A/prof Linda Knight
Director, Mapping Future Imaginaries
Linda is an artist and academic who specialises in critical and speculative arts practices and methods. Linda devised ‘Inefficient Mapping’ as a methodological protocol for conducting fieldwork in projects informed by ‘post-‘ theories. In her role as Associate Professor at RMIT University, Australia Linda creates transdisciplinary projects across early childhood, creative practice, and digital media.
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Dr Sonja Arndt
Sonja’s scholarship intersects feminist poststructuralist philosophies of human and more-than-human Otherness, and early childhood education. She has a particular interest in disrupting universalising superficialities in the often-neglected area of teachers’ cultural/racial Otherness. Sonja publishes widely and collaborates with national and international networks and is a co-series editor of the book series Children: Global posthuman perspectives and contemporary theory, and Vice-President of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia. Her current research has been awarded an ARC DECRA – it focuses on notions of teacher identity constructions in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand to question the uncertainties that arise in unknowing the self, where we are all strangers even to ourselves.
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Prof Suzie Attiwill
Suzie specialises in Interior Design at RMIT School of Architecture and Urban Design. Suzie is recognised internationally for her work. Regularly invited as a visiting professor, Suzie was awarded an RMIT Research Award for Impact in Design. Suzie’s research explores interior and interiority in relation to contemporary conditions of living, inhabitation, subjectivity, pedagogy and creative practice. The philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari is a force in this research which is conducted through a practice of designing with a curatorial inflection attending to arrangements (and re-arrangements) of spatial, temporal and material relations.
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A/prof Marnie Badham
Marnie has a twenty-five-year history of art and social justice in Australia and Canada. Marnie’s research sits at the intersection of socially-engaged art practices, participatory methodologies and the politics of cultural measurement. Through aesthetic forms of encounter and exchange, her work brings together disparate groups of people to examine and affect local issues. Her current focus includes a series of creative cartographies registering emotions in public space; expanded curation projects on the aesthetics and politics of food; and a book project The Social Life of Artist Residencies: connecting with people and place not your own.
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Dr Lone Bertelsen
Lone Bertelsen is a researcher, educator and writer. She works across the fields of activist and feminist thought and praxis with an emphasis on rethinking the nature of the social. She collaborates with the 3 Ecologies Institute/SenseLab and was a Postdoctoral Fellow on the Immediations: Art, Media, Event project. She is one of the editors of the Fibreculture Journal and has taught at Macquarie University and the University of NSW. Her research has been published in Theory, Culture and Society, The Affect Theory Reader, the Fibreculture Journal and Performance Paradigm.
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Prof Alethea Blackler
Thea is in the School of Design at QUT, Australia. Thea explores intuitive interaction (in which she is a world leader), older people and technology and design for dementia, and novel technologies for active play for young children (ARC Discovery). She has attracted and worked with external partners in government, community and industry on various projects and has had three Australian Research Council grants. She is a very experienced HDR supervisor, with 10 current PhD students and 16 PhD completions. She has published more than 90 peer reviewed papers, been invited to give presentations internationally and is the recipient of several awards, including a 2018 ig-nobel.
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Lilly Blue is an interdisciplinary artist and educator with an international profile in pedagogical practice, studio research and community engagement. Lilly is Head of Learning and Creativity Research at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, where she amplifies children’s experience as critical and valuable in developing culture with multigenerational public audiences. As Teaching Artist and Creativity Consultant for Sydney Opera House Lilly was instrumental in developing the Creative Leadership in Learning Program and The Creativity Framework. She is Creative Director of contemporary arts publication BIG Kids Magazine.
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Dr Lenine Bourke
Lenine is a freelance artist and consultant, with a long and varied career in the arts and cultural sectors nationally and internationally, leading various organisations and projects. Lenine is an engaging and skilled practitioner and arts executive who has deliberately developed a career across a wide variety of art forms, research, policy development, writing and service delivery. She’s worked on projects worldwide and most recently established The Walking Neighbourhood project, a performative work which explores young children’s geographies in their local environments.
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Jacklyn is a visual artist whose work entangles science fact with fiction to address social and environmental topics through natural objects, processes, and technology. Based in Columbus, Ohio, USA, Jacklyn’s work spans installation, video, and performance, with a special interest in cross-disciplinary collaboration and social engagement. Fellowships include The National Academy of Sciences, Chaire arts et sciences, The Ohio State University, U.C. Davis, Jentel Foundation, Popps Packing, National Endowment for the Arts, Erb Family Foundation, Connecting Heritage- Maryland Milestones/ Anacostia Trails Heritage Area, and the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center. Jacklyn has exhibited in the US, Canada, France, India, and Slovenia.
