CFPs: First Baltic Conference on the Environmental Humanities and Social Sciences; Riga; October 8-9, 2018

Via H-Net

we are happy to announce that the deadline for BALTEHUMS, the First Baltic Conference on the Environmental Humanities and Social Sciences, to take place in Riga on October 8-9, 2018, has been extended. The new deadline is APRIL 15, 2018.  If you haven’t done this yet, please send your abstracts by this date to Kati Lindström (kati.lindstrom[at] ).

First Baltic Conference on the Environmental Humanities and Social Sciences (BALTEHUMS) aims to bring together environment-inspired scholars from different disciplines (anthropology, arts, ecology, folkloristics, geography, history, literature, semiotics, psychology etc), in order to

  • advance environmental topics within the humanities, arts and social sciences;
  • bring together researchers from different backgrounds and discuss common themes;
  • create a Baltic network of interdisciplinary studies on environment;
  • discover ways of developing further cooperation in research, teaching, and outreach.

In order to map the grounds of the emerging community, the conference is open to all topics that focus on environment in humanities, arts and social sciences: food, resources, landscape, pollution, water, recycling, power plants, representation of nature, environment and social movements, human-animal studies, environmental ethics etc. Under ‘environment’ we do not mean only ‘nature’, but also built environment and cultural and industrial spaces linked to non-human nature and natural resources at large.

The conference welcomes contributions from all scholars who work on environmental humanities, arts and social sciences of the Baltic region, independently of where they live and work. We also welcome those scholars who reside in the Baltics and are interested in the field but whose work focusses on some other geographic location.

We welcome contributions in all recognised academic formats (20 min presentations; posters, roundtables) but are also open to suggestions for newer, more dynamic formats like shorter ‘provocations’ for works in progress or artistic interventions (á 5-10 mins). Please send an abstract (for classical presentations) or a short note on why you are interested in the event and a possible title for your short intervention by April 15, 2018 to Kati Lindström ( kati.lindstrom[at] )

With kind regards,

The organising committee:

Dr. Anita Zariņa & Dr. Kristīne Abolina, University of Latvia

Dr. Kati Lindström, KTH Royal Institute of Technology & University of Tartu

Dr. Kadri Tüür & Prof. Ulrike Plath, Tallinn University

Dr. Anda Baklāne, Latvian Library

‘displaced/displayed : re-enacting dances of migration’ Screendance installation; followed by a series of presentations. Bath Spa University, Newton Campus, Commons Atrium, 15/03/2018, 6 pm. Free entry.

Venue: Media Wall, Bath Spa University, Newton Park, Commons Building Foyer 15/03/2018 6 pm

Artistic Direction : Thomas Kampe; Editorial Direction: Manuela Jara Choreographic; Direction & Research: Carol Brown

Sound: Russell Scoones

Video Artist: Meek Zuiderwyk Video Assistant: Freddie Errazo

The New Zealand Dance Company: Carl Tolentino, Lucy Lynch, Chris Ofanoa, Katie Rudd

displaced/displayed re-activates the legacy of Viennese choreographer Gertrud Bodenwieser (Vienna 1890 – Sydney 1959) and her dancers within a context of global transmission of dance knowledge through crisis, diaspora and exile. This installation coincides with the 80th anniversary of Bodenwieser’s exile from Europe and celebrates the possibility of a nearly lost avant-garde to remain. It builds on artistic research undertaken by Kampe and Brown between 2014 and 2017 (‘Releasing the Archive’, Auckland, Berlin, Hannover, Bath, Tel Aviv and Vienna) in collaboration with The New Zealand Dance Company and international scholars. The installation draws on video footage of choreographic work developed through the re-enacting of archival material of ex- Bodenwieser dancers Shona Dunlop-McTavish, Hillary Napier and Hilde Holger. The installation explores practices of displacement, doubling and fragmenting of recorded material to echo and honour the labour of lost modernist dancers and dances of exile. Thanks to Shona Dunlop-MacTavish, Shona McCullagh, Barbara Cuckson, Laure Guilbert, Neil Glen, Anthony Head, Kirsten Seeligmüller. The project was supported through Bath Spa University and University of Auckland. us!

It’s free To book, click here  or just turn up on the night.

Followed by

18.3018.30 ‘Beyond Forgetting 1938 -2018: persecution/exile/memory’

Public talk   Newton Campus; Commons Building. Room 136

This event offers series of presentations and panel discussion on historical and contemporary migration and exile and performing arts cultures.

Invited speakers are: Marian Malet who will talk about the work of Bodenwieser dancer and designer Litz Pisk. Viennese artist Pisk was the leading pedagogue for Movement for Actors in the UK after WWII, and taught interdisciplinary arts practice at Corsham Court in the 1950’s. Writer-director Julia Pascal will talk about her work on The Holocaust Trilogy and refer to the play ‘Theresa’ which was based on the hidden histories of British collaboration with the Nazi authorities on the Island of Guernsey in deporting foreign Jews from the Channel Islands. Walking Artist and CoLA staff member Richard White will talk about his art practice working with holocaust survivor testimony that involved transposing the route of a death march to Somerset which in turn took him wayfaring through other silences and absences.

