CALLS! (papers, articles, courses, etc.)

New scholarly journal to explore – We are delighted to point your attention to the new journal Matter: Journal of New Materialist Research, a scientific, open and peer reviewed journal published twice a year in Spanish and English from Universitat de Barcelona. First issue will be out in December 2019, and the journal welcomes submissions for peer review articles, reviews and invited pieces. A neat detail is that this journal is published by the network of scholars funded by COST Action IS1307: Networking European New Materialisms: How matter comes to matter andEsbrina Research Group at the Universitat de Barcelona. Read more here: http://revistes.ub.edu/index.php/matter/index

Call for Submissions to Unlikely Journal and the upcoming issue “Following sonorous bodies”. Deadline for abstract proposals 14 Oct, 2019. Following sonorous bodies invites writers and artists to engage with new materialisms with their promises and limitations to produce situated carnal knowledge about sonorous world(ings). Read more at http://unlikely.net.au/news/issue-6-call-out-following-sonorous-bodies

The workshop and InterGender PhD-cohort meeting Activism in academia, will take place at Mid Sweden University, Sundsvall, 29-30 Oct (registration deadline 18 Oct). What does activism in academia mean and what can it mean? What role does activism play for gender researchers and others using critical perspectives?

InterGender course: Feminist Methodologies: Interdisciplinary Practices, taught by Nina Lykke, Kathrin Thiele and Kari Jegerstedt, 11-13 Nov (deadline for application, Sep 30, 2019), Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden. More info at:  www.Intergender.net

CFP Conference, deadline 15 Oct and 30 Nov: The KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory invites your organisation and colleagues to participate in the upcoming conference STREAMS: Transformative Environmental Humanities in Stockholm 5–8 August 2020. This link provides you with information for submitting session proposals (deadline 15 Oct) as well as for individual papers (deadline 30 Nov).

CFP Conference, deadline 1 Dec, 2019: Posthumanism: Cinema Philosophy Media, 15-17 May 2020 at Brock University (St. Catharine’s, Ontario, Canada). More than cinema as philosophy or the philosophy of media, this conference welcomes papers that interrogate posthuman pathways emerging within the intersections of cinema, philosophy, and media as well as those yet to come. Any questions about the conference can be forwarded to Terrance McDonald and Chelsea Birks: posthuman@brocku.ca
The event will be preceded by a summer school, “Posthumanism: Moving Thoughts and Images”, at which graduate students will have the opportunity to engage in small seminars with the keynote speakers and other scholars from the Posthumanism Research Institute/Network (brocku.ca/pri/). The summer school takes place from 12-14 May 2020.

CFP Symposium, deadline 31 Dec 2019: The 4th Posthuman Global Symposium, at New York University, New York, USA, dedicated to exploring the importance of posthuman agency in the interrelated significations of human and non-human realms. Academic as well as performative and experiential modes of expression provide complementary insights into the posthuman. Read more about this call at: https://nyposthuman2020.weebly.com

Open call: The Kelp Congress

[DEADLINE: 2 May 2019]

See: The Kelp Congress open call (LIAF 2019 website)

The Kelp Congress at LIAF (Lofoten International Art Festival) 2019 between the 17th and 22nd of September in Svolvær is an event consisting of three parallel workshops that will lead into a weekend public programme. These workshops will harness the recent discourse surrounding seaweed within contexts such as energy, nutrition, agriculture, and medicine, and will shift the focus onto lesser explored artistic and cultural dimensions related to kelp and other macroalgae.

Who can apply? 
Artists, scientists, activists, writers, film-makers, researchers, and those working within arts and culture organisations. The Kelp Congress is grounded within a Nordic context, but the call is open to all nationalities.

Conditions:
Food, accommodation, and local transportation will be provided. Travel to and from Lofoten is not included.

How to Apply:
If you are interested in participating, please submit an Application Form.
We aim to contact all applicants by mid-May.

Deadline: 
Thursday 2 May, 2019

The Kelp Congress is organised as part of LIAF 2019, in collaboration with Mustarinda, The Department of Seaweed, Posthumanities Hub, ArtLab Gnesta, Skaftfell – Center for Visual Art, and co-produced with Annette Wolfsberger. LIAF 2019 is curated by Hilde Methi, Neal Cahoon, Karolin Tampere, and Torill Østby Haaland.

Contact & Further Information: info@liaf.no

Open call in a pdf format..

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: EASCLE Webinar on ‘Toxic Embodiment’ by Prof. Cecilia Åsberg and Dr. Marietta Radomska

Photo: Cecilia Åsberg

Join us for the EASCLE Webinar on ‘Toxic Embodiment’ – for more info click HERE.

Webinar: ‘Toxic Embodiment’

By Prof. Cecilia Åsberg and Dr. Marietta Radomska

Sat, Aug 25th, 10:30-12:00 CEST.

