More Just, More Sustainable Futures 1.0: Artistic Research Symposium for PhD Students

Emilio Chapela, Total eclipse of the sun. 2017

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Postgraduate research students (PhD) 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 focusing on presentations 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).

How can futures be more just, more sustainable, or, ideally, both? What can practice-research tell us about the paths to these futures?

Some themes that will be addressed through the three featured conversations and three panels are:

  • multispecies speculative futures
  • art and activism in cityscapes
  • recalibrating relationships
  • multiple ways of knowing
  • eco-communities
  • plant music
  • eco-musicology
  • spiritual ecology
  • more-than-human kinship
  • lamentation of eco-destruction
  • industrial scale meat production.

Symposium schedule

Tuesday 28 September 2021

  • 8:45a-9:05a EDT / 12:45-13:05 UTC | Opening remarks
  • 9:10-10:10a EDT / 13:10-14:10 UTC | Laura Magnusson, Karine Aguiar S Saunier, Isaiah Green, Ezeugwu Lilien
  • 10:20-11:20a EDT / 14:20-15:20 UTC | Nik Forrest and Kate Paxman
  • 11:40a-12:40p EDT / 15:40-16:40 UTC | Alexandra (Ali) Kenefick and Emilio Chapela
  • 12:40-12:50p EDT / 16:40-16:50 UTC | Day 1 closing remarks


Wednesday 29 September 2021

  • 9:00-10:00a EDT / 13:00-14:00 UTC | Hira Sheikh, Shareed Mohammed, André S Bailão
  • 10:10-11:10a EDT / 14:10-15:10 UTC | Melanie King, Julie Gemuend, Deepta Sateesh/Laura Denning
  • 11:30a-12:30p EDT / 15:30-16:30 UTC | Sanaz Sohrabi and Livia Daza-Paris
  • 12:30-1:00p EDT / 16:30-17:00 UTC | Closing remarks


Visit the symposium web page for further information including details of the featured presenters and panellists. Most of the presentations and biographies etc are on YouTube which can be accessed via the symposium presentations web page.

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