Events and Announcements

Metamorphosis reading group October 2021 – January 2022 (online)

Drawing inspiration from insects, microbes and plants, the reading group creates a space for a collective reflection on metamorphosis, radical transformations, mutations and collective change. As a group to read together, share perspectives and exchange knowledge in the ongoing ecological, climate and social crisis. Texts from a diversity of fields and genres – such as science fiction, poetry, philosophy, natural sciences, anthropology and arts – open a critical zone for discussions on biocultural diversities, interdependencies and multi-species relationships in more-than-human ecologies.  The reading group is hosted by Sybille Neumeyer at ZKM Karlsruhe, as part of “Critical Zones – Observatories for Earthly Politics”

PhD Studentship Alert: Curating Climate Change: Collecting and Displaying Ecological Crisis in UK Museums

This AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Partnership project will develop significant insight into the different approaches UK museums are taking to curating climate change by exploring the strategies adopted to represent this pressing subject in collections and on gallery. It focuses on three areas of curatorial activity: contemporary collecting, reinterpreting historical collections and content development for exhibitions. The aim is to chart the field of curating climate change and historicise this activity within the fields of museum studies and curatorial studies at a time when this activity is gaining urgent momentum.  With the University of East Anglia and London’s Science Museum.   Application Deadline : 26 July 2021 12:00

Job Alert:  Head of Exhibitions and Interpretation Natural History Museum of Denmark

The Natural History Museum of Denmark (NHMD), Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen is undergoing major redevelopment, and we are looking for a senior manager to lead the Exhibitions & Interpretation team. The position is available from from 1 September 2021 or as soon as possible there after.  Application Deadline: 9 July 2021.

Collection Ecologies – Scientific Heritage, Historical Ecology and Multispecies Encounter

On 21st June 2021, collection ecologist Dominik Huenniger will host a one day online event for graduate students / PhD researchers. “Collection Ecologies – Scientific Heritage, Historical Ecology and Multispecies Encounter” is a series of lectures and a workshop for the International Summer School of the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities.

In the lectures and workshop we will look together at the productive potential of exploring environmental history and the history of (natural history) collections & collecting in conjunction. We will look at the environments in which collecting took place but also highlight ecological knowledge created by collecting as well as the opportunities for collecting created by environmental crises. We will consider the ways in which archives, libraries and collections can and have been understood as environments, or even ecosystems themselves with their own ecologies and multispecies encounters. 

After an introductory lecture by Dominik highlighting themes and issues currently discussed in regard to collection ecologies, colleagues from The Hunterian, Maggie Reilly, Jeanne Robinson (also a collection ecologist) and Lola Sanchez-Jauregui will showcase specimens and objects from the museum in their presentation: “Birds, butterflies and a not so blue antelope – museum specimens and collection ecologies.” The workshop “Bring your own object / research question” is reserved for presentations by the participants and follows up the two earlier sessions. It is open for short presentations by doctoral researchers. If you want to present your own work relating to collection ecologies in 5-10 minutes please contact: dominik.huenniger AT There will also be space for spontaneous participation and exchange. We look forward to seeing you.

Display of insects and entomological literature in the “William Hunter and the Anatomy of the Modern Museum” exhibition at The Hunterian, 2018, photo by Dominik Huenniger.