STREAMS: Transformative Environmental Humanities

Open Invitation & Call for Contributions to an International Environmental Humanities Conference hosted by:

KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory, Stockholm, Sweden 

5–8 August 2020


The past decade has seen the emergence and rapid growth of a new field of inquiry: the environmental humanities (EH). From the scholarly ‘turns’ of the humanities in the 1990s and 2000s and the increasing demand on science and scholarship to face global challenges, a broad gathering of humanities disciplines emerged and fostered this field.

Now encompassing a number of highly visible academic journals, book series from acclaimed academic publishers, and broader outreach opportunities, environmental humanities have reached a critical moment when it is relevant to convene for a larger meeting. This international conference will continue to experiment, envision and set out future directions for environmental humanities research and teaching, and strengthen their intersections with the social sciences, arts, technology, and the sciences.


The primary purpose of STREAMS is to invite diverse communities of EH practitioners to come together to share work, advance ideas, and craft new imaginaries that can shape present and future transformations. These aims are especially important in the current moment when it seems impossible to imagine or pursue alternatives to the multiple socio-ecological crises taking place around the world.

Who Will Participate?

EH developed as a broad and experimental field of perspectives and practices within academia and beyond. We welcome researchers, artists, activists, writers, filmmakers, journalists, practitioners, policy-makers, and scientists—everyone who wishes to contribute in shaping pathbreaking, indeed undisciplined, imaginaries for the transformative environmental humanities of tomorrow. In order to address a growing concern about academic travel, the conference will provide opportunities for remote participation through featured talks, e-conferencing (e.g. Zoom meetings), or other kinds of virtual interactions. In the tradition of the KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory´s commitment to societal engagement, the programme will also include public events co-organized with activists and open to a wider public.

There will be a limited number of travel grants. Please include in your submission a statement requesting the grant. Specify also whether your participation requires financial support or not. Please refer to the conference website for information on background, fees, practical information, and updates.

We look forward to your application and to see you in Stockholm in August 2020!


On behalf of the Local Organization Committee

Marco Armiero, Sabine Höhler, Sverker Sörlin

The Environmental Humanities Laboratory

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

For further information, please email Johan Gärdebo (Conference Coordinator) at:

British Forum for Ethnomusicology Annual Conference 2020 (Music, Nature, Culture)

16-19 April 2020, Bath Spa University, Newton Park, Bath, UK

Keynote speaker: Dr Angela Impey (SOAS, University of London)

As with all BFE Annual Conferences we welcome papers and panels on any aspect of current ethnomusicological research.

The 2020 theme will be Music, Culture and Nature.

In a time of mounting environmental concern, ethnomusicology is well placed to contribute to the achievements of ecomusicology (Allen and Dawe, 2016) that interrogate the ‘web of interactions between biodiversity, climate and human wellbeing’ (The Guardian, 6 May 2019). Indeed, ethnomusicologists have already provided insights into the cultural dimensions of ecological crises across a wide range of settings (Grant, 2018; Silvers, 2018). Building on the BFE one-day conference ‘Listening for a Change: Music, Environment, Action’ in 2011, this annual conference will develop ethnomusicology’s critical engagement with the most recent research from disciplines such as environmental science, environmental humanities, sound studies and ecomusicology. Steven Feld’s development of acoustemology prioritises ‘relational practices of listening and sounding’ (2017: 87) across species and materialities, proposing an alternative to soundscape and sound studies. To decentre the human, scholars are increasingly taking a multispecies approach to ethnomusicology. In line with Ochoa Gautier’s writing (2016), how might the study of music and sound allow us to interrogate further the constitution of ontological categories like ‘nature’ and ‘culture’? How do ethnomusicologists evaluate and interpret sonic practices in human, non-human and more-than-human worlds? How are spiritual relationships with the natural environment expressed through sound and music? What can musical practices or sound worlds tell us about the natural environment (and vice versa) which can in turn inform the socio-ecological transition to more environmentally-conscious forms of living? By drawing connections between sound, culture and the world’s ecosystems this conference provides an opportunity for ethnomusicology to make a meaningful contribution to the challenges we face, including the environmental impact of ethnomusicological activities themselves, and of music consumption.

Papers, panels, roundtables, posters, and films:

We invite you to submit papers, panels, roundtables, posters, and films on any aspect of research. We particularly invite presentations that focus on the intersection of ethnomusicology with the following areas:

  • Interpretations of the relationship between culture and nature and the constitution of such categories; music, nature and intersectional identity (including ecofeminism, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, age, disability); environmental justice, postcolonial politics, indigenous rights, and their intersection;

  • Environmental impacts of musical practices (materials and musical instruments), and music consumption (technology and the recording industry);

  • Climate crisis and environmental determinism; the politics of the Anthropocene; values of conservation, preservation and restoration in culture and nature including the relationship between sustainability, culture and heritage;

  • Issues of sustainability and diversity across musical, cultural, linguistic and/or biological domains;

  • Natural or ecological themes in musical discourse (transmission, performance techniques, aesthetics), iconography, imagery and branding;

  • Nature and landscape in the performance of musical nationalism or minority identities;

  • Human / non-human / environmental interactions through sounding and listening: acoustemology, soundscape ecology, acoustic ecology, and acoustic multinaturalism (after Ochoa Gautier);

  • The audible and the inaudible: spirits, animals and plants as musical agents and ethnographic subjects; interspecies communication, bioacoustics and biosemiotics.

