The Kelp Congress book has been published!

The Kelp Congress book has now been published and officially launched! Check out this post by Marietta Radomska and of course The Kelp Congress website itself!

Marietta Radomska

The Kelp Congress, 2020. Front cover and ‘Methodologies of Kelp’ chapter by C. Åsberg, J. Holmstedt and M. Radomska (title page).

Last month the book The KelpCongress (in English) / Tangboka (in Norwegian), edited by Hilde Mehti, Neal Cahoon and Annette Wolfsberger, was published by NNKS Press (Nordnorsk kunstnersenter). The volume contains contributions by the participants of the Kelp Congress, an event forming part of Lofoten International Art Festival, which took place in September 2019. Among many brilliant chapters by artists and researchers you may also find an essay by Cecilia Åsberg, Janna Holmstedt and myself, entitled ‘Methodologies of Kelp: On Feminist Posthumanities, Transversal Knowledge Production and Multispecies Ethics in an Age of Entanglement’.

For more info on how to order the book, see The Kelp Congress website.

More on the book itself:

Assembled from a collection of Nordic, international, and multispecies perspectives, The Kelp…

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Streaming STREAMS: now available online!

STREAMS is an international conference for the Environmental Humanities (EH) that gathers researchers from a wide range of academic disciplines as well as artists, activists and practitioners. It takes place on 3-5 August 2021 in Stockholm.

Yet, as you may know from our previous post, already this year you could join a virtual event (ahead of the next year’s conference on location): Streaming STREAMS, which was held last week (5-7 Aug).

If you missed it, we strongly encourage you to check out the recordings of all the wonderful conversations and talks available on KTH Environmental Humanities Lab Youtube channel.

Last, but not least, The Posthumanities Hub also presented the trailer “The Posthumanities Hub, submerged at ART LAB GNESTA” (with contributors: Cecilia Åsberg, Janna Holmstedt, Signe Johannessen, Christina Fredengren and Marietta Radomska) for the next year’s stream Feminist Posthumanities – More-than-human Arts and Multispecies Futures.

About the trailer:

To whet your appetite for the many affordances of feminist posthumanities and multispecies futures and the more-than-human arts – collected under of the streams of this conference in 2021 – this trailer will take you on a journey via Art Lab Gnesta. Here you will get to know some of the people and projects of The Posthumanities Hub. You get to meet artists, archaeologist, feminist philosophers and environmental humanities people like Signe Johannessen, Christina Fredengren, Janna Holmstedt, Marietta Radomska and Cecilia Åsberg. 

Prepare to submerge, and visit exposures that catalyse and cultivate a range of stories on thinking, eating and socializing for multispecies futures together with The Posthumanities Hub, and …

You can watch it here:

The Posthumanities Hub, submerged at ART LAB GNESTA
– Trailer for the stream Feminist Posthumanities – More-than-human Arts and Multispecies Futures

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:

Braiding Friction | biofriction

It is our great pleasure to announce details about the upcoming online event series ‘Braiding Friction’, conceived by the Biofriction network with Hangar.org, Cultivamos CulturaGalerija Kapelica / Kapelica Gallery and Bioart Society . As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and postponed activities, Biofriction has set up a series of Working Groups and online events. The aim is to answer to the need of an informed discussion on the science and politics of the pandemic and the possible role of artists and researchers, to unpack and understand the enormous complexity we are confronted with. The group hosted by the Bioart Society is called Non-Living Queerings and consists of philosopher Marietta Radomska, biologist Markus Schmidt, and artists and researchers Terike Haapoja, Margherita Pevere, and Mayra Citlalli Rojo Gómez. The launch event which will introduce all groups will take place on 2nd of June 18h (CET) with consecutive public events following. For more, see Biofricition website.

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