CFP RGS IBG 2018 Excavating multispecies landscapes: temporalities, materialities and the more-than-human Anthropocene
Call for papers: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, Cardiff University, 28–31 August 2018
Excavating multispecies landscapes: temporalities, materialities and the more-than-human Anthropocene
Session organisers: Aurora Fredriksen (University of Manchester) and Charlotte Wrigley (Queen Mary, University of London)
Along with eroding coastlines (Matless 2017) and the ‘blasted’ ruins of capitalist development (Tsing 2017), nonhuman beings are key signals of the Anthropocene in landscapes. Changing migration patterns, novel colonisations, extinctions, adaptive mutations and hybridisations make legible the material transformation of landscapes through melting ice, warming seas, desertification, toxification. The current or threatened absence of once present species fold in remembered, forgotten and imagined pasts and alternately apocalyptic and redemptive futures into a present of haunted, spectral landscapes (e.g., Whale and Ginn 2017; Gan et al 2017: G1). This is evident in popular imaginaries of the Anthropocene as human induced environmental catastrophe – in visions of a ‘silent spring’ (Carson 1962), ‘insectageddon’ (Monbiot 2017), and coral reef ‘graveyards’ and ‘ghost towns’ – that foreground the absence of once present nonhuman beings in beloved landscapes. It is also evident in projections for a so-called ‘good Anthropocene’ that envision a near future in which technoscientific progress and human ingenuity are able to ‘turn back time’ and/or alter the future by returning long absent nonhuman species to landscapes through restoration, rewilding or de-extinction initiatives. As the Anthropocene invites a reassessment of humanity’s place in the geologic timescale, nonhumans become intricately entangled in these shifting temporalities: cryobanks stash endangered species’ DNA as a future safeguard against extinctions (Chrulew 2017) whilst melting ice reveals prehistoric carcasses and thousands of years of fossilised climate data.
Beyond total absence or abundant presence, there are smaller, sometimes stranger ways that nonhuman beings make the Anthropocene legible in landscapes: old trees calling out in flower for symbiont animal pollinators that are now absent, signalling a loss of synchronous time and cascading transformations of place (Rose 2012); hybrid polar-grizzly bears wandering the edge of exposed shores once covered in ice extending out to sea; a type of bacteria found only in the rectums of geese digesting toxic waste from mines (Hird and Yusoff 2018); and long dormant microbiotic pathogens from the deep past re-emerging as permafrost melts in arctic landscapes. In these and many other possible examples, carefully attending to the signs writ into landscapes by nonhuman beings can unsettle anthropocentric narratives of the Anthropocene centred on the history of Modern (western) humanity and its future dissolution or redemption, calling forth more ambivalent, multivocal narratives of multispecies worldings in flux (DeLoughrey 2015).
This session invites contributions that engage with the ways in which nonhuman beings signal the Anthropocene in landscapes. Potential themes include (but are not limited to):
• Changing and novel nonhuman agencies in response to the material transformation of landscapes
• Absence/presence of nonhumans and folded temporalities in haunted/spectral landscapes
• Landscapes as multispecies worldings
• More-than-human affects in landscape encounters
• Speculative futures for more-than-human landscapes
• Transmogrification and monstrous landscapes
We especially encourage contributions that unsettle anthropocentric and/or occidental readings of the Anthropocene in landscapes.
Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 February 2018.
Carson, R. (1962) Silent Spring. New York: Houghton Mifflin.
Chrulew, M. (2017) “Freezing the Ark: The Cryopolitics of Endangered Species Preservation” in J. Radin and E. Kowal (eds.) Cryopolitics: Frozen Life in a Melting World, 283–305. Cambridge: The MIT Press.
DeLoughrey, E. (2015) ‘Ordinary futures: interspecies worldings in the Anthropocene’ in Global Ecologies and the Environmental Humanities: Postcolonial Approaches, edited by E. DeLoughrey, J. Didur, A. Carrigan. London: Routledge.
Hird, M. and Yusoff, K. (2018) [forthcoming] ‘Traversing Plateaus in Microbial-Mineral Relation’. The American Association of Geographers: Annual Meeting, April 10-14, New Orleans.
