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The Critical Animals Journal Is Open For Submissions

We have been promising you fine folk some news for a while now. It is finally here!


panda in a trolley

We are!

We are very very happy to launch the call out for our upcoming journal project.



Over the past ten years, the Critical Animals Creative Research Symposium has seen its dynamic community of thinkers and practitioners evolve and transform. To mark this milestone in 2013, we will be producing the inaugural edition of a Critical Animals Journal (title to be confirmed). This edition will reflect upon the extraordinary contributions and relationships that have emerged through this annual symposium since its inception in 2003. We will be looking for contributions from past and present participants in Critical Animals, encouraging submissions that exploit creative, analytical, written and visual formats. You may have a personal anecdote you wish to share, a particular concept or problem you want to examine, or a past contribution made to Critical Animals that you’d like to resubmit. You may even want to create and document a new work or write a love poem dedicated to Critical Animals. Whatever your inclination, we’d love to hear about it. Our target audience are people like you; so don’t be shy to express yourself in a scholarly, experimental or comical style.

To put things in perspective, 10 human years is equivalent to 28 pony years, 50 goat years, 53 dog years and 79 bearded-dragon years. Any way you look at it, this is enough time to start reflecting upon the status of critical thought and practice today. We’d like to know: What do you think it means to think or act critically? Has your understanding of this term changed over the past ten years? Can you envisage what challenges or opportunities the next ten years might pose for criticality? How has/does Critical Animals engage with criticality?

The deadline for contributor proposals is the 31 May. Please submit approx 100 – 200 words describing your proposed article/work for the Critical Animals Journal.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Denise at .

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It’s beginning to look a lot like criticality


Woah. What a weekend of productivity. A Critical Animals ’13 status update:

On Friday we went on a Newcastle adventure to scout ’13 venues, and while we’re not going to give too much away just yet, we’re getting very, very excited. Whilst away we caught up with some old friends in Newie, including our  favorite team at United Services who we can confirm will return to host our beloved Nights at the Gun Club. We’ve also got some new venues rolled tentatively up our sleeves which are going to take this year’s program above and beyond; more on this later.

Sat’dy was spent in a reverie of program delights, fueled by caffeine, postal notes and crackers. The quality and diversity of the applications has been truly overwhelming – everything from authorial legitimacy to indigenous architecture, autism and creativity to correct apostrophe usage, digital genetics to psychodynamic exercise tapes, and mathematics to the mythology of Lady Gaga… our heads are still spinning. We’re putting together a program both worthy and reflective of the past ten years of critical thought: new connections, good friends and wild ideas. We’ll be looking at where we’ve been and where we’re going, as well as taking a moment to take stock of the contemporary critical climate. Hopefully we’ll be shaking a few ex-directors out of our family tree to come along for the 10 year party.

And believe us kids, there will be a party.

Sunday was spent with the wonderful family. Lots of coffee, brainstorming and good cheer. With all these plans we sometimes we forget that CA is only one slice of a very creative pie. We can’t express our gratitude to be working with these people.

We look forward to keeping you updated throughout the year. Keep well, keep thinking, we’ll speak to you soon.

Critical Animals xx

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One Week Left!

Happy Birthday

Darling Animals.

There’s one week left to get your proposals in. We’re already seeing some brilliant ideas rolling in and can’t wait to see more. Did we mention it is our birthday? We’re 10! All we want for a present is you, your enthusiasm, ideas and creative passion. Panels, papers, projects, exhibitions, forums and any other crazy ideas you might have. We want to hear them all.

Check out the call out here

Proposals due April 1st.



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Endings and Beginnings

Critical Animals ’13 has begun. Fragments of plans and inklings of ideas are starting to form and foment to fruition. Co-Director applications are closed, we’ve been overwhelmed with the quality of the submissions, and we’re in the midst of the interview process. Can’t wait to let you know the results soon.

However, before we make any fresh announcements, we would like to thank our wonderful outgoing director Julia Shaw.

There is no way that Critical Animals ’12 (or ’10-’11) could have happened without Julia’s guiding hand. Julia took the time to teach us all that she knew and her grace, generosity and intelligence were assets instrumental to our project. Her leadership will be missed but rest assured she will remain an important member of our Critical Family.


The lovely Julia is the babe on the left.

Keep posted for updates in the upcoming weeks.

Critical Animals ’13 x


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Join Us! Could you be our next Critical Animal?

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It’s that time again, we’re looking for someone to join us make this wonderful festival happen.

The Critical Animals Creative Research Symposium is looking for a new Co-Director for the 2013 and 2014 Festivals. The successful applicant will work alongside current directors Beau Deurwaarder and Sophie Lamond and Festival manager Tulleah Pearce

Interested researchers, thinkers, artists and organisers should send a CV and covering letter to Applications due MIDNIGHT FRIDAY FEBRUARY 1ST, 2013

Click Here to view the position description.

We can’t wait to hear from you,

Beau, Sophie and Tulleah.



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It’s Happening!

Darling Animals!

The directors have landed in Newcastle and we’ve been madly getting things ready for your arrival. We can’t wait!

Program around time Our Sexy Program outside The Royal Exchange

Mad Prepping

Beau, our Lanyard Hero


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