Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


IAS Waste: De la Flâneuse à la Glaneuse - Engagements with others’ waste

10 December 2019, 4:00 pm–7:00 pm


We are delighted to welcome Lucy Bell (Literature and Languages, Surrey), Tim Cresswell (Geography, Edinburgh), Carina Millstone (Feedback Foundation), Nirmal Puwar (Goldsmiths) and Rose Marie San Juan (History of Art, UCL) for this panel discussion. Chaired by Mary C. Rawlinson (Stony Brook University / IAS Senior Visiting Research Fellow)

This event is free.

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Albert Brenchat


IAS Forum
Ground floor, South Wing, UCL
United Kingdom

Agnès Varda’s film Les glaneurs et la glaneuse raised consciousness and stirred consciences. Varda established a direct connection between urban and countryside waste, changing its meaning, questioning the politics of consumption and the act of picking up – of stooping down to the ground. Gleaning is an act imbued with class, property and environmental concerns. To pick up that which has been discarded raises multiple questions about who buys and discards and who picks up and why. Varda also twisted the concept from feminist thought, finding in the act of gleaning an extraordinary act of care for matter, for others and for the environment. If the perspective of the flâneuse/flâneur is driven by observation and curiosity, the gleaner is attracted to an object by necessity and/or a sense of responsibility and care. This panel will present different acts of gleaning, their politics and aesthetics, and will explain the controversies of flânerie in current times.

- 4pm: Les glaneurs et la glaneuse... deux ans après (2002)
- 5pm Panel discussion

We will be screening Agnes Varda’s film Les glaneurs et la glaneuse (2000) on Monday 9 December, 6pm (register here).

The book launch of Maxwell Street: Writing and Thinking Place will take place on Dec 11, 6pm (register here).

Image by L'imaGiraphe

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