Re-MEDIAting the Wild

Invited Speakers

Re-MEDIAting the Wild features four invited speakers. Subhankar Banerjee will provide a keynote address. He will also participate in a thematic plenary panel with Claire G. Coleman, Erik Hoffner, and Maria Isabel Torres.

Photo of Subhankar Banerjee, Sandia Mountains Foothills, Albuquerque, New Mexico (selfie, February 2021).Subhankar Banerjee

Subhankar Banerjee is a photographer, writer, conservationist and public scholar. His practice is place–based and community–engaged and focuses on biological annihilation and climate breakdown, the two most consequential planetary crises of human history. He works closely with Indigenous Gwich’in and Iñupiat community members and environmental organizations to protect critical biological nurseries and culturally significant places in Arctic Alaska, including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. His work is currently situated in three places: the Arctic in the U.S.–Canada borderlands; the desert in the U.S.–Mexico borderlands; and the tropical forests of India, including the mangrove forest of the Sundarban in the India–Bangladesh borderlands. He was most recently co-editor (with T.J. Demos and Emily Eliza Scott) of the Routledge Companion to Contemporary Art, Visual Culture, and Climate Change (Routledge, February 2021); co-host (with then U.S. Senator Tom Udall) of the UNM Biodiversity Webinar Series (Fall 2020); and co-curator (with Josie Lopez) of Species in Peril Along the Rio Grande (Fall 2019). He is currently writing a book Species in Peril to bring attention to the intensifying human-caused biodiversity crisis (Seven Stories Press, 2022). Subhankar is the Lannan Foundation Endowed Chair and a professor of Art & Ecology at the University of New Mexico where he serves as the founding director of both the Species in Peril project and the Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities.

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Photo of Claire G ColemanClaire G. Coleman

Claire G. Coleman is a Noongar woman whose family have belonged to the south coast of Western Australia since long before history started being recorded. She writes fiction, essays, poetry and art writing while either living in Naarm (Melbourne) or on the road. Born in Perth, away from her ancestral country she has lived most of her life in Victoria and most of that in and around Melbourne. During an extended circuit of the continent she wrote a novel, influenced by certain experiences gained on the road. She has since won a Black&Write! Indigenous Writing Fellowship for that novel ,"Terra Nullius". Terra Nullius was published in Australia by Hachette Australia and in North America by Small Beer Press. Since mid 2020 Claire has been a member of the cultural advisory committee for Agency, a Not-for-profit Indigenous arts consultancy.

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Photo of Erik HoffnerErik Hoffner

Erik Hoffner is a photojournalist, editor, content strategist and podcast producer for the global environmental news outlet Mongabay.com. His work also appears in publications like The Guardian, Yale Environment 360, The Washington Post, National Geographic, The Sun, Northern Woodlands, and Earth Island Journal. He's a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and an exhibiting member of the Vermont Center for Photography. See examples of his work at erikhoffner.com and connect via @erikhoffner on Twitter and Instagram.

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Photo of Maria Isabel TorresMaria Isabel Torres

Maria Isabel Torres lives in Peru and is the Project Manager at Mongabay Latam, Mongabay´s bureau for covering Latin America and producing original content in Spanish. She has been an investigative journalist for mainstream and online media for 12 years specialising in politics and economics. She has also worked as Communications Director of the Ministry of Environment and was part of the team who organized the COP 20 in Lima. In the last few years, Mongabay Latam has won the «Rey de España» International Journalism Award, two honorable mentions granted by the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA), and has been finalist for national journalism awards in Peru and Bolivia.

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