• Natalie Marsh

ViVA Partners with Princeton University for Marina Zurkow Talk

We’re thrilled to announce that ViVA Artist Marina Zurkow has been invited to speak with Princeton University professor Allison Carruth’s fall seminar “Art and Politics of Food,” offered through the American Studies program. The course brings together the methods and ideas of American Studies and environmental humanities in order to “examine the role of the arts in U.S. food movements related to agriculture, culinary experimentation and environmental justice.” Allison teaches with film, visual and performance art, journalism, political ephemera and culinary artifacts. She joined the Princeton faculty in January 2021 from UCLA, where she was a professor of English and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, where she co-founded and directed the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS). LENS was founded in 2015 as an incubator for research and exploration of multimedia environmental narrative.

Allison is known to many for her research and writing on science communication and environmental and sustainability narrative, including the powerful relationship between technology and ecology. She is also deeply engaged in considering the roles of artists and writers in environmental and sustainability efforts and movements, having authored several books on the subject, including: Global Appetites: American Power and the Literature of Food (Cambridge, 2013), Literature and Food Studies, co-edited with Amy L. Tigner (Routledge, 2018), and is currently at work on a forthcoming book entitled Novel Ecologies (under contract with University of Chicago Press). She has published more than 30 articles and edited several special thematic issues of academic journals. For the journal Public Culture, she co-edited Visualizing the Environment (2014) with Robert P. Marzec and, with Ursula K. Heise, she co-produced Environmental Humanities, a special issue of the American Book Review (2011).

Allison’s teaching is equally innovative and reflective of the complexity and intersectionality of climate change and environmental justice, ranging from “Climate Change and Digital Culture” to “Creative Ecologies: American Environmental Narrative, Media and Art (1980-2020).”

ViVA looks forward to partnering with Allison and her students!

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