The Posthumanities Hub Seminar “Ingesting the Hydrocene” with Bronwyn Bailey-Charteris

When: 9 December, 13:15-15:00 (Swedish time)

Where: Online. In order to take part in the seminar, please register by sending an email to the.posthumanities.hub@gmail.com by 7th Dec 2020 at the latest.

Bronwyn Bailey-Charteris, Penelope and Lucinda, film still, 2016

Bronwyn Bailey-Charteris. Photo: Emmeli Person

Meet Australian/Swedish curator, writer and lecturer Bronwyn Bailey-Charteris! Bronwyn is based in Stockholm, a current PhD student at UNSW Art & Design researching water and art in her thesis entitled ‘Ingesting the Hydrocene: Watery thinking for artistic response-ability in the climate crisis’. She is employed at Stockholm University, based at Accelerator and leading the Art+Research program, as well as a Lecturer in Department of Culture and Aesthetics for the Masters of Art Curating. Bronwyn was previously Curator at Index – The Swedish Contemporary Arts Foundation. Research interests are focused upon processes of ecology in contemporary art, water as social metaphor and feminist methodologies. Working with practical learning platforms, artistic research, publications, and exhibitions, she works internationally as a curator and lecturer.
https://bronwynbc.com/
https://su-se.academia.edu/BronwynBaileyCharteris

Ingesting the Hydrocene

The Hydrocene is a curatorial theory and practice Bronwyn has created to amplify the pioneering ways some artists and curators are collaborating with water. The Hydrocene argues for artistic methods of thinking with water in the age of accelerating climate crises. The Hydrocene is embodied and relational. It amplifies unexamined perspectives on the interrelation of art, climate, water and intersectional feminisms. By arguing for water-centered artistic practices, the Hydrocene offers up a model for engaging with embodiment, hydrofeminism, transcorporeality and response-ability in the interconnected zone of natureculture. The presentation will offer a short introduction to the Hydrocene and then expand upon artist Latai Taumoepeau – specifically her work with ice, water torture and the climate crisis.

The Posthumanities Hub Seminar “A Critical Cartography of New Materialist Constellations & Interventions in Times of Terror(ism)” with Dr. Evelien Geerts

When: 5 November, 13:15-15:00 (Swedish time)

Where: Online. In order to take part in the seminar, please register by sending an email to the.posthumanities.hub@gmail.com by 3rd November 2020 at the latest.

As part of The Posthumanities Hub Seminar Series, we are exited to present Dr. Evelien Geerts (PhD UC Santa Cruz), a multidisciplinary philosopher and postdoctoral researcher at the University of Birmingham (UK), working on the ERC-funded ‘Urban Terrorism in Europe (2004-19): Remembering, Imagining, and Anticipating Violence’ project. Her research interests include new materialisms, critical epistemologies, political philosophical questions of identity, difference, and violence, and critical & diffractive pedagogies. She has published in Philosophy Today, Women’s Studies International Forum and Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge, is furthermore an avid philosophy meme-creator, and part of the Dutch Journal of Gender Studies’ editorial board.

Dr. Evelien Geerts

A Critical Cartography of New Materialist Constellations & Interventions in Times of Terror(ism)

Abstract:
This paper anticipates on my monograph project on critical new materialist theories and the idea of “theorizing from the ground up” during times of global crisis (such as the COVID-19 crisis we are currently experiencing; see Geerts 2020) and terror(ism) in particular.

Using (and commenting on) the new materialist methodologies of critical cartography and diffraction, this paper first of all wishes to reflect upon what it means to “theorize from the ground up” in a feminist philosophical manner by offering a situated critical cartography of contemporary new materialist thought. It is then argued that such a critical cartography is not only a novel but also much needed undertaking, as we, more than almost two decades after the Habermas-Derrida dialogues on terror(ism) (Borradori 2003), are in need of a Zeitgeist-adjusted conceptual framework that takes the more-than-human seriously. Such a “grounded”, critical new materialist framework could assist us with painting a more holistic picture of the complex ontological, epistemological, and eco-ethico-political entangled aspects of global crises, and, specifically, terrorist events, such as the Paris 2015 and Brussels 2016 attacks; the actual terror they produce; and the bio-/necropolitical repercussions they often engender.

