Welcome to this open digital conference at KTH where water is at the centre.
If you are hungry for oceanic humanities tune in to Cecilia Åsberg’s speed talk in session C, where new and unconventional approaches to how to think, work with, make use of, and take care of our most precious resource are explored.
The conference will look at advances in science and technology that helps us manage water – our most precious resource – sustainably now and in the future. We also discuss the role of universities for collaborative knowledge production, in water as well as in other areas. What is needed of us to make collaboration meaningful? In three parallel speed talk sessions, we learn about new discoveries and research across all disciplines.
Program 09.00-09.20 Welcome and Introduction 09.20-10.00 Keynote lecture: Prof. Dr. Janet Hering, Director of Eawag 10.00-10.15 Break 10.15-11.00 Parallel speed talk sessions: Session A: Transforming water infrastructure Session B: Healthy, safe and inclusive Session C: New horizons for water 11.00-11.15 Break 11.15-12.00 Panel discussion on the role of universities
Cecilia Åsberg –More-than-human feminisms, and sea changes KTH Royal Institute of Technology/Linköping University, Sweden
Roman Kuhar –Anti-gender movements across Europe and beyond University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Kyla Schuller – The Future of Gender: Rethinking the Sex/Gender Distinction Rutgers University, USA
The 2020 Gender Studies conference explores futures as matters of intense politics, imaginings and debates from feminist and intersectional perspectives. The conference theme, “reclaiming futures”, suggests that how futures are envisioned, enacted and contested, in the present and in the past, has significant implications for equality and social justice and the very possibilities of a livable and just world. The conference asks what kinds of feminist and intersectional engagements with possible futures have emerged, are emerging, or may be imagined. We hope to investigate collectively the implications of the ongoing social, political and environmental changes for the future of gender studies and feminist politics.
Submission Deadline: 30 November 2020 Symposium: 27-29 May 2021
The aim of this interactive virtual research-creation and art symposium is to bear modest witness to waste as a symptom of environmental racism. At least one billion people live in over a quarter of a million slums worldwide, often with no formal waste or sanitation infrastructure or services (Davis 2007). And in economically affluent countries, landfills and other waste management systems are most often sited in or close to poor and racialized communities (for example, Amegah and Jaakkola 2016; Furedy 1993; Mothiba, Moja, and Loans 2017; Parizeau 2006) who bear a disproportionate burden of persistent exposure to the risks, hazards and contamination of pollution (Hird in press; Hird and Zahara 2016).
Environmental Racism is Garbage seeks knowledge production and acts of resistance at the intersection of art, politics, and the relationship between racialized injustice and ecological crisis. We invite contributions and collaborations from visual and performance-based artists, curators, theorists and activists, to create submissions that engage with the interconnections between environmental health, socio-economic conditions, racialized discrimination, social justice. We are interested in new or recent work in any medium that could be displayed in a browser. Transdisciplinary work driven by creative inquiry and lived experience will be forefronted.
This virtual (web-based) symposium will be synchronous and asynchronous and feature artwork displayed in the browser as well as keynote speakers, discussion panels and other additions. The symposium will be archived on a dedicated website.
Project description and [technical] requirements for displaying (online), including artist/author statement (2 pages maximum).
Supporting documentation: i.e. maximum 5 images, 1 (3 min or under) video clip or sound recording sample.
Current CV (3 pages maximum) for all team members
Artist/author/activist/curator/theorist biography for all team members (maximum 100 words each)
Please submit your work through this form by November 30, 2020. Submissions will be reviewed by a transdisciplinary panel including members of The Seedbox Consortium, Canada’s Waste Flow, and Queen’s University.
Priority will be given to applicants who are Indigenous, Black, people of colour, women, LGBTQ2+, people with disabilities, and/or are members of other equity-seeking groups.
Please circulate in your networks! How to apply? Please scroll down.
About the courseGender and Sustainability:Introducing Feminist Environmental Humanities
This online PhD course combines critical and creative perspectives on gender and sustainability from the emerging field of environmental humanities as it overlaps with science, technology, humanities, art and feminist theory-practices. It explores postdisciplinary directions in sustainability from a set of positions in environmental humanities and feminist posthumanities.
The course provides an introduction into the conceptual landscape of feminist environmental humanities, and an orientation into its methodological trajectories across the fields of science, technology, art and design. Notions of different scientific traditions in the past and present, and of inter- and transdisciplinary research are presented and framed in ways that are particularly useful for PhD researchers pursuing environmental humanities/postdisciplinary studies and practice-oriented research in art, technology and design. PhD researchers are provided with an understanding of key concepts – and the relationship between research questions, methods, objectives and outcomes – through lectures, literature seminars, workshops and collaborative project work. The course introduces participants to thinking on situated knowledge practices and ethics amidst a plethora of critical methodologies, qualitative and innovative methods, and performative research practices. On completion of the course, PhD researchers will be provided with tools to critically reflect over the epistemological and ethical challenges inherent to their own research practices and doctoral work, but also in relationship to other actors involved in the very social business of scholarship.
