Astrida Neimanis is an affiliated researcher with the Posthumanities Hub at the Gender Studies Unit of Linköping University. Her research interests include water, weather, embodiment, and technology, in a planetary frame. Her critical-creative practice includes collaborations with artists, playwrights, poets, and designers; she concurrently facilitates an experimental writing platform entitled “Nature Writes Itself.” Her work in the environmental humanities has been published in Alphabet City, Caprice, Feminist Review, Janus Head, Journal of Critical Animal Studies, NORA: Nordic Journal of Gender and Feminist Research, PhaenEx, philoSOPHIA, TOPIA: Canadian Journal for Cultural Studies, and various edited collections, including Undutiful Daughters (Palgrave 2012). Forthcoming publications on feminist posthumanist perspectives on climate change will be included in Hypatia (Special Issue on Climate Change) and The Handbook on Climate Change Governance, and her co-edited collection, Thinking with Water, will be published in 2013 (MQUP). Current projects include participation in an arts-sciences experimental research incubator on deep time in the sub-Arctic, and establishing an environmental humanities incubator in the region of Östgötland, Sweden (with Cecilia Åsberg and Suzi Hayes).
Global Ecologies, Local Collaborations: Feminist Experiments in the Environmental Humanities
This project combines scientific, critical humanities, and experimental arts based research as a means of rethinking ecologies and climate imaginaries beyond anthropocentrism. An international collaboration between Linköping University (SE), and three Australian universities (La Trobe, Canberra and Western Australia) the project admixes expertise in the fields of materialist feminist scholarship, ethics, education, water science, biological art, and mixed media art practices, the project establishes a lively collaborative frame for rethinking ecologies beyond the anthropogenic. Focusing on culturally significant local waterway/s (in Östergötland), Focused on Lake Roxen in Östergötland Sweden, the project seeks to creatively intervene in climate change imaginaries. The first stage will be a pilot research experiment to act s a pilot for the establishment of a world-class environmental humanities incubator at LiU (SE).
Field_Notes – Deep Time
A week long art&science field laboratory organized by the Finnish Society of Bioart at the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station in Lapland/Finland. Five working groups, hosted by Oron Catts, Antero Kare, Leena Valkeapaa, Tere Vaden, Elisabeth Ellsworth and Jamie Kruse, together with a team of five, will develop, test and evaluate specific interdisciplinary approaches in relation to the Deep Time theme. Field_Notes – Deep Time is in search of artistic and scientific responses to the dichotomy between human time-perception and comprehension, and the time of biological, environmental, and geological processes in which we are embedded. The local sub-Arctic nature, ecology, and geology, as well as the scientific environment and infrastructure of the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station will act as a catalyst for the work carried out. Field research: 15 – 22 September 2013 field laboratory at the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station; 23-24 September 2013 conference in Helsinki.
Thinking with Water
A multi-grant funded project that engages participants across the humanities, social sciences and the arts to explore cultural perspectives on water. It challenges instrumentalized approaches to water-as-resource by looking to the flows between and among water, materiality, meaning, and theory, and engaging water as a distinctly ecocultural phenomenon. An edited collection of cultural theory, poetry, and artworks will be published by McGill-Queen’s UP in 2013.