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Here we  share with you news and updates on new jobs, visiting scholars at the Posthumanities Hub, various events, seminars, and workshops that are organized by the Hub or its mothership, Tema Genus (the Gender Studies at the interdisciplinary department of TEMA, at Linköping University, Sweden).


  • 25 Jan, 13.15-15.00 "Are You Ready for a Wet Live-in?" Session with new Hub-member and artist Janna Holmstedt, PhD.
  • 19 Jan, 10.15-12.00 Hub-group meeting on Strategies ahead. Email: cecilia.asberg@liu.se 
  • Animal Places: Lively Cartographies of Human-Animal Relations is now available. Edited by Jacob Bull, Tora Holmberg, Cecilia Åsberg this amazing collection takes as its starting point the relationship between place and human/animal interaction. It brings together the work of leading scholars in human/animal studies, from a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary backgrounds. With a distinct focus on place, physical space and biocultural geography, the authors of this volume consider the ways in which space, human and nonhuman animals co-constitute each other, how they make spaces together, produce meaning around them, struggle over access, how these places are storied and how stories of spaces matter.
  • Interested in critical plant studies? Check out Literary and Cultural Plant Studies Network!
  • Herbaria 3.0 is about to be launched! Herbaria 3.0 uses the concept of the herbaria to provide historical context for exploring the lives of plants and their shared history with humans. As part of the project, our multi-disciplinary team lead by Tina Gianquitto, Dawn Sanders, Lauren LaFauci, Maura Flannery, and Terry Hodge, will create an interactive website, collecting stories that address the question: “Where can a single plant take you?” Follow these hashtags to find out more @herbaria3D; #alliseeisplants; #jagserbaravaxter; #alliseeisplants; #jagserbaravaxter
  • Our lovely hub collaborator, artist and researcher Tarsh Bates (SymbioticA, University Western Australia) will be back with a visit at the Posthumanities Hub in January. Welcome back!
  • Thanks to Pieta Hyvärinen, the recordings of Cate Sandilands' and Michael Marder's lectures for the "Plantarium" workshop are available online. Cate and Michael were guest speakers for a workshop organised at Linköping University, thanks to a Seed Box grant, by Marianna Szczygielska and Olga Cielemęcka. More about this critical plant studies event here. Please find the recordings of the talks on Pieta's website here. Enjoy!
  • Congratulations to Christine Daigle from Brock University and to her team for receiving a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) partnership development grant to support Posthumanism Research Network. We're happy and proud to be Posthumanities Research Network partner and collaborator and we're thrilled about these new opportunities to work together.
  • Have a look at this, it's from our friends in international posthuman studies: The 9th Beyond Humanism Conference https://vimeo.com/228020059

Call for papers

  • Configurations, the journal of SLSA (The Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts) is seeking submissions for a special issue on Science Studies and the Blue Humanities, edited by Stacy Alaimo. The editors are interested in essays, position papers, provocations, and artist statements that explore the significance of science studies for the development of the blue humanities. As oceans and bodies of fresh water increasingly become sites for environmentally-oriented arts and humanities scholarship, how can the emerging blue humanities best engage with the theories, questions, paradigms, and methods of science studies? How do questions of scale, temporality, materiality, and mediation emerge in aquatic zones and modes? How can literature, art, data visualization, and digital media best respond to the rapidly developing sciences of ocean acidification and climate change as well as the less publicized concerns such as the effect of military sonar on cetaceans? Work on postcolonial/decolonial science studies, Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), indigenous sciences, and citizen science especially welcome. Please submit 5,000-7,000 word essays; 3,000 word position papers or provocations; or 2,000 word artist statements (with one or two illustrations or a link to a digital work); to Stacy Alaimo, alaimo@uta.edu, by February 1, 2018, for consideration. All essays will be peer-reviewed, following the standard editorial procedures of Configurations.
  • You can still register for the inaugural Posthumanism Research Network workshop at Brock University on April 14-15, 2018. The workshop "Expressions and Images of the Posthuman" will consist of paper presentations from a diverse range of scholars interested in posthumanism and it will conclude with a keynote address given by William Brown (Roehampton). If you are interested in participating we ask that you send an abstract of 300 words outlining the topic your paper will address by January 1st 2018.
  • We are pleased to announce that a call for abstracts intended for a special issue of an environmental humanities journal on a theme of "Plantarium. Human-Vegetal Ecologies" is now open. For this special issue, edited by Olga Cielemecka and Marianna Szczygielska, we invite contributions that look into human-botanical ecologies, relationalities, and histories.  We seek both traditionally academic submissions, as well as visual materials, provocations, review essays, activist reports and commentary pieces, and other varying genres. Please submit abstracts (500 words) to plantarium2017[at]gmail.com as word documents (.doc or .docx) until September 29, 2017. Call available here.

