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Multispecies Contact Zones: Consumption, Conservation, and Conflict

Workshop on 15 November 2023

The “Who Owns Nature”-team from the University of Southern Denmark and the “Sustainable Naturecultures and Multispecies Future”-group from University of Lapland warmly invite you for a collaborative workshop exploring the complex intersections between human societies and various species, addressing issues of consumption, conservation, and conflict. This interdisciplinary gathering will bring together researchers from different fields to engage in an inspiring day of knowledge exchange and method experiments.

Workshop objectives

  • Examine the dynamics of multispecies contact zones, where humans and non-human species intersect.
  • Investigate the implications of consumption patterns on ecosystems and biodiversity.
  • Explore innovative approaches to data collection within the multispecies contact zones.
  • Foster cross-disciplinary collaborations and knowledge exchange.
  • The workshop is organized within the framework of an ongoing collaboration between the two following groups:

Who Owns Nature [WON] is a research programme based at the University of Southern Denmark’s in the research unit Consumption, Culture & Commerce. WON’s ambition is to shed light on the socio-cultural and political complexities of reconfiguring human relations to nature in market societies. It does so among others through the study of seemingly harmonious but in fact conflict-filled contact zones between more-than-human beings, such as private gardens and national parks.

The research community Sustainable Naturecultures and Multispecies Future [SuMu] examines northern change and the interaction between northern areas, people and the environment. The research community brings together scientists from across Social Sciences disciplines, for example those interested in naturecultures, multispecies encounters, and natural resource politics in a time of planetary change (e.g. climate change, mass extinction of species).

Sign up before 5 November.

Maximum participants: 25

Ungdomar sätter agendan för samtal om klimatet

Välkommen på seminarium om forskningskommunikation!

“För unga är hopp ett hårt arbete”

Samtal om forskningskommunikation, medborgarhumaniora och konst som metod för integrativt lärande.

Hur pratar vi klimatförändringar, artutrotning och globala orättvisor med våra ungdomar? Hur hjälper vi dem att bibehålla hoppet om framtiden i en värld som vi inte själva förstår? “För unga är hopp ett hårt arbete” handlar om konsten att navigera svåra framtidsfrågor tillsammans – över generationsgränser och mellan olika discipliner.

Tid: Tisdag 17 oktober kl 14-16. Mingel med dryck och tilltugg 16-17.
Plats: Färgfabriken, Lövholmsbrinken 1, Stockholm.

“För unga är hopp ett hårt arbete” är kostnadsfritt men antalet platser begränsat så föranmälan krävs till

Evenemanget riktar sig speciellt till dig som arbetar med ungdomar och exempelvis vetenskap, klimat- och hållbarhetsfrågor, kulturverksamhet, vetenskapskommunikation eller pedagogiskt. 

Alla intresserade är välkomna!


Call for proposals for Alliances and Commonalities conference 2024 is open

Stockholm University of the Arts is pleased to announce that the Call for proposals for Alliances and Commonalities conference 2024 is open.

Call for proposals

Open 15 September–31 October, 2023

This year, 2024, we invite artists and researchers to share embodied, sensorial, experiential, poetic and experimental ways in which friction and coexistence permeate their artistic practice and research.

Friction is what allows us to live, dance, walk and act in a physical and material world. As bodies touch against each other they connect and interfere. Through unexpected alliances friction, this “sticky materiality of practical encounters” (Tsing, 2004), creates both movement and interruption; it is an intricate part of all systems and ecological webs, it constructs places connecting them to other sites, interacting and impacting worlds differently, sometimes with detrimental consequences.

Can generative friction teach us about interconnection and solidarity across difference? Can it nurture dialogue, convergences and mutual recognition through which a plurality of worlds can coexist? Can attention to friction, resistance and tension help us revision coexistence and interdependency on a damaged planet?

Stockholm University of the Arts has four Artistic Research Profile Areas, we invite you to direct your proposal to the area which resonates most with your research at this moment.

Concept and Composition explores the myriad web of influences, inspirations and methods that artists use in their artistic and creative processes.

Bodily and Vocal Practices explores the methods and systems used in the articulation, interpretation and communication of creative ideas and visions through the use of body and voice.

Site, Event, Encounter explores the interplay between art and society, considering the protean nature of participation in contemporary art practices/processes/events and the many and various contexts and conditions in which artists work.

