The Department of English Language and Literature is proud to announce “‘another, flickering world’: Petrocultures of the North Atlantic,” a talk by Dr. Derek Gladwin to take place Friday November 24, 3-5pm in Hagey Hall 373. All are welcome to attend.
This talk explores the relationship between oil and memory in the North Sea. Linking place-based poetry, film, and web-based media, this talk considers how Roseanne Watt’s filmpoem Sullom (2014) unsettles dominant histories of North Sea oil culture (petroculture) in the Shetland Isles by confronting environmental and spatial injustices. Sullom’s musical score offers an additional element that creates an anti-aesthetic, ironizing petrochemical advertisement campaigns produced by energy companies such as Suncor Energy’s See What Yes Can Do (2013). Watt’s filmpoem ultimately confronts the spaces of Sullom Voe, which is an enormous oil terminal on Shetland, through a combination of literary and visual narratives of place that reclaim ways of being in the world from the dominant petroculture in which they function.
Derek Gladwin is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English Literature and Language at the University of Waterloo. He has previously held invited visiting research fellowships in the environmental humanities at the University of Edinburgh and Trinity College Dublin. His research explores transformations in environment and society through 20th-/21st-Century literature, as well as film and media culture. His books include Eco-Joyce (co-ed., 2014), Unfolding Irish Landscapes (co-ed., 2016), and Contentious Terrains (2016), which was a finalist for the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment 2016 Ecocriticism Book Award. His forthcoming books include Ecological Exile (2017) and Gastro-Modernism (ed., 2018).