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Multispecies Contact Zones: Consumption, Conservation, and Conflict


Multispecies Contact Zones: Consumption, Conservation, and Conflict

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 above before 1 November.

Maximum participants: 25

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.


Photo: Ellen J Røed

Lite sommarläsning ? Men glöm bara inte vattna dina tomater!

Lite sommarläsning ? Men glöm bara inte vattna dina tomater!

Prata med plantor – går det?

I naturen pågår ständiga samtal – som människor inte lärt sig uppfatta. Men det går att kommunicera med växter och vi gör det också hela tiden, säger forskare.

De senaste åren har forskning visat att tomatplantor ”skriker” när de klipps av, att växter lär sig att en del beröring inte är farlig samt att de varnar varandra för hot. Är växter smartare än vi trodde, och vad betyder det i så fall för hur vi behandlar dem?

Växter, träd och andra organismer kommunicerar med varandra genom ljud, ljus, beröring samt framför allt kemiska signaler som dofter både ovan och under jord. Genom sammankopplade nätverk av rötter och svamptrådar sänder exempelvis starkare träd näring till svagare träd .

Nyligen kom en studie från universitetet i Tel Aviv som visade att tomat- och tobaksplantor avger högfrekventa ljud när de utsätts för torka eller klipps av – ljud som forskarna först spelade in med ultraljudsmikrofoner och sedan upp i ett långsammare tempo så att människor kunde höra dem som ett klickande.

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The More-Than-Human Humanities focus series

The More-Than-Human Humanities focus series aims to attend to human differences entangled with environmental justice, information technologies, AI, synthetic biology, surveillance systems, species extinction, and drastic ecological change. It draws attention not only to the creativity and potentiality of this reinvention of arts and humanities, but also to that which limits or wounds conditions of life on earth. It addresses the question of how we may learn to live with those wounds and limitations in everyday practice. The titles in the series provide insight into the state-of-the art humanities research in a changing world.   

If you have an exciting idea for a book proposal for this book series, please contact the book series editors:

Cecilia Åsberg, Prof Dr Gender, nature, culture at Linköping University, Sweden. Director The Posthumanities Hub –

Marietta Radomska, Dr Assistant Professor Gender and Environmental Humanities, at Linköping University, Director the Eco- and Bio Art Lab –


Dear Readers,

Ecocene has just published its latest issue at We invite you to check out the Table of Contents here and then visit web site to read articles and items of interest.

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