For more information see the conference website:


DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS 1 NOVEMBER 2019. Successful applicants will be notified in December. Please note that all presenters must be members of the BFE:

Proposals are invited for:

  • Individual papers (20 minutes with 10 minutes for questions)

  • Collaborative presentations (for example with practitioners or with scholars from different disciplines, especially scientists or environmental artists)

  • Panels (3 or 4 linked papers around a theme, totalling 1.5 or 2 hours)

  • Round tables (3 or 4 shorter presentations, around 15 minutes each, followed by a chaired discussion, totalling 1.5 or 2 hours)

  • Posters

  • Films, audio or other media presentations

Paper and panel abstracts should be submitted to

Use the following formats to enable anonymous review:

  • Paper proposals: include the name and email address of the proposer, paper title, and abstract (the latter not exceeding 250 words). The name of the proposer should not appear in the body of the abstract.

  • Organised session proposals: include the names and email addresses of the proposer and the other participants, a title and overall abstract for the session (not exceeding 250 words), and abstracts for each contributor (no more than 250 words each). The names of the proposer and participants should not appear in the body of the abstracts.

  • Roundtable proposals: include the names and email addresses of the proposer and the other participants (the proposer will be assumed to be the chair unless stated otherwise), a title and overall abstract for the roundtable (not exceeding 250 words), and abstracts for each contributor (no more than 250 words each). The names of the proposer and participants should not appear in the body of the abstracts.

  • Poster proposals: include the name and email address of the researcher, poster title, and a description of the material to be presented (not exceeding 250 words). The name of the proposer should not appear in the description.

  • Proposals for films, audio or other media presentations: include the name and email of the proposer, title of film/presentation, abstract (not exceeding 250 words), and length of film/presentation. The name of the proposer should not appear in the body of the abstract.

Given the theme of the conference, delegates from outside the UK/EU may present their paper virtually. When submitting your abstract, please indicate if you wish to take up this option.

Any questions or problems please email:

BFE Student Prize and Bursaries

Student presenters are encouraged to submit their papers for the BFE Student Prize (, awarded annually for the best student paper presented at the BFE annual conference. Students may also apply for a BFE Bursary to assist with the cost of attending the conference. Details concerning the prize and bursaries will be circulated closer to the conference date.

BFE Code of Conduct

BFE conferences are run in accordance with the BFE Conference Code of Conduct. By taking part in a BFE conference, you agree to be bound by this code.


· Allen, Aaron S. and Kevin Dawe (eds), (2016), Current Directions in Ecomusicology: Music, Nature, Environment (New York and London: Routledge).

· Feld, Steven (2015), ‘On Post-Ethnomusicology Alternatives: Acoustemology’, Francesco Giannattasio and Giovanni Giuriati (eds), Perspectives on a 21st Century Comparative Musicology: Ethnomusicology or Transcultural Musicology? (Udine: Nota), 82-98.

· Grant, Catherine (2018), ‘Academic flying, climate change, and ethnomusicology: personal reflections on a professional problem’. Ethnomusicology Forum 27 (2), 123-135.

· Ochoa Gautier, Ana María (2016) ‘Acoustic Multinaturalism, the Value of Nature, and the Nature of Music in Ecomusicology’. boundary 2. 43 (1), 107-141.

· Silvers, Michael B. (2018), Voices of Drought: The Politics of Music and Environment in Northeastern Brazil (Urbana-Champaign: University of Illinois Press).

· Watts, Jonathan, (2019) ‘Human society under urgent threat from loss of Earth's natural life’. The Guardian.

Int. Workshop "Curating Climate. Museums as 'contact zones' of climate research, education and activism"

WHEN: October 28-29th 2019

WHERE: Klimahuset / University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

WHO: People working in the museum and heritage sector, researchers, artists, activists and policy makers. 


How do we narrate climatic change in a museum environment and initiate dialogue across its stakeholders? How can museums become ‘contact zones’ where science and education, activism and entertainment, debate and tourism interact productively? 

Various cultural institutions have recently taken up the challenges of communicating climate change and engaging with their communities. They range from established museums to new, emerging and experimental spaces. All attempt to promote debate and tell the stories we desperately need to connect scientific results to human lifeworlds. Climate change is a complex phenomenon that crosses the register of nature and culture. Its ecological, cultural and technological impacts connect the global and the local. The importance of addressing climate breakdown in a global perspective reflecting the different challenges facing different regions makes museums revisit their collections, exhibition designs and expert networks as well as develop their cross-societal appeal. Under these challenging terms, they could provide a readymade infrastructure for climate change communication and co-creation as spaces for the intersection of climate research, dissemination and activism.

This workshop will explore the emerging, dynamic and transgressive field of the ‘climate museum’. It will trace a unique and highly interdisciplinary space of encounter that connects the sciences and the humanities, academic and public spheres, research and action. What are the competences museums need to develop in order to engage with the multiscalar and complex phenomenon? Do we need new institutions or are established museums capable of rethinking their approaches and use their resources to foster understanding and action to engage with the global environmental crisis? Should the focus be on the sustainable development goals, the Agenda 2030, climate change or even the Anthropocene? The workshop will initiate cross-sectoral collaboration within and beyond the museum sphere. It is aimed at people working in the museum and heritage sector, researchers, artists, activists and policy makers. It will engage a wide variety of approaches in museum theory and practice for competence building. It strives to make museums key actors in promoting understanding and action to climate change. Confirmed key speakers are: Henry McGhie (Manchester) and Molly Fannon (Washington). 

We invite contributions to areas such as:

  • Exhibiting/Narrating climate change

  • Collecting climate

  • Anthropocenic museum practices

  • Bridging science, activism and education

  • Aesthetic, didactic, and material strategies

  • Contact and conflict zones of climate/museums

  • Co-creation in multi-stakeholder environments

  • Curating for societal change

  • Climate - a challenge for new or old museums?