Gan, E., Tsing, A., Swanson, H., Bubandt, N. (2017) ‘Haunted landscapes of the Anthropocene’ in A. Tsing, H, Swanson, E Gan and N. Bubandt (eds) Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet. Minneapolis: Minnesota.
Whale, H. and Ginn, F. (2017) “In the Absence of Sparrows.” In A. Cunsolo and K. Landman (eds) Mourning Nature: Hope at the Heart of Ecological Loss and Grief, 92–116. London: Routledge.
Matless, D. (2017) ‘The Anthroposcenic’. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 42(3): 363–76.
Monbiot, G. (2017) ‘Insectageddon: Farming Is More Catastrophic than Climate Breakdown’. The Guardian, October 20. URL: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/20/insectageddon-farming-catastrophe-climate-breakdown-insect-populations.
Rose, D. B. (2012) “Multispecies Knots of Ethical Time.” Environmental Philosophy, Special Issue “Temporal Environments: Rethinking Time and Ecology”9 (1):127–40.
Tsing, A. (2017) The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
CMNH Symposium: Blackness and the Complex Temporalities of the Transatlantic Slave Trade
1st Jun 2018 9:00am-5:00pm
Call for PapersRegistration: Free
Keynote Speaker: Professor Robbie Shilliam (Queen Mary, University of London).
The work of Black Studies is constitutively concerned with the negotiation of complex temporalities: from Denise Ferreira da Silva’s work on ‘reimagining sociality’ around ‘the principle of nonlocality’, which she understands as a challenge to the ‘linear temporality’ of the (white, European) subject of modernity (‘On Difference Without Separability’); to Saidiya Hartman’s claim that ‘the distinction between the past and the present founders on the interminable grief engendered by slavery and its aftermath’ (‘The Time of Slavery’); to Fred Moten’s imagining of black life as a form of improvisation that ‘look[s] ahead with a kind of torque that shapes what’s being looked at’ (In the Break). Black Studies’ interrogation of racialised modernity is one that seeks to excavate and valorise the complex time of blackness, refusing a restorative narrative of black history that would efface histories of mourning, accounting or resistance.
This one day symposium will engage the work of these and other scholars to think through the ways these complex temporalities are performed, instantiated and negotiated across a variety of interrelated conceptual and/or historical contexts. It aims to critically engage the ways in which claims on the past are shaped by the contemporary politics of ‘race’ and the ways in which those claims work to occlude the centrality of the radical black tradition to the making of the modern world. We invite proposals for contributions from a range of disciplines, including but not limited to memory studies, cultural history, critical theory, geography, political theory, literary theory, performance studies and philosophy, as well as from work that is interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary or undisciplinary.
Proposals of no more than three-hundred words should be sent to Tim Huzar: T.Huzar@brighton.ac.uk.
Deadline for submission: Monday 21st May
Time, Memory and Conflict: Critical Approaches
An interdisciplinary, one-day conference at the University of Brighton, 6th July 2018
9.30-5pm in M2 Boardroom, Grand Parade
Organised by the Centre for Memory, Narrative and Histories, University of Brighton
Research on the complex inter–relations between past, present and future in the time after political violence often leads us to question and push the boundaries of established theories and methods. Increasingly, work in this area reflects a critical awareness of the different modalities of time and memory within and across various post-conflict contexts. That being said, more can be done to further methodological and theoretical links between different approaches to studying time, memory and conflict. This can take the form ofresearch into unexplored contexts, or critical reflections on established frameworks and debates.
Bringing together scholars from an array of different intellectual fields, this conference aims to encourage a set of conversations on how we might approach and understand the multi-directional interplay between experiences and representations of a ‘past’ that in many ways is not ‘over’, but which overshadows the present and complicates the imagining of the future. Key questions and areas of exploration are: What are the ethical and political commitments of research in post-conflict contexts? How does this research relate to questions of positionality? How might new research areas or critical reflections on established practical and theoretical approaches further our understanding of time, memory and conflict?
