[spectre] CONF: Deep Sea Babies (Krakow, 13-15 Apr 23)
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Mon Mar 20 10:19:55 CET 2023
From: Ewelina Jarosz
Date: Mar 19, 2023
Subject: CONF: Deep Sea Babies (Krakow, 13-15 Apr 23)
Podbrzezie Gallery in Karakow, Apr 13–15, 2023
Deep Sea Babies: Navigating between Dystopias and Utopias for the Blue
An international academic conference organized by the Institute of
Polish Philology and the Institute of Art and Design at The Pedagogical
University of Krakow, Poland in cooperation with the Intermedia
Department at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Poland.
Held at the Pedagogical University of Krakow and online (hybrid event).
“Bodies of water” (Neimanis 2017) and “transcorporeality” (Alaimo 2010)
are the concepts that represent both the dystopian and utopian states of
our current ways of inhabiting the Blue Planet (Earle A. Sylvia,
McKibben Bill 2009; Skinner, Winifred 2011). The massive scale of
rivercide, lake depletions in droughts and heatwaves, decreasing aquatic
biodiversity, rising sea levels, and ocean acidification are human-made
phenomena that produce the dynamic and diverse reality of the Hydrocene
(Bailey-Charteris 2021) or Aquatocene (Šebjanič 2021). These terms are
used in the environmental humanities and art to keep hope alive or raise
critical awareness in our epoch of multispecies alliances for surviving
in less hospitable waters of the ableist patriarchal capitalism (Gumbs
2020), infested with (micro)plastic waste, underwater networks
(Starosielski 2015), and poisonous substances. They all produce
ubiquitous and viscous “hyperobjects” (Morton 2013) and phenomena such
as the Great Pacific Patch or mass extinction in the river Oder.
The titular “deep sea babies” is a hydrosensual attempt (Sprinkle,
Stephens 2021) to grasp our contemporary transitional and ephemeral
more-than-human environmental identity. Although we all are immersed in
the post-apocalyptic condition, we seek how to engage positive
ecospheric emotions to open up new fluctuating possibilities of
environmental consciousness, action, and agency. The concept of “deep
sea babies” invites contaminated multispecies hybrids we all are to help
us envision the possibility of growing-with-the trouble of global and
Thursday, April 13, 2023
9.00–9:30 Official welcome and conference opening
9:30–10:30 Keynote lecture
Bronwyn Bailey-Charteris, University of New South Wales, Soaking in the
Hydrocene as disruptive epoch (online)
10:30–11:00 Coffee break
11:00–12:30 Merfolk and SF water creatures
Anna Markowska, University of Wrocław, Aquatic nympholepsia for a
Shealeen A. Meaney, Russell Sage College, NY, Merfolk of the
Anthropocene: Cli-fi, Mer-Cons, and transcorporeal fantasies (online)
Caroline Elgh,TEMA G, Gender Studies, Linköping University, A curatorial
journey across coastlines and media. Science fiction and visual art as
Chthulucene types of oceanic imaginaries in times of ecological crises
Chair: Anna Markowska
12:30–14:00 Blue affective methodologies
Karolina Kolenda, Pedagogical University of Krakow, The tides of hope
and the depths of despair: towards affective methodologies in
envisioning the future of the Blue Planet
Fiona Middleton, University of Southampton, UK, Deep ocean literacies:
reaching, touching, grabbing
Anna Salata, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, Utrecht, The
Netherlands, Excluded among excluded. Multispecies trauma in the
underwater non-binary environments (online)
Chair: Ewelina Jarosz
14:00–15:30 Aquatic lunch break
15:30–17:00 Blue (post)humanities in Central Europe
Agata & Marta Polak, The voice of the city river Ślepotka
Maja Rup, University of Warsaw, Dead zones in the Baltic Sea and their
Karolina Majewska-Güde, Berlin, Two silences, or a dialogue with a
human. On Zbigniew Warpechowski’s and Raša Todosijević’s performances
Chair: Karolina Kolenda
17:00–18:30 Queering bodies of water
Federico Rudari, UCP Lisbon, Bodies in space: a queer ecology of contagion
Daniela Weiss, Art Academy of Szczecin, Mapping chaotic waves – stinking
hydrofeminism, queering gay and un-cissing bodies
Zuza Koprowska, University of Fine Arts in Poznań, Laguna Blu – lesbian*
Chair: Tomasz Sikora
Friday, April 14, 2023
09:00–10:00 Keynote lecture
Ewelina Jarosz, Pedagogical University of Krakow & Justyna Górowska,
Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Launching the hydrosexual movement for
the Baltic region to navigate between utopias and dystopias
10:00–10:30 Coffee break
