Public Lecture hosted by BSU RCEH; ACI: Animals as co-designers of Multispecies Technologically Supported Ecosystems; By Clara Mancini, founder of the Open University’s Animal–Computer Interaction Lab; Weds 10th April, Commons Newton Campus

ACI: Animals as co-designers of Multispecies Technologically Supported Ecosystems

By Clara Mancini, Open Univeristy 

Wednesday 10th April 2019, 6.00pm-8.00pm (drinks to follow).

Commons G24, Bath Spa University, Newton Saint Loe, Bath, BA2 9BN 

From laboratories to open fields, from farms to cities, animals have interacted with technology for nearly a century, usually as cogs within scientific and economic production apparatuses. The emerging field of Animal-Computer Interaction (ACI) aims to change the focus of animal-machine interactions by recognizing animals as primary stakeholders, users and co-designers in these interactions, and by placing them at the centre of the design process. Introducing some of the projects that Clara’s colleagues and she have been working on at The Open University’s Animal-Computer Interaction Laboratory (ACI Lab), Clara will discuss the need for and the benefits of such a shift, as well as the design, methodological and ethical implications of animal-centred design. Throughout her presentation, Clara will endeavor to demonstrate ACI’s potential to reconfigure human-animal relations towards the development of more sustainable ecosystems.

Dr Clara Mancini is a Senior Lecturer in Interaction Design at The Open University’s School of Computing and Communications. She is the founder and head of The Open University’s Animal–Computer Interaction Lab, has been principal investigator on a number of ACI projects and has supervised a range of ACI doctoral research, including ubiquitous and ambient interfaces for mobility assistance and medical detection dogs, interactive enrichment for captive elephants, and wearable animal biotelemetry. Her work has been published in the leading interaction design and ubiquitous computing venues, and she has lectured on ACI nationally and internationally. Clara was general chair for the ACI 2016 and ACI 2017 conferences, in co-operation with the Association for Computing Machinery and Minding Animals International, and in 2017 she was lead guest editor for the first ACI Special Issue, in the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. Clara is interested in the design, methodological and ethical challenges, and innovation opportunities, presented by ACI, and is committed to demonstrating ACI’s potential to contribute to animal and human wellbeing, social inclusion, interspecies cooperation and environmental restoration.

ACI: Animals as co-designers of Multispecies Technologically Supported Ecosystems

Letters to the Earth. A Cultural Response to the Climate and Ecological Emergency. Call for submissions and participation

A Cultural Response to the Climate and Ecological Emergency

An open call for submissions to be presented in April 2019

as part of Culture Declares Emergency


We are facing an unprecedented global emergency, the planet is in crisis and we are in the midst of a mass extinction event. Scientists believe we have entered a period of abrupt climate breakdown. Carbon emissions and temperatures keep rising; ecological collapse has begun. On this course we are likely to see abrupt and irreversible devastation. The time for denial is over – we know the truth about climate change. It is time to act.

This is an invitation to write a letter of response to this crisis. This could be a letter to or from the Earth, future or past generations, those who hold positions of power and influence, other species. The idea is open to interpretation: it can come from a personal place, be dramatic in form, be a call to action. The invitation is open to all – to think beyond the human narrative and to bear witness to the scale and horror of this crisis. This is an opportunity to ask how this existential threat affects the way we wish to live our lives and the action we take.

All submitted letters will be released for presentation on one day of joint action on Friday 12th April across theatres, arts venues and community spaces nationwide. Participating venues include The Royal Court Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe and The Arcola Theatre. The pieces will then be made rights free and available for anyone to download and present anywhere in the world from 15th – 28th April, coinciding with the International Extinction Rebellion and School Strike For Climate. These pieces could be taken up to be presented and performed globally, when hundreds of thousands of people will be taking to the streets worldwide to demand that governments tell the truth about climate collapse and act accordingly.

See all details, inc. how to submit and take part,  here

Extinction Rebellion talk at BSU and Global Youth Climate Strike action  in Bath on Friday 15th March.

Extinction Rebellion Bath gave a talk to students and staff on Monday night – organised by the student group Eco Society.


Here are some pics
They announced the Global Youth Climate Strike action  in Bath on Friday 15th March. Here is more info on that circulated by email by
Annabelle Caley <></>
Dear Colleague,

We are encouraging ALL students and staff to join us tomorrow 11-1pm outside the Guild Hall at the Global Climate Strike!

This is an incredibly important issue facing us as the current generation of humans, future generations and all other species!

To find out more about why this is such an essential campaign please watch this video by Greta Thunberg:

Please Share far and wide with your friends, family and students!

