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What is the status of the human in today’s changing world of new technologies, sale knowledge and risks? How can and should we compose new relations with various others—animals, salve machines, approved things? Scientific knowledge of animal culture, mind and behaviour has challenged human uniqueness. New media, robots and other technologies have transformed our sociality, producing new ways of communicating and living with nonhuman others and new modes of persistence after death. We have become increasingly aware of our embeddedness in a wider environment subject to entangled processes of construction, destruction and extinction. This research program explores these questions and problems by drawing on concepts and methods from critical theory, communication theory, posthumanism, science and technology studies, animal studies, the environmental humanities, and science fiction.

Program leader

Dr. Matthew Chrulew, CCAT Research Fellow, Curtin University


Dr Robert Briggs, Director of Graduate Studies, MCASI

A/Prof. Tama Leaver, Internet Studies, MCASI

Dr. Thor Kerr, Communication and Cultural Studies, MCASI

Dr Eleanor Sandry, Internet Studies, MCASI

Professor Michele Willson, Dean of Research, Faculty of Humanities

Dr Francis Russell, Humanities Learning and Teaching

Dr. Rick de Vos, CCAT Associate


Reading Culture, Animality and Technology (RCAT) discussion group

Extinction Studies Working Group

Human/Robot Communication

Environmental Humanities

Bewildering Animals: Towards a New Philosophical Ethology

The Environments of Science Fiction

Zoos, Reintroduction and the Future of Conservation


Ctrl-Z: New Media Philosophy, eds. Niall Lucy and Robert Briggs. ISSN 2200-8616.

Environmental Humanities, ISSN 2201-1919.

Recent Events

The Ecotic Challenge: Political, Religious and Ecological Stakes of Autonomous Robotics. Embassy of France, Tokyo, Japan, 24 January 2018. Convened by Dominique Lestel (ENS & TUAT), Gentiane Ventour (TUAT) and Matthew Chrulew (Curtin).

Field Philosophy and Other Experiments. École normale supérieure, Paris, France, 23-24 June 2017. Convened by Brett Buchanan (Laurentian University & ENS), Michelle Bastian (University of Edinburgh) and Matthew Chrulew (Curtin).

Recent Publications

“Field Philosophy and Other Experiments” special issue of Parallax (forthcoming 2018), ed. Brett Buchanan, Michelle Bastian and Matthew Chrulew.

“geo- (the earth and the earth sciences in humanities inquiry)” special issue of Ctrl-Z: New Media Philosophy 7 (2017), ed. Robert Briggs.

Chrulew, Matthew and Rick De Vos (2018) “Extinction”, in The Edinburgh Companion to Animal Studies, ed. Lynn Turner, Undine Sellbach and Ron Broglio. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 181-197.