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ECO IS THE NEW SEXUAL: A Performative Transmedia Webinar

Welcome to The Posthumanities Hub Webinar:

“ECO IS THE NEW SEXUAL: A Performative Transmedia Webinar”

Date: September 7th, 2023, 10 a.m. PTZ, 7 p.m. CET

Zoom link:


Prof. Cecilia Åsberg

Webinar’s curator:

Dr. Ewelina Jarosz aka Underwater_activist

Special guests:

Prof. Elizabeth Stephens & Dr. Annie Sprinkle,

Dr. Justyna Górowska aka WetMeWild

Dr. Ewelina Jarosz aka Underwater_activist

Brine Shrimp Baby


Caroline Elgh, Ph.D. candidate at TEMA Genus, Linköping University

Join us for a unique online event focused on the intersection of ecology, environmental arts and humanities with sex-positive attitudes and strategies, including pleasure activism through ecosexuality and hydrosexuality. This special edition of The Posthumanities Hub webinar introduces new, more-than-human sexualities that challenge conventional notions of culture, arts, and sex. Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens, who launched the ecosexual movement, will join us to share their ecosexy art strategies, practices, and their experience in experimental teaching. Cyber nymphs Justyna Górowska and Ewelina Jarosz will discuss the hydrosexual aspect, exploring love for brine shrimp and reimagining the Baltic Sea amid climate change. Caroline Elgh, a soaked curator and mermaid wannabe scholar, will guide us through this exciting webinar channeling love and sensuality through art and extra humanities. Brace yourself for an eco-queer extravaganza for the critical humanities.

Description of the online event:

Get ready to immerse yourself in the exciting worlds of eco- and hydrosexuality that are all about getting frisky with Earth Lover and the Blue Planet. In this special edition of The Posthumanites Hub webinar, the new, more-than-human sexualities will be introduced to challenge the traditional notions of what sex is and can be in culture and the arts, addressing planetary care and interconnectedness.

In 2008, two fabulous artists, Annie Sprinkle, and Beth Stephens, launched the ecosexual movement in the arts. They combined their unique charismas and talents in performance, to spice things up in environmental art! They’ll be joining us in this webinar, and let me tell you, they have some ecosexy toys up their sleeves. And by that, we mean the ecosexual art strategies, practices, and even the glossary that nowadays extends internationally across the art, activist, and academic worlds. With their absurdist sense of humor and years of experience in merging sex-positive with environmental, they will make your heart race!

But that’s not all! Brace yourselves for the wet and wild ride as the cyber nymphs, Justyna Górowska and Ewelina Jarosz take the stage. Working with Annie and Beth’s ideas, they’ll be introducing the hydrosexual offspring of the ecosexual movement in the arts. Get ready to hear about their love affair with the brine shrimp inhabiting the Great Salt Lake and ideas of reimagining the Baltic Sea in times of climate change. The sultry brine shrimp baby, Annie, and Beth, who are grandmothers, and Ewelina and Justyna, who are mothers, join us, casting a seductive glow upon the Blue Humanities Archive project—a fusion of digital art, eco-technologies, and feminist blue posthumanities.

A steamy presence of more-than-human sexualities that are piercing the contemporary art scene will be navigated by Caroline Elgh who will accompany our journey into the tantalizing yet fragile worlds of activism of pleasure. This brilliant scholar will help eco- and hydrosexuals to explore yet untapped potential of their work for more-than-human humanities. Or, to put it more bluntly, Caroline will be checking the chemistry between eco-queer sexualities and the extra humanities The Posthumanities Hub creates a platform for. To help bringing closer together the practices and ideas developed across the arts, activist, and academic worlds of the arts, blue and environmental humanities, she will be a shapeshifter of the webinar.

So, buckle up and prepare to shake up the academic scene as we explore fun, experimental, and creative ways to engage sensually and sexually with ecology and critical humanities.

Brace yourself for an eco- and hydrosexual extravaganza for the critical humanities!

Posthumanities Hub – online group meeting 1 September, 13.15 hrs-15:00 hrs

Wow, we are growing as a research group! Exciting things may be lurking ahead – and challenges for extra-ordinary academics like us. This is why we work together: to support each other and do really inventive, good quality research and edgy research training across the borders of nations, disciplines and universities. Together, apart and in various constellations with other curious research partners.

Call for our first meeting this term, dears!

A warm welcome to all you group members for our first zoom meeting this term, Thursday 1 Sep, 13:15 hrs! Group members and team on location – this is who we are whom work in the closer group. Zoom link will be sent out over email.