For more information please see this Facebook event!
I am also making banners from recycled cardboard in the Commons Atrium 12-3pm today if you would like to make one for yourself or someone else!
I hope to see you there,

Annabelle Caley
Vice President Education

BSU Env Hums Public Lecture tomorrow at 6 pm. The Common Line presented by Professor John Wylie Wednesday 13th March 2019; 18:00 – 20:00 Bath Spa University, Newton Park, BA2 9BN (NP.CM.G24)

The Common Line presented by Professor John Wylie

Wednesday 13th March 2019; 18:00 – 20:00

Bath Spa University, Newton Park, BA2 9BN (NP.CM.G24)

Drinks, nibbles and chat after lecture

Free to attend  but you can book here on Bath Spa Live

The Common Line is the longest possible straight line that can be traced across mainland Britain, without crossing any tidal waters. It can be viewed at The Line was originally envisioned by Exeter-based artist Volkhardt Muller, and Professor John Wylie is one of a current team of artists, geographers and creative technologists convened to investigate and intervene in the Line, and the myriad landscapes and communities it intersects. The ultimate, utopian ambition is to realise The Common Line, physically and digitally, as a line of trees, planted and sustained at 20-metre intervals across the entire length of Britain.  In this presentation, Prof Wylie will firstly discuss the genesis and determination of The Common Line. From the outset, this has been a project geared towards public audiences and participation. He says this is clearly imperative if plantation and stewardship of The Common Line is to be realised. Work-to-date has focused upon designing a digital-material experience for public users – ultimately, a smartphone-based app through which users can discover the Line, orient and align with it, and engage in digital plantation via augmented reality tools for anchoring digital trees within landscapes. As they have developed this experience and worked with a variety of participants in differing locales, they have also encountered many questions and, at times, antagonisms. As Muller notes, we arrive as strangers with an idea, hopeful that others will see value and merit in this idea. Prof Wylie will discuss these issues also in the context of framing and understanding the Line.
The second element of the presentation will be more reflective, scoping out from the specifics of their work on The Common Line. What might The Common Line mean as an act of landscaping? And in what ways is this Line in ‘common’? The image of the straight, geometrical, undeviating line sits at odds, it can be argued, with the ontologies and approaches of much current landscape theory, in which landscape is characterised as embodied, affective and performative lifeworld – as an entanglement of lifelines by no means straight. In a more explicitly political register, how might The Common Line align with or cut across the nexus of landscape, belonging and identity? In this context he will discuss how The Common Line may actually work so as to produce deviation, dislocation and decolonial imaginaries of Britain.

Professor Wylie researches and teaches the cultural geographies of landscape. His work focuses on the affective and imaginative dimensions of landscape, exploring topics such as haunting, sensing, moving, remembering, picturing and writing. In recent years he has collaborated with creative practitioners, including visual artists and performers, in AHRC and Leverhulme Trust-funded projects investigating the aesthetics and politics of contemporary landscape experiences. He is Professor of Cultural Geography at the University of Exeter, and one of the editors of cultural geographies (Sage Journals).

CfA: European Summer School “Interspecies Relationality”; University of Kassel; 28 July to 4 August 2019; (fully funded by the Volkswagen Foundation). 

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From: Krebber, André, Dr. []
Sent: 11 March 2019 13:43
Subject: Eur. Summer School Interspecies Relationality – ESSIR

Dear Colleague,

We are currently inviting applications for the European Summer School Interspecies Relationality which will be held at the University of Kassel from 28 July until 4 August 2019. Participation is open to students of all nationalities and is fully funded, including travel and accommodation.

We would very much appreciate if you could circulate the CfA you find below amongst your students and colleagues. In addition, we have posted a letter with posters to advertise the event at your institution.

Very best wishes,

André (Krebber, for the directors of ESSIR)

CfA: European Summer School “Interspecies Relationality”

Deadline for Applications: 31 March 2019

We are inviting applications for the European Summer School “Interspecies Relationality” (ESSIR) that will take place at the University of Kassel from 28 July to 4 August 2019 (fully funded by the Volkswagen Foundation).

“Relationality” has been a central approach to the development of Human-Animal Studies as a field of academic inquiry. Therein, the reevaluation of human-animal relations has so far followed primarily an assessment of the individual entities in a relation, followed by a comparison that establishes corresponding or differing capacities, or the effects one has on the other. More than looking at the relation as such, relationality follows here as a consequence a comparative approach, from which insights on the relationship are deduced.

