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Tangled tales, entangled ales: Adventures in the recursive islandness of Newfoundland craft beer

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(VIDEO: https://maggiejwhittenhenry.wordpress.com/thesis/) With islands understood as generative sites of relational entanglement, and craft beer itself described as a zone of entanglement and meaning-building, it should come as no surprise that Newfoundland’s craft beer brands are brimming with richly entangled themes of place. But what does that *look* like? In this presentation, Maggie Henry discusses her ongoing creative thesis project which examines themes of place in the burgeoning craft beer community on the island of Newfoundland. Engaging Patchwork ontologies and traditional textile practices, these themes will be mapped onto an existing (literal) patchwork quilt. In doing so, the patchwork itself becomes a site of generative ‘becoming’ and the project reveals itself as a figure of recursive islandness. When the intangible becomes tangible, knowledge is able to be shared in accessible, relatable ways. This project seeks to highlight the richness – and fun! – of relational approaches and tangled tales, opening up opportunities for alternative forms of thought and practice in Island Studies and the broader Anthropocene.

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