Marietta Radomska is a feminist philosopher and transdisciplinary Gender Studies scholar. She works as a Postdoc at the Department of Thematic Studies – unit: Gender Studies, Linköping University, Sweden, within the research area of Gender, Nature, Culture and The Posthumanities Hub. Since 1 July 2018 Radomska has also been a Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Cultures, University of Helsinki, Finland.
She holds a PhD in Gender Studies (Linköping University, SE), Research MA in Gender and Ethnicity (Utrecht University, NL) and MA in Philosophy specialised in Social Communication (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, PL).
Her research interests include: feminist theory, continental philosophy, posthumanities, bioart, eco-art, feminist science studies, queer theory, death studies, and critical animal studies, among others.
She is the co-director of The Posthumanities Hub, founder of The Eco- and Bioart Research Network, a founding member of Queer Death Studies Network, co-founder of The International Network for Ecocritical and Decolonial Research, and co-coordinator of the GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies research strand “Death Studies: Queerfeminist Materialist Perspectives” (together with Nina Lykke and Tara Mehrabi).
Currently, Radomska works on the research project “Ecologies of Death…”, funded by The Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) International Postdoc Grant.
Ecologies of Death: Environment, Body and Ethics in Contemporary Art
In the contemporary context of the ecological crisis, the degradation of natural resources renders certain habitats unliveable and leads to the death of individual organisms, populations and species extinction.
While bioscience emphasises interdependency as a key characteristics of life shared by all organisms, Western cultural imaginaries tend to draw a thick dividing line between the human and nonhuman others, particularly evident in our approaches to death. Simultaneously, human/nonhuman relationality and the destruction of life on Earth, form some of the major concerns in contemporary art practices and emerging philosophies of extinction.
The aim of this interdisciplinary project is to examine how contemporary art explores the relations between human and environment in the context of death and extinction. By bringing into dialogue five key areas of enquiry – art, environmental humanities, feminist theory, death studies, and science – the project investigates art’s approach to the materiality and processuality of death and its potential for mobilising a more nuanced ethics of death that could account for the irreducible and multiplex character of human/nonhuman ecologies, especially needed in the context of the current environmental crisis.
Research Networks, Projects and Collaborations:
– Co-director of The Posthumanities Hub, LiU
– Founder of The Eco- and Bioart Research Network
– Founding member of the Queer Death Studies Network
– Co-founder of the The International Network for Ecocritical and Decolonial Research
– Co-chair of the GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies’ research strand “Death Studies – Queerfeminist Materialist Perspectives” (with Nina Lykke and Tara Mehrabi).
– Member of the Finnish Bioart Society.
– Associate member of Posthumanism Research Institute, Brock University, Canada.
– Member of COST Action IS1307 New Materialism: Networking European Scholarship on How Matter Comes to Matter (Working Group 4: New Materialisms at the Crossroads of the Natural and Human Sciences).
Publications over the past five years (2013-2019):
- Radomska, M., 2016. Uncontainable Life: A Biophilosophy of Bioart[PhD dissertation]. Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press.
Peer-reviewed original articles and chapters:
- Radomska, M. and C. Åsberg. Doing Away with Life: On Biophilosophy, the Non/Living, Toxic Embodiment, and Reimagining Ethics. In: Berger, K. Mäki-Reinikka, K. O’Reilly & H. Sederholm, eds. Art as we don’t know it. 10th Anniversary of the Bioart Society. Helsinki: Aalto ARTS Books (forthcoming 2019).
- Radomska, M., T. Mehrabi, and N. Lykke. 2019. Queer Death Studies: Coming to Terms with Death, Dying and Mourning Differently. An Introduction. Women, Gender & Research 2-3/2019, pp. 3-11.
- Radomska, M. 2018. Promises of Non/Living Monsters and Uncontainable Life. Somatechnics, 8(2), pp. 215-231.
- Radomska, M., 2018. Non/living Matter, Bioscientific Imaginaries and Feminist Techno-ecologies of Bioart. Australian Feminist Studies, 32(94), pp. 377-394.
- Henriksen, L. and Radomska, Missing Links and Non/human Queerings: an Introduction. Somatechnics, 5(2), pp. 113-119.
- Radomska, M., 2013. Posthumanist Pedagogies: Towards an Ethics of the Non/Living. Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, 10(1), pp. 28-31.
Research review articles:
- Radomska, M. 2019. Posthuman Ecologies of the Corpse.Women, Gender & Research, 3-4/2019, pp. 86-88.
- Radomska, M.,The Anthropocene, practices of story-telling and multispecies justice. Angelaki, 22 (2), 257-261
- Radomska, M., 2015. Zylinska, Joanna, Minimal Ethics for the Anthropocene, Ann Arbor: Michigan Press/Open Humanities Press, 2014, 152 pp. ISBN 9781607853299(book review). philoSOPHIA, 5(2), pp. 315-317.
- Radomska, M., 2015. MacCormack, Patricia (ed.), The Animal Catalyst: Towards Ahuman Theory, Bloomsbury, London and New York, 2014. ISBN: 9781472534446 (Paperback) / 9781472526847 (Cloth), 224 pp., US$ 34.95 (Paperback) / US$ 104 (Cloth)(book review). Somatechnics, 5(2), pp. 255-258.