‘Post-conflict Futures: Temporal Orientations After Catastrophe”
Prof. Rebecca Bryant, University of Utrecht, Netherlands
Suggestions for paper themes as follows:
Please submit your abstract by Friday 8th June 2018 to email@example.com
We welcome proposals of no more than 300 words for 20-minute papers. Abstracts from postgraduate researchers and early-career scholars are particularly encouraged.
The event will be free of charge, but places are limited.
CfP for panel on “Resource temporalities” at the upcoming ASA Conference 2018, which will take place in Oxford (18-21 September 2018).
Note that all paper proposals must be submitted via the conference website which closes next week, on Friday 20 April 2018, but we would welcome early submissions.
Resource temporalities: anticipations, retentions and afterlives https://nomadit.co.uk/asa/asa2018/conferencesuite.php/panels/6769
Recent studies of natural resources have highlighted their processual, indeterminate and often speculative nature as the outcome of a variety of imaginative practices (e.g. cultural, techno-scientific, governmental, entrepreneurial, financial). Inherent to these practices are important temporal aspects which have remained remarkably underexplored in anthropology and cognate disciplines. This panel takes the existing cross-disciplinary literature on resources as a springboard to ask new questions about the multiple temporalities generated by processes of resource-making, which range from anticipations of resource matters, to their diverse retentions and affective presences, to other temporal and material states once processed or unmade as a resource. Current examples of resource-making projects specifically highlight their nonlinear, yet incremental and performative nature, including the “mortgaging” of hydrocarbon futures by emerging producer states; the constitution of “reclaimed” landscapes in the context of mine decommissioning and closure; the circulation of overinflated resource estimates in the quest for “unconventional” fossil fuels and novel extractive spaces (e.g. ocean seabeds); as well as the specific modes of financialisation now encountered at global resource frontiers, which produce various absences and presences across the domains of science, politics and market. Important questions are also raised by the parallel life of extractive waste products and by development projects that have been blocked or indefinitely postponed due to various techno-scientific or politico-economic factors. We invite papers that explore the diverse engagements with time that underpin these and other resource-making endeavours, drawing on a range of methods and trans-disciplinary analytical approaches.
All paper proposals should be submitted via the website above. Please email the session convenors if you have any further questions:
Dr Gisa Weszkalnys (LSE, Anthropology), firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Kärg Kama (Birmingham/Oxford, Geography), email@example.com
Call for Abstracts
Special Issue on “Making time in digital societies: Considering the interplay of media, data and temporalities” in New Media & Society
Guest Editors: Christine Lohmeier (University of Bremen), Anne Kaun (Södertörn University), & Christian Pentzold (University of Bremen)
Studying media and communication processes through the lens of time and temporality enjoys a long history. Waves of technological innovation such as mechanization and electrification have come with a profound reconfiguration of social time. This holds true for datafication too. Datafication – referring to processes of quantification and the transformation of evermore objects into data, as well as the automation of judgements, evaluations, and decision-making – requires us to rethink, once again, the relationship between media, data, and temporality.
The special issue of New Media & Society will address the continuities and disruptions emerging in the nexus of time and media. It addresses the challenges of acting in the present, acceding to the future, and mobilizing the past in increasingly datafied societies. We assume that the changing mediations of time leave their mark on the ways we process and order the pace, sequence, and rhythms of intersecting lives.
Contributions to this special issue will explore changes in the perception and conception of time that go hand in hand with technological change and provide a discussion on how to grasp these empirical variations theoretically. They are invited to scrutinize the frictions between a plurality of social temporalities and the tendencies to establish dominate modes of creating, keeping, and managing time. While the focus is on current developments, the issue also seeks to includecontributions that encompass a historically grounded and contextualizing discussion of the interplay between media, data, and temporality.
