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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).



  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.”
  • Congratulations to "hubbers" Desirée Ljuncrantz (Tema G, Liu) and Marianna Szczygielska (Central European University, visiting PhD student at Tema G in 2015/16) who successfully defended their PhD theses!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • We recommend you look up Royal Holloway Centre for the GeoHumanities' website for more information on interdisciplinary relations between geography and arts and humanities scholarship and practice; blog, forum, call for papers, and more!

Call for papers

  • 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.

Recent Past Events

  • A two-day workshop Eco/Decolonial Arts: Open-ended Poetic/Philosophical Forays whose aim was to develop transversal dialogues between various ways of engagement with both ecocritical/ecological and decolonial perspectives took place at Tema G on June 28 and 29.
  • A Seed Box funded workshop “Plantarium: Re-Imagining Green Futurities” organised by Olga Cielemecka and Marianna Szczygielska took place in June, 1st-2nd, at Linkoping University. It brought together activists, artists, practicioners, independent researchers, and academics to rethink the generative potentialities of the botanical. More about the event. Many thanks to our invited keynote speakers Cate Sandilands and Michael Marder, Mirko Nikolic for a plant yoga session and Christina Sadlbauer and Regula Heggli for vegetal speed dating, and all participants for making it such a special event! Now we're planning to work on a CfP for a special issue, intended for one of the top environmental humanities journals, on the theme of hum-vegetal ecologies. Stay tuned!
  • Professor Cecilia Åsberg, director and founder of the Posthumanities Hub, gave a keynote lecture at the 8th Annual Conference on the New Materialisms "Environmental Humanities and New Materialisms: The Ethics of Decolonizing Nature and Culture." The conference took place at Maison de l'UNESCO in Paris on June 7-9, 2017. Professor Åsberg gave a lecture entitled "A Thousand Tiny Anthropocenes" on ecological humanities, mapping out their challenges and potentials as feminist posthumanities.

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


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