CFP: The Temporalities of Waste: Out of Sight, Out of Time (edited collection)

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CFP: The Temporalities of Waste: Out of Sight, Out of Time (edited collection)

Proposed Edited book in Routledge’s Environmental Humanities Series

Book Editors: Fiona Allon, Ruth Barcan, Karma Eddison-Cogan

Extended Call for Contributions deadline: 31st August 2018

You are invited to submit a paper for possible inclusion in this proposed volume, to be submitted for consideration to Routledge’s Environmental Humanities Series.

Waste is defined, managed, and transformed through varying temporal logics. Its spatial ordering marks it as matter always at risk of being out of place: separation, containment, and social categorisation gives it clear material and discursive boundaries. Likewise, our relationship with waste is also marked by time.

As William Viney writes: ‘Time conditions waste: it provides a measure of our uses, our projects and our ambitions’. He writes that ‘With our recognition of waste comes an acknowledgement of time’s passing, its power to organize notions of wearing, decay, transience and dissolution and its power to expose that organizing function, to disclose how things are imbued with a sense of duration, punctuation and intermission that makes time an explicit, tangible thing of thought’. The sense of time that articulates and is articulated by waste across its broad semantic field highlights the significance of understanding waste temporally as well as spatially.

With its restorative and regenerative strategies, the concept of the circular economy imagines a cyclical time. Discourses and practices of renewal, repair, and revival of things nearing their end imagine new lives for material objects that project them into the future. Obsolescence leave traces of the past, and practices of repair and upcycling signal variabilities in value over time.

This edited collection aims to address the need for ongoing critical reflection on the temporalities of waste in the context of sustainability, materiality, social practices, subjectivity, and environmental challenges. It aims to be attuned to the multiple temporalities of waste, its circulation and transformation as part of discourses of creative transformation and sharing economies, as well as the ways in which waste lingers and does not move according to cyclical logics and temporalities.

Suggested themes (other themes also welcome):

  • Paradigm shifts towards the circular economy
  • Obsolescence and planned obsolescence
  • Haunting
  • Crisis and urgency
  • Long duration (e.g. geological time, nuclear waste, landfills)
  • Waste and art
  • Time and environmental justice
  • Humans-as-waste
  • The lingering presence of materials, hoarding, and persistence
  • The recovery of waste’s potential through practice and aesthetics
  • The popular revival of mending, repair, homesteading, and craft practices
  • Time and transformations in value
  • The Anthropocene and temporalities of environmental sustainability
  • Things and linear time
  • Ruins and heritage
  • Queer modes of reading waste
  • Planned obsolescence, repair, and maintenance
  • Waste’s figurative proximity to death and decay

Please submit your title and abstract of no more than 300 words along with your affiliation and a short bio to The extended deadline for submitting abstracts is 31 August 2018. A decision will be made regarding final selection by mid-September. For the final submission, we would be hoping for a contribution of 6000-8000 words and we would be looking to receive a draft from you by 1 July 2019.

Kind regards,

Karma Eddison-Cogan | PhD Candidate | Research Assistant

Department of Gender and Cultural Studies | SOPHI






Call for Applications: Digital Earth Fellowship

We are sharing this call put out by the Culture & Ecology Network on Facebook

Call for Applications: Digital Earth Fellowship
Digital Earth is a decentralised and global 6 months #fellowship for 15 artists and designers to create work exploring and experimenting with the materiality and immateriality of the technological reality we live in. Geographically, the focus is on the countries that are part of the new silk roads connecting Africa to Asia, through Central Asia and the Middle East.
Deadline: 19 August 2018.

Hivos British Council

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Yale University’s Second Annual Symposium on the Environmental Humanities

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by Taylor Rose

Yale University’s Second Annual Symposium on the Environmental Humanities

Type: Conference
Date: May 3, 2018
Location: Connecticut, United States
Subject Fields: Anthropology, Environmental History / Studies, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Humanities, Literature

Yale Environmental Humanities is pleased to announce the “Second Annual Symposium on the Environmental Humanities.” Please join us at the Whitney Humanities Center for a lively day of discussion on Thursday May 3, 2018.

This one-day conference will showcase current Yale graduate student research from across the diverse range of disciplines that make up the environmental humanities. The conference includes four moderated panel sessions featuring presentations by graduate students from eleven different fields.

The first session, “Environmental Rights and Multi-species Ethics,” will examine new legal horizons in the Anthropocene; the relationship between science and local knowledge in the Philippine banana industry; and emergent modes of intercentric environmental thought, which refract existing biocentric and anthropocentric ethic models through the lens of religion.

The second panel, “Landscape, Development, and Spatial Politics,” will analyze the everyday entanglements of ritual purity and air pollution in household kitchens in the rural Indian Himalayas; coastal regions and shipping ports as natural, economic, and symbolic transition zones; and the historical (re-)development of shanty towns in Amazonia’s two biggest cities: Manaus, Brazil and Iquitos, Peru.

The third session, “Ethics, Literature and the Anthropocene,” will explore the intersections of theology and marine biology; new modes of human-nonhuman engagement through a notion of “ecstatic embodiment”; and the relationship between attention exercises and political ecology, from Marcus Aurelius to Aldous Huxley to the more recent work of Timothy Morton and Ursula K. Heise.

The fourth session, “Representation and the Material,” will address the cultural and economic corridor between Houston, Texas and Saudi Arabia by attending to energy development and infrastructure; the interplay between art, materiality, and “proto-environmental” thought in the work of nineteenth-century social critic John Ruskin; toxic geographies of U.S. imperialism and the “bioaccumulation of empire” in Marshallese women exposed to radiation from nuclear weapons testing in the 1950s; and the “ecological turn” in theater and performance.

The presentations will be formatted as flash talks designed to provide a brief overview of each presenter’s main arguments and their engagement with the environmental humanities.

For more information, please visit the Yale Environmental Humanities website.
We hope you will join us!
Contact Info: Taylor Elliott Rose, PhD student, Yale University
Contact Email:

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

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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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