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Aaron Allen

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More Just, More Sustainable Futures 1.0: Artistic Research Symposium for PhD Students: Multiple Ecologies, Diverse Ontologies
Call for Papers
July 3, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Environmental History / Studies, Fine Arts, Theatre & Performance History / Studies

Postgraduate research students at the University of Plymouth are curating and hosting an online symposium under the broad theme of multiple ecologies, diverse ontologies and ethico-onto-epistemological exchanges. The symposium will explore ways artistic research/practice-research imagines paths towards alternative visions for more just, sustainable presents and futures for our collective environments. It aims to reflect practices which are inclusive of different frames of reference and diversity in working, doing and thinking. 

We are seeking submissions for both traditional papers and experimental or practice-based presentations.  

Abstracts for 20-minute presentations are welcome. We wish to highlight a focus on submissions which address a consciousness of ecologies as complex and entangled systems of exchange, and of ethics, being and knowledge as co-created and inseparable after Karen Barad's concept of ethico-onto-epistem-ology (Barad, 2007). 

We are particularly interested in presentations that address the following themes: 

  • Ecoart 
  • Solarpunk 
  • Future Ecologies 
  • Sustainability in Practice  
  • Human-Nonhuman Ecosystems  
  • Surviving and Thriving Collaboratively  
  • Intersectional Ecological Art Practices 
  • Posthuman Storytelling Practices 
  • Deep and/or Social Ecologies 
  • Multispecies Justice 
  • Multi-Entity Ethics 

Proposals from BIPOC, LGBTQ2S+ and/or disabled artistic researchers and researchers from the Global South are very welcome.  

Each selected presenter or panel will be invited to contribute their presentation(s) as a research paper (~3000-4000 words) or visual essay (~1000-1500 words to be included in an e-book of the conference. This will be peer reviewed and edited, along with a prologue, by University of Plymouth PhD candidates and professors. 

What we need from interested PhD students: 

  • Presentation Title 
  • Abstract or expression of interest (300-500 words) 
  • 1-5 images (optional) 
  • Biography (up to 150 words) 
  • Link to website (optional but specific project link preferred) 
  • Contact Information 

Please submit this information as a single PDF to the contact email by July 3, 2021.


  • Presenters Notified: Late July
  • Videos of Asynchronous Presentations Due: Late August
  • Symposium: September 28-29, 2021
  • Papers/Visual Essays Due/Peer Reviewed: October
  • E-book Released: January 2022

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