EH Seminar: Jesse Petersen, KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory, ‘Algal Contamination: Monitoring Networks and Disgust in Swedish Waters’

Jesse Petersen of the KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, will give a seminar on ‘Algal Contamination: Monitoring Networks and Disgust in Swedish Waters.’


Date: Monday 24th September

Time: 1-2pm

Venue: Room 2.03, 50 George Square, University of Edinburgh

In the Baltic Sea, massive algal blooms have recurred seasonally since the latter half of the 20th century. As one form of response to this threat, a Swedish institutional network has been tasked with monitoring these blooms and serving as the main hub in Sweden for information about them. Since algal blooms contaminate environmental imaginaries about the seas and what they ought to be and contain, I have chosen to explore how this institutional network describes the contamination threats that algae blooms pose. Using disgust, or the “fear of contamination,” as an analytic tool, we’ll look at texts and photographs compiled by the network in order to better understand how algal contamination gets relayed and for what purposes or to what affects.

All welcome!

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