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Prof Carol Brown
Carol is a dancer, choreographer, artist-scholar and director from Aotearoa whose work is presented globally and is renowned for its transdisciplinary reach. Carol developed her company, Carol Brown Dances while Choreographer in Residence at the Place Theatre London. Touring internationally, Carol has developed innovative choreographic methodologies in dance-architecture, digital dance and site dance. Carol’s choreographic research takes place in diverse settings including urban, architectural, virtual and theatrical environments; and is catalyzed by questions of space, ecological change, gender and hidden histories.
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Kimbal Quist Bumstead
Kimbal is an interdisciplinary artist based in London whose work spans painting, drawing, video and performance. He trained in Fine Art at the University of Leeds and the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, followed by a Masters degree in Performance and Theatre from Queen Mary University of London. Kimbal’s art is represented at London galleries including GX Gallery, Jane Newbery Gallery and Aeon gallery. He is an associate member of Livingmaps Network and is a freelance workshop leader.
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Andreia Penaloza Caicedo
Andreia is a Colombian architect researching Children’s Architecture Education (ChAE). Andreia was a volunteer in the Bogotá slums, sharing with children life values through reading and playing games. Andreia realised architects can learn with/for children by observing their behaviours and connections to their inhabited spaces, wider neighbourhoods and city environments. Andreia is currently PhD candidate at RMIT University, into speculative pedagogies for ChAE to respond to a future Earth in need of repair.
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Yanina is an Argentinean born and Melbourne based PhD candidate at RMIT University. Her research applies the protocol of ‘inefficient mapping’ (Knight, 2016) and other experimental methods to focus on ‘dust’ and how humans, nonhumans and more-than-humans are becoming with pollution, climate change and ecological injustices. Drawing on posthuman and new materialist theories, she challenges and reimagines child-centred educational approaches. Yanina currently teaches in a kindergarten. She has worked in primary and early childhood education for over 15 years both locally and internationally.
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Dr Denise Chapman
Denise is a counternarrative storyteller, spoken word poet, and critical autoethnographer who lectures in children’s literature and early literacy at Monash University, Australia. Denise served as a literacy specialist focused on critical media literacy in Australia, Fiji, and the United States. Denise uses oral stories, children’s literature, poetry, and digital images as counternarrative windows for social change and liberation. Denise is currently exploring the lack of diverse transmedia stories for children and how teachers and parents see its impact on children’s imagined possibilities.
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David Chapman Lindsay
David is an artist and arts administrator, currently working in print, video, and animation. His work has been exhibited all over the United States and Europe. Much of David’s work is presented as site-specific works through the Popwalk app. In these works, he attempts to unravel history and culture within a location, addressing both common and disquieting assumptions that we make about place. The Popwalk smartphone app is an exhibition platform for site-specific art video that David developed and is administered as a non profit arts organization, based in the United States.
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Jackie is Head of the Telstra Foundation, Australia. A community investment leader, Jackie is passionate about enabling digital social innovation. Self-described as “analogue at birth but digital by design”, Jackie advocates for the transformative power of tech to solve social problems. As head of the Telstra Foundation, Jackie manages a multi-million dollar community partner portfolio to improve social inclusion outcomes for young people across mental health; disability; digital making; cyber-safety; and remote, regional and Indigenous communities. Feminist, mother, geek, and grant-maker Jackie juggles many balls and tries hard not to drop the glass ones!
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Prof Phil Cohen
Phil is a cultural theorist, urban ethnographer, community activist, educationalist and poet. He is an Emeritus Professor in the Centre for Cultural Studies, University of East London, UK, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London and Research Director of the Livingmaps Network. An urban ethnographer, Phil works with young people and communities in East London, charting the impact of structural and demographic change on their everyday experience, and the stories they tell about the past, present and future of this area.
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Dr Rebecca Coleman
Rebecca is Reader (Sociology), Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. Rebecca is interested in temporality, with a focus on futures and presents, and on affect, feminist new materialisms and inventive methodologies. Recent publications in this area include a special issue of Sociological Review on ‘Futures in Question: Theories, Methods, Practices’ (edited with Richard Tutton). This special issue emerged out of the ESRC Seminar Series on Austerity Futures: Imagining and Materialising the Future in an Age of Austerity, which she led.