- Radomska, M., T. Mehrabi and N. Lykke (eds.), Australian Feminist Studies, special issue: ‘Queer Death Studies: Death, Dying and Mourning in a Queerfeminist Context’ (forthcoming Spring 2020).
- Radomska, M., T. Mehrabi and N. Lykke (eds.), Women, Gender & Research, special issue: ‘Queer Death Studies: Coming to Terms with Death with Death, Dying and Mourning Differently’ (forthcoming: 2-3/2019).
- Henriksen, L., Radomska, M. and Shildrick, M. (eds.), 2015. Somatechnics: Missing Links and Non/human Queerings. Special issue, 5(2).
Peer-reviewed conference contributions:
- “Archives of Lichenology or 100 Vignettes: Storying the Non/Living in a More-than-human World”. Paper forming part of the workshop “Becoming with Alien Encounters” (by Nina Lykke, Katja Aglert, Line Henriksen and Marietta Radomska) and presented at Multispecies Storytelling in Intermedial Practices Conference, 23-25 January 2019, Växjö, SE.
- “Deterritorialising Death: On Feminist Biophilosophy as a Queer(ing) Methodology”. Paper presented at Trans in Transit: Gender Studies Conference, 22-24 November 2018, Turku, FI.
- “Queering Un/Common Ecologies of Death”. Paper presented at (Un)Common Worlds: Human-Animal Studies Conference, 7-9 August 2018, Turku, FI.
- “Queering Boundaries: On Biophilosophy, the Non/living and Death”. Paper presented at the SLSAeu GREEN conference, 13-16 June 2018, Copenhagen. Paper formed part of the two-session panel “Queering Ecologies of Death”, proposed by Marietta Radomska and Patricia MacCormack.
- “Thinking with Bioart: Towards a Biophilosophy of the Non/Living”. Paper presented at the 7th biannual ACSIS (The Advanced Cultural Studies Institute of Sweden) conference: Mobilising Cultural Studies, 19-21 June 2017, Norrköping.
- “Queer Death: Challenging Conventional Ontologies, Norms, and Images of Death, Dying and Mourning” panel debate by A. Jonsson, V. Alasuutari, N. Lykke, W. Grahn, L. Henriksen, T. Mehrabi, M. Radomska, E. Söderberg, presented at G16: Swedish Conference for Gender Research “Boundaries, Mobility, Mobilisation”, 23-25 November 2016, Linköping
- “The Promises of Non/Living Monsters and Uncontainable Life”. Paper presented at Promises of Monsters: International Conference, University of Stavanger (Norway), 28-29 April 2016.
- “Machinic Assemblages of the Non/living: Bioart and Uncontainable Life”. Paper presented at The 8thInternational Deleuze Studies Conference “Daughters of Chaos: Practice, Discipline, A Life,” Stockholm, 29 June-1 July 2015.
- “Wasting Life: An Ethico-Aesthetics of the Non/Living”. Presented at The International Conference “Life Matters: Affect, Sex, and Control”, Linköping University, 26-28 May 2014.
- “As the Non/Living Twitches: Bioart, Movement, and the Question of Life”. Presented at 5thBeyond Humanism Conference: The Posthuman, University of Roma 3, Rome, 11-14 September 2013.
- “The Twitching of Life: Somatechnics of the Non/living”. Presented at Somatechnics International Conference “Missing Links: The Somatechnics of Decolonisation”, Linköping University, 17-19 June 2013.
Popular science publications including presentations and cloud papers:
- Åsberg, C. and M. Radomska. 2019. “Why we need feminist posthumanities for a more-than-human world” [guest blog entry]. Transformative Humanities Blog at Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, KTH Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm. https://www.kth.se/blogs/hist/2019/08/why-we-need-feminist-posthumanities-for-a-more-than-human-world/
- Radomska, M. 2018. Commentary on the presentation by artist Pilvi Takala “Negotiating Expectations: Making compromises without compromising your work in the context of projects in non-art environments” at the symposium Getting By: Negotiating Future Livelihoods in the Arts. 13 November 2018, Kiasma, Helsinki, FI.
- Radomska, M. and C. Åsberg. 2018. Doing Away with Life. Talk at the official opening of SOLU Space by the Bioart Society, 9 November 2018, Helsinki, FI.
- Radomska, M., 2018. On Bioart, Biophilosophy and Re-Imagining Futures. In This Mess We’re In curated by Tarsh Bates. Exhibition catalogue. Perth: UWA.
- “We too talk about #metoo” panel debate on the #metoo movement in the Swedish academia and society; panellists: L. Salmonsson (ÖrU), E. Alm (GU), U. Mellström (KaU), L. LaFauci (LiU), Radomska (LiU), T. Mehrabi (LiU), moderated by C. Åsberg (LiU); 28 February 2018, Linköping University.
- Radomska, M. “Between the Posthumanities and Bioart: Imagining the Futures in a More-than-human World” – invited speaker and panellist at the annual KVIT Conference: Extend our limits (organised by Cognitive Science students at LiU), 27-28 April 2017.
