alexandra Rahr, Centre for the Study of the United States


Weather Soundings

Three-day event series, January 2020

  • Sherry Lee, Faculty of Music


Strange Weather: Cinematic Climates

Symposium with graduate workshop and public film screening, date TBA

  • James Cahill, Cinema Studies and French
  • Brian Jacobson, Cinema Studies


Strange Weather Symposia

Workshops in conjunction with visits by Anne Carson and Denise Ferreira, dates TBA

  • Ben Hjorth, Ph.D. candidate, Comparative Literature
  • Eva-Lynn Jagoe, Spanish & Portuguese
  • Elizabeth Harvey, English


Heeding the Messenger: Songbirds and the Scale of Climate Change

Workshop and performance with critical scholarly discussion and public film screening, date TBA

  • Lucia Dacome, Institute for the History & Philosophy of Science & Technology
  • Angelica Fenner, Cinema Studies Institute and German
  • Rebecca Woods, Institute for the History & Philosophy of Science & Technology

Dirty Laundry

Literature reading series, ten events at monthly intervals throughout 2019-2020

  • Zachary David Jones, Ph.D. candidate English
  • Paul Stevens, English


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