Kin takeover of the Arnolfini Bristol; 8 – 11 Nov; art, music, film, environment


This seems a very lively and differnt kind of enterprise with music, art, and various environmental elements

“KIN will be taking over the Arnolfini [Bristol UK] for a long weekend with a multi-room extravaganza of music, conversations, games, skill-sharing and theatrical explorations, with activist meet-ups, live art and wandering provocateurs. Each of the six rooms has a full programme, and the spaces have been uniquely designed with participation and connection in mind. Please note that capacities are limited for each room, so please arrive early to your chosen sessions to guarantee entry.”

See website here

It includes activities by Bath Spa Uniiversity member of staff Mel McCreeFeral Choir

It also features Birdgirl who has talked at Bath Spa University events with Dr Sam Walton

CFP (ASLE 2019): Experimental Ecologies

The ASLE 2019 Conference will be of obvious interest to readers of this blog. There wil be a lot of exciting CFPS.

We won’t post them all – but we are posting this one via the

Ecocriticism and Narrative Theory Facebook Group

CFP (ASLE 2019): Experimental Ecologies

Dear Colleagues:

Please consider submitting an abstract to the panel described below for the Thirteenth Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment at the University of California, Davis June 26-30, 2019.

For this ASLE 2019 panel, we invite papers that explore the intersections of environmental thinking and experimentation. From Thomas Moore’s “Utopia” (1516) to Charles Darwin’s studies on the Galápagos in the nineteenth century, places such as islands, as well as human and nonhuman bodies, have been figured as sites of aesthetic, political, and scientific experimentation. The concept of experimentation orients us into hundreds of years of highly violent experiments, as evidenced by plantations, nuclear testing, lab animals, and political discourse that frames low-lying atolls as the proverbial canary in the coal mine for the cosmopolitan testing of planetary boundaries. And yet, the cultivation of experimental practices, places, and imaginaries has also been important in diverse projects of ecological regeneration and decolonization.

In keeping with the conference theme, “Paradise on Fire,” this panel will examine how experimentation contributes to both utopian and dystopian imaginaries. Topics may include, but are by no means limited to: Concepts/forms of experimentation in environmental theory and arts; Islands as sites that both invite and resist experimentation, including the philosophical and literary history of islands as spaces of isolation; The role that islands have played in scientific articulations of ecosystems (such as MacArthur and Wilson’s “Island Biogeography”); Adaptation to sea-level rise and other climate-related processes; Narratives of laboratories, farms, and ecological restoration; Geo- and environmental engineering; Experimental extractivisms, such as deep ocean mining.

If you have any questions, please contact Christopher Walker ( and Teresa Shewry ( The biennial conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment will take place in Davis, CA June 26-30, 2019. Please submit a 300-word abstract and brief bio through the conference website (…/126556/experimental-ecologies) by December 15, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST.

Bath Spa University Research Centre for Environmental Humanities; Free Public Lecture; The Trouble with Posthumanism; Prof Linda Williams; Wed 17 Oct 2018; 6:00 – 8 pm

Bath Spa University Research, Newton Park, Commons Building (CM.G24) 6-8pm

Bath Spa University Research Centre for Environmental Humanities.  The Trouble with Posthumanism: A critical reassessment of the turn to posthumanism in the environmental humanities.

The concept of a post-human condition and the discourse of posthumanism are frequently cited as important turns in ecocritical theory, animal studies and the environmental humanities more broadly. Yet questions are much less frequently raised about whether these much-vaunted critical positions might be informed by shaky presuppositions. In discussing the work of recent theorists, this lecture aims to identify some of the category slippages and critical non-sequiturs in claims for a post-human condition, or the view that post-humanism is based on unimpeachably strong ethics and strategically incisive social critique. After briefly considering other critiques of anthropocentrism, the lecture considers whether in the context of the crisis of the Anthropocene, or the age of humans, there may be a deceptively casual disingenuousness to the notion that what we are really facing is a post-human condition.

Linda Williams is Associate Professor of Cultural & Environmental History at RMIT
University in Melbourne.

