The Planetary Collegium is an international, transdisciplinary platform for research in art, technology and consciousness, with its hub based in the University of Plymouth, and nodes in Kefalonia, Milan, and Zurich. In 2011, it received the World Universities Forum Award for Best Practice in Higher Education.It was first established as the Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts (CAiiA) in Wales in 1994, by Roy Ascott, who moved it to Plymouth University in 2003, reconstituted as the Planetary Collegium. With a widely dispersed membership, it constitutes a worldwide research community of artists, musicians, performers, designers, architects, theorists and scholars. It aims to produce new knowledge in the context of the arts, through transdisciplinary inquiry and critical discourse, with special reference to technoetic research and to advances in science and technology. It seeks to reflect the social, technological and spiritual aspirations of an emerging planetary society, while sustaining a critical awareness of the retrograde forces and fields that inhibit social and cultural development.The Collegium seeks outcomes that involve new language, systems, structures, behaviours, and insights through a transdisciplinary research. Some fifty doctorates have been awarded, and its graduates are internationally recognised as occupying leading positions in their field.The I‑Node of the Planetary Collegium is located on the island of Kefalonia, Greece and hosted by the Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture (ICAC). Its location can be characterized as a geographical point of great importance for financial and cultural exchanges between East and West. Therefore the I‑Node expands the original research environment of the Planetary Collegium to diverse cultures and societies which are embraced by the Mediterranean, the Black, the Red the Arabian and Caspian Seas. By this way it enhances the transcultural intersections and widens the network of telematic communities of the Planetary Collegium.
- Katerina Karoussos, Plymouth University, UK