1st CFP: Considering art and creativity in an era of ecocide; Nordic Geographers Meeting 2019 (Trondheim, Norway, June 16-19, 2019)

Nordic Geographers Meeting 2019 (Trondheim, Norway, June 16-19, 2019)


CFPs: Considering art and creativity in an era of ecocide


Dr Anna Pigott; ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow; Department of Geography, Swansea University

Professor Owain Jones; Environmental Humanities Research Centre, Bath Spa University

In their radical assessments of art and creativity in the 20th Century, the artists/critics Joseph Beuys and Suzi Gablik argued that “everybody is an artist” and that creativity is not the preserve of lone geniuses, inventors, designers and the like, but rather is something that should be considered integral to everyday life (e.g. Gablik 1991). In this session we ask, is this sentiment outdated? Or is it an even more urgent imperative in this era of ecocide (Pindar and Sutton  2000)? It seems likely that art and creativity offer ways of potentially attuning to the kinds of “new realities” that are upon us (Davis & Turpin 2015, Hawkins 2016). But what sorts of art and creativity, and for what kinds of attunements? We note that neoliberal capitalism harnesses ‘art’ and ‘creativity’ very vigorously in its relentless drive to shape individual and collective identities towards the service of toxic consumer lifestyles. At the same time alternative approaches to creativity as an anti-ecocide endeavor are growing in the arts, and in social and academic practice (Mould 2018), offering possibilities for resistance and eco-social flourishing.

We invite papers that consider these kinds of issues and share examples, and we are particularly interested in using the session to explore questions such as:

  • How are the ways we think about art and/or creativity linked to the ways we think about and behave in the world, and vice versa? For example, how do the relationships between subjects and objects constructed through creative practices map on to, reflect, and influence relationships (and alienations) between humans and environment more generally (Miles 2014)?
  • Where and what are the collective forms of creativity that are transforming environments and communities? What would it mean to consider these activities ‘art’ too?
  • Relatedly, is it possible to draw out a perspective on the transformative potential of art which does not depend on a sudden or novel “rupture” (providing ‘new’ ways of seeing the world), but which arises out of rituals and traditions (for example) that are familiar, rather than shocking?

We welcome contributions from scholars, artists and practitioners from across disciplines, and are open to presentations in non-conventional formats, short films, graphic visual material, reading, short performance (and so on!)

Please submit abstracts or proposals by e-mail to Anna Pigott (a.l.pigott@swansea.ac.uk)  and

Owain Jones (o.jones@bathspa.ac.uk)  by December 15, 2018. Abstracts 250 words max, including:

  • Name of the session
  • Title of the paper or other artefact (lowercase letters)
  • Author’s name and e-mail
  • Author’s affiliation / status
  • Abstract/description

Notice of acceptation or otherwise will be by January 15 2019. Accepted abstracts will be published on the conference webpage.


Author: Owain Jones

I work at Bath Spa University as a Professor of Environmental Humanities, and I am Director of the University's Environmental Humanities Research Centre

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