Organisers: Prof Brita Brenna (University of Oslo), Prof Dominik Collet (Oslo School of Environmental Humanities), Torkjell Leira (Klimahuset Oslo), Morien Rees (ICOM group sustainability and museums), Bergsveinn Thorsson (University of Oslo)



 The international workshop will take place in Oslo new Klimahuset and is free of charge. Subject to pending funding agreements, travel grants might be available for some applicants. Please send your one-page summary of your presentation and short CV by 15th August 2019 to:


August 15th 2019


Adorning our new biosphere: how to love the postcarbon world (in partnership with Plymouth University's Sustainable Earth Institute <http://Plymouth%20University's%20Sustainable%20Earth%20Institute> and Science Walden <> at Ulsan National Institute of Science & Technology <http://Ulsan%20National%20Institute%20of%20Science%20&%20Technology>) invites you to submit a proposal for participation in the forthcoming summit Adorning our new biosphere: how to love the postcarbon world <> to be held November 7-9 at Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EA, UK.  This event is another in a renowned series of international symposia held at Dartington in the southwest of England.

In our emergent post-carbon world, what of justice? what of beauty? What of art itself? Surely the artist’s ability to stir up and question societal thinking, challenge preconceptions, and assert new forms of beauty and aesthetic reasoning must play a role? Part of the argument against many renewable technologies has been on aesthetic grounds, based principally on an 18thC view of an ideal ‘natural’ landscape. Although we need to continue to poke that model with a sharp stick, new technologies are also revolutionising what power generation looks and feels like.

But beauty is more than skin-deep. Climate change is also an ugly scar on a social consciences. The environmental and health consequences of climate change, which disproportionately affect low-income countries and poor people in high-income countries, profoundly affect human rights and social justice. This, too, is familiar territory for artist-activists whose role is to challenge, question, and subvert.

So this is a call to action for artists, designers, engineers and other thinkers to turn their attention to a world in need of a change of argument, one that can adorn our new biosphere not only with aesthetic pleasure but with a beauty of equality and social equity.

The technological argument has been won; now it is time to win our hearts and make the world beautiful as well as clean.



This list is neither prescriptive nor proscriptive and is a guid only. Please be free to submit any ideas you feel are relevant to the topic.

resistance and activism
low-tech and hacker approaches to energy generation
the power of community
invisible technologies / visible technologies
role of the artist in community energy projects
energy generation as act of resistance
climate change, radicalism and social justice
art and energy as a metaphor for localism
a postcarbon phenomenology?
a new rural postcarbon sublime
new models for owning energy / ultralocalism
climate change and social justice
artist as technician
artist as non-technician
brokering power; challenging the monolith
large-scale, small-scale, micro-scale
the ir/relevance of art in facing global challenge
(re)claiming beauty
fighting for a new aesthetic
restoration and reclamation: rediscovering lost knowledge
art, heart, mind


Alex Wanjiku Kelbert & Natasha Mumbi Nkonde
Ellie Harrison


The deadline for submission is 22.00 BST on Thursday June 7, 2018. We are requesting 250-word abstracts or outlines, which must be submitted through the event website at We are unable to accept any submissions after the deadline.

Read full details at

Innovations in International Climate Development Workshop - Deadline June 15th

Tobias Center for Innovation in International Development

School of Global and International Studies

Indiana University, Bloomington

October 4-6, 2018


Call for abstracts:


As the Paris Agreement moves into the implementation phase, climate adaptation enters into conversation with broader development goals, building upon and expanding traditional notions of sustainable development. We seek scholarly and applied research that explores the relationship between climate and development, broadly construed, spanning disciplines, and ranging between applied and theoretical works. Potential topics relating to climate and development are open but could include: emissions reductions strategies, projects that multi-solve for climate and poverty sustainable development goals, forms of knowledge in climate development, analyses pertaining to development issues negotiated in UNFCCC and other fora, climate development program implementation, metrics for assessing efficacy of climate development projects, multilateral climate development, multi-scale climate and development governance, and policy analyses. Participants will each workshop their article-length work in progress and work with a small, focused community of experts approaching this topic.


Applications are due to Jessica O’Reilly at jloreill@indiana.eduby June 15. Applications should include a 200-400-word article abstract and CVs for authors. One author per article will be offered travel funding for the workshop. Participants should submit full-length articles (5000-10000 words) by September 7; articles will be read by workshop participants ahead of the event.

Monsoon Waters

A Symposium to be held at the University of Westminster, 12-13 April 2018 Deadline for abstracts: 08 January 2018

Proposals for papers and/or exhibition materials are invited for Monsoon Waters, the second in a series of symposia convened by Monsoon Assemblages, a research project funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

We live in a world where political geography and spatial planning have assumed permanent and easily observable divides between land, sea and air. Land is understood as solid, stable, divisible and the basis of human habitation; the sea is understood as liquid, mobile, indivisible, and hostile to human settlement; air is understood as gaseous, mobile, invisible and indispensable to human life. The monsoon cuts across these divisions. It inundates lived environments every year, connecting land with sea and sky. It is a spatial practice that reorganises air, water, land, settlements, cities, buildings and bodies through heat, wind, rain, inundation, saturation and ow. It unites science with politics and policy with affect. Today climate change is disrupting its cycles and explosive social and economic growth and rapid urbanisation are increasing the uncertainty of its effects. How can spatial design and the environmental humanities respond to these conditions by drawing on the monsoon as a template for spatial theory, analysis and design practice?

In order to deepen its responses to these questions, Monsoon Assemblages is convening three symposia between 2017 and 2019 framed by the states of matter connected by the monsoon - air, water and ground. Monsoon [+ other] Airs took place in April 2017. The second symposium, Monsoon Waters will take place on 12-13 April 2018. It will comprise inter-disciplinary panels, key-note addresses and an exhibition and aims to bring together established and young scholars and practitioners from a range of disciplines, literatures, knowledge systems and practices (theoretical, empirical, political, aes- thetic, everyday) to engage in conversations about the ontologies, epistemologies, histories, politics and practices of monsoon waters.

