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April 2023

CFP for Special Issue: Refusing to Remain Unseen: Excavating Ecologies of Devastation, Plunderage, and Precarity

Potential contributors should (a) send an abstract of 250 words that describes the proposed focus and content of the paper and (b) a short bio. Please send the abstract and bio by the 31st of July 2023 to both Editors’ e-mails. Full-length papers of approximately 5000-6000 words will be sent to both Editors’ e-mails by the 29th of February 2024. The language of submissions is only English. All submissions shall follow the latest guidelines of APA style referencing. Information can be found

CALL FOR PAPERS – Navigating boundaries: Architectures beyond human

We are now accepting proposals that tackle the dominance of anthropocentric approaches to architecture. These may include investigations into the position of humans within the environment, more-than-human architectures and posthuman studies. We welcome and encourage inter/multi/transdisciplinary approaches with links to spatial practice/architecture where these issues are addressed. Abstract Submission Due: 30 April 2023

M16 Artspace, Canberra AUS is accepting applications for the first half of the 2024 exhibition program

We are looking for innovative proposals that push the boundaries of traditional art forms and explore new artistic territory. We welcome proposals from all cultural producers, including artists, collectives, collaborators, writers, and curators at all career levels. Proposals for exhibitions could include painting, sculpture, installation, sound, performance, film, and video works; supported by talks, reading groups, artist interviews, writing, classes, and panel discussions. Deadline soonApplications close Thursday April 20th 11:59pm AEST.

Invisible Winds is curated by Marnie Badham, Pia Johnson and Tammy Wong Hulbert and Madeleine Sherburn.

Invisible Winds explores the different moods of the wind and its impacts. How this element can be seen as destructive, a source of creativity and potentially productive. Invisible Winds features artists Vicki Couzens, Gretel Taylor and Gülsen Özer, Kent Morris, Pia Johnson, Philip Samartzis, Polly Stanton and Byron Dean, Christiaan De Beukelaer and Marnie Badham in collaboration with Tammy Wong Hulbert, Ai Yamamoto and George Akl.

Invisible Winds launches at CLIMARTE Gallery, Melbourne AUS on Wednesday 26 April, 6pm. On until May 27th. More info:

Arteles is a resource for artist residency call-outs. Check out their site here

Underfoot: sTrAtA is an exhibition featuring Annette Nykiel, Perdita Phillips and Nien Schwarz, a long-standing trio forming part of a larger circle of seven Western Australian artists titled Underfoot.

sTrAtA follow on from Field Working Slow Making [ECU, Spectrum 2016] which expanded into We Must Get Together Some Time [IOTA21]. They practice slow making through long-term engagement with non-urban places and non-human worlds, contributing to the discourse of Western Australian field-based creative research. The exhibition encapsulates entangled stories: steamed, plied, fired, pigmented, stitched, filmed, walked, written, printed, narrated, recorded and performed. The artists explore WA stratigraphy, deep time and biota. They make unique, lively, and as Jane Bennett would say ‘vibrant things’ in their contribution to the complex fabric of contemporary making. Empirical knowledge, interdisciplinary research and their individual experiences working in WA’s mineral resource sector underpin sTrAtA’s making practices. Through textiles, prints and small sculpture, they explore WA stratigraphy, deep time and biota. Gallery 152, WA AUS, 1 – 23 April Underfoot: sTrAtA

Ladder Art Space, Melbourne AUS, now accepting exhibition proposals for a limited number of slots in the second half of 2023 and the first half of 2024

Ladder Art Space is situated close to Kew Junction, the Heart of Kew – a vibrant and busy shopping strip located in Melbourne’s inner eastern suburbs. Established in 2018, Ladder Art Space proudly exhibits the work of contemporary artists and designers in addition to offering art classes and workshops to the wider community. We aim to provide a friendly, professional and supportive environment to both new and established artists working in any media. Ladder Art Space is fully staffed, and artists are not required to gallery-sit.
At the moment the gallery comprises spaces on the ground level, which can be utilized separately, or as one total space. Each gallery space has good natural light as well as an adjustable lighting system. For more information: Ladder Artspace

Alt+Shift_ is a 12-person exhibition for the Concordia Intermedia Arts Graduating Class of 2023, taught by Juliana Espana Keller.

