More Just, More Sustainable Futures 1.0: Artistic Research Symposium for PhD StudentsThe 2021 E-publication is now available!

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2021 Theme: Multiple Ecologies, Diverse Ontologies

September 28-29, 2021

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

We focused on presentations which addressed 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 were addressed through the 3 featured conversations and 3 panels were:

  • 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

Featured Presenters: Nik Forrest, Ali Kenefick, and Sanaz Sohrabi from Concordia University in conversation with Livia Daza Paris, Emilio Chapela, and Kate Paxman from University of Plymouth

Panelists: Andre Bailao (University of Sao Paolo), Hira Sheikh (Queensland University of Technology), Isaiah Green (Indiana University), Julie Gemuend (Brock University), Karine Aguiar S. Saunier (University of Campina), Laura Magnusson (Concordia University), Shareed Mohammed (University of the West Indies), and Deepta Sateesh (Srishti Manipal Institute of Art, Design and Technology) / Laura Denning (Bath Spa University)

Each selected presenter or panel was invited to contribute their presentation(s) as a research paper or visual essay words to be included in an e-book of the symposium. This was edited, along with a prologue, by the co-directors and was released July 2022!