Art, Technology, Materiality addresses the technical, material and social conditions and networks occurring in, and engaged through, artistic practice.

The focus and format of the conference will emerge directly from the subjects, ideas, and topics present in the research of those selected to present. Alliances and Commonalities is a place, a group of people, and a possibility for Artistic Research to challenge and inspire us as both individuals and community.

Welcome to become part of the Alliances and Commonalities 2024! Submit your proposal via the application button by 31 October.


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Verdant borders and steel walls. Eco-ontologies of border politics. PH Webinar 21st September

Verdant borders and steel walls. Eco-ontologies of border politics.

Posthumanities Hub Webinar 21st September 13.15-15.00

Link for registration

Approximately seventy-four border walls and fences exist across the world today, up from just six in 1989. Despite the border-defying and planetary character of contemporary problems – environmental crisis, political instability, pandemics – border barriers are proliferating. New border fences have recently been erected on the eastern frontiers of the European Union, and, as they cut through the borderland woods, they turn a forest into a wall. Yet, the supposedly impermeable contemporary border regimes are incessantly interrupted and undermined by uncontainable human mobility as well as the vibrant mobilities and tresspasses of the forest matter.

Olga Cielemecka is a feminist philosopher and postdoctoral researcher in Borders, Mobilities and Cultural Encounters at the Department of Social Sciences, University of Eastern Finland. She works in feminist theory, field philosophy, and environmental humanities. She previously held a postdoctoral position at Tema Genus at Linkoping University. Her current research focuses on the environmental and societal impact of border security infrastructure in nature-protected areas.

12th New Materialisms conference at Maynooth University, Ireland

Finally, it is here! We are very proud to announce the up-coming 12th New Materialisms conference, in Ireland at Maynooth University!

Call for Papers:

Intersectional Materialisms:

Diversity in Creative Industries, Methods and Practices

Date: August 26th-29th 2024

Location: Maynooth, National University of Ireland

We are delighted to announce the forthcoming 12th New Materialisms Conference on “Intersectional Materialisms: Diversity in Creative Industries, Methods and Practices,” an interdisciplinary platform to explore the convergences and synergies between intersectionality, new materialisms and creative practice. This conference aims to bring together scholars, activists, and practitioners to critically engage with the complexities of subjectivities, power, and material realities through an intersectional and materialist lens with a focus on how the materiality of difference matters in creative practice.

About the Conference:

The conference seeks to foster an inclusive and dynamic space for discussions that transcend conventional disciplinary boundaries with a view to open, yet historically informed, conversations. Intersectionality and Feminist New Materialisms intersect to enrich our understanding of the interconnectedness of human and non-human life, challenging binary conceptualisations, and addressing social, technological, environmental, and political issues with renewed perspectives. The conference is the next in an annual tradition that started in 2010 and was briefly interrupted during the global COVID-19 pandemic. So far, the network has met in Cambridge, UK; Utrecht, NL; Linköping, SE; Turku, FI; Barcelona, ES; Maribor, SI; Melbourne, AU; Warsaw, PL; Paris, FR; Cape Town, ZA; Kassel, GE.


We invite researchers, artists, professionals, teachers and activists to submit original papers and presentations that engage with the theme of intersectionality within the creative industries, or through creative research methods and practices. We are interested in oral histories, folk practices, digital folk media, inclusive dance, disability powered art, feminist cinema and music, drag, queer and trans creative spaces, productive connections and points of tension; synergy and debate. We follow a range of interdisciplinary conversations, and specifically invite papers that look to decenter colonial histories, knowledges and value systems, which also develop an awareness of the global and racialized politics of emotion. In recent years, the creative industries have witnessed a growing awareness of the complex interplay between various forms of identity and their impact on creativity, representation, and cultural production. Intersectionality, a framework that acknowledges the interconnectedness of multiple social identities and systems of oppression, has become a crucial lens through which to understand and critique the dynamics within the creative sectors. This interdisciplinary conference seeks to foster a deeper exploration of intersectionality’s role in shaping the creative industries, facilitating an inclusive and critical dialogue among scholars, practitioners, and stakeholders.