This new electable course (FAD3115) at KTH Royal Institute of Tecnology, in the doctoral program, Art, Technology and Design (7,5 credits), is an educational effort, supported by the KTH Equality Office for the integration of knowledge on gender equity in sustainable development research, provided by the KTH School of Architecture and the Built Environment.
To be eligible for the course, PhD researchers must have completed a masters’ degree or have an equivalent level of education in STS, history of science, technology and environment studies, gender studies, technology, art or design (such as architecture, planning, civil engineering, arts, crafts, and design) or affiliated subjects within the humanities and social sciences.
Module 1 – Re-inventing nature, re-inventing methodology, November 30 + December 1 Module 2 – Doing gender and sustainability: Practice-oriented research, December 14-15 Module 3 – Speculative ethics, 4-5 February Module 4 – Gender and sustainability in new registers: Knowledge communication, Suggested for March 2021
The course will be coordinated and taught by prof. Cecilia Åsberg, dr Janna Holmstedt, Dept. of History of Science, Technology and Environment, associate prof. Meike Schalk, School of Architecture, at KTH, and dr Marietta Radomska, Gender Studies, Linköping University.
Guest teachers are associate prof. Charlotte Holgersson, Organisation and Management at the Department of Industrial Economics and Management, associate prof. Jennifer Mack and dr Tijana Stevanovic, School of Architecture, at KTH, associate prof. Christina Fredengren, Stockholm University, prof. Isabelle Doucet, Chalmers Technical University, Dr Heidi Kajita Svenningsen, Copenhagen University and prof. Elke Krasny, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.
The course is an open collaboration with the InterGender University Consortium and Research School in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies www.intergender.net and The Posthumanities Hub, a nonconventional research group and platform for feminist posthumanities www.posthumanities.net
Application for this Doctoral Course
Deadline for application is 2nd November 2020.
We are grateful to have received a lot of interest for this course, so we ask PhD students to formally register for this course to be accepted in the following manner:
Please apply FORMALLY to the PhD course Gender & Sustainability by submitting an APPLICATION to dr Janna Holmstedt, jannaho[at]kth.se.
Include this application in your email:
CV (short bio), one page
Letter of motivation, half a page (why you would benefit from this course in your PhD-work)
Description of PhD project, one page, with aim and research question, material and practice-oriented/methodological approaches and challenges
“We are so proud to present Prof. Achille Mbembe for this years Archipelago Lecture. He is one of the most influential African philosophers, a political scientist, and a global public intellectual. His books have been translated into 13 languages.
This year the Archipelago Lecture will happen on ZOOM. More information will come, but until then: please mark your calendars and help us to spread the word.
November 25th, at 15:00 CET Reflections on Planetary Habitability Achille Mbembe Research Professor of History and Politics at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research in Johannesburg, South Africa Visiting Professor at Duke University”
Check out this year’s programme of the Collaboration with Society Day / Samverkansdagen taking place at Linköping University. This year’s theme is: adjustment to a sustainable lifestyle. The event takes place on 4th November at 13:00 – 16:00 online and is held in Swedish.
The keynote speakers are: Prof. Cecilia Åsberg (LiU, KTH, The Posthumanities Hub); Louise Ridderström (project manager at Östgötamat); and Robert Bäckström (project manager, Stångåstaden). For more information, also on how to register, see here.
Our latest Newsletter gives a glimpse of what we’ve been doing and what we’re planning for the upcoming Fall/Spring. It also lists upcoming calls and new publications. Please download it below if you haven’t seen it yet!
The issue contains contributions by QDS scholars: Patricia MacCormack, Marietta Radomska, Tara Mehrabi, Stine Willum Adrian, Margrit Shildrick, Hema’ny Molina Vargas, Camila Marambio and Nina Lykke.
The collection strives to advance queerfeminist methodologies and ontological, ethical and political understandings that critically and creatively attend to the problem of death, dying and mourning in the current environmental, cultural, and socio-political contexts.
In order to learn more, do check out the introduction “Queer Death Studies: Death, Dying and Mourning From a Queerfeminist Perspective”, co-authored by myself, Tara and Nina, available in OA here.
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.
Enroll NOW for the PhD course at KTH Gender & Sustainability: Introducing Feminist Environmental Humanities
Coordinators: Cecilia Åsberg (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Meike Schalk (meike.Schalk@konstfack.se, email@example.com).
Funded by KTH Sustainability and Equality Office, this course is intended for PhD-students across KTH, within the KTD (Art, Technology, Design PhD-Programme between Konstfack and KTH), SKH and KMH, and the InterGender Research School and its universities.