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MAY 2, 2024, 10 AM - 4 PM


The connection between place and emotion is both deep and intricate. Our emotions are always situated and shaped by our surroundings. And places have an affective life of their own, an atmosphere that can move us in myriad ways. This interdisciplinary workshop brings together researchers across geography, philosophy and the arts to explore this connection. 





Anna Gleizer 
Slow violence and Ecological Grief

Josefina Jaureguiberry Mondion
Imperfect Affective Infrastructures: The Politics of Inconvenience and Solidarity in Radical Housing Projects

Pablo Fernandez Velasco
The Aesthetics of Disorientation


Takuya Niikawa
Mood and Atmosphere

Kate Keohane
Nadia Huggins: Poetics and Politics of the Deep


Anna Gleizer

University of Oxford

Anya completed her MFA at the Ruskin School of Art with distinction, winning the inaugural Mansfield-Ruddock Prize for her piece Granny’s Bones. She is currently pursuing a Dphil in Human Geography (SoGE) at Mansfield College, focusing on performance, knowledge and conflict on indigenous Evenki lands in Central Siberia.  In 2018, Anya founded The Flute & Bowl, Oxford’s Art & Science Society, which brought together artists and scientists from across the University to work on collaborative, interdisciplinary projects that challenge existing colonial/unsustainable narratives and forge new approaches to a culturally and ecologically resilient future. She was a committee member of the Environmental Humanities TORCH Network and a Global Leadership Initiative Scholar. Anya’s research interests lie at the intersection of Performance Art and Environmental Science. Community mobilization and engagement rest at the core of her artistic practice.

Josefina Jaureguiberry Mondion

University of Oxford

Josefina is a doctoral researcher at the School of Geography and the Environment from the University of Oxford studying the prefigurative politics of radical housing initiatives, with a case study focused on Berlin. She places particular emphasis on the affective aspects of collective life by looking at experimentations with the architecture and the organisation of collective life and its politics.  Her research is situated at the intersection of housing studies, geographies of grassroots activism, and theories of affect. Josefina holds an MSc in Urban Studies from University College London and a BA in Political Science from the Universidad Católica de Chile.

Pablo Fernández Velasco

University of York

Pablo Fernandez Velasco is a British Academy postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Philosophy of the University of York, and he also holds an affiliated membership at the Spiers Lab within the Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience at University College London. His research revolves around philosophy of mind and cognitive science, with a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration. His primary interests lie in spatial cognition and environmental experience. At the moment, he is trying to combine phenomenological methods with contemporary insights from cognitive sciences to develop an integrated theory of ecological grief, laying the groundwork for future interdisciplinary inquiries into the psychological repercussions of environmental devastation.

Takuya Niikawa

University of Kobe

Takuya Niikawa is an associate professor at Kobe University and a member of the Kobe Institute for Atmospheric Studies. He completed his Ph.D. at Hokkaido University, and he was a JSPS Overseas Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institut Jean Nicod of École Normale Supérieure in Paris. He works on the analytic philosophy of mind, in particular focusing on the nature of conscious experiences of various kinds including moods and feelings of awe. He also studies experimental phenomenology. His selected publications include “Naïve Realism, Imagination and Hallucination” in Phenomenology and Cognitive Sciences (2023), “Functions of Consciousness: Conceptual Clarification” (co- authord with Hiroaki Taiyo Hamada, Satoshi Nisida and Katsunori Miyahara) in Neuroscience of Consciousness (2022), and “Illusionism and Definitions of Phenomenal Consciousness” in Philosophical Studies (2020).

Kate Keohane

University of Oxford

Kate Keohane is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the History of Art at the University of Oxford. She completed her PhD at the University of St Andrews (2020) on the possibilities and problematics of the use of Edouard Glissant’s theoretical writings in relation to contemporary art. Interested in gardens, landscapes, and storytelling, Kate’s research focuses on the interplay between text and image and the ways in which art can offer alternative models for being-in-the-world. She has published with Wasafiri, ICOM Routledge, and Afterimage, and has written for Tate, Art History, and the International Curator’s Forum. She is currently working on her book project: 'Locating Common-Places: Artistic Strategies for Existing Differently in a Damaged World.' With Dr Giulia Smith, and the curator Daniella Rose King, Kate is co-editing the volume 'Caribbean Eco-Aesthetics: Artistic Strategies for Planetary Survival' (forthcoming with Manchester University Press).’

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