Papers could address but are not limited to the following themes:
• media use and the management of time
• mediation and the communicative organization of time (e.g., through clocks, calendars, timetables) • digital media technologies in relation to acceleration, (de)synchronization, or deceleration • data-based modes of time making and time keeping • embodiment, affect, and temporality • media, time, and material objects • power struggles around mediated time and temporalities in movements of resistance or social change; temporal insurgency • cultural and social negotiations of media and time • temporal and technological arrangements between the past, present, and future • interrelations between time, media, and other activities
Abstract submission: 1 May 2018
Notification of selected proposals: 1 June 2018 Full paper submission: 15 January 2019 Publication planned for 2020
Submissions should include name and affiliation of the author(s), an abstract of 500 words, and 3 to 5 keywords. They should be sent to the e-mail address no later than 1 May 2018: firstname.lastname@example.org Invited paper submission will be due 15 January 2019 and will be submitted directly to the submission site for New Media & Society: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/nms where they will undergo peer review following the usual procedures of the journal. The invitation to submit a full article does not guarantee acceptance into the special issue. The special issue will be published in 2020.
In case you have any questions or suggestions, please get in touch: email@example.com
Practicing Deep Time is a two-day event focusing on Deep Time in arts and heritage: a one-day multidisciplinary symposium based at Timespan followed by a day “in the field”, exploring Deep Time concepts across East Sutherland and Caithness.
With contributors from across the arts and heritage sectors, working in international, national and regional contexts, the programme focuses particularly on how we might address deep time subjects and issues in contemporary artistic, museological, archaeological, and environmental practices. The programme also pays attention to the points where deep time intersects with the contemporary moment, in current conversations around climate change, nuclear waste storage, and the anthropocene – where the impact of humans has been imprinted on the geological record.
CAPACIOUS: Affect Inquiry/Making Space Conference 8 - 11 Aug 2018, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
This stream explores how the orientations of affect might make space for alternative conceptions of feminism’s narratives, methods, and temporalities. It draws from the productive dialogue that has emerged between feminist and affect studies especially in the new millennium, and attends to the discursive politics that shape the stories (Hemmings 2005, 2011) by which feminism has come to be known. The focus of this stream is twofold, and attempts to trace the affinities between its concurrent, overlapping lines of inquiry as follows. Alongside scholars such as Hemmings, Ahmed (2010, 2012), and Wiegman (2010, 2012, 2016), it first invites a self-reflexive gaze at how affect has saturated and sustained certain trajectories that compose the institutions of feminist thought, and in turn seeks to advance new perspectives on critical feminist praxis. Second, in following the work of scholars such as Browne (2014), Cvetkovich (2003, 2012), Freeman (2010), Hesford (2013), Holland (2012), Love (2007), and Scott (2011), it examines the imbrications of affect and time in the organization of feminist histories and knowledges. It continues to reveal the points of tension marking the structuring temporalities of feminism, and presents a diverse array of accounts that might extend the affective life of feminist time.
This stream welcomes papers that carve out space for contemporary modes of engaging with the affective imaginary of feminism. It uncovers the affective infrastructure behind dominant frameworks of feminism, and the transformative potential of affect itself for generating new ways of thinking and reading the multiplicity of feminist discourse. Here, the discussion is further opened to the affective temporalities of feminism that call into question the exclusionary parameters of feminist historiography. It draws on the inevitable centrality of affect for rethinking the pasts, present, and futures of feminism. This stream makes ethical and political interventions into existing feminist paradigms by being committed to perspectives that have traditionally been elided by liberal Western epistemologies. As such, it is particularly interested in scholarship that centers on decolonizing, transnational, or queer feminisms, and encourages the interdisciplinary insight that can be gleaned from the broadly defined fields of the humanities, arts, and social sciences.
Potential topics for this stream include, but are not limited to,
The mobilizations, or (re)orientations, of affect in:
250-word paper abstracts can now be submitted. All papers must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. To aid with proper routing, please include STREAM #5 and 'Feminism's Affective Imaginary' in the subject-line of your emailed paper-abstract submission. The email attachment of your abstract should be in Word. Abstracts can be single-authored or co-authored. The final deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 15, 2018. For more information, please visit: http://capaciousjournal.com/conference/.