We are particularly interested in contributions that investigate

1. Wet monsoon ontologies
Following Mathur and da Cunha [1} we are interested in contributions that explore wetness (in the air, on the earth, under the earth) as a way of being, cultures of wetness, and the urban, environmental and political consequences of attitudes towards being wet.

2. Late-modern monsoon waters
We are interested in contributions that explore attitudes towards water in south Asia since the mid 1980’s, their history, their urban, environmental and political consequences and the ways-of-being-monsoon-water that these attitudes have produced, such as ood-water, de cient-water, toxic-water, beauti ed-water, bottled-water etc.

3. Monsoon waters in a changing climate
We are interested in contributions that explore monsoonal cycles of wetness and dryness from the perspective of climate change, any changes in political, social or economic behaviour these might be catalysing and in new or invigorated social movements these changes might be inspiring.

4. Visualising monsoon waters
We are interested in contributions that explore ways of visualising monsoon cycles of wetness and dryness, (in the air, on the earth, under the earth) and their consequences for spatial design practice.

Con rmed key note speakers at the symposium are:

Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha: architects, planners and landscape architects based in Philadelphia, USA and Bangalore, India, whose work is focused on how water is conceptualised and visualised in ways that lead to conditions of its excess and scarcity, and the opportunities that its ubiquity offers for new visualizations of terrain, and resilience through design.

Kirsten Blinkenberg Hastrup: environmental anthropologist based in Copenhagen, Denmark, whose work deals with social responses to climate change across the globe, currently centered in the Thule Area, NW Greenland.

Contributions are invited in response to these provocations. They should take the form of 150 - 250 word abstracts for either papers or creative, practice based contributions such as drawings, photographs, videos, performances, musical compositions etc.

Enquiries or abstracts should be sent to Lindsay Bremner at by 08 January 2018. Abstracts will be reviewed by the Monsoon Assemblages team and authors will be notified by 29 January 2018 whether their contributions have been accepted or not.

There is no registration fee for the symposium, but participants will be required to secure their own funding to attend it. Participants will be requested to submit their contributions for publication in the symposium proceedings, or, potentially, a special journal issue.

For further information see: twitter: monass_2016
instagram: monass_2016                                                                                                            facebook: monsoon assemblages project

Call for Papers on Climate Change and Action Research

Action Research is inviting articles for the special issue: Climate Change and Action Research: Creating Transformative Knowledge With Stakeholders.

This Special Issue aim to highlight the knowledge that Action Research can provide on themes related to social changes in a change climate. There is currently a large mis-match between goals and reality in climate change responses. Action Research is well position to provide co-created knowledge and insights on the relationship between knowledge and action, focusing on stakeholder engagement and diversity of expression. 

The Special Issue Editor is Hilary Bradbury and the editor team includes Steve Waddell; Marina Apgar; Tom Wakeford; Karen O’ Brien, Ioan Fazey, Rik Peters, Benito Teehankee.

Papers due to ARJ January 30, 2018. 

The following questions are relevant for this special issue: 

  • How do action researchers generate transformative knowledge creation within a domain that has been largely dominated by conventional natural sciences and economics? How can action researchers and conventional scientists work better together to navigate the power and politics of scholarship to realize epistemological complementarities required for meaningful outcomes?

  • How can conventional science’s research designs be re-designed/complemented/influenced by Action Research design?

  • How do subjective & intersubjective knowledge claims interweave with objective knowledge claims in a way that furthers a transformative change agenda in response to climate change?

  • How are the material differences of specific spaces and places to be accounted for in what needs to be a global transformation?

  • What are relevant examples and exemplars of transformative knowledge from which we can learn?

  • How is indigenous knowledge, traditional knowledge, knowledge democracy, and other ex- cluded epistemologies to be included?

  • What is required for good exemplars of action research that link across scale (e.g., between a community base and institutionalizing powers)?

  • How do we develop truly integrated efforts that are actionable - combining the exteriorizing focus of systems thinking with the interiorizing focus on relationships, gender and racial power dynamics (etc) that can allow for authentic transformation to happen?

  • What happens when more attention is given to convening convivial and purpose-driven rela- tional spaces as a prelude to transforming behavior, i.e., spaces that balance between agency and community to avoid the dulling of the radical spirit of transformation that many change agents carry?

  • What does planning look like in transformational efforts? How different is it from conventional ideas of planning in related spaces (such as international development)? Many action re- searchers assume planning needs to be more emergent and generative, but what does that really mean in practice? 

To read more about the call for papers click here.

*Seeking communities, cities and climate change case studies*

The policy report *“What about the people? The socially sustainable,
resilient community and urban development”* (by Cathy Baldwin, University
of Oxford, and Robin King, World Resources, Institute)
looks at how the physical environment of cities strengthens communities
through influencing their thoughts, feelings and behaviours to take
positive actions that help them respond resiliently to the adverse effects
of climate change-related adverse weather events and natural disasters.

It is under review with Routledge Publishers for publication as a book in
printed and eformats, with global distribution in universities, think
tanks, multilateral organisations, NGOs etc under their Environment and
Sustainability strand for academic and policy audiences.

The publisher has asked if we could like to expand our content to include
further case studies and evidence-based recommendations from around the
world (particularly the global south, e.g. Africa, Latin America and Asia)
of policies, practical projects or research about initiatives /projects
that demonstrate any of the following:

a)      Urban form or community participation in urban initiatives that
supports the behavioural, social, cultural, psychological or physical
health aspects of resilience to the adverse environmental effects of
climate change, e.g. adverse weather events, periods of extreme
temperatures, natural disasters etc.

b)    Communities adversely affected by climate change – where somehow
(incidentally / accidentally) the physical or biophysical/ natural
environments (e.g. green spaces) of the city positively support
communities’ social/health resilience

If you / your organisation / your colleagues have any written material that
would make for informative case studies that explicitly includes
qualitative (descriptive / ethnographic) or quantitative data on how the
built environment and community participation in development has supported
behavioural, psychological, cultural, social or health aspects of
resilience, that are readily available as secondary sources, and that we
could analyse, please let us know asap.