ESSIR aims at further refining and expanding relationality as a methodological lens for HAS by focusing on interspecies relationality and making the relation our analytical priority. The focus, then, becomes studying the interrelation and interdependency itself, as well as the mutual coproduction, influencing and curtailing of the entities in a relation, and thus to always think of entities within and through their relations to others. In addition to this conceptual refinement of relationality, we also call for explicitly expanding the perspective of relationality as well by asking about relations between nonhuman animals, of the same species, across different species, and between groups of animals.

The program will offer a shared space of critical inquiry to explore and develop interspecies relationality as a methodological research approach in close connection with the paticipants own projects. It will bring the participants’ work-in-progress to the attention of a network of influential HAS scholars, and provides the participants with the guidance and feedback to develop their work.

ESSIR’s faculty comprises of leaders in HAS that simultaneously serve as representatives of established research initiatives and groups throughout Europe as well as the Animals & Society Institute (USA). In addition to developing “Interspecies Relationality” as a research approach, ESSIR thus provides an opportunity for early career scholars to build their professional networks with established researchers in the field of HAS. Participants should expect a stimulating intellectual environment reflecting a diversity of approaches, projects, disciplinary backgrounds, and ethical positions on animal issues.

The Summer School is co-hosted by Mieke Roscher and André Krebber (Resident Directors) alongside Margo DeMello and Kenneth Shapiro (ASI).


ESSIR will feature intense workshop sessions where participants discuss their own work while developing “interspecies relationality” as a methodological approach. Public lectures, field trips, sessions on career support and social events complement these sessions.

Tuition Fees/Scholarships

There is no tuition fee. Accommodation, travel and activities during the school are fully funded for all participants. The language of conversation at ESSIR will be English and residency in Kassel throughout the school is compulsory. Childcare will be provided when the school is in session.


Applicants must (1) be a doctoral student or early career scholar no more than two years past the Ph.D., OR be an MA/JD student in the advanced stages of their degree, OR a professional degree student seeking a degree in law, veterinary medicine, public policy, and so on; (2) have a commitment to advancing research in Human-Animal Studies; and (3), submit a follow-up report six months after the program’s completion. Applications are encouraged from the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences, as long as the project is taking a Human-Animal Studies approach. The summer school is open to all nationalities. If you are interested and unsure if you are eligible, please contact the directors.


To apply, please submit electronically: (1) a cover letter outlining your motivation for participating in the summer school (1‒2 pages), (2) a description of your project (1 page), (3) a CV (no more than 3 pages) and (4) a writing sample (no more than 15 pages) to: Participants will be chosen primarily with regard to the HAS focus and relevance for the central theme of their projects and their relevance for further developing “Interspecies Relationality” as a method.

The application deadline is 31 March 2019.

For more information please refer to:

Dr. André Krebber

Current project:

University of Kassel

FB 05, Social & Cultural History / Human-Animal Studies

Nora-Platiel-Str. 1, 34109 Kassel, Germany

CFP – Flows: Second Annual Environmental History Workshop, 13 September 2019; Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK

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CFP – Flows: Second Annual Environmental History Workshop, 13 September 2019

by Guillemette Crouzet

CFP – Flows: Second Annual Environmental History Workshop, 13 September 2019

Date: 13 September 2019

Venue: Northumbria University, Newcastle


This one day event hosted by Northumbria University will bring together academics, early career researchers and PhD students for the Second Annual Environmental History Workshop, which aims to continue the work begun at the 2018 inaugural workshop, providing space and stimulus for dialogue between UK-based environmental historians.

The world around us today is shaped by a multitude of flows. Flows know no nation and create a transnational world. The way in which humans, animals, money, commodities, and natural resources have moved around our landscapes, and the way in which these movements have been managed, has left its mark on today’s world. Disease, organisms and bacteria have also been moved around by humans, voluntarily or involuntarily. Moreover, humans are connected to the environment through the flow of water, food, and air, and by technological infrastructures such as pipelines and electricity cables that bind local environments to global networks. Flows are not just material, however. Time, ideas, and information also flow and intersect with the material world and the environment.

This workshop will examine, in the broadest possible terms, how environments are shaped through material and abstract flows. Papers are encouraged to explore points of convergence, disruption, and cross-over. Others might explore how flows have been regulated or redirected in the past and how we might transform our more environmentally destructive flows in the future. The concept of flow might also be interrogated as one of many abstract templates for understanding the natural world.