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Dr Sarah Crinall
Sarah is an adjunct research fellow of childhoods, creative methodologies & philosophies at the Centre for Educational Research, Western Sydney University, Australia. With the everyday, ecology, and concepts of sustenance, Sarah is committed to playful relational inquiries that take communities beyond patriarchal, economy-system agendas that compromise ecological, climate and public health. In conversation with water and art, her latest monograph, Sustaining Childhood Natures: The Art of Becoming with Water was published in 2019.
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Dr Michael Crowhurst
Michael is interested in schooling and sexualities and gender identities, social justice and education, reflective and diffractive practices, arts-based methodologies, and the place and uses of dialogue in education. Michael is working with Dr Michael Emslie using collective/auto/ethnographic and arts-based methods to explore gesture, multiplicity and pedagogical spaces. Michael likes working in unfunded non-hierarchical spaces that enable the deployment of an eclectic assemblage of theoretical stances that are fit for purpose. Michael co-convenes the edge/centre with Mic Emslie. He also paints.
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Sophia found her academic sea-legs in the activist scenes of Melbourne Australia. She moved to Montreal to pursue a 2-year artistic residency at the SenseLab, working at the intersection of affect philosophy, sculpture and activism. Sohpia discusses her roots in activism, and her current “artivist” work on bringing the viewer into a deeper connection with the world by bringing them back into their bodies. Working at the intersection of affect philosophy, sculpture and activism. Her practice is relational. Sophia collaborates with people, materials and processes, always asking the question: “what can a body do?”
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Tara has a background in the arts and education, having led programs, exhibition and sculpture park tours, workshops and two funded programs; one for schools in low SES areas, and another for a cluster of schools with students at risk of disengaging with education. Tara’s work explores how the current crisis has highlighted inequities in education and access to the arts and, having moved rapidly to online platforms and how we now need to rethink and redesign for the future.
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Dr Ruth DeSouza
Ruth is a nurse, academic and community-engaged researcher in gender, race, health and digital technologies. Ruth’s research examines health technologies and health inequalities, the intersections of race, class, gender, neoliberalism and health technology, and wearable health technologies and consumer participation agendas. Ruth is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at The Centre for Digital Transformation of Health at The University of Melbourne.
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A/prof Iris Duhn
Iris contributes a critical childhood studies’ perspective to early childhood education in Australia, New Zealand and internationally. Iris’s research focuses on qualitative methodologies that engage critically with curriculum, theory and policy in early childhood education. A particular focus in her current work is sustainability and ‘place’ as a concept. Iris has been a Chief Investigator in two New Zealand externally funded projects (Teaching and Learning Research Initiative) and has supervised award winning theses. Iris was a Chief Investigator in an ARC Linkage project that investigated play, imagination and relationality in early childhood. .
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Dr Mike Duggan
Mike is a cultural geographer interested in digital technologies and the ways in which these technologies have come to inform the cultural geographies of everyday practice, and everyday experiences of place. Mike’s research explores how ubiquitous digital mapping technologies augment everyday sensory experiences of place in novel ways. Mike is interested in the ways digital technologies – in this case digital mapping technologies – inform notions of place and how we need to build a deeper understanding how the geographies of culture are produced in the so-called digital world in which we now find ourselves.
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Adam is a Biripi man, whose ancestors were traditional custodians of the Manning River region of north-eastern New South Wales, Australia. Adam co-developed the Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning program to support early childhood educators in their exploration of reconciliation. Adam is an early childhood educator, storyteller, educational consultant and artist. Adam works as a teacher and educational leader at Wiradjuri Preschool and Child Care Centre at the University of Canberra. Adam is also part of ECA’s Reconciliation Advisory Group.
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Dr Juliana España Keller
Juliana is a Canadian, Swiss, British sound performance and electronic artist based in Alhaurín el Grande (Malaga), (Andalusia) Spain. Juliana’s multi/trans/interdisciplinary works address all bodies as forms of noise and disruption. Her ‘Public Kitchen’ works have been exhibited globally and contribute to histories of sound performance art, and participatory practices in feminist materialist and posthuman theory. Juliana completed her practice-led PhD at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia. Juliana currently teaches remotely in the Studio Arts Program of Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
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Eloise is interested in how we remember through places. Eloise explores how we might be remembered in the future, through the marks we will leave on the earth, traces of our selves in the digital world, and the remnants and scraps of media we will leave behind. Eloise is currently writing a book about how the traces of bombing in Berlin factor into contemporary debates about national identity and historical responsibility of former Allied countries. Eloise is a research associate at RMIT University and a tutor at Monash University.