These could be project reports, evaluations, journal papers, online
articles etc.

We're not looking for author contributions but secondary material that we
can analyse.

Thank you very much indeed.

Best wishes,


Dr Cathy Baldwin,
Research Associate, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology,
University of Oxford
Visiting Research Academic, Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment,
Oxford Brookes University

CALL FOR PAPERS | Asian Extremes: Climate, Meteorology and Disaster in History

Date:17 May 2018 - 18 May 2018

Venue:Asia Research Institute, Seminar Room
AS8, Level 4, 10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260


The weather plays an often underestimated, yet vitally important role in human history. Climate has been considered an explanation for almost every aspect of society and culture, from causing disease to determining racial characteristics historically. Extremes of weather, especially those experienced in Asia including typhoons and monsoon rains, have also had a major impact on society. In urban areas, the weather has contributed to urban destruction and shaped resultant urban rebuilding and planning. In the port and coastal cities of Asia, the need to understand those extremes also led to pioneering scientific developments in the fields of meteorology and maritime science. In the modern Anthropocene, the need to understand the history of the climate and all its associated impacts is ever more critical.

Climate and weather history are still considered emerging fields despite some precedent from the sciences and arguably, studies in this field have disproportionately favoured Northern Europe, in large part because of the greater availability and accessibility of records for this region. There are still many knowledge gaps for Asia however, partly because of the paucity of records in comparison to Europe, because many archives have either been restricted or have only relatively recently been opened, but also because regional scholars have overly focused on teleological nationalistic explorations of the past.

The aim of this conference therefore is to explore the role of the weather in the history of anthropogenic Asia. It ties in with current historiographical trends that explore scientific history as a globally linked enterprise, one that crossed different national and imperial borders. It also sees Asia as critical to the development of global meteorological science: understanding extremes such as typhoons were essential to trade, economy and society. Despite the centrality of extreme weather to urban Asia historically (and in the present day) however, this field remains relatively under researched. The panels adopt an interdisciplinary approach, appealing to historians, social scientists and natural scientists with an interest in events and trends in the history of climate changes and extremes of weather, to suggest what an enhanced understanding of the past might teach us about managing and adapting to current climatic challenges. This helps us to fill a gap between different disciplines, especially meteorologists and scientist who are more concerned with quantified data and historian and/or social scientists who put more emphasis on socio-political aspects of climate and climate change.

In this conference, we seek to gain a better understanding of the following themes:    

  • Asian Extremes: Weather as a Driver of Change
  • Imperial Meteorology: A Global Science
  • Culture, Climate and Weather
  • Weather History and the Modern-Day: Integrating History and Science in the Anthropocene       


Submissions should include a title, an abstract of no more than 250 words and a brief biography including name, institutional affiliation, and email contact. Please note that only previously unpublished papers or those not already committed elsewhere can be accepted. The organizers plan to publish a special issue with selected papers presented in this conference. By participating in the conference you agree to participate in the future publication plans (special issue/journal) of the organizers. The organizers will provide hotel accommodation for three nights and a contribution towards airfare for accepted paper participants (one author per paper).

Please submit your proposal, using the provided proposal template to Dr Fiona Williamson at and Sharon at by 17 October 2017. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 17 November 2017.


Conference Convenors

Dr Fiona Williamson
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
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Assoc Prof Gregory Clancey
Asia Research Institute, and Tembusu College, National University of Singapore

CFP: Design & Environment. An Intensive, Interdisciplinary, and Output-Oriented Workshop

Wednesday 28 February and Thursday 1 March 2018, University of Leeds.


Abstract deadline: 13 October 2017

3 to 5 page essay deadline: 12 January 2018



Wendy Gunn (Senior Research Fellow at the Research[x]Design Research Group, Department of Architecture, KU Leuven)


Clare Rishbeth (Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at the Department of Landscape, The University of Sheffield)


This two-day workshop seeks to critically rethink how design and environment inform each other. Architects, designers, and environmental scholars from a range of disciplines are committed to sustainability. However, the relationships between these fields of inquiry and production are not self-evident. How are design and environment intertwined, or when does environment become design and vice versa?


It has long been recognised that spatial planning and design are not just matters of aesthetics or convenience, but can have major consequences for how an environment functions in social terms. The examples of destructive socio-spatial segregation are ample, as are those of fragmented ecosystems. The workshop invites reflections on the troubled relationship between design and environment beyond conventional “Design for the Environment” (DfE) frameworks (focussing on the environmental impact of products or processes) and seeks to defy the idea that design altruistically works ‘for the betterment of all’. Acknowledging instead the normativity and embeddedness of design in power structures, can serve to expose the intentionality of environmental changes. In turn, environmental changes, as well as contemporary understandings of the socio-material configuration of space, can produce surprising understandings of how design processes work and allow for more inclusive, and perhaps empowering conceptualisations of design. The emerging field of design anthropology in particular has been “concerned with how people perceive, create, and transform their environments through their everyday activities” [1], thus developing a broad conceptualisation of design as a way of making the world.

Where do (studies of) design and environment meet, and what kinds of understandings does this offer? What are the pitfalls and challenges this encounter brings forward? How do the temporalities and materialities of design and environment align or clash in working towards a sustainable future?

