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.

Programme:

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)

Speakers:

14.00-15.00

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.

15.30-17.00

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)

Speakers:

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.

Save the date! Monsters of the Anthropocene celebrates Halloween on the 29th of October

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)

On October 29th the Monsters of the Anthropocene Collaboratory throw its first workshop – Unruly Origins, Strange Futures – in honour of Halloween. The workshop explores the pasts and futures of thinking with monsters, whether through art, politics, storytelling or theory, and you are invited! Participation is free and online.

The workshop begins at 12:00 CET and ends at 19:30 CET.  We will return soon with more information about speakers and programme, so save the date & join us! 

It’ll be perfectly safe.

We promise.

New publication: ‘Collective Voices and the Materialisation of Ideas: The Monster as Methods’

Image description: the cover of the anthology Monstrous Ontologies: Politics, Ethics, Materiality. The cover shows a blurred black and white picture of gnarly trees.

The Monster Network has written a chapter on monster methods for the exciting new anthology, Monstrous Ontologies: Politics Ethics Materiality, edited by Caterina Nirta and Andrea Pavoni. The anthology collects the contributions from the conference Monstrous Ontologies, which took place at University of Roehampton on July 1st 2019. Our chapter, ‘Collective Voices and the Materialisation of Ideas: The Monster as Methods’, is based on our keynote from that conference. The keynote is also available as a Monster Talks podcast episode.

Monsters of the Anthropocene: Reading group meeting March 18th

Non humans only’ (2011) by Tove Kjellmark. Image description: a glass case on a metal trolley. The class case is filled with toy animals whose fur has been removed. A thick line of cords is connected to the glass case, and there is a painting of a small child hanging on the white wall next to the glass case. There is a window directly behind the glass case.

Tomorrow is the second meeting of the Monsters of the Anthropocene reading group series! We will meet 14:00 – 15:30 Oslo time and discuss the first chapter of Astrida Neimanis’ book Bodies of Water.

If you’re on the Monsters of the Anthropocene mailing-list, you should have received an email with Zoom link and more information about the meeting – if you haven’t, let us know! If you want to join the mailing-list, let us know!

Please notice that tomorrow is last chance to join the reading group, as we will be closing it to allow people to get to know each other and collaborate on projects. The reading group runs for two years and forms part of the Monsters of the Anthropocene Collaboratory at the Oslo School of Environmental Humanities.

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow! And if you cannot stay out of the waters till then, why not read Celina Stifjell’s blog-post about sea monsters, ‘She-Monsters of the Anthropocene!’, right here on the Monster Network blog?

Monsters of the Anthropocene – info out now

‘Non humans only’ (2011) by Tove Kjellmark. Image description: a glass case on a metal trolley. The class case is filled with toy animals whose fur has been removed. A thick line of cords is connected to the glass case, and there is a painting of a small child hanging on the white wall next to the glass case. There is a window directly behind the glass case.

If you have signed up for the Monsters of the Anthropocene reading group series, you should have received an e-mail with information about tomorrow’s meeting by now. If not, feel free to contact us via this website.

We look forward to seeing you!