A lot of the "coincidences" Julie Beck imagines as meaningful in her recent Atlantic article about her quest to meet the "wildly different" other women with her name, just seem part of being a middle-class, college-educated white person in the US with a common moniker. As a "Kristin Miller," I have some basis for comparison.
What does it mean to feel “at home” during an affordable-housing crisis? How does this crisis—leading to extreme rent burdens, precarious living situations, widespread displacement, and homelessness—impact people’s sense of belonging and community? And how are these personal impacts tied to broader social and ecological impacts—as families sacrifice basic needs to make rent, and as unaffordable housing drives sprawling, unsustainable urban development?
At the end of the month I'll be participating in a lecture series at USF gathering artists, writers, and researchers around ideas of whether we are, in fact, in this thing called the Anthropocene, and if so, how do we cope?
15 years seems an impossibility—for the New York of that time, and the New York before, to be so far in the rearview. It's especially strange when my overwhelming feeling for much of 9/11 was that none of us might survive the day, or the weeks and months to follow.
I'll be presenting at the ISA World Forum in Vienna on July 10 as part of the Visual Sociology Working Group. The panel is a series of presenters discussing the environment, the Anthropocene, and visual media—some of my favorite subjects. Very pleased to be included and looking forward to the other talks. The Forum runs … Continue reading Presenting at the International Sociological Association Forum
Utopian Dreaming was covered by KQED's California Report in advance of the conference, with a nice follow-up article including expanded interviews today.
I'll be presenting at Utopian Dreaming, an event considering the 40th anniversary of Ernest Callenbach's Ecotopia, on November 7 at UCSC. My talk will be about utopia and dystopia in film and literature in California, and there are many other fascinating panels, including a keynote by Kim Stanley Robinson. Talks will be archived after the conference here.
Very pleased to see Elizabeth Wissinger's This Year's Model out in print from NYU Press. It's a fascinating look at the standardization of both the modeling industry, and the ironclad proportions of the model body that have been the subject of such intense debate. I contributed to the project by sourcing historical images and doing archival … Continue reading This Year’s Model
Since the summer of 2012, I've been involved in a project at UC Santa Cruz that is an attempt to get scholars from different disciplines who study sustainability to collaborate and forge a shared vocabulary for common solutions to our collective challenges. The project collects sites where different logics of sustainability—market forces and utopian impulses, … Continue reading Critical Sustainabilities Site Launch
There's a great conference coming up hosted by the Film & Digital Media department at UCSC. Poetics & Politics will focus on bridging the gap between theory and practice in documentary film and interactive work. I'm very pleased to have been included in a panel on May 17 on Gentrification in San Francisco, where I'll … Continue reading Poetics + Politics: Santa Cruz, 5/15–17