Anthropologists, geographers, designers, architects, humanities scholars and others, at all career stages, are invited to contribute to this two-day workshop. Possible topics for discussion include, but are not limited to:


• Temporalities in/of environment and design

• Environmental crisis and disaster

• Design, destruction, and (spatial) inequality

• Urban and rural landscape architectures

• Controlled environments

• Aesthetics, representation and critique

• (Post)colonial environments

• Utopia and social engineering

• Sustainable design and environmental management

• Dwelling and everyday design



This will be an intensive, interdisciplinary and output-oriented workshop. Apart from public keynote lectures by Wendy Gunn (KU Leuven) and Clare Rishbeth (The University of Sheffield), the workshop will be closed to people who are not presenting to improve commitment within the group. The workshop is limited to a maximum of 20 people.


Those interested are kindly asked to send an abstract (max 200 words) outlining their ideas to Arvid van Dam ( before 13 October 2017.


Invited participants will then be asked to submit a 3 to 5 page essay well before the workshop and all participants are expected to read the essays in their panel. In addition, they will be asked to send 1 to 3 thematic questions with their essay, which might inform the panel discussions. During the meeting, each participant will give a pitch rather than a full presentation, focussing on the main argument of their essay (creative approaches are welcome), and allowing for in-depth discussions. There will be no parallel panels. Various sessions will be directed, each in their own way, at coming up with collaborative output based on the discussions and presentations.


[1] Gunn, W., T. Otto & R.C. Smith (2013). Design anthropology: Theory and practice. London, New York: Bloomsbury. (Page xiii).



Arvid van Dam

Doctoral fellow

Disaster studies | Design Anthropology | Environmental Humanities


University of Leeds

Leeds Humanities Research Institute

Room 1.04 | 29-31 Clarendon Place +31 6 15275313 | +44 113 34 32025

CFPs: Remaking the Museum

The Aarhus University Centre for Environmental Humanities is excited to
invite proposals for contributions to an interdisciplinary conference on
"Remaking the Museum: Curation, Conservation, and Care in Times of
Ecological Upheaval." Bringing together leading scholars and practitioners
from across the environmental humanities and beyond, the conference will
take place at Denmark's Moesgaard Museum on December 6th and 7th, 2017.

Please send abstracts (200 words) or enquiries to Michael Vine ( by November 1, 2017.

CFPs: Remaking the Museum

In this time of entangled social and environmental crisis, the need to not
only reimagine but remake the museum has acquired new urgency. In response,
this two-day conference will bring together leading scholars and
practitioners to investigate the opportunities, challenges, and limits of
the museum as a catalyst for social change in this geological epoch of our
making: the Anthropocene. From the museum’s early modern origins to the
development of today’s highly heritage saturated public culture, the
capacity of museums and their objects to perform particular relationships
between nature, culture, and history has always been important—inviting
critique from a variety of political and theoretical vantage points. The
emergence of the Anthropocene as both a contested concept and concrete
reality adds new layers of complexity and intensity to this story.

What modes of collecting, classifying, conserving, and curating are called
for amidst this moment of unfolding change? How to actively reshape our
relations with contemporary ecologies of loss, profusion, and
transformation in a way that is both more affirmative and more just? What
alternative practices of curation and care flourish in the margins of
official heritage projects? How can we differently actualize what Tony
Bennett long ago called “the exhibitionary complex” in light of
contemporary issues? And finally: Given the museum’s problematic history,
can it be salvaged as the vector of its own remediation? Working across a
wide range of historical, geographical, and disciplinary contexts, scholars
and practitioners will come together in Denmark’s Moesgaard Museum to
consider these important questions. Our aim for the conference is not only
to critique and deconstruct—important tasks in their own right—but also
chart a path forward for the museum as a powerful force for world-making.

The conference organizers invite proposals for papers that address the
following or any related themes from across the environmental humanities
and beyond:

Hacking the museum: Inspired by the hands-on, experimental approach of the
makers movement, we invite papers that chart past cases or future potential
with regards to the practical transformation of museum spaces and
approaches. In what ways are the institutional, political, and physical
boundaries of the museum being punctured and rearticulated in this time of
social and ecological upheaval?

Ontological frictions: How are are the different ontological commitments
and epistemic demands of art, science, and history museums being recombined
in light of the notion of the Anthropocene? How are the museum’s
traditional divisions between nature, culture, human, nonhuman, life, and
death being muddled—whether intentionally or not—and with what consequences?

Curating change: What alternative and experimental curatorial practices are
taking shape in response to the entangled social and environmental crises
of the present? How do these move through and beyond the museum? And how
are contemporary museum imaginaries making space for today’s temporalities
of loss, profusion, and transformation within their approaches?

Contestations: In what ways do museums materialize questions of
environmental in/justice and drive forward projects of social change? How
does the emergence of the notion of the Anthropocene reflect, refract, or
otherwise rechannel these questions and projects?

Please send abstracts (200 words) or enquiries to Michael Vine ( by November 1, 2017.

Best wishes,

Michael Vine

PhD Candidate

Social Anthropology

University of Cambridge

Researcher in Residence

Center for Environmental Humanities

Aarhus University

Engraved in the rock and dissolved into air: the phenomenology of living in a human-induced climate

We are calling for papers for our panel Engraved in the rock and dissolved into air: the phenomenology of living in a human-induced climate, which forms part of the forthcoming AAS/ASA/ASAANZ Shifting States Anthropology conference in Adelaide, Australia, 11-15 December 2017. The panel will explore thevalue of incorporating a phenomenological analysis into the study of climate change. Papers that examine—conceptually or empirically—the lived experience of climate change are sought.