September 1 we launch this new fall term of 2022 with a group meeting where new postdoc researchers and visiting scholars say hello, and we meet and greet and discuss our priorities and themes for the year ahead. The Posthumanities Hub research group members commit often to the group one year at the time (with parts of their research), except of course for the PhD candidates and postdocs or more senior research staff whom have longer employment contracts – and visiting scholars who are with us for shorter periods. Together we set the living agenda for online webinars this fall, applications we do best together or for other co-written efforts of research.

Thank you for making the time and the space in your schedules and hearts for the off-road activities of The Posthumanities Hub.

PH & EBL Webinar on ‘MAKING SANCTUARY’ with Dr Bayo Akomolafe, 10th March 13:15-15:00 CET

We are pleased to invite you all to the upcoming Posthumanities Hub and The Eco- and Bioart Lab Webinar on “MAKING SANCTUARY” with Dr. Bayo Akomolafe.

The event takes place on 10th March 2022 at 13:15-15:00 CET on Zoom (for registration, see below).

The webinar is organised in collaboration with the Tema Genus Higher Seminar Series.

“Making Sanctuary”


The Afrocene is the glitch in the algorithms of progress, the crack on the modern tarmacs that flatten the wilds, the disability of ontology – a crip-onto(ethico-epistemo)logy that speculates about and murmurs with the animist meanderings of blackness (where blackness is the decolonial unsettling of stability in its racializing flows). The Afrocene is failure. The failure of Man. Fire on the mountain. This failure, however, is alive and teeming with experimental life-deaths, the unthought, the unspoken, nomadic archetypes, diasporic identities, queer bodies, amniotic gods, and multispecies constellations in an always ‘teenage’ indetermiverse. In this talk, Bayo Akomolafe uses his concept of the Afrocene to bracket the anxieties of the Anthropocene; to suggest that climate chaos is the intensity of a cartographical project dedicated to centralizing unbothered continuity; to tell the story of the slave ship and its unexpected guest; to move beyond critique and identitarian tropes (without abandoning them) in order to signal a different politics of descent and of becoming-fugitive; to theorize what a postactivism might look like; to trace out a different therapeutic-political ethnography of losing one’s way in order to find it; and, to embark on an animism of the peri-feral: an invitation to the task of making sanctuary as the world ends once again.   


Bayo Akomolafe (Ph.D.), rooted with the Yoruba people in a more-than-human world, is the father to Alethea and Kyah, the grateful life-partner to Ije, son and brother. A widely celebrated international speaker, posthumanist thinker, poet, teacher, public intellectual, essayist, and author of two books, These Wilds Beyond our Fences: Letters to My Daughter on Humanity’s Search for Home (North Atlantic Books) and We Will Tell our Own Story: The Lions of Africa Speak, Bayo Akomolafe is the Visionary Founder of The Emergence Network and host of the online postactivist course, ‘We Will dance with Mountains’.


Please, register for the event by clicking the link:–rrjIuGNLP7oKe2HIOC8jF616aZ0Fs

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The PH & EBL Seminar on “Toxic/Trans/Bodies”, 9th September at 13:15-15:00

Warm welcome to The Posthumanities Hub & The Eco- and Bioart Lab Seminar on “Toxic/Trans/Bodies” with speakers dr Wibke Straube (Karlstad University, SE) and Andria Nyberg Forshage (writer, poet and theorist based in Stockholm, SE)!

The seminar (originally scheduled for February 2021) takes place on 9th September 2021 at 13:15 – 15:00 CEST on Zoom.

When: 9th September 2021, 13:15 – 15:00 CEST

Where: On Zoom (more info below)

Photo included in the poster: Andria Nyberg Forshage

REGISTRATION: In order to take part in the seminar, please register by sending an email to by 7th September 2021 at noon (CEST) the latest.

The Zoom link will be sent to you on 8th September in the evening.


Chemicals, endocrine disruptors and unruly bodies in trans and queer art

by Wibke Straube


In 2018, the post of a vegan group on facebook went viral which argued, that trans and queer bodies are the “damaged” outcome of environmental pollution and endocrine disruption by POP. The post argued further that to lobby for trans and gay rights would mean to support a capitalist, exploitative system of ecological destruction. In response other vegans and this group in particular, dismissed this (cishetero)econormative position and argued this is merely one individual’s opinion. In my talk, I would like to firstly address this “singular” opinion and unpack the idea of the trans and intersex bodies as a result of endocrine disrupting chemical. I will to do this by considering the trans and intersex body as bodily entangled with environmental pollution and toxic contamination (Ah-King/Hayward 2014; DiChiro 2010; Pollock 2016). Secondly, and most centrally, I explore how endocrine disrupting toxins emerge in trans and queer art, intoxicate art practices and artistic bodies, and foster creative pollution that subverts the gender binary norms of EDC discourses and reclaims the toxic body as a monstrous, alien becoming through and within Otherness.


