Conference—“The Sea is History: Discourses on the ‘Poetics of Relation’”


The Sea is History, curated by Selene Wendt, is on display at the UiO Kulturhistorisk museum [Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo] until August 2019. [See previous post Art Exhibition: The Sea is History.] In the context of the exhibition, there will be a conference held this week: “The Sea is History: Discourses on the Poetics of Relation,” on May 23-24; see full program at KHM.UiO. The conference is a collaboration with Goethe-Institut, Oslo (and is made possible with generous support from Goethe-Institut and The Foundation for Free Speech.)

The Sea is History features work by John Akomfrah, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Andrea Chung, Christopher Cozier, Manthia Diawara, Isaac Julien, Naiza Khan, Hew Locke, Nyugen E. Smith, and Cosmo Whyte. Speakers include the award-winning poet and essayist, Ishion Hutchinson; Nanette Snoep; Christopher Cozier; Grace Aneiza Ali; Annie Paul; Michelle Eistrup, and many more.

Description: The Sea is History, curated by Selene Wendt, is on display at the Museum of Cultural History, UiO from March until August 2019. The title is inspired by the epic poem by the St. Lucian Nobel laureate poet Derek Walcott. The reference serves to emphasize the poetic undercurrent of the exhibition, while also highlighting the relevance of great Caribbean thinkers, such as Derek Walcott, Stuart Hall, and Édouard Glissant within a wider geographical and theoretical context. Metaphorically speaking, the works can be understood as part of an expansive sea, the ebb and flow of which is never-ending, and cyclical.

[Photo above: Still picture from the film Paradise Omeros, 2003, by Isaac Julien.]

The link to sign up for the conference is on the museum’s website:

For more information, see

See full program at

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