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Earth Sensations: Affects, sensibilities and attachments in an era of climate change

Date: 13-14 October 2022
Venue: AIAS

The interdisciplinary conference aims to examine various sensations generated by natural environments in an era of climate change. It intends to explore how ecological mutation reconfigures the way we feel, sense, desire and what long term effects these changes have on mental health of individuals and communities. How do we sustain ourselves, mentally and emotionally, when our environments are destroyed? How do we compose more-than-human collectives that provide favourable conditions not only for survival but also for thriving for humans and nonhumans alike?

Call for papers – deadline by 1 June 2022

Please submit abstracts of 250-500 words as well as a brief biographical note (100 words) to earthsensationsconference@gmail.com by 1 June 2022. Notifications will be sent out by 15 June 2022. Papers should not exceed 20 minutes in length and should be held in English.

Thanks to a generous support of our funders, we are able to cover travel and accommodation expenses for two-three early career researchers or untenured academics based in Europe, who are not able to draw on their institutional resources. If you wish to be considered, please include a brief supporting statement (max. 50 words).

Read the full call for papers here.

Keynote speakers 

Jane Bennett (Johns Hopkins University (USA), author of Vibrant Matter)  

Nicole Seymour (California State University, Fullerton (USA), author of Bad Environmentalism: Irony and Irreverence in the Ecological Age

Alexis Shotwell (Carleton University (Canada), author of Against Purity: Living Ethically in Compromised Times

Invited speakers 

Matthew Adams (University of Brighton (UK), author of Anthropocene Psychology

Michelle Bastian (University of Edinburgh (UK), eco-temporalities, multispecies temporalities)

Andy Flack (University of Bristol (UK), nocturnal animals, environmental history & disability studies)

Martin Savransky (Goldsmiths, University of London (UK), author of Around the Day in Eighty Worlds


Registration will be online and open in May from this page.


The conference has received funding from AIAS, the The European Union’s Horizon 2020, the Carlsberg Foundation, Center for Environmental Humanities and the research programs "Cultural Transformations" and "Human Futures" at Aarhus University.