Monsters of the Anthropocene Halloween Symposium: Unruly origins, strange futures

29 October, 12:00 – 17:00 CET

Image description: Plastic toys in a glass container on wheels in the middle of a room with white walls and grey hardwood floors. Orange wires extend from the glass container. The text says: Monsters of the Anthropocene Halloween Symposium: Unruly Origins, Strange Futures. 29 October 12:00-17:00 CET. Free and online. The Monster Network and OSEH. Art by Tove Kjellmark (2011)

What does the futures of monster theory hold? And what stories can we tell about its origins? ‘Unruly Origins, Strange Futures’ explores the pasts and futures of thinking with monsters through art, politics, storytelling and scholarship.

The symposium is free, and you sign up and get the Zoom link here. The symposium will be live captioned and the two panels, ‘Collective voices and manifestos in monstrous times’ and ‘Storytelling and the arts of monsters’ will be recorded for use on the Monster Network website.


12:00 – 13:30

PANEL 1: Collective voices and manifestos in monstrous times

This panel discussion revolves around community building as well as structures of inclusion and exclusion. In times of crisis (ecological, political, medical, technological, etc.), for whom is something an emergency, whose concerns are recognized and whose are silenced? Who get to belong and who are marginalized and potentially monsterized? We invite a discussion on the politics, ethics and aesthetics of communities and collective voices – such as labs, collectives, and manifestos – in order to explore the promises and limitations of monstrous kinship, family and community in the now, the past and potential futures.​

Chair: Aino-Kaisa Koistinen (The Monsters of the Anthropocene Collaboratory)



PANEL 2: The Feeling of a Wild Slug Chewing – art-based methods workshop with artist Katja Aglert.

Bring your scholarly or/and artistic work in progress and learn some new monster methods! Katja Aglert guides you in an exploration of how we can speculate around multi-sensorial experiences with monsters through forms of writing.


PANEL 3: Storytelling and the arts of monsters

We invite a panel discussion on the role of the monster in arts and storytelling practices, with a particular focus on how stories of monsters – as well as the monstrous as an analytical perspective and methodological tool – may (and may not) both challenge our understandings of the past and open up to unexpected and potentially more promising futures. We also ask: what are the limits to the figure of the monster? And what are the challenges when working with the monstrous in arts and storytelling?  The panel can engage with a broad range of art and storytelling, from science fiction to performance, visual arts and tv series, novels and comics, etc.

Chair: Line Henriksen (Monsters of the Anthropocene Collaboratory)


Unruly Origins, Strange Futures is organised by the Oslo School of Environmental Humanities collaboratory Monsters of the Anthropocene. The event is free and will take place on Zoom. Follow this link to register and get the Zoom address.