Feminist, Queer, Anticolonial Propositions for HACKING THE ANTHROPOCENE

Thursday 7 & Friday 8 April 2016

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University of Sydney


Critiquing current Anthropocene-talk with new forms of knowledge & conversations

In association with the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry (SOPHI).

HACKING THE ANTHROPOCENE is part of the program of THE SEED BOX: A Mistra-Formas Environmental Humanities Collaboratory.

About the Symposium

The Anthropocene names a new geological epoch where “Man” is a determining cause of planetary systems change.
But who and what is missing in this headline of “humans destroying the planet”?

This symposium offers critical and creative interventions into Anthropocene-talk and Anthropocene-practice. Planetary responsibility and situated knowledges entwine in propositions for social and environmental justice, in their broadest terms. Bodies, texts and artworks converge in old and new forms of politics, biophilia, and earthly accountabilities. Hacking the Anthropocene demands critical scholarship and exacting arguments, but it also requires new forms of knowledge and new kinds of conversations.

Hacking the Anthropocene is a one evening + one day symposium:

‘Art for an AlterAnthropocene’
Thursday April 7th (Evening)
VENUE: IWCS Dickson St Space, Newtown (Sydney, NSW)

with Prof. Kathy High (RPI, USA) and Dr. Perdita Phillips (WA)

Kathy High is an interdisciplinary artist, educator working with arts and biology. She works with animals and living systems, considering the social, political and ethical dilemmas surrounding the areas of medicine/bio-science, biotechnology and interspecies collaborations. High is Professor of Video and New Media at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.

Perdita Phillips is an Australian Contemporary artist who uses walking, listening, mapping, drawing, photographs and videos to explore the connections between humans and nonhuman living entities, forces and things.

Download the exhibition flyer Love_Letter_7_April_Dickson_St


‘Propositions for Hacking the Anthropocene’ 
Friday April 8th 8.45 – 6.00pm

with keynotes by novelist Ellen van Neerven (black&write! QLD),
Prof. Cecilia Asberg (LiU, Sweden),
Dr. Kathryn Yusoff (Queen Mary, UK),
and provocations and propositions by other scholars, artists, and other hackers.

Ellen van Neerven is a Yugambeh woman and the award-winning author of Heat and Light (UQP, 2014). She works at the black&write! Indigenous writing and editing project at the State Library of Queensland.

Cecilia Åsberg  is Professor and Chair of Gender, Nature, Culture at TEMA (Gender Studies), Linköping University, Sweden. She works at the intersections of feminist cultural studies, environmental humanities, STS, and Human Animal Studies.  She is also the founding director of The Posthumanities Hub and heads the The Seed Box: An Environmental Humanities Collaboratory.

Kathryn Yusoff is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Geography at Queen Mary University of London. She is working on a book that addresses questions of ‘Geologic Life’ within the Anthropocene, which draws insights from contemporary feminist philosophy, critical human geography and the earth sciences.

CONTACT: astrida.neimanis@sydney.edu.au