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Confronting a planet in a state of emergency

London, UK
Organization: Royal Academy of Arts
Categories: Digital Humanities, Women's Studies, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Miscellaneous
Event Date: 2020-02-22 Abstract Due: 2019-11-17

The Royal Academy of Arts is pleased to announce a call for submissions for Confronting a planet in a state of emergency, a symposium that builds on themes explored in the Eco-Visionaries exhibition, open at the RA from 23 November 2019 – 23 February 2020. The symposium will be held in the Benjamin West Lecture Theatre at the Royal Academy of Arts on 22 February 2020.

From climate change to species extinction and resource depletion, the damaging effects of modern life are more tangible than ever. To assure that our planet has a future, we need to reconsider our relationship with our environment. This symposium will provide a platform for artists, architects, critics and academics who are proposing inventive and critical spatial solutions to reconfigure or address current ecological changes. We do not expect contributions to be limited to architecture and welcome all practitioners and academics, who go beyond mainstream notions of sustainability in addressing the human impact on the planet.

The symposium will take place in two sessions, one focussing on new research that is helping us understand the complexity of the current environmental crisis, the other showcasing future-facing propositions that suggest new ways of living in a changed world. We hope to highlight submissions that demonstrate a range of approaches, from creative visualisations of current and projected environmental changes and designs to aid us in adapting to this changing world; to projects that radically reconfigure the relationship between human and nature.

All contributors will be asked to present 15-minute papers on topics including but not limited to:

Projects exploring the agency of individuals in enacting real change in relation to environmental issues
Creative approaches to conveying information on climate change, air pollution or other environmental issues
Approaches that address the impact of a post-industrial society on the Global South, including work from the perspective of the Global South
Papers that demonstrate life in the future, should current practices continue
Designs to aid in adapting to environmental changes brought on by human action
Spatial solutions that bring humans closer to their natural environment, engaging with other species non-hierarchically
Proposals for projects that stabilise endangered ecosystems

Submissions are due by Sunday 17 November 2019 and should include:

An abstract of 300 words
Title of the paper
Author’s full name, title, position and institution
Brief professional biography (no more than 50 words)
Submissions should be sent to architecture@royalacademy.org.uk with the subject line: “Abstract: Eco-Visionaries symposium”

The Royal Academy of Arts will get in touch with all candidates by Friday 29 November 2019.

The Royal Academy of Arts encourages contributions from BAME applicants, early career researchers and graduate students.

We welcome international submissions. However, to reduce the carbon footprint of the symposium, we will be inviting overseas candidates to contribute and present their work via Skype.


Helen Ikla