Opportunities

New projects, calls for papers, residencies and other opportunities

ClimateCultures is pleased to share invitations for artists, researchers or curators to participate or collaborate in events, publications or activities. These are posted here in the order we become aware of them (most recent at the top), rather than by event date or deadline for responses. Expired opportunities are deleted.

If you know of opportunities you’d like to see posted here, please use the form on the Contact ClimateCultures page. 


Call for Short Stories: Our Entangled Future

The University of Oslo’s Department of Sociology and Human Geography & AdaptationCONNECTS programme invite writers and researchers to submit creative short stories in all genres for inclusion in an anthology that contributes to a new narrative on climate change: stories that confront the limitations of a dualistic, deterministic, and inanimate worldview and instead offer insights into a reality that is connected, entangled, uncertain, and ripe with possibility – a world of complementarity, non-locality, and potentiality. Recognizing the power of language, meaning, and metaphors to create a new reality, we are particularly interested in stories that capture the potential for quantum social change.

Although numerous anthologies of climate change fiction have been published, most emphasize dystopic or apocalyptic visions of the future. At this extraordinary point in history, we need to both imagine and actualize alternative “not-yet-here” realities. In the long and short term, activating such a shift may represent the only truly successful adaptation to climate change. 

The three most compelling stories about quantum social change will receive awards of EUR 1000, EUR 750, and EUR 500. The most promising stories will be edited by renowned author, editor, and writing teacher Jordan E. Rosenfeld

Deadline: 1st February, 2019 


12 years LAB – a call to action in response to climate change

Metal believe that artists can affect change in society. In light of the United Nations’ assertion that we have only 12 years to act against climate change in order to avoid global disaster, we will investigate how artists can positively affect society in response to this universal challenge.

This four-day intensive LAB (Tuesday 5th – Friday 8th March 2019), hosted and facilitated by Metal in Liverpool, will create a forum for discussion and experimentation; a supportive and open space to think, get angry, make mess and mistakes, and explore strategies for new artworks and interventions in society.

There are eight places available on the LAB for UK based artists. You will be a practising professional artist working in any creative discipline – i.e. visual art, film, sound, performance, spoken word, etc. You will be able to illustrate creative skills, experience and motivations, linked to at least one of the below criteria:

  • Desire to create social change
  • Practice that enables the participation of the public in your creative work
  • Practice that relates to the themes of climate change, ecological sustainability or celebration of the natural world

Deadline for all applications: midday Tuesday 11th December 2018


Open Call: Earth Water Sky residency

Earth Water Sky is Science Gallery Venice’s 3-year residency programme for artists interested in the environment and the latest in cutting edge environmental knowledge. Every year there will be an open call for artists from any art form – digital arts, painting, sculpture, dance, performance, music, multimedia, video, film, photography, writing, drawing – to apply for a 2 month fully funded residency in Venice. The winning artist/s will work with leading scientists from Ca’ Foscari University and the Veneto region.

In the first year of the competition, the winning artist will be working with Professor Carlo Barbante and his team at Ca’ Foscari who work on the international Ice Memory project. This extraordinary scientific endeavour is building a library of ice from non-polar regions which will be stored in Antarctica comprised of ice cores drilled from endangered glaciers all around the world. From the ice cores and the air bubbles trapped in the ice which can be dated in some instances as far back as 18,000 BCE, scientists can reconstruct the Earth’s past climate and atmospheric composition. It is an invaluable record of climate change.

Next year, the Ice Memory project goes to several destinations for expeditions and field trips for their research. Amongst several destinations, the major expedition will be to Mount Kilimanjaro’s glaciers which is the last ice left in the African continent. Other destinations are e.g. field trips to the Alps.

We are looking for an artist who is truly inspired by the Ice Memory project and can create imaginative, extraordinary new work which captures the public’s attention and their senses, minds and hearts.

Deadline for applications: 5:00pm CET, 7th January 2019


Biennial Conference of ASLE-UKI 2019

The University of Plymouth is hosting the 2019 Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, UK and Ireland. ASLEUKI welcomes participation by anyone interested in environmental literature and culture – past, present, or future – from anywhere in the world, and whether as scholars, readers, or creative writers.

While proposals on all and any aspects and periods of environmental literature are welcome, this year’s theme is ‘Co-emergence, Co-creation, Co-existence’. The conference takes its impetus from the prefix ‘co-’ as a starting point for engaging with ideas, processes, practices and theorisations of mutuality, collaboration, co-production, collectivity and modes of being, thinking, and creating generated through entanglement.

We invite proposals for individual (20-minute) papers, or pre-formed panels (90 minutes) which may comprise traditional panels of 3 or 4 papers, roundtables or paper jams with 6 or more speakers, or other innovative formats. We welcome proposals for creative contributions or creative-critical dialogues. Possible themes may include, but are not restricted to:

  • Multi-species assemblages and ontologies
  • Symbioses, mutualisms and commensalisms
  • Entanglements between practice and theory
  • Ecological interdisciplinarity
  • Environmental justice and decoloniality
  • Collective action and activism in times of environmental crisis
  • Embodiment, proprioception, ‘eco-ception’
  • Intra-actions with weather, atmosphere and land/sea/waterscapes
  • Intersectional activisms
  • Collaborative working
  • Agency and power in posthuman ‘becomings-with’

Deadline for Proposals: April 1st 2019
NB: Delegates must be members of ASLE-UKI or one of its affiliates by the time the conference takes place.
Information about joining can be found at http://www.asle.org.uk