Submissions for issue 9 of Unpsychology magazine are now closed, but we welcome submission ideas for our Unpsychology Voices Substack.
Submissions for unpsychology 9: IMAGININGS, are now CLOSED. The first volume - 9.1 - is now available FREE to download from HERE
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Issue 9 of Unpsychology Magazine is based around the theme of IMAGININGS
Following Unpsychology Magazine’s epic Anthology of Warm Data (issue 8), we are following up with an equally ambitious project; one which aims to reimagine the present within and beyond social, ecological and multispecies contexts. We are inspired by fictions and speculations and invite creative responses to these themes and musings.
This unpsychology project has long been concerned with imagining how things can be different in the here-and-now, and not just in some utopian or dystopian future. SF (in all Haraway’s variations) reaches back and forward in time in order to make sense of how human minds are co-present with the lives and minds of non-human kin, and with the Earth itself.
Haraway, and other writers, practitioners and artists are inviting us to move beyond spiritually infused narratives of Gaia, transformation and magical thinking towards a kind of ‘tentacular’ animist materialism, a messy and playful socialism of the mind, an anarchic soul-making that recognises the multiple layering and interdependencies that make up our reality and consciousness.
The relational ‘now’ is a difficult place to find ourselves in, yet only out of the spaces between the people, places and multispecies companions will emerge responses that will, in turn, take us into the foggy time we call our future. We might, (after Donna Haraway) call these practices of ‘worlding’ or (after Nora Bateson) ‘warm data’ – getting down and dirty into the soul-making, kin-making, story-making and composting of complex ecologies of mind.
The Unpsychology project
unpsychology magazine has been going for nine years, and publishes writing, art, video, music related to the broad theme of how humans see and experience the world – and each other – in increasingly complex and troubled times. Each of our published editions (FREE to download from https://unpsychology.substack.com/p/download-your-free-unpsychology-magazines), take a theme and build on it. We have had two editions responding to the complexity of the climate crisis, and other themes have included childhood, the other-than-human, earthsongs and, in our upcoming edition, warm data, Nora Bateson's term that refers to "a specific kind of information about the way parts of a complex system, such as members of a family, organisms in the oceans, institutions in society, or departments of organisation, come together to give vitality to that system" (from the website, https://warmdatalab.net).
If you have an idea about how and when 'mind' emerges and flows in and between the contexts, realities and relationships of our world, we'd like to hear it. Contact Steve and Julia at firstname.lastname@example.org