Call for papers- RGS-IBG 2018: Temporality and Change: Non Representational Geographies and Beyond
Sponsored by the History and Philosophy of Geography Research Group (HPGRG)
Building on a plethora of analytical frames and concepts that have conceived of, or attempted to understand, temporality and change (May and Thrift, 2011), this session invites contributors to consider how temporality and change are empirically, theoretically and/or methodologically grasped within the contemporary landscape of geographical knowledge. In asking these questions, the session is interested in the role of Non-Representational Theories as an approach that continues to influence social and cultural thought (Vannini 2015). As such, we are interested in work that is shaped by a concern with movement, foregrounding the dynamics of change, and highlighting the emergent intricacies of everyday life (Anderson and Harrison, 2010, Thrift, 1996). We welcome broad interpretations of time and temporality and contributions that consider Non-representational theories in relation to other ways of thinking.
Topics in this session might include, but are not limited to:
Anderson, B. Harrison, P (2010). The promise of non-representational theories, Surrey: Ashgate.
May, J. and Thrift, N. eds., 2003. Timespace: geographies of temporality. London: Routledge.
Thrift, N (1996). Spatial Formations, California: Sage.
Vannini, P (2015). Non-representational methodologies: Re-envisioning research, London: Routledge.
Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words to both:
Amy C. Barron, The University of Manchester
Andrew S. Maclaren, The University of Aberdeen
In submissions please include paper title, abstract, authors name(s), affiliation, contact email address (and in the case of multiple authors clearly state who will be presenting the paper)
The deadline for submissions is Monday the 12th of February.
We are also planning on organising a workshop session on practicing non-representational theories at the RGS-IBG. Watch this space for details, but please do email us if you would be interested in such a session.
RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, Cardiff University, 28-31 August 2018.
‘Being in the now’: Feminist geographies of non-teleological practices
This session is sponsored by the Gender and Feminist Geographies Research Group
Session Organisers: Clare Holdsworth, Keele University (email@example.com) and Sarah Marie Hall, University of Manchester (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Attention to the importance of taken-for-granted, everyday activities has been a key theme in the production of feminist geographical knowledge. As Dyke argues it is necessary to pay ‘close attention to the spaces of everyday life to keep women visible in rapidly changing world conditions’ (2005, 234). This focus on the everyday is not though simply a matter of making women visible to acknowledge their contribution to families, communities and neighbourhoods, but also reveals the significance of women’s lives in the present time. There is we suggest an important temporal, as well as spatial, aspect of everyday practices that can be examined through a non-teleological perspective. The focus of attention of non-teleological reasoning is against the assumptions of ‘in order to rationality’ which prioritises the outcome of activities rather than their embodied experiences. Evoking a non-teleological perspective foregrounds the significance of activities in the present time and the meanings ascribed to doings rather than endings. They are synergies here with the current popularity of mindfulness and emphasis on ‘being in the now’.
We invite papers to contribute to debates about how a focus on the significance of present temporalities can enrich feminist geographical knowledge. Possible topics may include, but are not restricted to:
• Living with austerity
• Flow activities and positive psychology
• Temporalities of activism
• Feminist becomings
• Mindfulness and motherhood
• Feminist environmentalism and the everyday
• Creativity and non-teleological reasoning
Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to Clare Holdsworth (email@example.com) by 5pm Friday 2nd February 2018. These should include title, author affiliation and email address.
We are pleased to announce that the 4th International Conference on Time Perspective will be Nantes, France from August 27-31, 2018.
The conference focuses on Time as a broad, interdisciplinary topic capable of bridging gaps between disciplines and between scientific fields.
The Time Perspective Network has 250+ active members from more than 40 countries around the world, both young and established researchers from various backgrounds who are passionate about time in psychological and social phenomena. During our bi-annual conferences we aim to inspire collaborative research and applied projects in the field of our expertise in subjective and social time.
Those at Temporal Belongings are highly encouraged to submit their work.
Call for papers and access to submission portal: https://www.conferize.com/ICTP2018
Submission deadlines and response dates:
Early submission deadline: January 21, 2017. Response by February 6, 2018.
Submission deadline: February 25, 2018. Response by March 13, 2018
Tianna Loose, PhD
Université de Nantes
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