Embedding central themes of reflection, relationality, and transformation; Alt+Shift_ occupies space with process-based inquiries through a transdisciplinary assemblage of artworks. By populating the gallery with digital media, bio-materiality, sound, and robotics, these emerging artists reveal their unique methods of research-creation. This thematic proposes hybrid approaches with alt+shift-ing perspectives embedded within each work, emphasizing continuous renewal and re-imaginings within contemporary discourse. Some of these shifts are generated through memory and trauma, while others alternate on notions of embodiment and feltness. Landscapes are fragmented and re-envisioned as new ecologies of growth. Understanding the relation of ‘care’ affectively brings into view the curatorial relation between the individual and the greater collective. In each work, a hidden key function is revealed and materialized in the gallery space. The collective result is a rich network of transformation/s that enables curiosity through care-ful becomings. Visit the exhibition:

Bunyip and the Stars by debut author and man Adam Duncan and illustrator Paul Lalo brings to life the bunyip, an animal from First Nations mythology that holds great fascination for children.

Age range 0 to 6. On a starless night Wumbirr leaves the safety of the campfire and is captured by the fearsome bunyip. Ngariin will need everything she has learnt about the bush and her Country to rescue her little brother and escape the bunyip. Part Sky Country creation story, part exciting adventure tale, The Bunyip and the Stars is the first in a series of five picture books featuring stories from Australia inspired by the National Museum of Australia’s new immersive play space for children – the Tim and Gina Fairfax Discovery Centre. Purchase the book here: Bunyip and the Stars

Dark Eden: Transdisciplinary Imaging. Paul Thomas, Edward Colless, David Eastwood, Chelsea Lehmann (Eds.). Featuring work by Nancy Mauro Flude.

This collection of essays evolved out of The Sixth International Conference on Transdisciplinary Imaging at the Intersections between Art, Science and Culture, held in Sydney and online (6-8 November 2020). Amid the backdrop of a global pandemic, social unrest and the unfolding 2020 US election results, the conference theme of ‘Dark Eden’ elicited a range of passionate discussion and debate regarding the fate and contours of image culture in what had been a dark year. Expanding on the conference themes, this publication features a selection of delegates who were invited to develop their presentations for this volume. The essays collected here include texts by creative arts practitioners, media artists, science and technology researchers, designers, curators, historians, critics and theorists who present new and innovative scholarship investigating the potentialities of the image and the fate and contours of image culture in times of ‘darkness’. Purchase book here: Dark Eden: Transdisciplinary Imaging

International Art Textile Biennale 2023 featuring the work of Linda Knight is now at Emu Park Art Gallery.

Exhibition dates: 15 April – 11 June 2023. In conjunction with the exhibition, the EPAG will be running a series of exciting Workshops, Presentations, and Discussion sessions. You can visit the Gallery if you require more details and dates:

Cfp: Gender, Feminisms and the ‘Posts’: Contemporary Contestations, New Educational Imaginaries & Hope-full Renewals

This special issue of Gender and Education aims to explore the entangled relations of/between feminisms and the ‘posts’, and interrogates what these relations offer for rethinking gender and education research, theory, pedagogic practice, activism and praxis. It speaks into current concerns and debates around genders, identities and sexualities; into the renewal of feminism as a contemporary political praxis; into the proliferation of feminisms; and into the changing theoretical and methodological terrain of the ‘posts’. As such, the special issue aims to capture the multiplicities, divergences and contentions which characterise this moment and how they inform and influence gender and education, as well as looking forward to new educational imaginaries that current debates may enable or activate. For more information: Gender, feminisms and the Posts

Drawing in Relation: Agency and Affect

Online event. Organised by the Drawing Research Group at Loughborough University 19th April 2023 11 – 13.00 (BST)
Tickets are available here: Drawing in Relation

Pedagogies of Transition: Studies for the Future of Instituent Practices

Online event. For so long, we have been implicated in ongoing systemic and institutional crises. We understand these crises as political, economical, epistemological and ecological. As cultural workers we recognize a need to move towards structural change. In this series of gatherings we will share possibilities for epistemic shifts—some speculative, others involving very practical and concrete steps—towards undoing institutional working rituals. We share these conversations as a process of continuously composting knowledge that will contribute to our collective struggle. Discussion Metabolisms – 26 April. Zena Cumpston – Curator Emu Sky and CoAuthor of Plants: Past Present and Future.

Vanessa Machado de Oliveira – Professor and author of Hospicing Modernity: Facing humanity’s wrongs and implications for social activism

Melbourne (MADA) – 10am (AEST), UK (Goldsmiths) – 1am (BST), Vancouver – 5pm (PDT 25 April), Lima – 7pm (PET 25 April). Tickets:

Cfp: Local Cultures – Global Spaces: Communities, People, Place

Online event. The United Nations Human Rights and Habitat programmes connect how we live to where we live. The association is premised on an understanding of cultures, communities and society through the lens of place. It sees them as inherently interlinked, and mutually reinforcing. Examining this liminal state, the Local Cultures – Global Spaces conference questions this idea as it appears at the intersection of architecture and urban planning, cultural studies, sociology and human geography. Dates: 5-7 Dec, 2023. Abstracts: 15 July, 2023 (Round 1) | 20 October, 2023 (Round 2). More info:

Doctoral candidate position hosted by Aarhus University, DENMARK.