Upcoming Conferences, Workshops, and Other Events

  • Curated talks around Automata, a thought-provoking performance on stage at Orionteatern in Stockholm are now available online here. A a recording of a discussion “Free-spirited cyborgs and controlled bodies” is also available online. Chaired by Carl Åkerlund this panel discussion between Samira Ariadad, Helena Granström, Waldemar Ingdahl and the founder and director of Posthumanities Hub, Cecilia Åsberg, took place on May 6th in Orion Theatre following a staging of Automata.
  • A special issue of Angelaki on "Tranimacies: intimate relations between animals and trans*studies" edited by our fantastic colleagues Marianna Szczygielska, Eliza Steinbock, and Anthony Wagner is now out! With contributors from our hubbers, Marietta Radomska and Vera Weetzel, and our Tema Genus Professor Madina Tlostanova, among others, this issue is pushing the boundaries of thinking beyond the human/animal binary.

Recent Past Events

  • Internationally distinguished environmental humanities professor, Ursula Heise, visits us on 23-24 October and our collaborators at Göteborg University on 26-27 October. Please register with lauren.e.lafauci@liu.se for the afternoon seminar on SF novel New York 2140 and chap 6 of Heise's "Imagining Extinction" on Mon 13.15-15:00, and warmly welcome all to the public lecture on Tuesday 24 Oct (Key-building) "Planet of Cities: Urban Environments and Narrative Futures". Prof Heise also performs in Gothenburg with seminar Friday 27 Oct, 9-12 and public lecture on Thursday 26 oct 13-15 on "Where the wild things used to be: Narrative, biodiversity and multispecies justice".   Ursula Heise - Guest Professor Posthumanities Hub
  • Congratulations to Gabriela Jarzębowska, our PostHum Hub visitor from University of Warsaw. Gabriela has received a Fulbright fellowship to continue her research on rat control discourse in New York City.
  • Our warmest congratulations on their great success to the amazing Marietta Radomska and Lisa Linden, both of TEMA LIU, who received VR grants! Marietta will be working on her project entitled ”Dödens ekologier: miljön, kroppen och etik i samtida konst” and Lisa on “Empowerment och stigmatisering: Patientorganisationer, gynekologisk cancer och identiteter i omvandling.”
  • The Second International Queer Death Studies Workshop: Coming to Terms with Death, Dying, and Mourning Differently?​ 27-28 November 2017 at Karlstad University, Sweden

Speakers incl: Annika Jonsson (Karlstad University, SE), ida hillerup hansen (Central European University, HU), Magdalena Górska (Utrecht University, NL), Marietta Radomska (Linköping University, SE), Nina Lykke (Linköping University, SE), Tara Mehrabi (Linköping University, SE), and Varpu Alasuutari (University of Turku, FI)​---Within the inter/cross-disciplinary tradition of Death Studies, death is investigated as a multifaceted phenomenon, historically as well as in various contemporary contexts. This workshop aims to explore if and how queer theory and queer perspectives can help us rethink death, dying, remains, afterlife, mourning and the life-death dichotomy. The event is organised by GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies in collaboration with the Queer Death Studies Network (www.queerdeathstudies.wordpress.com). In order to register for the workshop, please send an email to: marietta.radomska [at] liu.se.

For archives of our news and events earlier in 2017, click here.


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