Further information can be found here:

Dr Hedda Haugen Askland
Senior Lecturer in Anthropology
Research Lead, Centre for Social Research and Regional Futures
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

T: +61 2 4921 7067
M: +61 405 066 470
F: +61 2 4921 6933
T: @AsklandHedda

Climate Politics in Interesting Times


The PSA Specialist Group Environmental Politics is pleased to invite you to: 

Climate Politics in Interesting Times

Friday 15th September 2017, 10:00-17:00 

The Sustainability Hub, Keele University

The politics around governing global climate change are complex enough at the best of times. Now, a surge of populism, ‘fake news’, and the election of Donald Trump as US President, all in times of ongoing austerity in Western democracies, add even greater challenges to the picture. In this research workshop, we will explore what these ‘interesting times’ mean for the prospects, barriers, and new opportunities of climate governance. The event brings together academics, researchers, activists and policy-makers with expertise in climate politics, to explore any or all of the following questions:

  • How has the transnational climate governance arena evolved since Paris 2015?
  • What new barriers have arisen as a result of austerity, populism, Brexit and Trump?
  • How might they be addressed?
  • What are the prospects for international climate politics without US involvement in the Paris Agreement?
  • Does the changed context create any new opportunities as well?
  • What are the (new?) roles of scientists / experts / activists / citizens in today’s climate politics?

Contributions are invited that deal with these or related questions in relation to climate politics at all levels – local, regional, national, trans- and international –, focussing on different types of actors and specific issue areas, and from all relevant disciplines, whether empirical or theoretical.

We particularly invite contributions and participation of postgraduate students and early career researchers. Some funding is available to help support travel expenses for postgraduates and early career researchers on fixed-term contracts; please just include a note outlining why you would need to draw on this with your abstract submission.

The workshop will comprise:

  • Two academic research panels on different specific themes;
  • A roundtable that brings together these scholarly perspectives with the perspectives of practitioners, activists and policy-makers;
  • A career advice session for postgraduate students and early career researchers; and
  • A grant writing clinic specifically geared towards environmental research.

Those interested in presenting a panel paper should submit an abstract of 300 words max.; those interested in taking part in the practitioner roundtable should submit a brief outline of their role and the position/themes they would wish to speak about, also of 300 words max.

Please submit your abstracts or outlines to Marit Hammond ( by Monday 10 July 2017.

Whether you are submitting a paper or roundtable outline, or would just like to attend as a participant without presenting, please register via the Eventbrite page:

Modern Climate Change and the Practice of Archaeology Conference

NOTE: the call for papers is closed for this conference, but they are open for registration.

Friday‑Saturday, 7‑8 April 2017
Jesus College, University of Cambridge

Modern climate change has serious consequences for the knowledge of our past. Desertification, eroding coasts, rising sea levels and melting permafrost threaten the preservation of natural and cultural sites. These and other damaging processes not only jeopardise the archaeological record, but also the living cultural practices of affected communities and their economic and social resilience. As the planet faces increasing global temperatures, the perils posed by rapid climate change will continue to be a major challenge for archaeology throughout the twenty-first century. This conference will explore the modern climate change related challenges to the practices of archaeology and heritage management, as well as productively contribute to current climate change debates.

Robert Van de Noort, author of Climate Change Archaeology, to give keynote address, "The Resilience of Past Communities in their Responses to Climate Change", at 5pm on Friday, 7 April, to be followed by a drink reception.

To register for the conference visit

For more information about the conference, please visit:

Sponsored by the Royal Anthropological Institute

Matter and Organisation stream in Politics and Ethnography in an Age of Uncertainty Conference

Matter and Organisation

Stream Organisers: Hannah Knox and Penny Harvey

12th Annual International Ethnography Symposium
Politics and Ethnography in an Age of Uncertainty
The University of Manchester
29th August - 1st September 2017
Keynotes: Bill Maurer, Bruno Latour, Emma Crewe, Hugh Willmott

This stream poses the question of what role materials of different kinds play in contemporary organization. The organization of matter is central to the work of business and management. From the extraction of oil, coal and gas in the energy industries, to the use of minerals in mobile phone and computer chip development, from the pressure to reduce the levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the face of climate change, to a move towards thinking in terms of resource efficiency and ethically sourced products, organizations must grapple with the appearance, force, value and power of materials and their properties.

This panel invites papers that take as an ethnographic focus the role that materials play in processes of organisation. We are interested in exploring how materials such as concrete, carbon, nuclear waste, water, sand, fabric, gold, energy, data or metal come to matter within the context of contemporary business and management? What is being done to materials within the context of contemporary organization and what are materials in turn doing to economic and political relations? How does the status of materials change as resources come into confrontation with health and safety, risk, conservation, and the repurposing of materials to new ends? What happens to organisation when materials are combined, made multiple, compound or hybrid? What are the technical, social and imaginative means by which materials come to participate in social worlds? How are materials known, interrogated, and responded to? And what are the challenges now being posed by new materials such as nanotechnologies, smart fabrics, or sensory matter?

By viewing organization through an attention to materials, this panel will ground the issue of uncertainty that this symposium aims to address in a materialist paradigm. It will offer a means of interrogating futurity, risk, anticipation and visions of the future via the affordances, tendencies and resistance of matter as it moves in and out of meaning and in and out of place.

Please submit a 250 word abstract to<> by February 28th 2017.

Knowledge/Culture/Ecologies conference Chile

*CFP: Knowledge/Culture/Ecologies International Conference*
*November 15-18, 2017 - Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago - Chile*.

Welcome to Knowledge/Culture/Ecologies (KCE2017) the 4th conference in
the Knowledge/Culture
series <>, a sequence of
international conferences created by the Institute for Culture and Society
<> (ICS) at Western Sydney
University, Australia.