Wibke Straube, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Gender Studies, Karlstad University, SE. Their work focuses on intersectional analysis of trans, non-binary and queer embodiment, affective methodologies and the affinities of different socially marginalised bodies, their forms of survival and possibilities to create zones of liveability. They have published in Environmental Humanities and NORMA International Journal for Masculinity Studies, among others. E-mail: wibke.straube[at]

t4t4t4t4t: Fourfold Sex and Trans-Individuation at the End of the World

by Andria Nyberg Forshage


At present, 20th-century notions of bodily immune systems modelled as repressive-productive sovereign border controls — and vice versa — are at once being superseded, obsolesced, reinforced and reinvigorated as perhaps never before. At the same time, 21st-century notions of desiring-productive, flexible, molecular immuno-security, already dated as hyper-modern, are being folded into and onto any imaginable kind of body, society, or network. In terms of data, flesh, sex, nation, sense-making, resource extraction, ecological disaster, and ongoing resistance, it is at once a situation of planetary global or civil war, armed peace, state of emergency, and stasis.  

Departing from a scenario of societal collapse following transgender bioterrorism on a hormonal and molecular scale as imagined in Torrey Peters’ sci-fi novella Infect Your Friends and Loved Ones (2016), this talk explores the drift of t4t desiring-machines in and through the bodies, farms, fields and factories of contemporary and imagined pharmacopornographic capitalism. Where t4t designates trans for trans desire, in the trans woman commune the logograph becomes self-replicating as desire and senseless noise, burnt and embedded through fleshy, tranimal metabolism. 

Connecting the fourfold of subjectivation as theorised by Gilles Deleuze in Foucault (1988) with the t4t fourfold complexes of infectious human-animal-societal undoings, as developed through a reading of Infect Your Friends and Loved Ones, how might t4t4t4t4t be understood as an operation-operator of what Gilbert Simondon has termed the transindividual?


Andria Nyberg Forshage is a writer, theorist and poet, part of the editorial team for the Paletten Art Journal. She has previously presented research at conferences including the First International Trans*Studies Conference at the University of Arizona and The First International Queer Death Studies Conference at Karlstad University. They have a room of their own in Stockholm and a Scorpio rising.

The Posthumanities Hub Seminar on ‘Becoming better ancestors to more-than-human future generations’, 20th May 13:15-14:45

Welcome to The Posthumanities Hub Seminar on ‘Becoming better ancestors to more-than-human future generations’ with speakers Associate Prof. Christina Fredengren and Prof. Cecilia Åsberg! 

When: 20th May, 13:15 – 14:45 

Where: On Zoom – see the details below: 

Photo: Marietta Radomska

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 690 9755 4948 

Passcode: 644489 

Becoming better ancestors to more-than-human future generations 


In this work-in-progress seminar, Christina Fredengren and Cecilia Åsberg present research that deals with the major question of how to better re-tie the material and immaterial knots between past, present and future generations. This is a question that is intimately tied to issues of sustainability, to how ancestors and successors are articulated – and questions of who inherits whom – and where matters of responsibility and care, as well as time, place and difference, come into play. Drawing on such, previously often unconnected, discussions and field philosophical work at a Swedish waste-to-energy plant, Fredengren and Åsberg suggest ways forward for moving toward inventive modes of becoming better ancestors. Such measures aspire to impact on how to approach sustainability, intergenerational justice and care in postnatural heritage management and everyday life. The research is part of the FORMAS-funded project “Checking in with Deep Time”. 


Christina Fredengren 

Associate Professor at the Archaeological Research Laboratory, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Stockholm University, with several international publications in archaeology, feminist posthumanities, natural/cultural heritage and environmental humanities. Heading the Stockholm University Environmental Humanities Research School and one of the founders of Stockholm University Environmental Humanities Network. Doctorate in Archaeology at Stockholm University 2004, key member of The Posthumanities Hub and the Seed Box: An Environmental Humanities Collaboratory, and Pi of research project Checking in with Deep Time (funded by Formas- A Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development) as well as Pi of Water of the Times (funded by the Swedish Science Council, Berit Wallenberg foundation), and Pi of Curating Time (funded by the SeedBox). 

Cecilia Åsberg 

Professor of Gender, nature, culture at Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Fellow of Rachel Carson Centre for Environment and Society, and recently guest professor at KTH Royal Institute of Technology with a longstanding engagement in feminist cultural studies of science, medicine, technology and embodiment, in the environmental arts and the societal relevance of more-than-human humanities. She works in the versatile art and science spectrum of feminist posthumanities with funded projects on environmental communication, AI art, coastal and oceanic humanities and deep time sustainability. The first Scandinavian Doctorate in Gender Studies, and avid international networker and Founding Director of the Swedish Seed Box research programme in environmental humanities, she is since 2008 founder and director of The Posthumanities Hub. 

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