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Postdoc Fellowships in CIM

CIM is now accepting applications for the ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme, for researchers who have recently completed their doctoral studies. The fellowships are typically for 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time. Applicants will need a mentor within CIM and to be aligned with CIM’s ‘Interdisciplinary Studies’ ESRC pathway. Full information regarding eligibility and how to apply can be found here. If you are interested in applying, please get in touch with CIM’s Director of Postgraduate Research, Dr Nate Tkacz ( The deadline for Warwick applications is March 10, 2019.

Wed 05 December 2018, 16:25

Nerea Calvillo will be giving a paper at the transdisciplinary conference Multispecies Storytelling in Intermedial Practices

Nerea Calvillo will be giving a paper at the transdisciplinary conference Multispecies Storytelling in Intermedial Practices at the Centre for Intermedial and Multimodal Studies, at Linneaus University, Sweden. 23-25 January.

The paper, co-authored with Martin Savransky, will be on Relaying the Pluriverse Otherwise? Environments, Storytelling, and Speculative Sensing


How might we sense and relay our damaged worlds otherwise? Seeking to rise to the multiple challenges posed by climate-change, pollution and the endangerment of species, a host of practices are currently being deployed to measure the manifold devastation of our environments through data gathered by multiple science and citizen-science sensors. While potentially generative of a less rationalistic mode of connecting to our environments, one of the problems with such sensing devices is that they rarely challenge the established types of data on which their sensors feed. Data is “gathered”, but what is gathered is always less than what is concretely given in any environment: what other experiences, purposes, and events may those environments be capable of? For instance, what kinds of responses might become possible were we to relate not only to scientific data on ocean pollution, but to the endangered liveliness and sentience of more-than-humans themselves? What if we re-read the data of coral bleaching, for example, through speculative stories that could make the coral’s own experiences felt? Indeed, what might practices of speculative storytelling do to open up our ways of sensing the pluriverse? In this exploratory paper, we seek to experiment with the importance of such questions by dramatising the possibility that alternative modes and devices of sensing, and other ways of relaying what is sensed, might enable more-than-human worlds to make themselves present otherwise. We wish to explore how they may help us learn how to tell other stories. Stories that may, in turn, contribute to cultivating more generative multispecies relations in this ongoing pluriverse.

Details of the event can be seen here.

Fri 18 January 2019, 10:37

Nerea Calvillo will be giving a paper at the symposium Testimony as Environment: Violence, Aesthetics, Agency

  • Nerea Calvillo will be giving a paper at the symposium Testimony as Environment: Violence, Aesthetics, Agency at the London School of Economics. 18-20 January

The paper will be on Visualising Pollution, Witnessing Slow Violence


How can we make visible the slow violence produced by polluted environments? And what does this do? The paper suggests ‘environmental visualisations’ –visualisations of environmental conditions that configure material environments- as methods to intensify and expand the agents, tools and contexts witness air pollution, and therefore as forms of citizen engagement with it. In which contexts, if so, could they become devices for environmental politics? 

Link to the Event:

Fri 18 January 2019, 10:16

Soils, care and community: re-imagining ecological belonging

Maria Puig de la Bellacasa will be speaking at Nottingham Contemporary in the framework of the exhibition Still I Rise. Feminisms, Gender, Resistance

The talk will be on Soils, care and community: re-imagining ecological belonging


This talk weaves together moments in scientific practice, community activism and creative art to tell stories in which soils are coming alive, revealing life within them, even a spirit. Re-animated human-soil relations are altering the perception of earth matter as inert resource passive to human use. Instead, they call for a sense of caring interdependency where the carers are not only human. As soils become enlivened a sense of human-soil interdependency is intensified, appealing to renewed ecological affinities, re-animating not only soils but also the humans who care for them. A more than human sense of community and belonging emerges, that depends on embracing the breakdown and recirculation of matter as a mundane eco-ethical obligation that disrupts the fascination with life as magnificent productivity and endurance.