STREAMS online 5-7 August! The Posthumanities Hub will host a live session 6 August

Photo: Signe Johannessen

STREAMS, an international conference for the Environmental Humanities (EH), seeks to offer a space in which the experimental and dynamic field of EH can meet, discuss and set out future directions for thinking and acting amidst the ongoing ecological disaster.

The next upcoming event is Streaming STREAMS, 5–7 August 2020, where several presentations are streamed live.

Welcome to join the entire Streaming Streams, with conversations and trailers, and The Posthumanities Hub, submerged at ART LAB GNESTA, 6 August 14:00-15:00

The conference STREAMS will be held in Stockholm, 3–7 August 2021.

Call for contributions: New Materialist Informatics – 11th International New Materialisms Conference

23-25 March 2021

University of Kassel, Germany

Deadline for Submission: October 15, 2020

www.uni-kassel.de/go/NMI2021

This 11th new materialist conference invites participants to investigate the possible intersections between, and beyond, new materialism and informatics. How can new materialism and informatics be brought together in ways that help build liveable and sustainable techno-lifeworlds? What new perspectives with regard to contemporary crises might emerge at such intersection and beyond? What kind of conceptual and methodological tools are needed for new materialist informatics design and research? This conference wishes to include and go beyond the new materialist readings of computing and computational artefacts and generate innovative perspectives on how techno-worldings can be performed from a new materialist perspective.

Environmental Justice Resources Online!

The Environment & Society Portal team, together with alumni fellows Malcom Ferdinand, Rob Gioielli, and our new RCC editor Kristy Henderson, created the new site Environmental Justice Resources Online, in order to highlight digital resources related to environmental justice and environmental racism. Please circulate widely!

As with their site Pandemics in Context, the Environment & Society Portal aims to point its users around the world to resources freely accessible without subscription or login. They invite you to have a look at both pages and send (portal@carsoncenter.lmu.de) your recommendations for freely available digital readings and multimedia resources–and remind us of your important publications we may have missed.

Call for Contributions: Ecomusicology, Sounding Board

Ethnomusicology Review would like to invite you to share perspectives from your research for our online platform “Sounding Board.”

Sounding Board is an informal, yet academically focused online platform to discuss research, ideas, and other issues related to the fields of musicology and ethnomusicology.

Deeply interdisciplinary, the field of ecomusicology is a branch of study exploring the various and complex nexus between people, nature and sounds. Ecomusicologists can come from the fields of composition, acoustic ecology, bio-acoustics, ethnomusicology, historical musicology, biology as well as ecocriticism, biosemiotics, ecosemiotics, phenomenology.

Texts on any of the following subjects are welcome:

-Music and Climate Change

-Music in the Age of Anthropocene

-Posthumanities and sounds /music / acoustic patterns

-DNA / Metabolic / Transgenetic poetics and sounds

-Music in or about Landscapes

-Natural Sounds, acoustic ecology, bio-acoustics

-Music and/in Environment

-Music and/ in Place or Space

-Music and ecosemiotics / biosemiotics

-Music and Robotic Poetics

-Music and phenomenology / eco phenomenology

-The death of music or an era after music

Additionally, if you have any other project, conference paper, or unpublished work dealing with issues surrounding ecomusicology, feel free to reach out!

Please contact Nikoleta Zampaki, at nikoletazampaki@hotmail.com if you wish to contribute or have any questions.

The World Oceans Decade starts now! Celebrating World Oceans Day, and a Sea Change with The Posthumanities Hub

Submerged sustainability at the sea edge with ocean literacy and blue humanities across art and science

The United Nations has proclaimed a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030 to support efforts to reverse the cycle of decline in ocean health and gather ocean stakeholders worldwide behind a common framework that will ensure ocean science can fully support countries in creating improved conditions for sustainable development of the Ocean.

