Research Projects & Networks

Visiting Scholars

Ravi Agarwal

In October 2023, the Climate & Colonialism research project at the Paul Mellon Centre welcomed Ravi Agarwal as a visiting scholar.

Ravi Agarwal is collaborating with Sria Chatterjee and the broader Climate & Colonialism team to develop a strand of the project focused on environmental justice and its relations to extraction, policy, and the arts. Ravi’s ongoing multimodal practice has been deeply informed by these relations.

Ravi Agarwal (New Delhi) has an interdisciplinary practice as an artist, writer, curator, and environmental campaigner. His work has been shown widely including at: the Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art, Washington (December 2022); the Biennials of Havana (2019), Yinchuan (2018), Kochi (2016), Sharjah (2013); Indian Highway, London (2009); and Documenta XI, Kassel (2002) amongst others, besides numerous solo and group exhibitions. He curated New Natures, A Terrible Beauty Is Born at the Goethe Institute and CSMVS Museum, Mumbai (January 2022), Imagined Documents at the Les Rencontres d' Arles (July 2022) and the project on multispecies worlds Samtal Jameer, Samtal Jameen (http://www.multispeciesart.org). He is the curatorial advisor for the current exhibition Carbon (August 2023) at the Science Gallery, Bengaluru, India. His new photobook The Power Plant – Fragments in Time, is under publication.

Ravi is the founder and director of the Toxics Link Environmental NGO based in New Delhi, and The Shyama Foundation’s Shared Ecologies program, which supports emerging initiatives at the intersection of art and ecology in India. He has been invited to be a co-convenor for the Bergen Assembly 2025.


Astrida Neimanis

In February 2023, the Climate & Colonialism research project at the Paul Mellon Centre welcomed Professor Astrida Neimanis as a visiting scholar.

In collaboration with Sria Chatterjee, Astrida is developing feminist and anticolonial frameworks for living with climate change, and exploring artistic practice and practice-based research collaborations as research methodologies. This work is part of Astrida’s research for her current book project, Holdfast: The Feeling of Water.

Astrida Neimanis is a cultural theorist working at the intersection of feminism and environmental change. Her research focuses on bodies, water and weather, and how they can help us reimagine justice, care, responsibility and relation in the time of climate catastrophe. Often in collaboration with other researchers, writers, artists and scientists, Astrida’s work features in academic publications, gallery exhibitions and catalogues, and as part of public workshops and events. Her most recent book, Bodies of Water: Posthuman Feminist Phenomenology, is a call for humans to examine our relationships to oceans, watersheds and other aquatic life forms from the perspective of our own primarily watery bodies, and our ecological, poetic and political connections to other bodies of water. Astrida is Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair of Feminist Environmental Humanities at UBC Okanagan on the unceded Syilx and Okanagan lands, in Kelowna, BC, Canada, where she is also Director of the FEELed Lab (https://thefeeledlab.ca/). Other current collaborations include Learning Endings (with Patty Chang and Aleksija Neimanis) and The Weathering Collective (with Jennifer Mae Hamilton and Tessa Zettel).