Mon 14 January 2019, 10:37

Opening of the WISC Seminar Series with Professor Alexander Singleton

We are delighted to announce that Professor Alexander Singleton from the Geographic Data Science Lab of the University of Liverpool will open this term's WISC Seminar Series next week:

Professor Alexander Singleton, University of Liverpool:

How Data Philanthropy Can Help Us Understand Contemporary Urban Environments

Thursday, 17 January 2019, 16:00, Ramphal Building, R0.03

Abstract: Cities are awash with data that provide partial and fleeting glimpses into human activities and their contexts. Unlike many of those traditional sources of data that have been used to provide insight about population attributes and human behaviour, data are often located within the commercial sector and have limited degrees of access. Data Philanthropy provides a model for the more egalitarian access to such data. This talk focuses on the operationalisation of this concept within a UK context through case studies developed at the Geographic Data Science Lab.

Snacks and refreshments will be served! Please sign-up before attending, to assist us in managing numbers and to avoid food waste:

Please find an overview of all upcoming Seminars published online: For further information, please contact Dr René Westerholt ( or Dr João Porto de Albuquerque (

Thu 10 January 2019, 19:13 | Tags: front-page-1

New Paper: A Music Worthy of The Name by Naomi Waltham-Smith

Naomi Waltham-Smith (Associate Professor, CIM) has published an article entitled ‘A Music Worthy of the Name; Or, Agamben’s Museicology’ in a special issue on music and theory, edited by Chris Swithinbank and Irving Goh, of CR: The New Centennial Review.

The article develops a critical reading from a Derridean perspective of the appendix to Agamben’sWhat is Philosophy?, interrogating music and sound’s (quasi)-transcendental status. It can be found here

“A Music Worthy of the Name; Or, Agamben’s Museicology,” special issue on Music & Theory, CR: The New Centennial Review 18, no. 2 (2018): 179–202.

Thu 10 January 2019, 14:16 | Tags: front-page-2

Moments of Identity Talk 23/01/19

We look forward to welcoming David Stark and Giovanni Formilan to present a talk on Moments of identity: Artists and their aliases in electronic music on 23rd January at 15.30-17.30 in R0.03.

In many creative fields, distinctive identities are shaped around named personas – pen names in literature, stage names in the performing arts, aliases in music. More than just responding to the need for artistic recognition, these personas also serve as test devices to navigate the complexity and unpredictability of one’s presence in the creative journey. Drawing evidence from the underground electronic music scene, a field where both genres and aliases proliferate, we outline dynamics of anonymity, visibility, and engagement that surround the use of aliases. We identify nine ideal moments in which the relation among person, persona, and audience gives temporary shape to the creative identity of the artist. Representing a part of the artist, the alias is projected apart from the artist and, through this curious distance that anticipates expectations and demands feedback, creative identity develops as a process of ongoing curation.

Tue 08 January 2019, 16:41

Dr Lizzie Richardson, Department of Geography, Durham University, visiting CIM during the Spring term

Lizzie Richardson is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Department of Geography at Durham University, UK. Her research focuses on the performance and qualification of work as an economic activity. She is particularly interested in the technologies and devices through which work is made (in)visible and accounted for.

Tue 08 January 2019, 15:40

New Paper: The Subject of Circulation: On the Digital Subject's Technical Individuations

Scott Wark (Associate Researcher, CIM) recently wrote a paper published in Subjectivity. The abstract from the paper is:

'The concept of the digital subject proposes that online subjectivity is a mediated construct. This article extends this concept by arguing that online subjectivity is not a property of human users, but of digital subjects enacted in circulating data. It develops the digital subject by, first, using Phillip Agre’s concept of “grammars of action” to argue that computational architectures exclude humans from the position of the user; and, second, using Gilbert Simondon’s and Yuk Hui’s philosophies of technology to posit the digital subject as a determinate technical entity that, as per Hui’s reworking of Simondon, inhabits a “digital milieu”. Online, this digital subject inverts the human–technology relationship. It individuates by entering circulation, excluding us from individuating whilst individuating us in turn. This article expands upon this claim by analysing projects by Amalia Ulman and Zach Blas and their thematisation of visibility, identity and authenticity in online subjectivity.'

The article can be read online at . The link to the full article is .

Mon 07 January 2019, 17:16

CIM is hiring! Applications are invited for an Associate Professor.

Applications are invited for an Associate Professor in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (CIM).

Fri 21 December 2018, 09:58 | Tags: front-page-3

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