Today, 8 June 2020, a start on this decade, stand out as the world oceans day! At the Posthumanities Hub we celebrate this day with a short description of our research on ocean literacy, blue and oceanic humanities, and low trophic mariculture across art and science. 

All through the extended history of Earth, the coast line has been a zone of unrest where waves and tides have forged life and land on this planet. Oceanic algae, once terraforming Earth into a breathable planet, still produces most of our oxygen. The edge of the sea remains a strange and beautiful place, as Rachel Carson remarked with all its wondrous creatures in mind (1955/1998, The Edge of the Sea). Low-trophic marine zones, with kelp and other macro-algae (seaweeds), oysters, mussels and sea urchins, provide a host of benefits to various organisms, humans included, in providing many species with sanctuary and mitigating the eutrophication of the sea. Comparing this zone to the forests, Charles Darwin (1839, Voyages) observed on the sheer “number of living creatures of all Orders whose existence intimately depends on kelp”, and warned of the insurmountable effects should it perish (Filbee-Dexter et al. 2016, Filbee-Dexter and Wernberg 2018). Today, kelp forests and mussel beds are receding with the warming waters of climate change. They seem to in fact slowly perish however nutritious and beneficial they are for many species, including humans (Aksnes et al 2017). In dire times of environmental degradation, ocean acidification, and climate change, it is about time we turn our attention and appreciation to such low-trophic creatures and to the tidal zone of mariculture, as in this postdisciplinary arts and humanities project, submerged.

Sea Change at a glance

Sea Change is a postdisciplinary knowledge and capacity-building project on the potential of coastal mariculture aiming to connect marine sciences, natural history, cultural heritage and sustainability engineering with arts and environmental humanities research. The overall goal is to deepen ecological understanding and culturally contextualize scientific insight in eco-feminist theory, posthumanities and coastal communities so to stimulate society’s cultural imagination and invite a sea change of ethical responses to the state of sea life. In order to catalyse such change, this project will examine and unlock the transformational potential of eating, socializing and thinking with low tropic sea life and mariculture initiatives.

This project is a collaboration with KTH sustainability scientists, spatial practioners Cooking Sections, and Bonniers Konsthall. It involves the following researchers from The Posthumanities Hub: Cecilia Åsberg, Caroline Elgh Klingborg, Janna Holmstedt, and Marietta Radomska, and acknowledge the edible inspiration of the Lofoten International Art Festival 2019 and its Kelp Congress.   

An edible and yummy bladderwrack from the shores of Lofoten, Norway. Photo: Cecilia Åsberg

New CFP: POSTHUMANIST PERSPECTIVES ON SPACE AND SPATIALITY IN CONTEMPORARY LATIN AMERICAN CULTURAL EXPRESSIONS

Deadline: 30 Sep, 2020.

A thematic issue of Pasavento. Review of Hispanic Studies invites to a reflection on space and spatiality in contemporary Latin American cultural expressions from a posthumanist perspective. The issue aims to gather contributions that interrogate space and spatiality in works produced at the end of the 20th century and at the beginning of the 21st century. Analysis of cultural expressions on processes of migration, urbanization and climate change related to dynamics of neocolonial extraction are especially welcome.

Researchers who wish to collaborate with an article for this volume, please visit Pasavento website for more information:

Extended deadline to Aug 15: EKO 2020 Conference – Literature, Environment and Sustainability

Information will follow in Swedish, updated information is available at: https://lir.gu.se/forskning/konferenser/eko-2020-litteraturvetenskap-miljo-och-hallbarhet

Med anledning av Covid-19: konferensen kommer att hållas, antingen på plats i Göteborg eller i en digital version, 3-4 december 2020, men tiden för inlämning av anmälningar och förslag på papers, paneler, workshops eller andra presentationer har förlängts till den 15 augusti 2020.

