We are very pleased to inform you that The KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory, in collaboration with the Rachel Carson Center and the Nelson Institute Center for Culture, History, and Environment at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, is currently seeking submissions for the Stories of the Anthropocene Festival (SAF), which will take place on the 27, 28 and 29 of October 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden.
We invite scholars, artists, writers, filmmakers, and activists to propose a single story that can represent or encapsulate the Anthropocene. We welcome stories from all possible angles and scales, rejecting any pre-constituted hierarchy between fiction and non-fiction, local and global, scientific and vernacular, academic and pop.
Deeply rooted in the storytelling tradition of the humanities, SAF seeks to reclaim the power of narratives to shape and understand the world beyond the dualities of possible/impossible, material/immaterial, real/imaginary.
In November 2014, a group of scholars and artists convened at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, for the Anthropocene slam: A Cabinet of Curiosities. In a playful and creative way, presenters introduced objects that they felt embodied the Anthropocene. The Slam was then translated firstly into an exhibition, the Anthropocene Cabinet of Curiosities, on display at the Deutsches Museum in Munich, and secondly into an edited volume.
SAF builds on and aims to recreate the experience of the Slam. Participants will have 30 minutes to narrate or tell their story to the public in any format, including (but not limited to) video, dance, song, or theater. The audience will select their favorite stories, and these will be curated into an online platform, the Anthropocene Library.
Abstracts should include the source of the story, the format of the presentation, how the story fits with the theme of SAF, and any technical or other support you may need. There are two methods by which you can submit an abstract:
- Written abstract – please provide a 250-word abstract with the above information.
- Video abstract – please send us a link to a max. 3-minute long video including the above information.
Along with your abstract, please also provide a max. 250-word accompanying biography, including your contact details.
Send all submissions with the title ‘SAF submission’ to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday the 15th of June. If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com. The results of the selection will be communicated by July 15th.
A limited amount of funding is available to cover partially travel costs of participants. Please make sure to include a request for funds in your application if needed.
For more info, click here.
Please circulate among scholars, students, artists, activists and those who might be interested.
We look forward to your participation.