- Ekstrand Amaya, T., 2017. “Nya konstgrepp i en tidsålder märkt av människans framfart” [“New Artifacts in the Times of Human Rampage”] – interview with M. Radomska. [Online]. Available at: https://liu.se/artikel/nya-konstgrepp-i-en-tidsalder-markt-av-manniskans-framfart [Accessed: 1 May 2017]
- “We Have Never Been Human” – a talk by T. Bates (University of Western Australia), with response from O. Cielemęcka (LiU), L. LaFauci (LiU) and M. Radomska(LiU), moderated by C. Åsberg (LiU). Gothenburg International Science Festival (Göteborgs Vetenskapsfestivalen). April 2016.
- Haagensen, L. Hauksen, I. Hellstrand, T. Mehrabi, B. Papenburg, M. Radomskaand S. Schmitz, “The Processes of Imaging/The Imaging of Processes” – cloud paper for the Working Groups 4: “New Materialisms at the Crossroads of the Human and Natural Sciences” of COST Action IS1307. [Online]. Available at: http://newmaterialism.eu/content/5-working-groups/2-working-group-2/position-papers/newmaterialism-imaging.pdf [Accessed: 1 May 2017].
Conference papers (invited as a speaker/papers are not peer-reviewed):
- “Archives of Lichenology or 100 Vignettes”, presented at the workshop “Becoming with Alien Encounters and Speculative Storytelling”, 4 June 2019, KTH, Stockholm, SE.
- “Deterritorialising Death: Queerfeminist Biophilosophy and Ecologies of the Non/Living in Contemporary Art”, paper presented at the Seminar “Queer Death Studies: Searching Points of Exit from Hegemonic Narratives”, 28 May 2019, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.
- “Queering Ecologies of Death”, presented at Open Humanities Lab Symposium “New Humanities & the Anthropocene”, 14-15 May 2019, KTH, Stockholm, SE.
- “Storying Terminal Ecologies for the Non/Living Earth”, presented at “Weird Ecologies and Storytelling Practices Seminar”, 4-5 April, Tampere University, Finland.
- “Promising Futures? On Bioart, the Non/Living and Ethics”, keynote lecture delivered at the NOBA Norwegian Bioart Arena Symposium “Thinking through matter – Exploring BioArt and design in a Norwegian contemporary context”, 2 April 2019, Ås, Norway.
- “Deterritorialising Death: Queer(ing) Methodology and Contemporary Art”, presented 22 January 2019, at The Posthumanities Hub Seminar Series, KTH, Stockholm, SE
- “On Bioart, the Non/Living and Promises of Monstrous Futures”, presented on 23 October 2018, at the Christina Research Seminar – SKY Advanced Research Seminar Series, University of Helsinki, Finland.
- “Non/Living Archives: Deterritorialising Death”, presented at The Second International Symposium Eco/Decolonial Arts: Re-imagining Futures, 28 August 2018, Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm, SE.
- “Non/living Archives of Lichenology: Between Stories of Living and Dying in a More-than-human World”, presented at the Mini-symposium Becoming with Alien Encounters and Speculative Storytelling, 5 April 2018, Linköping University.
- Posthuman(ities) Workshop, co-organised with Cecilia Åsberg and Vera Weetzel, conducted during Merry CRISPR workshop – artistic investigations into CRISPR/Cas9, 11-15 December 2017, organised by The Finnish Bioart Society at Biofilia, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland
- “Queering Boundaries: On Death, the Non/Human and the Environment”, presented at The Second International Queer Death Studies Workshop: Coming to Terms with Death, Dying and Mourning Differently?, 27-28 November 2017, Karlstad University, Sweden.
- “Living and Dying in the Anthropocene: Thinking with Lichens”, presented at the “Eco/Decolonial Arts: Open-ended Poetic/Philosophical Forays” workshop, 28-29 June 2017, LiU.
- “Vitalism without Life” (a response paper to J. Wamberg’s presentation “Deconstructing Vitalism: Approaching Bioart Through a dark Ecology Paradigm”), presented at the Posthumanities International Network Symposium Bioart and Postnatural Ecologies: Posthumanities for the Anthropocene, 28 April 2017, LiU.
- “Ecologies of Death: On the Non/Living and Bioart”, presented at the Queer Death Studies Workshop, 28-29 March 2017, LiU.
- “Ecologies of Death and Contemporary Art”, presented at the Mini-Symposium “Onto-epistemologies of Death”, 26 September 2016, Linköping.
- “Non/living Assemblages: Uncontainable Life, Waste and Biomedical Imaginaries”, presented at Medical Imaginaries: Gender and Postcoloniality in the Medical Humanities, 1-2 June 2016, Bergen.
- “Entanglements of the Victimless Leather Jacket: Waste, Death, and the Uncontainability of the Living”, presented at Death and Corpses Mini-Symposium, 23 February 2015, Linköping
- “Tinkering with Cells: Towards an Ontology of the Non/Living”, presented at “Deleuzian Feminisms and the Question of Life Mini-Symposium”, 15 September 2013, Linköping.