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.

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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


CALL FOR PROPOSALS; Digital Ecologies II: Fiction Machines; One-Day International Symposium; Tuesday July 16th 2019; The Centre for Media Research, Bath Spa University.


Digital Ecologies II: Fiction Machines

One-Day International Symposium: Tuesday July 16th 2019

The Centre for Media Research, Bath Spa University

Newton Park, Newton St Loe, Bath, BA2 9BN

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Professor Simon O’Sullivan, Professor of art, theory and practice, Goldsmiths College, London

Dr Tony David-Sampson, Reader in Digital Media Culture and Communication, University of East London

The Centre for Media Research at Bath Spa University is proud to host the second Digital Ecologies symposium: Fiction Machines and it will take place on Tuesday July 16th 2019. We are interested in submissions from interdisciplinary researchers including artists, filmmakers, writers, geographers, scientists and theorists whose work connects with the themes of the symposium.

In the introduction to his book Fiction as Method (2017) Jon K Shaw identifies a fictional place called ‘Null Island’, a fiction that is located at a point in the centre of the earth, amongst the lava that no one can travel to.

‘From this unreal centre the machines can tag our photos to map our memories and images onto the material world, can align our satellites to coordinate and connect us across the planet. Whenever we perform one of these actions, we pass through this fiction. We are transported home via the fictional island.’ (Shaw, 2017: 7)

Our vision of the earth and of each other is increasingly filtered through the operations of a complex assemblage of networked computational writing machines and as Shaw implies, these exist at the centre of our world and our daily experience. As a result the planet itself is increasingly becoming computational, Nigel Thrift describes how the ‘real’ as we know it is the result of multiple simultaneous ‘writing machines’ using a continuous looping process of algorithms. (2005, loc.2879)

Humans now exist within complex informational spaces that produce affects, simulate, analyse and respond to user and environmental data. Within these conditions fiction and reality become increasingly blurred, machine and human voices difficult to distinguish.

These machines allow for the generation of complex webs of fabulation which exist in a plethora of contexts from corporate identities to labyrinthine brand stories, to political propaganda and the operations of the derivatives market.

Furthermore our understanding of the ecological is itself increasingly filtered through multiple layers of networked technologies, sensors, algorithms and data visualisations. Jennifer Gabrys discusses the notion of ‘planetary scale computerisation’ and how this leads to the generation of ‘new living conditions, subjectivities, and imaginaries’. (Gabrys, 2016)

Within this context new fictional strategies within creative practice emerge as important weapons for critique, intervention, speculation and change. As Simon O’Sullivan notes:  fiction can be used not as a matter of ‘make believe’ but rather in a Ranciere sense of forging the real to better approximate historical and contemporary experience. (O’Sullivan, 2016: 6)

In the symposium we ask how these fictional methods are being employed to rethink and renegotiate our relationship with current and future technologies; how fiction can be used to reveal forgotten histories, non-human perspectives and to speculate on, and design, new futures.

As Benjamin Bratton notes: ‘Our shared design project will require both different relationships to machines (carbon based machines and otherwise) and a more promiscuous figurative imagination.’ (Bratton, 2016, loc.283)

Symposium Strands:

(i) Activist fictions: responses that employ fiction as a political or social method for recuperation/change/intervention.

(ii) Speculative design fictions: responses that utilise fiction to reimagine social, environmental and technological futures.

(iii) Non-human fictions – responses that employ fiction to bring non-human perspectives and voices into view.

(iv)  Post-truth: responses that critique and subvert the mechanisms and mediation of post-truth.

Proposal Submission

We encourage proposals for practice based presentations and traditional papers as well as performance lectures. The duration for each paper should be 20 minutes. Please send proposals (300 words approx.) for all papers – outlining their aim and form – along with a short biography to the symposium coordinator: Dr Charlie Tweed ( by no later than Friday March 1st, 2019.