The KCE2017 conference is taking place in Santiago, Chile and is
hosted by Universidad
Diego Portales <> in partnership with
Universidad Católica <>; the C
<>enter for Social Conflict and
Cohesion Studie <>s
<> (COES) and Núcleo Milenio de
Investigación en Energía y Sociedad<>

*Invited Speakers:* Arturo Escobar (University of North Carolina, Chapel
Hill); Marisol de la Cadena (University of California, Davies); Erik
Swyngedouw (University of Manchester); Eduardo Gudynas (Latin American
Centre for Social Ecology, Uruguay); Katherine Gibson (Western Sydney
University); Natasha Myers (York University); Cymene Howe (Rice
University); Noortje Marres (University of Warwick); Vinciane Despret
(Université de Liège).

*Important Dates: *
April 21: Deadline for submitting Panel Proposals
May 26: Deadline for submitting Papers and Audiovisual proposals
June 23: Confirmation of Acceptance of Panels, Papers and Audiovisual
July 28: Early Bird Registrations Close
August 25: Registrations close

October 2017: Full Program announced

*Conference Organising Committee*

Juan Francisco Salazar (Western Sydney University); Tomás Ariztía
(Universidad Diego Portales & NUMIES); Gay Hawkins (Western Sydney
University); Manuel Tironi (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile &
NUMIES); Paul James (Western Sydney University); Maria Luisa Méndez
(Universidad Diego Portales & COES)  Cristián Simonetti (Pontificia
Universidad Católica de Chile) and Anna Pertierra (Western Sydney

All panel, paper, and audiovisual proposals must be made via the online form



Ecology is one of today’s major ideological fields of operation. Ecological
change and catastrophe are proliferating in a world in flux and crisis.
Emerging worlds and new socio-ecological assemblages are creating forms of
interspecies intimacy and environmental emergency that challenge existing
knowledge practices and demand different modes of collaborating and acting.
If life on earth is changing for everybody and everything how can we invent
different habitats, milieus, ways of being together that enable more things
to matter and make a difference? How are novel forms of social cohesion
emerging around socio-environmental conflicts and justice? What
experimental knowledge and political practices do we need to understand
these emergent socio-ecologies and provoke new ones? And how do these
profound earthly challenges intersect with obdurate and unevenly
distributed forms of violence and inequality/exploitation particularly in
the ‘global south’?

As the idea of the ecological has undergone massive renovation across
numerous disciplines from geography to philosophy to science and beyond,
the key aim of this conference is to explore current transformations in
socioecologies and to generate knowledge practices capable of understanding
their formation and complex reverberations. These conceptual shifts have
not only extended the metaphorical impact of the ecological but also its
analytical force. What this new ecological thinking foregrounds is the
value of knowledge and methods capable of challenging the boundaries
between the social and physical, human and non-human, and material and

*The focus of the conference is on six **major themes:*

   - Socio territorial conflicts & ecologies of social cohesion
   - Anthropocene ecologies
   - Energy ecologies and infrastructures in everyday life
   - Ecologies of urbanism
   - Decolonial ecological politics & Post-capitalist ecologies
   - Ecological imaginaries, experimentation & design ecologies

KCE 2017 will host in Santiago engaged academics, practitioners, scholars
and activists from a range of backgrounds and knowledge institutions to
debate the shifting reckonings with nature and other species-being in
historical, contemporary and future scenarios of crisis and creativity;
environmental justice and inequality; infrastructures; community
solidarities; or the ecological politics of local/global
socio-environmental change.

We invite interdisciplinary panels addressing a wide range of themes in the
environmental social sciences and humanities and from a broad range of
disciplines – including geography, sociology, anthropology, STS, cultural
studies, environmental humanities, philosophy, history, creative arts,
media studies, design, politics, and environmental studies. Contributions
from engaged scientists, policy-makers, not-for-profit actors, activists,
maker communities and other forms of p2p practitioners are also encouraged.

Panels can be proposed as Open Panels (only a title and brief description
and a minimum of 1 paper and maximum of two papers) or Curated Panels (with
a title and a maximum of four pre-agreed papers within them). Sessions run
for 90 minutes. Individual papers should not exceed 20 minutes. *Panel and
paper proposals can be submitted in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Please
note than only keynote talks and panels will have simultaneous translation
english-spanish. *We encourage presenters to prepare handouts and slides in
English (if presenting in Spanish or Portuguese) and in Spanish (if
presenting in English or Portuguese) to facilitate linguistic diversity in
the section and to engage with the conference location.

Artists, activists, academics, designers are encouraged to submit films,
photographs, audio works, installations and web-based formats that speak to
the core themes of the conference. Submissions may be in any language but
if not in Spanish or English they must include subtitles.

On submission of the proposal, only the proposing author will receive an
email confirming receipt. The conference organising committee will assess
all proposals anonymously and communicate results by the due date.

More information is available in the conference website <> For any further
information, please contact:

Call for contributions

Scholarship on weather and climate change beyond meteorology is currently disunited. Weather Matters is a place for opinions, debate, reviews. Join us, whether it's with a conference or book review, an opinion on where we should be focusing our efforts in understanding what climate change means for humanity, a piece of writing that didn't quite fit in a thesis or article but might still be interesting to colleagues, or some expressive visual or audio material.

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CfP Climate change and intersectionality

Dear All
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Equality and Diversity (fully OA) is seeking submissions on intersectionality and climate change. We particularly welcome explorations of how categories of difference intersection to further understanding of the effects of climate change, and efforts to mitigate such effects. Submissions may explore gender, disability, race, ethnicity, social class, migration, sexuality, poverty, nationality.
We welcome papers in English, German, French, and Thai. We may be able to accept papers in other languages (including American/British/International sign language) - please contact me (Kate for further information.
The full call for papers can be seen here
IPED seeks to challenge dominant paradigms of research, including drawing on theories outside the Western canon and alternative forms of presenting research.

The deadline for this call is the end of January 2017.
 Please share with your contacts.
With best wishes
Kate Sang