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Ecological Networks Creative-Critical Approaches to the Environmental Humanities

Call for Participants

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Call for Participants
This M4C doctoral workshop on the environmental humanities explores research creation and approaches to creative-critical networks via the combination of practice-based and scholarly methods. Bringing together writers, scholars and art facilitators, the workshop aims to address themes of communication, connection and collaboration in the context of contemporary environmental challenges.

A metaphor might prompt new-found love for bees in an age in which insect numbers are dwindling, but what other tools, methods and innovations – linguistic or otherwise – might influence important ecological connections? While the material artefacts of children’s toys bring together past and present enchantments with animals, climate fiction might seek to unite environmental injustice with resolution. To draw a link between current capitalist societies and environmental futures, a new strategy for communicating conservation and sustainability values may be key. Embracing practical and conceptual interpretations of connection, the workshop will also explore how creative-critical researchers initiate and build networks within and between academic communities, cultural partners and public audiences.

Participants will be invited to prepare a 5-minute presentation: this might take the form of an introduction, question, or short performance. The doctoral workshop will feature creative prompts and conversations with Dr David Cooper (founding co-director of the Centre for Place Writing, MMU), Professor Adam Ledger (coartistic director of The Bone Ensemble, UoB) and Dr Isabel Galleymore (UoB). The day will include a tour of the nearby botanic Winterbourne Gardens and a workshop and reading by award-winning poet Zaffar Kunial.

The event is free and open to all PGRs across the M4C network (students do not have to receive M4C funding to be eligible), although places are limited. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. To register for the event, or for further information, please email i.galleymore@bham.ac.uk by 10th April, stating your dietary requirements and any access needs. A small travel bursary is available to support students travelling from their home institution to the Birmingham campus. Please get in touch if you wish to apply.

24th April 2024

Edgbaston Campus, University of Birmingham