Her work lies in the interdisciplinary field of the environmental humanities, especially in cultural and environmental histories of the longue durée shaped by the Annales School. Her research considers how cultural histories and ontologies of the nonhuman world and human-animal relations have interacted with the history of science, climate change and global shifts in biodiversity. She also has a particular interest in 17th century studies. Williams led an international research project entitled Spatial Dialogues ( ), funded by the Australian Research Council and major Australian Industry Partnerships, and has curated several major international exhibitions, including The Idea of the Animal (2006); HEAT: Art & Climate Change (2008); 2112: Imagining the Future (2012); Japanese Art after Fukushima (2015), and Ocean Imaginaries (2017).

Call for Papers EXTINCTION: POETICS AND RESISTANCE  Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities Edited by John Kinsella and Drew Milne

This looks excellent to us

Came via Culture and Ecology Network Facebook Group 

Call for Papers
Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities
Edited by John Kinsella and Drew Milne

Issue 26.3 to be published June 2021.
Expressions of interest and proposals, but not papers at this stage, to the editors by 1 March 2019.
John Kinsella:
Drew Milne:

The question of extinction and species-death now hangs over the possibility of all earthly life, not just human life. The diversity of existing life forms and species is faced with anthropogenic ecocide and extinction. This ongoing mass extinction event calls for urgent action and fundamental shifts in sociopolitical agency and human representation, from science and theory to poetry and poetics, on behalf not only of ‘species’ but of all living things. The issues are at once disastrously determinate – anthropogenic violence of different kinds is killing whole species at a terrifying rate – but also theoretically indeterminate.

Making such a question a theme for poetic or theoretical reflection reveals a profound gulf between human reason and human action. Foregrounding this gulf risks fetishizing poetry or theory within some form of ‘extinction studies’ rather than organising new forms of representation and arks for survival. The rush to practical responses and reactions risks deepening or hastening the very tendencies that have made extinctions inevitable. Human anxiety about species and habitat loss, is not adequate to address the dire situation — and all discussion and theorising operating as an exchange between the ‘knowing’ is going to accompany such loss, and not ultimately prevent it. This is a call for poetics and theoretical papers that aim to widen awareness and to develop communal as well as personal approaches to preventing extinction events. How might forms of writing, eco-science, activism and environmental poetics contribute to the understanding, alleviation or redirection of extinction dynamics? How do consumers and technological life trajectories contribute to and fetishize the very thing ‘we’ are trying to prevent? Self-critique needs to be worked into all writing and actions towards the prevention of extinction.

The history of western reason is not just complicit with the will to extinction but is a condition of its possibility, a human hubris or species death-drive that reveals deep metaphysical delusions and deficits. The developing disaster of “the sixth extinction”, however, is not so much a conceptual problem as a more specific and concrete historical problem, associated with bio- chemically violent industrial capitalism. How, moreover, is the contemporary reality of extinction commensurable with the history of previous “mass extinction events”? How is it possible to know or understand the dynamics of extinction within human terms without trusting in sciences that are themselves complicit with anthropogenic violence?

Those who recognise the enormity of the problems associated with extinction run the risk of creating new forms of scholarly escapism, new forms for the poetic appreciation of extinction and new forms of nature tourism, producing modes of representation that preach to the converted or make human killing an occasion for art that entertains or consumes its claims to be critical.

Poetics of extinction run through culture from ancient flood narratives to science fiction, popular culture and apocalyptic representations. Fundamental questions arise in relation to the origins of extinction dynamics and its associated conceptual architecture, from doomsday arguments and Gaia theory to apocalyptic and imaginative representations of the ends of humanity, ‘the world’ and life as such. The impact of extinction also intersects with a range of associated problems and dynamics, such as global industrialisation, climate change, the role of biochemical and pharmaceutical industries and the fate of anthropocene capitalism. Recognition of the unfolding disasters of extinction forces a re-examination of theory, of death and the idea of species, of humanity, and of the humanities as such. Such recognitions intersect with other struggles, such as those of speciesism, veganism, feminism, post-humanism and the politics of the biosphere.