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Dr Aleryk Fricker
Aleryk is a proud Dja Dja Wurrung man and former school teacher. Al recently submitted his PhD at Charles Darwin University, Australia. Al’s thesis is focused on the impact of whiteness on the intersection of sport, education and culture for the children who attend the Papunya School. He is currently the Indigenous Education lecturer at RMIT University, and is working hard to decolonise the education system.
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A/prof Ruth Gibson
Visual artist and choreographer Ruth Gibson works across disciplines to produce objects, software, and installations, with artist Bruno Martelli. As Gibson/Martelli, they exhibit internationally. At the heart of Ruth’s performance research is the creative expansion of interface development into evolving science, embodied design, display technologies and somatic practices. Ruth is a member of the British Film Institute’s jury for Immersive Art and XR. A certified teacher in Skinner Releasing Technique with a doctorate from RMIT, she is currently a Reader at the Institute for Creative Culture’s Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University, UK.
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Prof Dan Harris
Dan is a Principal Research Fellow, School of Education, Design and Creative Practice at RMIT University, Australia. Dan recently completed an ARC DECRA Fellowship investigating creative ecologies in secondary school and across the education lifespan. Their research focuses upon the intersection of creativity, performance and digital media at both practice and policy levels, upon youth cultures and cultural, ethnic and gender diversities; and on performance and activism. Dan has an international reputation in public pedagogy, activism, and creative approaches to education, research and community/industry partnerships.
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Prof Anna Hickey-Moody
Anna is in Media and Communications, RMIT, Australia, and is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow 2017-2021. Anna also holds a Vice-Chancellor Senior Research Fellowship. Anna works with arts practice as a research method and is known for her expertise with affect theory, qualitative and practice research. Anna has developed a philosophically informed, cultural studies approach to youth arts as a subcultural form of humanities education. Anna has published extensively, books include Youth, Arts and Education (Routledge), and Unimaginable Bodies (Sense).
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Prof Peter Kelly
As a Professor of Education in the School of Education at Deakin University my research focuses on young people, their education, training and employment pathways, and their health and well-being, at a time of profound planetary crises that are emerging at the convergence of the 6th Mass Extinction and the 4th Industrial Revolution. The Young People’s Sustainable Futures Lab is a repository for our current research project collaborations.
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Dr Peggy Karpouzou
Peggy is Assistant Professor of Theory of Literature at the Faculty of Philology of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece). Her research interests focus on Literary Theories and Cultural Criticism (Posthumanities, Science Fiction, Ecocriticism, Spatial Studies, Poststructuralism, Identity Politics). She is a member of international Editorial Boards and is the Editor in Chief, Journal of Ecohumanism. Forthcoming book: Peggy Karpouzou and Nikoleta Zampaki (eds), Symbiotic Posthumanist Ecologies in Western Literature, Philosophy and Art. Towards Theory and Practice Berlin: Peter Lang, 2023).
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Dr Giedre Kligyte
Giedre is a Lecturer within Transdisciplinary School (TD School) at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. Giedre’s research is focused on transdisciplinary collaboration practices in universities and industry or community organisations to create ‘third spaces’ and to stimulate mutual learning, new ways of thinking and creativity. Giedre is a co-founder of xFutures Lab transdisciplinary collective. Together with the xFutures Lab team, Giedre won 2021 Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching and Learning Award “For transforming Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation students into transdisciplinary futures-thinkers”.
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Dr Katve-Kaisa Kontturi
Katve-Kaisa, is at University of Turku, Finland. Katve-Kaisa was a McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow with the project ”Affective Fabrics of Contemporary Art: Stitching Global Relations” at the Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne, where she continues to supervise practice-led PhDs. Katve-Kaisa is a member of SenseLab’s Australian Hub and The National Institute of Experimental Arts at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. She has held visiting researcher positions in Gender Studies, The University of Sydney, in History of Art at UC Berkeley, and at the Finnish African Cultural Institute of Villa Karo in Benin.
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Prof Mirka E. Koro
As a Professor of Qualitative Methods, Mirka works at the intersection of methodology, philosophy, and socio-cultural critique. Mirka contributes to methodological knowledge, experimentation, and theoretical development across various traditions associated with qualitative research. She specifically uses theories from post-positivism to new materialism, from domain analysis to rhizoanalysis and post-human critique. Mirka has written about research designs broadly defined, data, different methods, research participation, validity, representation, writing, and various problems with simplicity, technicality, and neoliberal pressures affecting contemporary qualitative research.
