ENTANGLEMENTS: Iva Peša, “Understanding Environmentalism in Africa”

The Anthropocene presents itself as a turning point in human history: if current fossil fuel dependency is not reversed and if economic thought is not reconceptualised to question the logic of growth models, the earth’s future will be imperiled. Viewing the Anthropocene from the perspective of sub-Saharan Africa shows the need to ask different questions, which challenge the singular and universal nature of the Anthropocene.

BURN-OUT: Call for Fellows Het Nieuwe Instituut

Through its annual Call for Fellows, Het Nieuwe Instituut’s Research Department acknowledges and gives visibility to research projects offering departures from established modes of thinking and practice. For this iteration of the Call for Fellows, the Research Department has selected the theme of BURN-OUT. Exhaustion on a Planetary Scale.

Our board member Julia Kantelberg got involved with the Embassy of the North Sea - a project of The Parliament of Things that started last spring. The Embassy of the North Sea discovers possibilities to start a conversation between all Things, Plants, Animals and Humans. Read Julia’s reports on the meetings on their website.  

ARIAS: Arts & Ecology

How do the arts and artistic research contribute to planetary-scale questions of ecological transformation and disaster? This evening will feature three examples of special ways in which the arts trace the cultural, political and social implications of local and global moving resources, showing the shifting contexts and social ecologies of primary materials (such as oil, silicate or wood).

Lecture René ten Bos: Leven in het Antropoceen

16 February 2018, 15.30hrs Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Main Building Room 10A-00 Please register below. The Dutch 'Thinker Laureate' (Denker des Vaderlands) René ten Bos will visit the Environmental Humanities Center to talk about his new book Dwalen in het Antropoceen. Please note that this lecture will be in Dutch. Leven in het Antropoceen Hoe overleven... Continue Reading →

Lecture T.J. Demos: Against the Anthropocene

Tuesday December 12 17.30-19.00 uur Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Lecture Hall 0B-60 Initium Building, ground floor De Boelelaan 1077 Behind Main Building, across from stop De Boelelaan/VU (tram 5/metro 51) Admission free; please register below. NB: Because of overwhelming interest, we are moving to a bigger lecture hall: 0B-60 in the Initium Building, behind the Main... Continue Reading →

Workshop: Earth Matters in the Museum

On Thursday 28 September, 14-17hrs, the Research Center for Material Culture organises the workshop Earth Matters in the Museum: Planetary Entanglements and Precarities. The workshop is organised by Wayne Modest, professor (by special appointment) of Material Culture and Critical Heritage Studies in the faculty of humanities at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Member of the board of... Continue Reading →

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