REGISTER HERE

Existential concerns around environmental health today involve a much wider set of issues (and a wider set of bodies) as we intra-act with antibiotics, nanoparticles, and untested chemical cocktails through the food we eat, the make-up we wear, the new sofas we sit on, or the environments we dwell in. We are more acutely aware today of how we are in nature, and nature – polluted as it may be – in us. With the recognition of the ecological crisis and its gravity, we have – according to some scientific experts – entered a new geological period: the Anthropocene, in which it is the human who constitutes the biggest threat to the survival of the earth and its human as well as more-than-human inhabitants.

Through the proliferation of plastics and chemical pollution more generally, petrochemicals constitute in effect forms of social, material, and biological writing of toxic embodiment. This makes toxic embodiment an urgent concern for environmental humanities and for environmental literacies at large.

Advancements in genetic engineering, the chemicalization of food production, and the rapid growth of the pharmaceutical industry have made human, animal, and plant embodiments simultaneously enhanced and debilitated. They become ‘toxic bodies’, ‘pharmaceutical subjects’, and they leave a toxic footprint in the world.

By approaching the theme of ‘toxic embodiment’ from a broad and transdisciplinary perspective (eco-cultural studies; body and gender studies; medicine and life sciences; posthumanities; science, technology, and society; and, especially, the environmental humanities), this webinar will explore the risks and the opportunities that these changes may bring.

More specifically, the session will engage with the topic of toxic embodiment as our always-already environed technobodies, and how they/we are shaped by health norms and toxic realities that put into question the notions of health and disease, vulnerability and well-being, as well as life/death, and the dis/ability of the ‘natural’ human body. Here, the ‘human’ emerges as a set of toxic embodiments – ones that are radically tethered to, or shaped by, their milieus, including their more-than-human companions (synthetic molecules, microbes, fungi, plants, and animals), and the ways they/we all come together.

 

Inspirational questions:

  1.  How do questions of toxicity and its impact on both human and nonhuman bodies influence environmental discourses? How do they influence the articulation of environmental problems? What kind of imaginaries do they mobilise and what futures do they seek to envision?
  2. What conceptualisations of the body emerge from the present narratives on toxicity? What are the understandings of the subject that are (re)produced through these narratives?
  3. Environmental discourses that engage with the issues of toxicity often put emphasis on the ideas of the natural and the anthropogenic, the normal and the abnormal, as well as health and illness. How are these notions understood in the context of the webinar readings? Are they reworked or abandoned? What does the enquiry of toxic embodiment do to their conventional understandings?
  4. What new approaches, methodologies, and methods does the work on toxic embodiment offer?

Primary literature:

Ah-King, Malin and Eva Hayward. 2013. ‘Toxic Sexes: Perverting Pollution and Queering Hormone Disruption’. O-zone: A journal of object-oriented studies 1: 1-12. Available at: https://www.academia.edu/6368781/Toxic_sexes_Perverting_pollution_and_queering_hormone_disruption

Alaimo, Stacy. 2016. ‘Conclusion’ in Exposed. Minneapolis: Minnesota University Press. Available at: https://dearchivecollaboration.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/alaimo-from-exposed.pdf

Chen, Mel Y. 2011. ‘Toxic Animacies. Inanimate Affections’. GLQ 17(2-3): 265-286. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1215/10642684-1163400

Davis, Heather. 2015. ‘Toxic Progeny: The Plastisphere and Other Queer Futures.’ philoSOPHIA 5 (2): 231-250. Available at: http://heathermdavis.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Philosophia_Davis.pdf

Additional readings:

Zahara, Alexander R.D. and Myra Hird. 2015. ‘Raven, Dog, Human: Inhuman Colonialism and Unsettling Cosmologies’. Environmental Humanities 7: 169-190. Available at: http://environmentalhumanities.org/arch/vol7/7.9.pdf

Giovanna DiChiro (2010) ‘Polluted Politics? Confronting Toxic Discourse, Sex Panic, and Eco-Normativity’ in Queer Ecologies, eds. C. Sandilands & B. Erickson. Bloomington: Indiana University Press: 199-230.

Haraway, Donna. 2016. ‘Awash in Urine: DES and Premarin in Multispecies Response-ability’ in Staying with the Trouble. Durham: Duke University Press: 104-116.

Call for Applications: Residencies at the Seed Box Environmental Humanities Collaboratory

The Seed Box now invites applications for three one-month residencies at Department of Thematic Studies, Linköping University, Sweden. We will appoint one residency for a PhD-candidate, one associate professor (or mid-career scholar) and one artist. The purpose of this call for applications is to foster the work of promising and established scholars and artists in the field of environmental humanities.  

The application deadline is August, 17, 2018.

The advertisement and the full profile description can be found at the following pages: 

for PhD-candidates and mid-scholars: https://theseedbox.se/call-for-applications-residencies-at-the-seed-box-environmental-humanities-collaboratory-linkoping-university-sweden-2/

for artists: https://theseedbox.se/call-for-applications-artist-residency-at-the-seed-box-environmental-humanities-collaboratory-linkoping-university-sweden/