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Jacina is an artist-curator committed to the role that cultural organisations can play in bringing people together to explore and respond to overlapping crises and precarious futures, through situated and accessible, critical and creative arts initiatives. This commitment has been shaped by professional experiences, working as a public programs curator since 2008, with and for museums and galleries, universities and schools, libraries and festivals, across Australia, Japan and Austria. Jacina is a PhD candidate at RMIT University, a Peer Assessor for the Australia Council for the Arts and Arts Queensland, and occasionally takes pictures of cloudy data.
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Kathryn Nusa Logan
Kathryn is an interdisciplinary artist who utilizes experimental art practices to imagine new futures through ongoing themes of perspective, lineage, and environment. Her work integrates contemporary dance, folk and new music, spatialized sound design, video art, multi-media installation, and performance. She takes on supportive, cooperative, and leadership roles in collaborative art making processes, often performing in a fluid disciplinary capacity. Her primary research is based in integrated dance-with-camera works that holistically consider the camera in the making process. Through this work, she is interrogating the dominant gaze by engaging in new, somatic-based practices of looking.
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A/prof Alys Longley
As an interdisciplinary artist, and through methods of choreographic experimentation, Alys investigates dance as professional performance, creative expression, community practice and education. Alys is in the Dance Studies Programme at the University of Auckland, NZ. Formerly a theatre director and creative writer, Alys explores wellness of young people, healthy societies, creative arts in education and environmental issues. Alys specialises in practice-led research, interdisciplinary projects, ethnography, somatic practices, ecology and inclusive dance education.
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Dr Licho López
Licho is a Caribbean, Queer, and Brown scholar of Indigenous background whose life begins in Abya Yala and moves through continental Africa, Europe, the US, and Australia. Licho explores theatre in teaching communities of practice, Indigenous curriculum history in teacher education, visual cultures of refugee encampment and humanitarianism, and popular visual and digital cultures to end antiblack racism, coloniality, and their multiple reverberations in schooling. Licho was a McKenzie Fellow, University of Melbourne and Erasmus Mundus Fellow, Universitet i Stavanger, and Mbarara University. With Gioconda Coello Licho leads the disturbing decolonizing movement @DDecolonization.
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A/prof Keely Macarow
Keely coordinates Creative Care for the School of Art, RMIT University, Australia. Keely collaborates with artists, designers, social scientists, housing activists, health and engineering researchers in Australia, Sweden and the UK to explore how creative interventions can be applied for public exhibition and performance within housing, urban and healthcare settings. Keely views her research as a matter of social, spatial and health justice and her extensive success with international funded projects enables her to extend the boundaries of artistic practices.
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Georgia (Whakatōhea & Ngāi Te Rangi) is a doctoral candidate at Waipapa Taumata Rau (The University of Auckland). Her PhD, titled: Assembling Māori Kuku (Green-lipped mussel) Economies seeks to discover how kuku have been economized, how these economies have shifted over time and how they encompass customary considerations, local livelihoods and high-value export industry. Through this work, Georgia is also attempting to map kuku economies and to ground this mapping in a Māori epistemology.
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Dr Megan McPherson
Megan is a settler artist, educator, and researcher based at the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Art and Cultural Development, The University of Melbourne, Australia. Megan’s creative practice research is in printmaking, textiles and installations. Megan publishes in academic identity, social media use, Indigenous knowledges and pedagogies, and student success in the creative arts. Megan explores the intersections of pedagogical and material engagements in artistic, social and cultural productions using ethnographic, sociological, and creative practice methodologies to explore identity, subjectivities, affect and agency.
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Prof Karen Malone
Working in Environmental Sustainability and Childhood Studies, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, Karen researches urban ecologies, environmental sustainability education, science education and nature and childhood studies with a specific focus on damaged urban landscapes. Karen has conducted UNICEF and UNESCO funded research in majority and minority world nations. Karen uses postqualitative research methodologies with young children and in her career Karen has attracted over 2.4 million dollars in research grants, awards and consultancies.
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Prof Giuliana Mandich
Giuliana is a sociologist at the University of Cagliari (Italy). Her research addresses time as a social dimension and explores the different ways we engage with the future in everyday life. Recent publications have appeared in Time & Society, Journal of Youth Studies, and Space and Culture. She currently coordinates ‘Mapping youth futures: forms of anticipation and youth agency’, a research project analysing contemporary young people’s imaginaries of the future in Italy today.
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A/prof Ilaria Vanni & A/prof Alexandra Crosby
Ilaria and Ali co-direct Mapping Edges, a civic ecologies project that brings together a transformation of and care for place and the environment.
