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Microbial Aesthetics

Science, Philosophy, Ethics and Art Meet the Microbes.

Paul Vanouse, Director of Coalesce
Student Union, UB North Campus
Noon - 6:00 p.m.
Free and Open to the Public
Genome, Environment and Microbiome Community of Excellence (GEM)
Sara Thomas at 7168293890 (
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Summary: Join practitioners from across the arts, humanities and sciences for a two-day symposium to propose and discuss methods and aesthetics of engagement with microbial life from multidisciplinary perspectives to afford new vantages for inquiry. This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to by November 13th. Schedule: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2017 COALESCE CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL ART, HOCHSTETTER 308, UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO, NORTH CAMPUS: 12:00-12:50PM: Tour and open laboratory demonstrations. Dr. Solon Morse, Coalesce Lab Manager; Leonardo Brito, PhD Candidate, Media Studies. STUDENT UNION, ROOM 330, UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO, NORTH CAMPUS: 1:00-1:30PM: Welcome Lunch 1:30-2:00PM: Introduction. Paul Vanouse, Professor of Art, Director of Coalesce Center for Biological Art; Dr. Jennifer Surtees, Associate Professor of Biochemistry, Co-Director Community of Excellence in Genome, Environment, Microbiome; Dr. James Bono, Associate Professor of History; Dr. Gerald Koudelka, Professor of Biological Science, Associate Dean for Research & Sponsored Programs. 2:00-3:00PM: Symbiotic interactions, methods of engagement. Dr. Lauren Soussubre, Assistant Professor of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, UB; Nicole Clouston, Artist, Toronto; Joel Ong, Assistant Professor, York University, Toronto; Gunes-Hélène Isitan, Artist, Montreal. 3:15-4:15PM: Non-humans, Ethics, Law, Ontology. Dr. Adam Zaretsky, Artist, Lecturer, Marist College; Dr. Irus Braverman, Professor of Law & Adjunct Professor of Geography, UB; Dr. Randy Schiff, Associate Professor of English, UB. 4:30-5:30PM: Post-anthropocentric aesthetics and practices. Dr. Monika Bakke, Plenary lecture, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland. 5:30-6:00PM: Closing remarks. This symposium is sponsored by Genome, Environment and Microbiome (GEM) Community of Excellence at the University at Buffalo