Intersectionality (Nash, 2018; Banet-Weiser, 2018; Villesche et al., 2018; Hill Collins, 2019; Kanai, 2020) has brought race, class, age, sexuality and disability into everyday feminist discussions which challenge the whiteness of western feminist material culture (Hamad and Taylor, 2015). However, there are also scholars (Puar, 2011; Hinton, et al., 2015) who note some of the ongoing whiteness embedded within new materialism and suggest that ‘race and the very processes through which racialized bodies come to matter (in both senses of the word) are considered to be areas that are underrepresented in many new materialist approaches’ (Hinton, et al., 2015, p. 2). Taking this as a call to action, we also invite papers which investigate and respond to what Geerts and van der Tuin (2013) might call ‘a pattern of interference’, after Barad (2007) and Verloo (2009), where ‘by allowing for relations to be made and made differently, we no longer assume that a social category or a set of social categories has a decisive and uniform effect (essentialism)’ (p.176). Papers, panels, performances and other submissions which take up intersectionality as a critical and creative feminist new materialist turning point, or everyday practice are especially welcomed. Submissions may address, but are not limited to, the following themes:


We invite contributions that explore, but are not limited to, the following themes:

1. **Representation and Identity in Creative Content:** Analysing how intersectionality influences the representation of diverse identities in art, media, literature, film, and other creative forms.

2. **Production and Creative Processes:** Examining how intersecting identities impact creative processes, collaboration, innovation, and decision-making within various creative domains.

3. **Cultural Production and Social Change:** Exploring how intersectional perspectives contribute to challenging stereotypes, promoting social justice, and fostering inclusive cultural production.

4. **Economic and Structural Inequities:** Investigating how intersectional factors affect access to resources, opportunities, and career advancement within the creative industries.

5. **Audience Reception and Consumption:** Studying how audiences from different intersecting backgrounds engage with and interpret creative content, and how intersectional narratives resonate with diverse audiences.

6. **Intersectional Activism and Advocacy:** Examining the role of intersectional approaches in advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion within creative sectors and their broader societal impact.

7. **Arts Based Methods:** Exploring how arts based methods create spaces for intersectional activism in research.

8. **Posthumanist queer studies and intersectional approaches to sexuality: research in and outside institutions**

9. **Intersectional perspectives on technoscience, AI, and digital cultures: can AI be creative?**

10. **Creative production and minoritarian cultures**.


Jasbir Puar, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Chiara Bonfiglioli, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy

Milla Tiainen & Katve-Kaisa Kontturi, University of Turku, Finland

Susan Luckman, University of South Australia, Australia

Aislinn O’Donnell, Maynooth University, Ireland

**Submission Guidelines:**

We welcome proposals for presentations and panels and encourage diverse modes of engagement including performance and other creative approaches.

For individual presentations, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words, along with a brief bio and contact details, to by December 15, 2023. For panel proposals please include abstracts for each paper and the panel’s overall theme. Our preferred format is in-person but we will accommodate virtual presentations as needed. Please include your proposal with information about preferred format and other technical/practical requirements.

**Important Dates:**

– Abstract submission deadline: December 15, 2023

– Notification of acceptance: February 15, 2023

– Conference dates: August 26th to 29th, 2024

**Conference Format:**

Considering global circumstances, the conference will be organised as a hybrid event, offering both in-person and virtual participation options to accommodate diverse attendees.

**Publication Opportunity:**

Selected papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in a special issue of Matter: Journal of the New Materialisms or an edited volume dedicated to the encounters between intersectionality and feminist new materialisms.


Further details regarding registration and the conference schedule will be available on the conference website as the event date approaches. For inquiries and further information, please contact Professor Anna Hickey-Moody,

*Organisers *

Professor Anna Hickey-Moody, Maynooth, IRE

Dr Suvi Pihkala, University of Oulu, FIN

Dr Marissa Willcox, University of Amsterdam, NL

Dr Tapasya Narag, University College Dublin, IRE

Dr Beatriz Revelles Benavente, University of Granada, SP

Dr Monika Rogowska-Stangret, University of Bialystok, PL

Professor Iris van der Tuin, Utrecht University, NL

Professor Maria Tamboukou, University of East London, UK

Professor Cecilia Åsberg, Linköping University, SWE

Dr Goda Klumbytė, University of Kassel, DEN

Professor Felicity Colman, University of the Arts London, UK

Image credit: Frances Cannon

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