Ilaria, who lives and works on Gadigal land is in International Studies and Global Societies at UTS, Australia. Motivated to develop critical tools to engage with pressing social and environmental issues, Ilaria’s work combines feminist, creative and place-based methods and theories to research design and material culture. Ilaria publishes in English and Italian in design history and theory, cultural studies and social sciences.
Alexandra, in the School of Design at UTS, works on expanded notions of design including design activism. Ali publishes in design and humanities journals including Australian Geographer, Visual Communication, and Design Issues. Ali has co-written reports that impact industry and government, including Made in Marrickville, and Technology and protest in Indonesia.
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Prof Annette Markham
Annette is Co-Director, Digital Ethnography Research Centre, RMIT. Annette is internationally recognised for her arts-based intervention research and development of epistemological frameworks and methods for digitally-saturated social contexts. Annette’s recent research focuses on critical approaches to algorithms and datafication, speculative methods for building better ethical futures, data literacy and critical pedagogy, and rhetorical analysis of human-machine communication through automated, algorithmic systems.
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Claire has a love for stories, technology and social good. An award-winning futurist her work melds story-telling, futures thinking and experiential learning to help people understand how our brains think about the future, and how we can better imagine regenerative futures. Claire works with clients like WWF Australia and the City of Sydney, designing experiences that help people think differently about the future. Claire is the host of The WWF Greenhouse Sessions Podcast, that looks at how we can leverage technology to save the planet. She is currently undertaking doctoral research at the University of Technology Sydney where she also lectures.
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Dr Nancy Mauro-Flude
Nancy is a performance artist represented by Bett Gallery, Tasmania. Nancy lectures in critical theory and 21st C mediums and leads the ‘Engineering Flora Fiction and Data Fauna‘ studio, at the College of Design and Social Context, RMIT University. Founder of the Holistic Computing Network, Nancy is writing about chthonic feminist Internet cultures and the provenance of radio stars.
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Sid is a former Montessori educator and teacher trainer, and is a guest lecturer at Middlesex University, UK. He is the founder of The Male Montessorian (TMM) and the Montistory platforms. Sid is currently doing his doctorate at Middlesex University, investigating how gender materialises in Montessori spaces using feminist posthuman/’new’ materialist and decolonial theories.
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Dr Sarah Jane Moore
Sarah Jane is an artist who lives in lutruwita/trowunna Tasmania. She is an Adjunct Associate Lecturer within the Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES) at UNSW, Australia. Sarah Jane holds a PhD in Reconciliation through Music and Art from the University of Sydney, on the transformational possibilities of song writing and visual art making. In 2019 Sarah Jane was the ANAT on Country Synapse resident artist and this program enabled her to develop a deep and listening relationship with the Baludarri (Sydney Rock Oyster).
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dr lynn mowson
lynn is a sculptor whose practice is driven by the entangled, often violent, relationships between human and non-human animals, in particular those animals we consume. lynn is part of the collaborative m0wson&MOwson; their work ‘feeler’, responding to the motherhood and death of octopuses, is currently touring Australia as part of Experimenta Lifeforms: International Triennial of Art 2020-2022. lynn’s sculptural research has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and featured in Animaladies, (Bloomsbury), The Animal Studies Journal, Antennae, and The Art of the Animal. lynn is currently Vice-Chair of the Australasian Animals Studies Association.
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Dr Andrew Murphie
Andrew researches: media, technics, politics and organisation; bioentropy and climate change communication; catastrophic and counter-catastrophic multiplicities; process philosophy; speculative pragmaticism; “the world as medium” and/vs a “third media revolution” (AI, automation, pre-automation; ghosted presence in VR, augmented, mixed realities; data and signaletics; genetics, drones and the internet of things); the way cultures of representation are currently being subsumed into a radical in-folding of world/ media/technics.
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Kiera O’Toole is a visual artist and a doctoral researcher at Loughborough University UK.
O’Toole’s practice and research examines drawing’s capacity to materialise the nonrepresentational aspects of our world by mapping the ‘emotional vibrations’ of spaces.
O’Toole combines fieldwork, material and phenomenological research to enquire the ways
in which atmospheric spaces are co-present in drawing. Her drawing outputs include,
residencies, publications, and exhibitions within gallery and non-gallery spaces.
