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). 

Via eehn

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