The Metamodern in Literature, Art, Education, and Indigenous Cosmologies: An Interdisciplinary Symposium


Hosted by Auckland University of Technology and the Metamodern Creatives 

Thursday 26th – Friday 27th January 2023

Keynote speakers (in alphabetical order):


  • Riemke Ensing, author of If Only and Watermarks;

  • Fiona Kidman, author of So Far For Now, This Mortal Boy, and All the Way to Summer;

  • Dr Albert Refiti, Associate Professor, Faculty of Art and Design, Auckland University of Technology;

  • Marco Sonzogni, Director of Translation Studies, Victoria University of Wellington;

  • Rachel Spronken-Smith, HEDC, University of Otago;

  • Dr Matthew Stevens, Programme Coordinator, Master of Digital Transformation, Media Design School;


This symposium invites contributions from the fields of Literature, Art, Education, and Indigenous Cosmologies, relating (but not limited) to responses to the questions highlighted below. THE METAMODERN is a broad term that defines the meditation on the times that we inhabit, especially their transformational potential at individual and collective levels.

In an increasingly complex and challenging world, one is faced with recurring questions and  issues that require successive redefinitions:

  • How can we create better processes for personal development?

  • How can we recreate the processes by which society is governed, locally and globally?

  • How can the inner dimensions of life gain a more central role in society?

  • How can modern, postmodern and post-postmodern people live together productively?

  • How can politics be adjusted to an increasingly complex world?

  • What is the unique role of humanity in the ecosystems of nature?

Our open call is to ask whether you or your colleagues may be interested in presenting a paper and/or supporting the organization of the symposium.

We will attempt to publish a selection of articles and texts in a special issue of Eon, a scholarly journal that is part of DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) and CEEOL (Central and Eastern European Online Library).


Organized in association with AUT and 

Centre for Design Research
Te Kura Toi a Hoahoa
School of Art and Design

Te Wānanga Aronui o Tāmaki Makau Rau,
Auckland University of Technology


Susan Hedges
Mandy Smith

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to publish images or illustrations with their papers in CDR; neither editors nor publishers of CDR accept responsibility for any author’s/authors’ failure to do so.

© Centre for Design Research, AUT University 2021