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Thursday 13 February 2020



Insights is a series of bitesize lectures where invited experts and practitioners share recent research, drawing connections to the current exhibition in the Holden Gallery.

Dr Patrizia Costantin

The contemporaneity of deep time - an archaeology of digital ruins

Dr Becky Alexis-Martin

TRACES: Exploring the nuclear-climate change nexus

Martha Lineham

The Amusement Arcades Project

Dr Petra Tjitske Kalshoven

Decommissioning as future making


Dr Becky Alexis-Martin is a lecturer in Cultural Geography and a multidisciplinary researcher across the human geographies of existential threats, through computational, cultural, and creative practice. Her work considers what it means to be human in an age of irregular warfare, climate change and digital risk. Her most recent research project, "Atomic Atolls", provides insights into the spatial, social and cultural entanglements of the nuclear-climate change nexus. Her first book "Disarming Doomsday" was published last year, and has recently nominated for the L.H.M. Ling Outstanding First Book Prize. In addition to her extensive academic publishing, Dr Alexis-Martin's work has also been published by the BBC, Guardian, Independent and Newsweek.

Patrizia Costantin is a research curator and associate lecturer at Manchester School of Art

Martha Lineham is a Lecturer at Manchester School of Art. Her research centres on visual culture and sensory ethnography, with a particular focus on seaside amusements.

As a cultural anthropologist with the University of Manchester since 2009, and a member of the University of Manchester’s social and nuclear sciences network The Beam since 2017, Petra Tjitske Kalshoven (Ph.D. McGill University, Montréal, 2006) currently pursues her interest in expertise, materials, and landscapes with an ethnography of nuclear decommissioning in West Cumbria