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A/prof Cecilie Ottersland Myhre
Cecilie Ottersland is in Early Childhood Pedagogy at the Institute of Early Childhood Education, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway. Her research explores posthuman/more-than-human, feminist and new materialist theories. Inspired by affective and diffractive methodologies, recent work attempts to interfere with dominant discourses that pervade children’s playfulness and relations with the more-than-human in kindergarten.
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A/prof Susan Nordstrom
Susan is in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Research at The University of Memphis, USA. Susan specialises in the entanglements of making, philosophy, and research within educational research. Her agenda includes the study of poststructural and post-humanist theories, Deleuze, new materialism, human and nonhuman relations, onto-epistemology, and qualitative research methodology. She has published in leading qualitative research journals, exhibited art locally in Memphis, and given workshops and keynotes across the globe. Her book about multispecies inquiry is under contract with Routledge.
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Lizzie is a lawyer and writer. Lizzie is featured regularly on television programs and radio, where she discusses law, technology, or human rights. Lizzie’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, Guardian, and Sydney Morning Herald, among others. Lizzie is founder and chair of Digital Rights Watch, which advocates for human rights online. At the National Justice Project, Lizzie helped establish a Copwatch program, for which she was a recipient of the Davis Projects for Peace Prize. In June 2019, Lizzie was named a Human Rights Hero by Access Now.
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Prof Ann Merete Otterstad
Ann Merete Otterstad has actively participated in the field of early childhood for over 40 years, entangling critical theories, new feminist material thinking and experimenting in early years research. Ann Merete explores methodological experimentation to question researcher subjectivities and the politics of childhoods. Ann Merete co-founded and co-edits the research journal ‘Reconceptualizing Educational Research Methodologies.’
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Dr Perdita Phillips
Perdita was born on unceded Whajuk Noongar land in Perth, Western Australia. Perdy works across installation, environmental projects, walking, sound, video, publishing and object making. Her ‘ecosystemic thinking’ engages material and conceptual networks as diverse as drains, minerals, termites and bowerbirds at the intersection of the human and non-human worlds. Trained in Environmental Science, Perdita was awarded a British Commonwealth scholarship to Goldsmiths College, and her practice based PhD is in the top three annual abstracts by Leonardo Abstracts. She has had two Australia Council Inter Arts Grants.
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Dr Jo Pollitt
Jo is an interdisciplinary artist and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Edith Cowan University, Australia, where she is co-founder of the feminist research collective The Ediths. Jo’s work is grounded in a twenty-year practice of using improvisation as methodology across multiple performed, choreographic and publishing platforms. Jo’s practice-led scholarship investigates poetic pedagogies of more-than-human education through feminist, anti-colonial, embodied and interdisciplinary methods. She is a lecturer in dance improvisation at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
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Dr Liana Psarologaki
Liana is founder of Architecture at Suffolk, a new programme at the University of Suffolk, UK. Liana is elected Chair, Education for RIBA East Region, and the research lead for the design strand in the Suffolk Sustainability Institute, overseeing business engagement partnerships and community engagement projects in the area of Architecture and the Built Environment with a focus on urbanism, citizenship, pedagogy and sustainability. Liana is a Qualified Architect (ARB and TCG-TEE), a chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and a Senior Fellow of AdvanceHE (HEA).
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Dr Sue Reid
A transdisciplinary, cultural researcher, artist and writer with interests across multibeing ontologies, relationalities and justice, and posthumanist feminisms. Susan is also an environmental activist, lawyer, and member of the Sydney Environment Institute. She is a collaborating researcher with the University of Sydney’s ‘Extracting the Ocean’ project, and current research explores ocean and legal imaginaries and frameworks for ocean justice.
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Dr Jenny Roche
Jenny, Senior Lecturer in Dance and Course Director of the MA Contemporary Dance Performance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, Ireland, explores the creative practice of dancers, dance and somatics and arts practice research. Jenny focuses on the phenomenological perspective of dancers as self-aware participants in the choreographic process, and the material through which the choreography is realised and the dance formed. Jenny is a dancer, having worked with choreographers Rosemary Butcher, Jodi Melnick, John Jasperse, Michael-Keegan Dolan and Liz Roche. Jenny continues to collaborate and perform in creative arts research contexts.
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Dr David Rousell
David is in Creative Education at RMIT University, Australia. David is also a Visiting Research Fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University, and adjunct Research Fellow at Southern Cross University. David’s research combines theoretical work in affect and sensory studies, new materialisms, and post-humanism with his professional background as an environmental artist, designer, and arts educator. David’s work contributes to methodological innovations in education and social research, focusing on the development of new methods that combine artistic, digital, and ethnographic approaches to social mapping.