Project title:  Young people and parents negotiating and policing gender through online bullying. Research fields:  Digital youth studies, Sex/gender studies, educational and social psychology. Objectives: The project investigates bullying behaviour online, and analyses gender as part of such behaviour. Research aims suggested are: 1. To analyse and map the varying gender discourses involved in bullying on the platforms young people use. 2. To study the technological affordances assisting practices and normativity involved in bullying. 3. To study parental access to and potential interaction with these processes. 4. To investigate the entanglement of negotiating, policing and bullying with a particular focus on young people’s and parents’ potential agency. The candidate is expected to work with empirical research material, preferably involving the use of qualitative methodology, but is otherwise free to design the research project independently under the heading ‘Young people and parents negotiating and policing gender through online bullying’. Secondments: The host institution will be Aarhus University, Denmark The project includes two planned secondments at (1) Webwise, Ireland, for 2 months (from month 12 in the project) and (2) Dublin City University, Ireland, for 4 months (from month 26 in the project). Enrolment start: The successful candidate is expected to begin his/her 3 year PhD degree programme (5+3 scheme) on 1 September 2023. Mandatory requirement at Aarhus University: Candidates must have completed a two-year Master’s degree (120 ECTS) no later than 31 August 2023. Enrolment: The position will be based at the Danish School of Education, Aarhus University. The candidate will be enrolled as a PhD fellow at the Graduate School at Arts, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, with the aim of completing a PhD degree at the Danish School of Education, Aarhus University.

In addition to the mandatory Training for Early Stage Researchers under the MSCA-program, the PhD fellow must complete the studies in accordance with the valid regulations for the PhD degree program, currently the Ministerial Order of 27 August 2013 on the PhD degree program at the universities:

Description of the graduate school’s PhD degree program:

The PhD fellow will be affiliated with the PhD programLearning and Education.

Place of work
The PhD fellow will be employed as a PhD fellow at the Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University – terms of employment as determined by EU guidelines. The PhD fellow is expected to have the Danish School of Education as the primary workplace.

Cfp: Fiction Machines IV

In-person only. For this iteration of Fiction Machines we are interested in methods of fiction and personification within art practice research to engage with, and give voice to, more-than-human lifeforms and materials. In the symposium we ask: How have artists worked with voices entangled with the earth and materials, our technologies, instruments and waste? Beyond data, what rituals, affinities and subjectivities are emerging for relating to climate? How are non-human collaborations and speculative machines re-imagining the human and planetary? And what is at stake in personification and voicing – who is speaking for whom and is anyone or anything listening?

One-Day Symposium: Thursday July 20th 2023, Locksbrook Road Campus, Bath, BA1 3EL, UK. Please send proposals (200 words) for all papers/performances – outlining their aim and form – along with a short biography. For moving image submissions please provide an online screening link along with a short synopsis and biography. Please email all proposals to the symposium coordinators: Dr Charlie Tweed ( and Dr Andy Weir ( by no later than Friday May 12th, 2023.

Mapping Meaning – “Photodynamic Gardening” with Trudi Lynn Smith

Mapping Meaning invites artists, activists, scientists, community members, and scholars from all disciplines and backgrounds to participate in a unique workshop. We are excited to experiment with the structure and location of our biennial gathering to pilot a shorter, public-facing workshop that will take place in the Hudson Valley, NY. This two-day workshop will experiment with plant-based photography, a dynamic image-making process engaging everyday ecologies. Through our time together we’ll focus on ideas for creating and restoring the places we inhabit, on plant selection and garden design for images and on emulsion-making and printing with plants. Workshop Dates: June 13-14, 2023
Final Event: June 15, 2023
Location: Hudson Valley, New York (Bard College Farm and Studio Kipp in
Rhinebeck). Please book by April 30th: Photodynamic gardening

Cfp: Society for Social Studies of Science conference – Closed Panels, and Making and Doing Presentations

We invite submissions for papers, closed panels, and Making & Doing sessions that align with the conference theme. We are interested in proposals that expand our understanding of how technology, knowledge, and science, understood to be contentious and contested ideas themselves, shape social, political, cultural, environmental, and economic dynamics. Deadline: May 26, 2023 (notification of acceptance on June 9). More info:

Symbiotic Posthumanist Ecologies in Western Literature, Philosophy and Art. Towards Theory and Practice. Editors: Peggy Karpouzou and Nikoleta Zampaki

More information:

Cfp: Recent Approaches to Environmental Humanities. Literary and Cultural Reflections on the Human and More-Than-Human World.
Dates: 17-19 November 2023
Format: online. More info:

Nordstrom, S. (Online First). Good, Bad, and Hopefully Not the God Trick: Technological  Systems in Qualitative Inquiry. Qualitative Inquiry.

