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Assistant Professor in Environmental Humanities

The School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor appointment in environmental humanities, broadly interpreted to embrace disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences... Read more

New course: European Marine Directives and Policies

A new interdisciplinary course will be given at the University of Gothenburg, starting in January 2018. The course is aimed at students of all disciplines interested in governance, management and the environment of marine and coastal areas.
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Kendal Mountain Festival 2017

A new Literature Festival celebrating the very best writing in landscape, nature and place! 17-20 November, 2017. Read more

Rethinking Autonomy in the Anthropocene

How does the Anthropocene modulate, constrain, or even abolish autonomy? Through 20-minute presentations followed by a panel dialogue, David Chandler, Etienne Turpin and Anna-Sophie Springer will respond with perspectives from within and across their fields of international relations, philosophy, design research practice, exhibition-led inquiry, software development, curating, writing, and publishing. Tuesday, 21 Nov. 10:00-12:00 | AHA! Festival at Chalmers. Read more...

Fourth International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction

ACI is the main international conference on Animal-Computer Interaction, a rapidly growing field that focuses on the interaction between animals and computing-enabled technology. The conference takes place 21-23 November in Milton Keynes, UK. Read more

Living Cities, Liveable Spaces - call for papers open!

A call for papers and posters for the upcoming Living Cities, Liveable Spaces: Placemaking & Identity conference is now open. will take place on the 22nd-24th November 2017 in Valletta, Malta. Read more

The global ocean and the future of humanity

The seminar focuses on the global ocean, celebrating Volvo Environment Prize Laureate Professor Rashid Sumaila’s work. He is considered one of the world’s most innovative researchers on the future of the oceans. Tuesday 28 November 2017, 13.00 -16.00 at the Beijer Hall, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Lilla Frescativägen 4A, Stockholm. Please register here by 24 November.


Waste Materialities & Meaning: Anthropological Engagements with Reuse, Repair and Care

November 29 - December 3. The 2017 Annual Meeting will focus on why Anthropology Matters! With more than 750 sensational sessions, the Annual Meeting will surely provide unique opportunities to connect, collaborate, and contribute to the advancement of anthropology. Read more


This international conference, is the third in an annual series organised collaboratively by the Paul Mellon Centre, the Yale Center for British Art, and the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botcanical Gardens, is designed to offer an opportunity for such a reassessment. 30 November to 1 December 2017. Read more

1948 Unbound: experimental conference at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW)

1948 Unbound. Unleashing the technical present. November 30–December 2, 2017. Read more...

Sustaining the Seas

Sustaining the Seas is an exciting and experimental refereed international conference that will bring together academics of many disciplines, practitioners, urban planners, fishers, artists and writers to consider over three days the challenges of how to care better for the oceans, and more-than-human marine ecological systems. We will explore radically different modes of caring for oceanic spaces and ask what their effects might be for communities of fish and humans. The University Of Sydney, 11th -13th December 2017. Read more

Post-Doctoral Fellowship

The University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship on the Plantationocene sponsored by an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar grant. Deadline for applications is 15 December 2017Read more...


Somhairle MacDonald is an artist, photographer and musician from the Scottish Highlands. His recent work inspired by the landscapes of Lochaber will be on display at The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool from 16 October - 4 January. Read more

Synergy Conference

The British Society of Aesthetics is pleased to announce a new funded conference initiative, the BSA Synergy series. The Society is initially looking to fund one conference with a grant of up to £12,000. The deadline for applications is 22 January 2018. Read more

Scandinavian Wildlife Film Festival

The Scandinavian Wildlife Film Festival (SWFF) takes place in Hunnebostrand, Sweden every other year with the next festival happening January 25-28, 2018. It is organized by the Association of Swedish Wildlife Filmmakers, a non-profit organization of filmmakers living or working in Sweden. Read more

Rachel Carson Center Call for Fellows 2018-19

The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society invites applications for its 2018–19 cohort of postdoctoral and senior fellows. The RCC’s fellowship program is designed to bring together excellent scholars who are working in environmental history and related disciplines. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2018. Read more and apply


Intercultural Geopoetics in Kenneth White's Open World by Mohammed Hashas introduces geopoetics as a radical, postmodern interdisciplinary and intercultural project. Read more


A new book from Kenneth White is now available from Aberdeen University Press. Collected Works, Volume 1: Underground to Otherground contains 3 early books, Incandescent Limbo, Letters from Gourgounel and Travels in the Drifting Dawn. Read more

EBAAS 2018

Joint EAAS and BAAS Conference - the 32nd European Association for American Studies and 63rd British Association for American Studies Conference. London, 4 – 7 April 2018. Read more

SASS 2018

The presidential conference theme for this year’s SASS meeting is “Frontiers: Past, Present and Future.” The meeting will be held in Los Angeles, May 3-5, 2018. Read more and propose a paper

As Slowly as Possible

ASAP/Amsterdam - “As Slowly as Possible”: A Symposium of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 24-26 May 2018Call for Papers:
ASAP/Amsterdam invites proposals from scholars and artists addressing the contemporary arts in all their forms since the 1960s—literary, visual, performing, musical, cinematic, design, and digital. We are interested in work across disciplines and media that examine the formal, cultural, social, and political dimensions of the arts today. Read more...

Wrack Zone: ALECC Biennial Conference

ALECC Biennial Conference, 20-23 June 2018, University of Victoria. Traditional lands of the Songhees and Esquimalt peoples
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International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature and Media

16th Conference of the International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature and Media in Stavanger, Norway. July 25–28, 2018. Read more

Scandinavian Exceptionalisms. IASS 2018 Conference

The International Association of Scandinavian Studies (IASS) will be hosting its 32nd conference at the Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics European of the University of Copenhagen from 7 to 10 August 2018. The theme of the Conference is “Scandinavian Exceptionalisms”.

The Stories We Live by: a free online course in ecolinguistics

The social and ecological issues that humanity currently faces are so severe that they call into question the fundamental stories that we live by: stories of consumerism, infinite economic growth, progress and human separation from nature. This course provides linguistic tools for revealing the stories we live by, questioning them from an ecological perspective, and contributing to the search for new stories to live by. Read more

Twenty years of ecosystem services: How far have we come and how far do we still need to go?

It has been 20 years since two seminal publications about ecosystem services came out: an edited book by Gretchen Daily and an article in Nature by a group of ecologists and economists on the value of the world’s ecosystem services. Both of these have been very highly cited and kicked off an explosion of research, policy, and applications of the idea, including the establishment of this journal. This article traces the history leading up to these publications and the subsequent debates, research, institutions, policies, on-the-ground actions, and controversies they triggered. It also explores what we have learned during this period about the key issues: from definitions to classification to valuation, from integrated modelling to public participation and communication, and the evolution of institutions and governance innovation. Finally, it provides recommendations for the future. In particular, it points to the weakness of the mainstream economic approaches to valuation, growth, and development. It concludes that the substantial contributions of ecosystem services to the sustainable wellbeing of humans and the rest of nature should be at the core of the fundamental change needed in economic theory and practice if we are to achieve a societal transformation to a sustainable and desirable future. Read the full paper here

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