EKO 2020 – Litteraturvetenskap, miljö och hållbarhet

Litteraturvetenskaplig ämneskonferens vid institutionen för litteratur, idéhistoria och litteratur, Göteborgs universitet, den 3-4 december 2020.

Kring oss har orden “miljö” och “klimat” fått en ny akut klang, och bildar allt oftare prefix till ord som “ångest” och “förnekelse” likaväl som “aktivism” och “smarthet”.

Även inom litteraturvetenskapen vinner forskningsuppgifter som fokuserar på ekologi, natur, miljö, klimat och planetens framtid alltmer mark. Ekokritiska, posthumanistiska och icke-antropocentriska perspektiv driver och kompletterar därtill annan forskning med mål att styra mot en hållbar framtid.

Med konferensen EKO2020 inbjuder vi paperpresentationer, paneldebatter, presentationer och diskussioner som förutsättningslöst inventerar litteraturvetenskapen och dess anknytning till en miljötematik i vid mening.

Litteraturvetenskapen har redan en rik palett med redskap, metoder och frågeställningar som problematiserar människans relationer inbördes såväl som till omgivningen, textens förhållande till verkligheten, kritiska perspektiv som granskar den historiska utvecklingen och teknologierna samt perspektiv som behandlar olika litterära formers estetiska och politiska funktion, för att bara nämna några övergripande fält.

Förutom att framhäva vedertagna metoder, frågeställningar och begrepp i en grönare världs tjänst finns också behov av vetenskaplig förnyelse. Hur kan metoder, frågor och inte minst historieskrivning se ut som bättre utforskar, adresserar och representerar miljö- och hållbarhetsfrågor inom litteraturvetenskapen?

Plenarföreläsare:

Professor Timothy Morton, Rice University, USA, författare till bl.a. Ecology without Nature (2007), Dark Ecology: For a Logic of Future Coexistence (2016), Humankind: Solidarity with Nonhuman People (2017) och Being Ecological (2018) m.fl.

Professor Erin James, University of Idaho, författare till The Storyworld Accord: Econarratology and Postcolonial Narratives (2015).

Professor Serenella Iovino, gästforskare vid University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill och har gett ut Material Ecocriticism (2014) och är organisatör för EASLCE.

Morton, James och Iovino kommer att vara med oss på digital länk. Efter föreläsningarna kommer det att finnas möjlighet att diskutera och ställa frågor till föreläsarna. Även andra intresserade kommer att kunna anmäla sig att delta på dessa föreläsningar.

Inlägg kan exempelvis anknyta till något av följande men är inte begränsade till:

• Natur-, miljö- och materialitetsskildringar
• Ekopoesi och topopoetik
• Cli-fi, dystopi och postapokalyptiska visioner
• Utopiforskning
• Idylldiktning
• Miljörättvisa
• Affektstudier
• Miljö och teknologi
• Biosemiotik
• Litteraturens kulturella ekologi och läsarorienterade perspektiv
• Slow research/science
• Ekomarxism
• Postkolonial ekokritik
• Dark ecology
• Blå ekokritik/litterär thalassologi
• Plant narratology
• Ekofeminism, nymaterialism och material ecocriticism
• Human animal & critical animal-studies

Konferensen kommer att hållas vid Humanistiska fakulteten, Göteborgs universitet, den 3-4 december 2020 (antingen på plats eller digitalt). Vi välkomnar förslag till papers, paneler, workshops eller andra presentationer senast den 15 augusti 2020. Abstracts på 100-300 ord, inklusive specifikation om tekniska önskemål, skickas till eko2020@lir.gu.se

Doktorandworkshop

I anslutning till konferensen, den 2 december, kommer det att arrangeras en doktorandworkshop med efterföljande postseminarium. Någon av våra keynotes kommer också att medverka denna eftermiddag. Alla doktorander, oavsett litteraturvetenskaplig inriktning, är hjärtligt välkomna.

Deadine för anmälan är den 16 oktober. Frågor skickas till Johanna Lindbo: johanna.lindbo@lir.gu.se