Martaleah Sandler is presenting at the Foundations in Art, Theory, and Education: Serious Play conference as a part of the panel Mindfulness in Art, Pedagogy and Practice April 14th 9am-10:30am chaired by Noah Phillips. In her presentation, Guided Underwater Breathholding With Dale Earnhardt, performing as the Archivist of the Center For Post-Capitalist History, Leah will lead participants through an interactive, satirical, guided meditation. 

Martaleah Sandler’s work will be on view as part of the exhibition Experience Contemporary curated byJustin Luperat Casselberry City Hall in Casselberry, Florida until May 18th. 

Vanni, I., & Crosby, A. (2023). Edge. Environmental Humanities15(1), 164–167.

Vanni, I., & Crosby, A. (2023). Place-based methodologies for design research: An ethnographic approach. Design Studies85, 101168.

Vanni, I., & Crosby, A. (2023). Seedballs as Method. In O. Vodeb (Ed.), Radical Intimacies: Extradisciplinary Investigation in Making Things Public (pp. 195–218). Intellect Books.

Jonas Drechsel created a new narrative for a futures programme which could be a following up programme for the EU Erasmus programme, but more adressing creatives. The “slow mobility in culture”-programme challenges a lot of used futures / old assumptions.

Distinguished Mexican, Magdalena Plebanski gave an SBS Español podcast: “Hispanics conquering STEM areas in Australia”, a podcast to celebrate women leading in innovation around the #DíaInternacionalDeLaMujer #8M. Tune in here: Hispanics conquering STEM

lynn mowson as part of Mowson&Mowson have their work feeler showing at Experimenta Life Forms

Experimenta Life Forms reveals how contemporary artists are exploring notions of life, at a time when technological change and new research findings are making definitions of ‘life’ increasingly difficult to pin down. What new life forms are emerging through technological and biological adaptation and invention? Are our definitions of life shifting because of new scientific discoveries? How do First Nation’s epistemologies influence ways of thinking and understanding life? How are notions of our place in the web of life changing now that research is identifying sentience in animals, plant-life, and perhaps soon in our machines? New England Art Museum, 1 April – 28 May 2023. More info:

Karunsena, G., Gajanayake, A. and Udawatta, N., (2022). Wastewater management in the construction sector: a systemic analysis of current practice in Victoria, AustraliaInternational Journal of Construction Management. DOI: 10.1080/15623599.2022.2118102

Katve-Kaisa Kontturi gave an invited presentation at PLANETARY FEMINISM: DECOLONIALITY, ECOLOGICAL THINKING, CREATIVE PRACTICE (Loughborough University, Institute of Advanced Studies) 17 March 2023.  

The event that consisted of four transhemispheric roundtables celebrating Professor Marsha Meskimmon’s new book “ Transnational Feminisms and Art’s Transhemispheric Histories: Ecologies and Genealogies” (Routledge 2023). Recordings of the event are available at:

Sarah Jane Moore and Linda Knight have a show Relation: Colonial Ecologies and Counter Mapping at No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne.

Sarah Jane and Linda first met in 2016 and this exhibition interrogates the visual art tracings that transpire through sharing writing, thinking, mothering, gathering, walking, talking and feminising. ‘Relation: Colonial Ecologies and Counter Mapping’ inspires climate conversations, it maps counter narratives and it explores the possibilities of precious rivers, sacred urban spaces and safe, unnamed places. 11 – 22 April 2023. More info: Relation

Linda Knight had a show Mapping Extinctions at Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne.

Linda Knight’s Mapping Extinctions explored beyond-the-human timescale. Knight speculatively maps wildlife during geologic upheaval, taking as her starting point the devastating 2020 Australian bushfires. Managing to create dis-located drawings that reference botanical illustrations, she is also commenting on the ecological impacts of colonisation, specifically in relation to the devastation caused by bushfires, all the more common due to improper land management. The exhibition ran 31 March – 16 April 2023. More info: Mapping Extinctions

Linda Knight has been selected for the Creative Climate Awards 2023 with her work Mapping Extinctions.

The Human Impacts Institute’s 2023 Creative Climate Awards, a month-long festival of art and ideas that connect us to climate action for a just and liveable world. April 19th – May 12th Taipei Economic Cultural Office, East 42nd Street, NY. The launch Visit the Human Impacts Institute Creative Climate Awards page to learn more: Creative Climate Awards

On April 22nd the Creative Climate Award works will be projected onto Manhattan Bridge. Tickets to the in-person and online event: CCA Art Projections

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