Join Professor Walkiewicz at the Un-Fair Trades Conference

Join Alice Walkiewicz at the Un-Fair Trades Conference.


Please find information below regarding the upcoming conference, “Un-Fair Trades: Artistic Intersections with Social and Environmental Injustices in the Atlantic World.” This event will be held at The Graduate Center, CUNY, on October 10-11, 2019. A full schedule of events may be found on the conference website.


Un-Fair Trades: Artistic Intersections with Social and Environmental Injustices in the Atlantic World
The Graduate Center, CUNY
Martin E. Segal Theatre
365 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Thu, Oct 10th, 1pm – 7:30pm
Fri, Oct 11th, 9:30am – 7:30pm


Keynote Addresses by Dr. Alan C. Braddock and Dr. Charmaine A. Nelson


Artists have engaged with issues of oppression and exploitation—byproducts of colonialist and capitalist systems—throughout the history of transatlantic encounters: from slavery and resource extraction; to exploitative labor practices and the environmental consequences of industrialization; and human rights movements and climate change anxieties of the past century. This conference will examine a multitude of artistic responses to increasing global connections, which could include plantation scenes, images of the Middle Passage, social reform photography, industrialized cityscapes, and images of workers and employment. When examined through the lens of our contemporary social and environmental concerns, artworks whose motifs intersect with these imbalances of power compel us to analyze the visualizations of oppression and environmental degradation from a new perspective. Amid the 21st-century activist revival (with movements like Occupy Wall Street, #BlackLivesMatter, #NODAPL, and #MeToo) it is more prescient than ever to acknowledge, examine, and reflect upon both historic and perpetuating inequalities.


This conference is free and open to the public and the venue is wheel-chair accessible.


Conference Website:


Please feel free to contact the “Un-Fair Trades” Conference Organizers with any questions at