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October 2016

Orkney Storytelling Festival

28 October 2016
ICIT, Old Academy Stromness, Orkney,

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

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 2017
SydDansk Universitet Odense, Denmark

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 2017 - 2 March 2017
University of Bergen Bergen, Norway

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 2017
Linnaeus University Kalmar, Sweden

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 2017 - 20 April 2017
University of Stirling Stirling, United Kingdom

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 2017
University of Gothenburg Gothenburg, Sweden

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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November 2017

Heritage SF in London

8 November 2017 - 10 November 2017
School of Advanced Study, University of London London, United Kingdom

I've been invited to join the Heritage Futures project at the Anticipation conference in London in November. Heritage Futures is an international project, exploring alternative ways of shaping future legacies and assembling common worlds across different fields of conservation practice. I've been working with them to explore how Future Archaeology, a method for writing futures otherwise, might support their collaborations with heritage practioners. At the conference I'll be performing a Speculative Futures (SF) short story, and discussing the basis for…

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February 2018

Newton Machine Exhibition @CCCB

1 February - 15 April
CCCB (Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona), Montalegre 5
Barcelona, Spain

We were delighted to win the Cultural Innovation International Prize 2017, awarded by CCCB Art Gallery in Barcelona, for our project, The Newton Machine. The Newton Machine is a design manual and prototype for an energy storage device, made with a local community using their tools, spare parts, and expertise. It takes us from the power socket, ‘through the wall’ to the energy infrastructure behind. We in the Reconstrained Design Group worked with Eday island, Scotland, to create this exhibition…

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March 2018

Smart Energy Summit, Brussels

8 March

Along with representatives from data and energy industries, from Tesla and Microsoft, through to Delta and the EU Commission, I've been invited to give an industry talk on Smart Society. This will be focused on energy and data landscapes in transition, as we move from centralised to distributed energy and data networking. The event is being hosted by SmartEn, Smart Energy Europe, the industry association of market players driving digital and decentralised energy solutions. The event will also be live-streamed.…

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