The event is supported through the ‘Creative Corporealities Research Group’  through CoLA public engagement funding.

The event is open to the general public. Join us! It’s free To book, click here

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Nature 3.0 – Will blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies save the planet?

A great article by Sian Sullivan, Professor of Environment and Culture @Bath Spa University and the BSU Environmental Humanites Research Centre on cryptocurrencies and environmental futures

ENTITLE blog - a collaborative writing project on Political Ecology

by Sian Sullivan

Can new cryptocurrencies finance projects with positive environmental impacts, whilst unlocking ‘the $120 trillion natural capital market’? Mining cryptocurrencies through appealing to environmental concerns seems more consistent with speculative tendencies in an era of financialised neoliberalism, than attuned with practices of environmental care and equitable distribution of value.

image 1. Blockchained earth. Source: Front News International.

First there was Nature. Sometimes an Edenic garden, whose fruitfulness we live with in peace and reciprocity; sometimes a vast wilderness to be feared, tamed or worshiped. But always a lively mesh of entities, whose magnificent diversity is now threatened by a single biological species – Homo sapiens.

Then came Nature 2.0. A material world progressively understood, shared and commoditised in user-generated digital information cascading through multi-player communities inhabiting Web 2.0 – exemplified, perhaps, by the aptly named Second Life. In this technologically inscribed and consumed world…

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Public Lecture at Bath Spa Uni – The Politics of Memory, by Marie-Claire Lavabre, Director of Research at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris. When: 5-7pm, Friday 26th January 2018

The Politics of Memory, by Marie-Claire Lavabre, Director of Research at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris.

When: 5-7pm, Friday 26th January 2018
Where: Commons CM.107, Newton Park Campus, Bath Spa University, BA2 9BN, UK.

Marie-Claire Lavabre is a well-known Professor of Sociology specialising in public memory and the politics of the past, who has authored books concerning political uses of the past in contemporary France (2017), Europe and its representations of the past (2008), the sociology of Communist memory (2004) and the social movement politics of 1968 (1998).



Professor Lavabre will be joined by Dr Alison Hems, Senior Lecturer in Heritage and Public History at Bath Spa University, who will act as discussant for Professor Lavabre’s talk. We will close with an open Q&A, followed by wine and nibbles.

This public keynote lecture is organised as part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (Care for the Future) and LABEX-PasP project Disrupted Histories, Recovered Pasts / Histories Perturbées, Passés Retrouvés, coordinated at Bath Spa University by Sian Sullivan, Professor of Environment and Culture.

Please register attendance at the lecture here.

The Bath Spa Research Centre for Environmental Humanities presents: Tim Dee – Writing a Season Wednesday 17 January, 2018 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Newton Park Campus, Commons, 136. A Free public lecture.

The Bath Spa Research Centre for Environmental Humanities presents:

‘Writing a season – a talk about a work in progress about the world in progress’

A Free Public Lecture by Tim Dee. Chat, drinks and nibbles after the talk

My next book has a working title Greenery and is about the spring. Having written about the air in The Running Sky, a place we share with birds but do not inhabit quite as they do, and then the earth in Four Fields, the stuff out of which we come and the common destination for all, I found myself drawn to write about time. We grow old but the spring comes again. So it seems. Might I keep in step with a season and find a common time? I see the world around me via birds and so I decided to follow the seasons of some birds from their African winters in the scrubby desert where the Sahara sands grow thorns all the way north to the Arctic in June where the same birds do what they must with nests and eggs and chicks, in the freshest greenery under astonishing midsummer light. I also travelled north through Britain from Cornwall to Shetland. The spring moves north through Europe at walking pace. Discovering that made it impossible not to want to do it and to keep in time.

Tim Dee is a writer and a radio producer.  He is the author of a memoir about his birdwatching life, The Running Sky, which was published in 2009.  His latest book is Four Fields.  It is, not surprisingly, about four fields.  One is in the Cambridgeshire fens, the others are on an old tobacco farm in Zambia, at the Custer battlefield in Montana, USA, and in the Exclusion Zone in the shadow of the exploded nuclear power plant at Chernobyl, Ukraine.  He has been a BBC radio producer for 27 years making arts documentaries, poetry programmes, history features and radio drama for Radio 3 and 4.  Before he joined the BBC he worked for the International Council for Bird Preservation (now Birdlife) and wrote on threatened species and the endemic birds of Madagascar.  When not in Bristol he lives on the edge of the fens.  He is at work on two new books: one about the spring in Europe; the other, Landfill, about men who watch gulls.   He is also editing an anthology of new writing about place for Jonathan Cape and the organisation Common Ground.



PARTICIPANT CALLOUT; The Ephemeral River; Dartington Hall (UK), June 9 – 18th.


The Ephemeral River (dancing, speaking, singing, laughing)

A Global Nomadic Art Project  |  #gnapuk  |  @ccanw

The Ephemeral River takes place at Dartington Hall in the UK from June 9 to June 18, 2018


We are currently seeking proposals from artists and others wishing to take part in GNAP-UK
Read the callout | Deadline: midnight January 29