We welcome papers which address the following topics at local, regional, national and global scales:

  • Flows through landscapes, both urban and rural
  • Movements of people through environments
  • Energy and water
  • Animal movements and migrations
  • Dangerous flows; risks, vulnerabilities and solutions
  • Interrupted flows; conflicts and compromises
  • Capital, commodities and economic flows
  • Environmental regulation and climate change
  • The body, trans-human interaction
  • Technology, transport and infrastructures
  • Consumption, material objects and waste

We intend for these themes to be understood broadly, so that the programme represents the wide variety of environmental histories being researched in the UK today. Papers presenting work in progress, and including interdisciplinary elements are particularly encouraged, as are those by PhD students and early career researchers.

Submission Information and Guidelines:

Please send abstracts of 250 words, and a short biography of no more than 300 words to by 18 March 2019.

A number of small travel bursaries will be available to support PhDs and ECRs attending the workshop.

The Second Annual Environmental History Workshop is organised by Guillemette Crouzet (University of Warwick), Jane Rowling (University of Hull), and Rebecca Wright (Northumbria University).

The Environmental History Workshop is an annual event hosted at different institutions. For further information, and to get involved, visit the workshop website.

CFP: Poetry and Sustainability in Education for an edited book

Call for Papers

Volume of essays:


This call for papers welcomes current curriculum shifts in which education for sustainable learning—ESD— is becoming an overarching link between disciplines rather than a subordinate pursuit in education. Scholars and lovers of poetry can attest to how it sustains us in our lifelong learning, including our emotional, creative, linguistic, communicative, and analytical development. The concept of “Sustainability” has long-since surpassed the bounds of conservation and recycling; it has a long history in literature, specifically through the development of ecocriticism from the late 20th century and onwards. Yet literature in general, and the field of poetry in particular, is only beginning to come to terms with the larger implications of sustainability as a broader cross-disciplinary discourse, and its potential for lifelong learning.[1]

A central hypothesis of the Poetry and Sustainability in Education volume is that aesthetic abilities are inherent in all humans, and that poetry is therefore an important form of knowledge. Hence exposure to poetry and encouragement to read, write, and perform poetry has the potential to sustain cross-disciplinary learning. The main goal of this volume is to develop competence for research-based teaching of poetry and sustainability in education. The volume intends to explore and promote how poetry can be a central contributor to learning across disciplines in a fastly changing education system, and also in understanding how the field of ESD can contribute to better poetry pedagogies and methodologies.

We welcome teacher-educators, poetry scholars, ecocritics, and others involved in ESD to submit either an abstract or a full essay for publication consideration in the volume. Abstracts should be 200-300 words; full essays 5000-7000 words (including references). Send your proposal to the editors, Professor Sandra Kleppe and Professor Angela Sorby, no later than March 31st, 2019:

If your abstract is accepted, there will be a three-to-nine month period to author the full essay. Please do not submit an abstract if you are not able to work within that time allowance.

All essays will be subject to an editorial review process (between June and December, 2019). If your essay is accepted there will be a 6-week period to complete any necessary revisions. The prospective publisher of the volume is Palgrave Macmillan; the volume will also be subject to their review process. The publication date is 2020.

Note that we are also planning panels/roundtables at two international conferences:

  • Poetry and Sustainability in Education, panel/roundtable at the 2019 Midwest Modern Language Association Conference in Chicago, Illinois, November 14-17
  • Poetry in Education Symposium, panel/roundtable or workshop, Gothenburg University, Sweden, December 5-7, 2019

[1] These topics are discussed in the important volume Literature and Sustainability (Edited by Johns-Putra, Parham, and Squire. Manchester University Press, 2017): see especially the Editors’ introduction, pp 1-6.

 CFP: ‘Grounded Place’ – International Journal of Creative Media Research

From: Matthew Freeman [m.freeman(at)]

CFP: ‘Grounded Place’ – International Journal of Creative Media Research

Hello all,

We’re running a special issue for our International Journal of Creative Media Research on the theme of ‘grounded place’, guest edited by Paul Newland. I figured the topics have close overlaps with colleagues in environment humanities, as well as those interested in place/heritage. If interested, please email Dafydd Sills-Jones (dafydd.sills-jones(at) and Paul Newland (p.newland(at) – and Kate/Owain, please do forward the CFP to any potentially interested CEH colleagues.

