With and Against the Current: Exploring Hydrofeminism(s)

This symposium brings together transdisciplinary researchers, artists and writers who have inquired into and been inspired by watery histories and subjectivities. We are interested in exploring conversations between different media, genres and subject positions.

How do we care for and become with bodies of water, across differences- among species, privileges, and locations? How can our ways of moving in the world be inspired by fluid states of being? How does water carry (memories of) injustice and violence, while also containing potentialities for connectedness and healing?

The event is open to the public, everyone is welcome, no RSVP.

All events will be at the University of Copenhagen’s South Campus, room 21.0.54 (Multisalen) unless otherwise noted.



With Astrida Neimanis, Aleksija Neimanis, Madeleine Andersson, and Ida Bencke.

13:15 Arrival: coffee and tea
13:30 Christa Vogelius (University of Southern Denmark) Welcome and introduction
13:40 Astrida Neimanis (University of British Columbia) and Aleksija Neimanis (Swedish Veterinary Institute) Learning Endings: Care for the Stranded. Discussion on their collaborative project on marine mammal death and Q&A
14:30   Screening of short film: "We Are All Mothers" by Patty Chang. Discussion with Astrida Neimanis and Aleksija Neimanis, moderated by Ida Bencke (University of Copenhagen).
"15:10 Break: coffee, tea and refreshments
15:30 Madeleine Andersson Performance/lecture Petrosexuality – and Q&A
17:00 Drinks and snacks

We will eat together at 18:30 at Kanalhuset’s daily communal dinner (Overgaden Oven Vandet 62a). To join, please book a spot for yourself at https://kanalhusetcph.com/ and meet us in the lobby (spots fill up quickly).



With Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Astrida Neimanis, Lydia Östberg Diakité, Lesley-Ann Brown, Siri Ranva Hjelm Jacobsen, Mikas Lang and Ida Bencke

08:45 Arrival: coffee and tea
09:10 Linda Lapiņa (Roskilde University) Welcome and introduction to the day
09:20 Astrida Mullets, Breathing (An Ethics of Letting Be Strange). Talk and Q&A
10:30 Break
10:50 Lydia Östberg Diakité CRY BABY - Crying as a healing practice and notes on the image of crying in popular culture. Screening and talk followed by Q&A
12:00 Lunch (bring your own or for purchase at the university cafeteria)
13:00 Siri Ranva Hjelm Jacobsen Reading from the book The Sea Letters
14:00 Floating digestion – a short regenerative activity, facilitated by Linda Lapiņa
14:20 Break: coffee and tea
14:40 Lesley-Ann Brown and translator Mikas Lang Introduction to Alexis Pauline Gumbs
15:00 Alexis Pauline Gumbs (on Zoom) Learning to Breathe. Keynote and Q&A
16:30 Concluding ripples
16:50 End of the day at the University of Copenhagen

We will eat together at Mosob (Griffenfeldsgade 9) at 17:45. To join, please call (+45) 41 17 52 06 and add yourself to Linda Lapina’s reservation.

19:30 – Book launch of the translation of Undrowned by Alexis Pauline Gumbs into Danish, published by Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology at Sorte Firkant (29 Blågårdsgade). With the participation of Ida Bencke, Mikas Lang and Lesley-Ann-Brown