The symposium is now over. If you had attended, the password to all pages will work for 1 year.

If you were not able to attend, email us at help@environmentalracismisgarbage.art to get access.

2021 Keynote Speakers:
Winona LaDuke & Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory

Photo by David Kilabuk

Welcome to
Environmental Racism is Garbage

The aim of this interactive virtual research-creation and art symposium is to bear modest witness to waste as a symptom of environmental racism. At least one billion people live in over a quarter of a million slums worldwide, often with no formal waste or sanitation infrastructure or services (Davis 2007). And in economically affluent countries, landfills and other waste management systems are most often sited in or close to poor or racialized communities (for example, Amegah and Jaakkola 2016; Furedy 1993; Mothiba, Moja and Loans 2017; Parizeau 2006) who bear disproportionate burden of persistent exposure to the risks, hazards and contamination pollution (Hird in press; Hird and Zahara 2016). 

Environmental Racism is Garbage seeks knowledge production and acts of resistance at the intersection of art, politics, and the relationship between racialized injustice and ecological crisis. We’ve invited contributions and collaborations from visual and performance-based artists, curators, theorists and activists, to create submissions that engage with the interconnections between environmental health, socio-economic conditions, racialized discrimination, social justice – with transdisciplinary work driven by creative inquiry and lived experience forefronted.

Symposium Schedule

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* Please note that registration is required to access these events.
Artist contributions will be password protected and archived for 1 year.

Will ERG 2021 be in-person or virtual?

The first annual ERG Research-Creation & Art Symposium will be a virtual conference featuring both synchronous and asynchronous events.

Who is invited?


But you must register ahead of time to attend the synchronous portions of the event.

How much does it cost to attend?

Absolutely nothing! This is a free event.

However, we are encouraging donations to RAVEN Trust. For more information on this organization and how to donate, click here:

How do I register?

Our registration portal will be open as of April 1, 2021. Just fill out a few simple questions and mark the date in your calendar!

Where is the event being held?

ERG 2021 will be entirely online! This allows us to feature contributions and host attendees from all over the world.

When is the event being held?

May 27-29, 2021! Stay tuned for updates on the specific scheduling of events.

Is there a Code of Conduct?

Yes! Artists and attendees are expected to adhere to our Code of Conduct found here:

Have more questions?

Feel free to reach out to us at help@environmentalracismisgarbage.art or on our social media direct messages!

Our Partners

Further questions?

Contact us directly:

Queen’s University, Biosciences Complex
116 Barrie St., Kingston ON Canada
K7L 3N6

Queen’s University is situated on the territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabek



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