The eschatology of ‘extinction studies’ risks becoming a vehicle for human concerns rather than an intactness of ‘being’ in the broadest sense — the health of existence. Anthropogenic extinctions constitute existential threats to existence and yet no phenomenology or anthropology can account for the deep human complicities. Extinctions have many inflections, and many ’causes’ that seek to sidestep collective human responsibility. With different paths to understanding, the tools for contesting injustice between humans are being used as tools to blur resistance to capitalist-driven climate change, and the productivity of made extinctions. There have been too many capitalist blurrings of rights issues — how can we defend the rights to difference when mining companies make the devices we are using by defying and defiling every propriety of space sharing with other creatures, even the land itself? Who will extinguish the merchants of extinction? Who and where are the collective agencies of resistance and reconfiguration?

This call for contributions to a special issue of Angelaki invites critical writing on any aspect of the theory, history and poetics of extinction.
Contributions might address:
– critical interventions in the discourse of extinction;
– concrete histories or analyses of the ecology of extinction;
– theoretical investigations into the philosophy and metaphysics of extinction;
– critical discussions of the representation of extinction dynamics in the history of culture and science;
– new arguments in the relation between extinction tendencies and related problems in theory and the humanities;
– arguments on the implications of extinction for law, politics and ‘human’ rights;
– discussions of the theory and / or poetics of ecocide and extinction drives;
– discussions of ideas of species and speciesism and the ethics of the biosphere;
– writings that address the relation between extinction and post-industrial society, post-humanism and globalisation.
– specific examples and studies of attempts to protect threatened ‘species’/habitat and their circumstance
– examples of ‘species’ themselves ‘adapting’ to thwart anthropocenic annihilation, such as those outlined in Nature Climate Change: and an attendant politics of ‘hope’.

The editors are committed to publishing a diversity of different writing forms that offer new and critical contributions to the question, problem, representation and reality of extinction.

The editors welcome questions, suggestions, ideas, provisional proposals, notes on possible contributions and formal abstracts.

Selective Bibliography:
Rachel Carson, Silent Spring (1962)
Carolyn Merchant, The Death of Nature: Women, Ecology and the Scientific Revolution (1990)
John Leslie, The End of the World: The Science and Ethics of Human Extinction (1998)
Broswimmer Franz, Ecocide: A Short History of Mass Extinction of Species (2002)
Edward O. Wilson, The Future of Life (2003)
Genese Marie Sodikoff, ed., The Anthropology of Extinction: Essays on Culture and Species Death (2012)
J.K. Gibson-Graham, “Being the Revolution, or, How to Live in a “More-Than-Capitalist” World Threatened with Extinction”, Rethinking Marxism (2013)
Elizabeth Kolbert, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (2014)
Thom Van Doreen, Flight Ways: Life and Loss at the Edge of Extinction (2014)
Anna Tsing, The Mushroom at the End of the World (2015)
Ashley Dawson, Extinction: A Radical History (2016)
Donna Haraway, Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Cthulucene (2016)
Ursula Heise, Imagining Extinction: The Cultural Meanings of Endangered Species (2016)
Eds. Thom Van Doreen, Deborah B. Rose, Matthew Chrulew, Extinction Studies: Stories of Time, Death, and Generations (2017)
Eds. Matthias Fritsch, Philippe Lynes and David Wood, Eco-Deconstruction: Derrida and Environmental Philosophy (2018)
Andrew J. Suggit, et al., ‘Extinction risk from climate change is reduced by microclimatic buffering’, Nature Climate Change, vol 8 (2018), pp. 713–717.

Please sign and spread: Open letter in response to ‘absurdly harsh’ sentencing of anti-fracking campaigners

Via Crit Geog Forum

Dear all,

Some of you may have seen that over 200 Sussex University academics published an open letter to express their serious concerns about the long prison sentences for some anti-fracking campaigners last week. (Independent article here).

We received widespread support and decided to open the letter up and turn it into an open letter from academics across the UK. The link to sign is here.

We would appreciate if you could share widely – on email lists, on twitter (see post by CGPE_Sussex), and anywhere else. And of course, please sign if you share our concerns.



Andrea Brock

Lecturer in International Relations

Centre for Global Political Economy

University of Sussex

Pronoun: she/her