International conference The Sea is History

Conference: The Sea is History © Still from Isaac Julien Omeros Paradise 2003/ Photocredit: Kirsten Helgeland, KHM

Do, 23.05.2019 -
Fr, 24.05.2019

Professorboligen ground floor

Discourses on the Poetics of Relation

The conference explores themes related to postcolonial discourse and builds on the exhibition "The Sea is History, at the Museum of Cultural History", on view March August 7-18, 2019.

PROGRAM (preliminary)
May 23
  • 9:00-9:30 Registration and Coffee
  • 9:30-9:45 Welcome by Håkon Glørstad, Director, the Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo
  • 9:45-10:00 Hannah Wozene Kvam, moderator. Introduction of session and speakers.
Session one
  • 10:00-10:30 Selene Wendt, Independent curator and founder of the Global Art Project. "Reflections on The Sea is History: From Poetic Politics to Visual Poetry"
  • 10:30-11:00 Christopher Cozier, Artist, writer, curator, co-director of Alice Yard. “Suspended Forms and Horizon Lines"
  • 11:00-11:30  Annie Paul, Writer and critic. "On Stuart Hall"
  • 11: 30-12:45 Lunch
Session two
  • 12:45-13:00 Hannah Wozene Kvam, Moderator. Introduction of session and speakers.
  • 13:00-13:30 Ishion Hutchinson, Author and poet. Poetry Reading
  • 13:30-14:00 Louisa Olufsen Layne, Post.doc. ILOS, UiO. "Linton Kwesi Johnson: From Tropic to Underground"
  • 14:00-14:30 Grace Aneiza Ali, Assistant Professor and Provost Faculty Fellow in the Department of Art & Public Policy at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University,  Curator, Writer and Editor. "Artistic Responses to Crossing the kala pani (Hindi for ‘dark waters’)"
  • 14:30-14:45 Coffee
  • 14:45-15:45 Panel discussion
  • 15:45-16:45 Exhibition viewing

May 24
Session three
  • 9:30-9:45 Coffee
  • 9:45-10:00 Hannah Wozene Kvam, Moderator. Introduction of session and speakers.
  • 10:00-10:30 Cancellation, other speaker to be decided
  • 10:30-11:00 Michelle Tisdel, PhD, Social anthropologist/Research Librarian, National Library of Norway. “The Sea is Heritage: On Narratives, Discourse, and Cuban Museums”
  • 11:30-12:00 Michael Barrett, Curator Africa, Museums of World Cultures. "Finding the Black Atlantic: The Atlantic World and the African Diaspora in Swedish Museums and Archives"
  • 12:00-13:15 Lunch
Session four
  • 13:15-13:30 Hannah Wozene Kvam, Moderator. Introduction of session and speakers.
  • 13:30 - 14:00 Nanette Snoep, director of The Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum/Cultures of the World, Cologne: “In Practice: Rethinking Museums, Borders and Fluidity
  • 14:00 - 14:30 Lill Ann Körber, Professor of Nordic literature, media and culture, Aarhus University: "The White Atlantic? Representing Scandinavian Colonialism"
  • 14:30-14:45 Coffee
  • 14:45-15:45 Panel discussion and summary
Conference fee includes lunch, coffee, tea 10 Euro/Students  5 Euro.