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When: Friday, October 12th, 2018
Time: 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
Location:Richcraft Hall, 4400
Audience:Current Students, Faculty, Staff
Cost:This event is free. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP at the link below.
Contact:Sarah Smith,

Guest Lecture by Dr. Kristy Robertson, Western University

This talk draws on research completed for Robertson’s forthcoming book, Tear Gas Epiphanies: Protest, Culture, Museums. This book traces the history and aftermath of protests, sit-ins and demonstrations in Canadian museums since the 1900s. The work is a culmination of more than a decade’s worth of archival research and interviews with protesters and museum officials; it is intended to help Canadians understand a rarely recognized aspect of museum studies and histories.

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Kirsty Robertson is Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Museum Studies at Western University, Canada (London, Ontario). She has published widely on activism, visual culture, and museums. Her work on critical museum studies has expanded into a new project focused on small and micro- collections that work against traditional museum formats. Kirsty has also written on textiles and technology, on craftivism, and is currently looking closely at petrotextiles (that is, textiles that are made from oil and that disintegrate into plastic microfilaments). As a part of this research, Robertson is a founding member of the Synthetic Collective, a group of artists, scientists and cultural researchers working on plastics pollution in the Great Lakes Region. Her co-edited volumes Imagining Resistance: Visual Culture, and Activism in Canada, and Negotiations in a Vacant Lot were released in 2011 and 2014, and her tri-authored volume Putting IP in its Place: Rights Discourse, Creativity and the Everyday was published in 2013.