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A/prof Dawn Sanders
Dawn, at University of Gothenburg, Sweden, researches across the art/science interface. Dawn explores how such ways of working might allow us to create new attentional frames in teaching and learning contexts towards plants and notions of “plantness”. Dawn’s other main research interests involve the literary imagination as an extension of environmental aesth/ethics, and contemporary affordances of victorian taxidermy in natural history museums particularly in didactical contexts concerning life and death..
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Leah is an interdisciplinary artist and writer based in Florida, USA. Watching the decline of capitalism from the sand pine scrub and urban sprawl of Orlando, Leah constructs parafictional worlds through mediums including video, text, drawing, and flag making. These parafictions flesh out imagined post-capitalist institutions, rituals, histories, manifestos, and landscapes. Leah’s work appears in Specs Journal, Mapping Meaning Journal, Killer Dentist, Salat Magazin (Dusseldorf) and Orlando (UK). Exhibitions include Utopian/Vermillion at Parkhaus 15, and 2020 Florida Biennale, and forthcoming is a solo exhibition at Pancake House (MN).
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Ben is a multi-disciplinary artist and academic working within a contemporary drawing practice. His recent PhD explored the potential for ‘drawings in-progress’ to better think about and represent the national self in Australia. Ben is an Associate Lecturer in the Bachelor of Fine Art (Drawing) at RMIT University, Australia and holds a BFA in drawing with Honours from the VCA, Melbourne. Ben has exhibited locally, interstate and overseas with work collected in the USA, France, Italy, the UK, Norway and Germany.
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Prof Alexis Shotwell
Alexis lives, teaches, and writes on unceded Algonquin land, currently Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. In Carleton University’s Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology and cross-appointed with the Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies and the Dept. of Philosophy, Alexis works in social and political theory, with a focus on complicity and complexity as a ground for ethical and political action. Alexis is currently writing about the idea of white people “claiming bad kin” or “collecting our people,” what Ursula Le Guin’s work offers to our understandings of freedom and mutual aid, and craft as a practice of politics.
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Dr Ben Spatz
Ben is a diasporic, post-european, jewish nonbinary researcher and theorist of embodied practice. They are Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Performance at the University of Huddersfield, UK. Ben is author of three books: What a Body Can Do (Routledge), Blue Sky Body (Routledge), and Making a Laboratory (Punctum). Ben is founding editor of the videographic Journal of Embodied Researcher and a leader in the development of embodied research methods. Their work has been presented at more than thirty institutions in twelve countries.
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Prof Wendy Steele
Wendy is a writer, activist, teacher and public speaker passionate about sustainability-led action on climate change based at RMIT University in Melbourne. She works at the nexus of the environmental humanities (literature and philosophy) and critical social sciences (human geography and urban governance/policy) bringing together critical theories, qualitative methodologies and participatory design practices that explore human-nature relationships within the context of the urban age.
Towards Atmospheric Care
Hanna Husberg & Agata Marzecova
Towards Atmospheric Care is an art-led research project by visual artist Hanna Husberg and researcher in ecology, photography and new media, Agata Marzecova. Towards Atmospheric Care explores air as a naturalcultural and technoecological phenomenon situated in the nexus of media, science and technological mediation. The project is developed through situated case studies which explore different ways and practices of making the materiality of air and atmospheric phenomena perceptible to human experience and how these practices contribute to the construction of specific environmental imaginaries, legitimising certain practices over others, and influencing how boundaries are drawn.
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Prof Kit Wise
Kit practices as an artist, art writer and curator. He has held over 15 solo exhibitions in Australia, America and Italy, exhibited in group exhibitions in Australia, China, Taiwan, Korea, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Holland, and has published extensively including for Frieze, unMagazine and Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies. Kit is Chair of the Executive Council of ACUADS (Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools) and Secretary for the Deans and Directors of Creative Arts, Australia. He is currently Professor of Fine Art and Dean of the School of Art at RMIT University. He is represented by Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne.
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Dr Nikoleta Zampaki
Nikoleta is Dr. in Modern Greek Literature at the Faculty of Philology of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece). Her disciplines are the Environmental Humanities, Posthumanities, Digital Humanities, and Comparative Literature. She is Associate and Managing Editor at the Journal of Ecohumanism. Her forthcoming work, co-edited with her Professor and Supervisor, Ms. Peggy Karpouzou, is Symbiotic Posthumanist Ecologies in Western Literature, Philosophy and Art. Towards Theory and Practice (Berlin: Peter Lang, 2023).
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