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August 2016

The Electric Nemesis at 4S/EASST 2016

31 August 2016 - 3 September 2016
Barcelona International Convention Center (CCIB), Barcelona, Spain + Google Map

I will be participating in several events at the 4S/EASST conference in Barcelona, including an improvised performance by The Electric Nemesis. Meet 'Wanna Wonder the Academic' and 'The Electric Nemesis' One has a red nose, a Science Studies book in hand, and a box with who knows what inside. The other was sewn together, hides her scars in black, and has a electric transformer in her foot. They have met once before, these strange figures, sprung from the Science Studies…

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October 2016

Seedbox by Starlight, and other poems

4 October 2016 @ 13:15 - 15:00
TEMA, Linköping University, Sweden + Google Map

As part of my residency at Seedbox, Environmental Humanities Collaboratory, at Linköping University, I am giving a talk about the work I am creating. This will be a performance, an experiment, of poems and writing, inspired by the many places and people, creatures and critters, that comprise the Seedbox environmental humanities collaboratory. Alongside, I’ll also perform some other poems related to my research around marine renewable energy and its sea futures. This will open into a discussion exploring the role…

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Orkney Storytelling Festival

28 October 2016
ICIT, Old Academy, Stromness, Orkney, + Google Map

I'm thrilled to have been asked to give the keynote for the Orkney Storytelling Festival 2016, on Friday 28 October. I'll be weaving a tale about myths and marine energy... Storytelling and Marine Energy, or ‘How Wave Energy got an Origin Myth’ This is about an origin myth–an origin myth for wave energy, with selkie and trow, but also with scientists and technology. It might seem strange to mix myth and marine energy, but stories are memorable, stories travel, and…

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November 2016

Feeding the insatiable: art and energy creative summit

9 November 2016 - 11 November 2016
Dartington Hall, Devon, United Kingdom + Google Map

The wonderful Schumacher College in Devon is organising an international summit on Art and Energy at Dartington Hall, Feeding the Insatiable, real and imagined narratives of art and energy. They've asked me to join them as Keynote speaker, alongside LandArt Generator Initiative eco-artists, Robert Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian, and Chris Fremantle from Eco/Art/Scot/land. Looks like it should be a well-honed mixture of artists and scientists thinking otherwise. Event diary: 9 - 11 November. Walking with Energy– under sea and over…

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January 2017

Speculative Worlds: a Writing Workshop

20 January
SydDansk Universitet, Odense, Denmark + Google Map

Following on from the continued success of my short PhD Workshops on writing, this 1 day workshop is happening at SydDansk Universitet. This is a practice-based writing workshop for participants to explore diverse writing methods. Students will produce experimental pieces of writing based on their research. This will be a supportive place for PhD researchers to generate speculative writing, using techniques drawn from literature and poetry, and then to consider how these speculative worlds can diffract and alter their empirical…

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February 2017

Here there be dragons, in Bergen

28 February - 2 March
University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway + Google Map

As part of the launch of the new Energy Anthropology Network, I will be presenting a paper at the Energy Impacts: People, Responsibilities and the Contested Futures of Energy Developments conference in Bergen, Norway. This two and a half day conference will bring together academics and activists from around the world to reflect on the issues and concerns, including social, health, environmental and political impacts, related to energy infrastructure developments- from fracking to marine energy. I'll be talking about the…

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March 2017

Future Archaeologies: Writing speculative fabulation (SF) from fragments of evidence

20 March
Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden + Google Map

Half-day workshop at Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden. Archaeologists have long argued for "the productive and generative potential of breakage and decay” (as Josh Pollard memorably wrote). Many elsewhere in the humanities and social sciences would agree: knowledge is situated, empirical evidence is always partial, the worlds we make from evidence gathered (in the ethnographic past) does not quite go together– like a collection of pot sherds it has gaps, is multiple, becomes diffractive. Our stories of the world are both…

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April 2017

Orkney Electron Poetics at University of Stirling

19 April - 20 April
University of Stirling, Stirling, United Kingdom + Google Map

I've been invited to give both a performance and presentation at the Connecting with a low-carbon future conference this month. This conference is part of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Network - Connecting with a low-carbon Scotland. The following is an outline of what I will perform and discuss. Hope to see a few local Scottish and northern colleagues! The event is being hosted by Centre for Environment, Heritage and Policy, University of Stirling, on 19-20 April. More here.…

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May 2017

Speculative Worlds writing workshop in Gothenburg

19 May
University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden + Google Map

Speculative Worlds: a Writing Workshop is coming to the STS group at University of Gothenburg, Department of Sociology and Work Science. 19 May 2017 Full day workshop Workshop Outline “SF is that potent material-semiotic sign for the riches of speculative fabulation, speculative feminism, science fiction, speculative fiction, science fact, science fantasy... SF practice is a model for worlding.” So said Donna Haraway, feminist theorist of technoscience. Speculative worlds are not fictions, but are part of what she calls, “the tight…

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