Monsters of the Anthropocene: Reading group meeting March 18th

Non humans only’ (2011) by Tove Kjellmark. Image description: a glass case on a metal trolley. The class case is filled with toy animals whose fur has been removed. A thick line of cords is connected to the glass case, and there is a painting of a small child hanging on the white wall next to the glass case. There is a window directly behind the glass case.

Tomorrow is the second meeting of the Monsters of the Anthropocene reading group series! We will meet 14:00 – 15:30 Oslo time and discuss the first chapter of Astrida Neimanis’ book Bodies of Water.

If you’re on the Monsters of the Anthropocene mailing-list, you should have received an email with Zoom link and more information about the meeting – if you haven’t, let us know! If you want to join the mailing-list, let us know!

Please notice that tomorrow is last chance to join the reading group, as we will be closing it to allow people to get to know each other and collaborate on projects. The reading group runs for two years and forms part of the Monsters of the Anthropocene Collaboratory at the Oslo School of Environmental Humanities.

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow! And if you cannot stay out of the waters till then, why not read Celina Stifjell’s blog-post about sea monsters, ‘She-Monsters of the Anthropocene!’, right here on the Monster Network blog?

Monsters of the Anthropocene – info out now

‘Non humans only’ (2011) by Tove Kjellmark. Image description: a glass case on a metal trolley. The class case is filled with toy animals whose fur has been removed. A thick line of cords is connected to the glass case, and there is a painting of a small child hanging on the white wall next to the glass case. There is a window directly behind the glass case.

If you have signed up for the Monsters of the Anthropocene reading group series, you should have received an e-mail with information about tomorrow’s meeting by now. If not, feel free to contact us via this website.

We look forward to seeing you!

Monsters of the Anthropocene: Collaboratory at the Oslo School of Environmental Humanities

The Monster Network is excited to announce that we have received funding from the Oslo School of Environmental Humanities to establish a two-year Collaboratory called Monsters of the Anthropocene. The Collaboratory PI is Rebecca Scherr, and it is created in collaboration with Hugo Reinert.

‘Non humans only’ (2011) by Tove Kjellmark. Image description: a glass case on a metal trolley. The class case is filled with toy animals whose fur has been removed. A thick line of cords is connected to the glass case, and there is a painting of a small child hanging on the white wall next to the glass case. There is a window directly behind the glass case.

Drawing on feminist theory, decolonial theory, queer theory and critical disability studies, the Monsters of the Anthropocene Collaboratory invites creative and critical engagements with the figure of the monster in order to address questions of power, vulnerability and othering in the Anthropocene. To do so, the Collaboratory hosts a reading group series as well as a series of workshops and a mini-podcast series produced in collaboration with the University of Stavanger as part of the Monster Network’s regular podcast series Monster Talks.  The aim of the Collaboratory is to foster interdisciplinary collaborations as well as create a space for co-writing research grant applications. In other words, we aim for the Collaboratory to be the beginnings of bigger and even more monstrous things yet to come.

If you are interested in participating in this monstrousness, you’re welcome to join us – the first two reading group meetings are open to all and take place on the 4th of February and 18th of March, both at 14:00 – 15:30 Oslo time on Zoom.  After the 18th of March, we close the reading group meetings in order to allow the core group to focus on collaborations and research proposal writing. The workshops, however, remain open for all.

If you would like to participate in the first reading group meetings to find out if this is something for you, feel free to contact us at promisesofmonsters [at] gmail [dot] com to hear more and to get the Zoom link and password.

We will update this website with news of lectures, workshops and other events relating to the Monsters of the Anthropocene Collaboratory, but you can also read more at our OSEH website.

Keynote at ‘Monstrous Ontologies: Politics, Ethics, Materiality’

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The Monster Network will be keynoting at the ‘Monstrous Ontologies: Politics, Ethics, Materiality’ conference at the University of Roehampton on July 1st. We’ll be presenting on the topic of ‘Collective Voices and the Materialization of Ideas: The Monster as Method’, while experimenting with how ideas might take shape through multiple voices, present absences and poetry.

The can find the programme and more information on the conference’s Facebook page. Register here.

Creative writing workshop with Nina Lykke: ‘Writing the Posthuman …’

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Friday 5 April you can join Nina Lykke’s creative writing workshop ‘Writing the Posthuman …’ at the Weird Ecologies and Storytelling Practices seminar in Tampere!

The workshop will introduce you to ways of writing the posthuman other – in terms

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 Image description: brown algae cover the banks of a river. In the top right corner, we glimpse a bridge over some sunlit water. Sea Algae on Estuary Rogue River. Creative Commons Licence. 

of writing from embodied subject positions which might seem unfamiliar, ”alien” to the traditional outlook of the human ”I”. What does it for example mean to write from the position of an algae? a bush of heather? a cat? a stone? Or???? Against the background of some of my own poetic texts, and reflections on posthuman phenomenology, I will pose questions around modes, meanings and eco-ethics of writing from posthuman subject positions and from an ontology of vibrant and spirited matter (Bennett 2010, Anzaldua 2015). Moreover, I will invite you to do some writing exercizes prompting you to experiment with poetic explorations of transcorporeal touching, and to share and discuss your texts with each other.

Nina Lykke, Dr. Phil., Professor Emerita, Gender Studies, Linköping University, Sweden. Has for over four decades contributed to the building of Feminist Studies in Europe, Denmark and Sweden, in particular. Co-founder of Queer Death Studies Network, and Network for Ecocritical-Decolonial Research. Current research: queering of cancer, death, and mourning in queerfeminist materialist, posthuman, decolonial and eco-critical perspectives; autophenomenographic and poetic writing. Some recent publications, related to creative and autophenomengraphic writing: Writing Academic Texts Differently (Routledge, New York 2014); Queer Widowhood, Lambda Nordica 2015: 4; When death cuts apart, in: Juvonen & Kohlemainen: Affective Inequalities in Intimate Relationships. Routledge, New York 2018

Register for the workshop and the rest of the Weird Ecologies and Storytelling Practices seminar here.

Find the complete Weird Ecologies and Storytelling Practices programme here