10:30–12:00 Aquatic hope & virtual embodiment
Carla Sopie Tapparo, Argentina, Modified branchial imaginations, in
defense of chaos and eros as a way back to hope through curiosity (online)
Lux Æterna (Karina Gorzkowska, Yana Maroz, Katarzyna Oczkowska, Agata
Polak), Poland, Deep Virtual Babies
Valentina Demarchi, Politecnico di Milano – Design Department, Meta 32
circa and the (sense-)making of its piece Konfluencja as an exemplary
case of sea-centred “Appropriation Art-ivism” practices
Chair: Justyna Górowska
12:30–14:00 Blue eco-technologies
Agata Dyczko, Poland, To be touched with the sound of water. To loose
boundaries. To immerse or to tell a story
Wiktoria Kozioł, SWPS, Poland, Water in video games – an exercise in
Paul Wiersbinski, Germany, Mortal Toys (online)
Małgorzata Owczarska, Poland, "Above" and "under" waterscape – sensory
reinforcement in blue anthropological fieldwork
Chair: Magdalena Worłowska
14:00–15:30 Aquatic lunch break
15:30–17:00 Hydro-art(ivism): expanding disability studies and
Sebastian Mühl, Institute of Contemporary Art, Design and Architecture
of Art Academy of Latvia, Calling for rain: the world-making art of
Mo Tomaszewska, Kraków, River-size topic
Agata Stronciwilk, University of Washington in Seattle, University of
Silesia in Katowice, In and out of the water. Mari Katayma's aquatic
Chair: Anna Chromik
17:30–18:30 Roundtable discussion
19:00 The Blue Humanities Archive presentation (curated by Justyna
Górowska) Venue: Nuremberg House, ul. Skałeczna 2, Krakow
Saturday, April 15, 2023
17:00 Hydrofeminist film screening (curated and chaired by Marta
Grabowska) Venue: Nuremberg House, ul. Skałeczna 2, Krakow
Organising Committee: dr Ewelina Jarosz, dr Karolina Kolenda, in
cooperation with dr Justyna Górowska.
Conference Scientific Committee: dr hab. Magdalena Stoch, dr hab. Tomasz
Sikora, dr Małgorzata Kaźmierczak.
- Åsberg Cecylia, Ecologies and Technologies of Feminist Posthumanities,
“Women’s Studies”, 50(8)2021, pp. 857-862.
- Alaimo Stacy, Bodily Natures: Science, Environment, and the Material
Self, Indiana University Press 2010.
- Bailey-Charteris, Revealing the Hydrocene: Reflections on Watery
Research, “Przegląd Kulturoznawyczy” 2(48)2021, pp. 431-445.
- DeLoughrey Elizabeth, Didur Jill, Carrigan, Anthony (eds.), Global
Ecologies and the Environmental Humanities. Postcolonial Approaches,
Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature 2015.
- Earle A. Sylvia, McKibben Bill, The World is Blue: How our Fate and
the Oceans Are One, National Geographics, Washington, D.C. 2009.
- Gumbs Alexis Pauline, Maree Brown Adrienne, Undrowned. Black Feminists
Lesson From Sea Mammals, AK Press 2020.
- Hand, Kevin Peter, Alien Ocean: the Search for Life in the Depths of
Space, Princeton University Press, Princeton 2020.
- Haraway, Donna, Staying with a Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene,
Duke University Press Books 2016.
- Helmreich, Stefan, Alien Ocean: Anthropological Voyages in Microbial
Seas, University of California Press, Berkley 2009.
- Neimanis, Astrida, Bodies of the Water: Posthuman Feminist
Phenomenology, Bloomsbury Academic London, 2017.
- Morton, Timothy, Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of
the World, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, London 2013.
- Robertina Š Šebjanič, Aquatocene: A Subaquatic Quest for Serenity in:
Reilchle Ingeborg (ed.) Plastic Ocean: Art and Science Responses to
Marine Pollution, the Gruyter 2021, pp. 136-155.
- Skinner, Brian J., Winifred Murck Barbara, The Blue Planet: an
Introduction to Earth System Science, 3rd ed., Hoboken, Wiley, NJ 2011.
- Sprinkle, Annie, Stephens, Elizabeth with Klein, Jennie, Assuming
Ecosexual Position. The Earth as Lover, University of Minnesota Press,
Minneapolis, London 2021.
- Starosielski, Nicole, The Undersea Network, Duke University Press,
Durham and London 2015.
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The gallery is located on the 1st floor of the building. The building is
adapted to the needs of the disabled. A platform that provides access to
the building is accessible from the ground floor. There are accessible
toilets on each floor. The lift is equipped with handrails and audio
information. Wall and floor cladding is made of non-reflective matt
The building is adapted to the needs of the disabled. The gallery space
is located on the ground floor. The entrance to the gallery is at the
level of the pavement.
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