Call for Papers

‘Grounded Place’: A special issue of International Journal of Creative Media Research

Guest Editors: Dafydd Sills-Jones (Auckland University of Technology) and Paul Newland (Bath Spa University)

We live in a world of ecological crisis; a world in which we are witnessing sharpening class differences between a mobile global elite, economic migrants, and an often still largely stationary working population. Shifts in global and local power have seen the nation state, international capital and grounded communities thrown into new combinations and relations.  In response to these changes, how might moving media practitioners and artists communicate, evoke or interrogate ‘groundedness’, or what Arif Dirlik refers to as a sense of what is included in place ‘from within place’? (Arif Dirlik, ‘Globalization, indigenism, social movements, and the politics of place’, Localities, 1 (2011): pp.47-90).

Submissions could engage with this open question in many ways, including, for example:

  • How might media practitioners and artists explore the relationship between groundedness, the extra-local, and the global?
  • What aesthetic judgements might media practitioners and artists make, develop or utilise in order to evoke a sense of (or relationship with) groundedness?
  • How might media practitioners and artists usefully examine how far groundedness and an ecologically-based notion of ‘place’ might offer a way of resisting the universalising discourse of ‘development’?

Submissions might also engage with the following specific thematic areas:

  • indigenous epistemologies and ontologies
  • cosmopolitanism and aesthetics
  • revisiting Situationalist strategies
  • landscape
  • ruralism
  • the urban, exurban or suburban
  • phenomenology, memory and embodied knowledge
  • ecology
  • notions of belonging, home and homeliness
  • political resistance

The deadline for 300-word abstracts is 31 July 2019. Email: Dafydd Sills-Jones (dafydd.sills-jones(at) and Paul Newland (p.newland(at)

We will accept work in one of three submission categories:

  • ‘Single-Piece Explorations’ (i.e. a single video or audio piece accompanied by a 1,500-word research statement)
  • ‘Multi-Piece Portfolios’ (i.e. a number of mixed media artefacts like video, image and audio, accompanied by up to a 3,000-word commentary)
  • ‘Practice Discoveries’ (i.e. a 6,000-word article about an area of creative practice)

We also encourage reflections on practice-based research methods and contexts that engage with the questions raised above.

International Journal of Creative Media Research is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed and open access academic journal devoted to pushing forward the approaches to and possibilities for publishing creative media-based research:

More detailed descriptions of the above submission categories can be found on the journal website’s Author Guidelines page:

Dr Matthew Freeman, FHEA

Reader in Multiplatform Media

Unit of Assessment Leader, Communication, Cultural and Media Studies

Co-Director, The Centre for Media Research

Film and Media Subject Lead, SWW AHRC DTP

Incendiary – a multi-site exhibition consisting of 23 artists and the Walking the Land Artists collective responding to the fire of industrial incinerators & combustion fallout on human & more than human ecosystems. 4th – 10th Feb.

Curated by SBS Unv Hums PhD student Patricia Brien and featuring othere BSU artist-scholars

A multi-site exhibition consisting of 23 artists and the Walking the Land Artists collective responding to the fire of industrial incinerators & combustion fallout on human & more than human ecosystems.

Artists are exhibiting a variety of media including installation, film, textile, ceramics, painting and illustration at SVA (Stroud), Landsdown Gallery (Stroud), Hardwick Campus, Cheltenham.

More info here  LIMINESSENCE

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cfp dedicated to extinction, culture, and philosophy; Relations. Beyond Anthropocentrism journal; Dedline March 25th

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Call for Papers: 2019: Relations 7:(1-2) special thematic focus and call for papers announced

Eremocene: Thinking in a Time of Massive Extinction

Currently, planet Earth is facing an astonishing haemorrhage of bio-cultural diversity. Humanity, for the first time in its history, is involved in a mass extinction event, precisely the Sixth Extinction. That is the reason why according to Edward O. Wilson the Anthropocene should be better called the Eremocene, or the Age of Solitude. In this time of loss, Relations. Beyond Anthropocentrism welcomes papers from every discipline dedicated to the phenomenon of extinction. Several are the topics related to this issue. Which sort of event is the extinction? When a species goes extinct? Shall we use the term of bio-proportionality instead of biodiversity? In which way destruction shapes us? Following in the footstep of the Extinction Studies Working Group this Call aims to point out the meaning of co-existence and death into a multispecies community.

Editor: N. Feltrin

Relations. Beyond Anthropocentrism is a peer-refereed journal of trans-anthropocentric ethics and related inquires. The main aim of the journal is to create a professional interdisciplinary forum in Europe to discuss moral and scientific issues that concern the increasing need of going beyond narrow anthropocentric paradigms in all fields of knowledge. The journal accepts submissions on all topics which promote European research adopting a non-anthropocentric ethical perspective on both interspecific and intraspecific relationships between all life species – humans included – and between these and the abiotic environment.

Deadline: March 25th

See the jounal here