Emergent Futures
CoLab

A Laboratory for Transdisciplinary Experimentation
and Collaborative Future-Making

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The CoLab

We are a collective of scholars and artists from various fields working on activist, speculative and collaborative projects that reimagine and shape emerging futures. EFC provides an inclusive space for people to map out future-oriented methodologies, ethics, strategies, tactics, and modes of being while working together towards better futures.

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Collaborative

Speculative

Imaginative

Interventionist

Activist

Improvisational

Relational

Self-Reflexive

Responsible


Featured Insights

Talking Uncertainty Insights incorporate bite-sized podcasts and textual syntheses collaboratively created by EFC members.

Wolf anthropology v/s Context-specific methodology

Dr. Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston

Is a shift in reflexivity possible in the short-term ethnographic work that has been recently gaining popularity in anthropology?

Imagination, Covid-19 and elder care

Dr. Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston

How can we put things in perspective in terms of working with imaginative ethnography and elderly care in the context of the COVID-19 reality?

Performance, ethnographic intimacy and political context

Dr. Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston

A collaborative, improvisational ethnography focussing on the intimate might give the impression that our interlocutors’ world is limited, whereas they are connected to the broader society, discourses and politics. How can we juggle such an element of scale?

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Online Talk Series

Talking Uncertainty

We feature scholars, artists and practitioners who are working on collaborative projects that speculate emergent futures in times of radical uncertainty. This series highlights how individuals and communities are staging, designing, performing and transforming futures.

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Talking Uncertainty

April 30, 2021

Seeding Happiness: SumArth’s Farmer-led Agri-Models for Rural Development in India

Prabhat Kumar

India

This talk will feature Prabhat Kumar who has been building holistic models to establish farmer-led institutions, foster sustainable livelihoods, reduce the carbon footprint and provide nutritional security to farmers in Bihar, India. We will reflect on the politics and imaginaries of these community-led programs and partnerships, in light of the ongoing farmers' protests in the country.

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Talking Uncertainty

December 17, 2020

Call Me Back: Ethno Science Fiction as an Ethnographic Film Method

Dr. Johannes Sjöberg

England

In this special event, Dr. Johannes Sjöberg will be premiering his new ethno science fiction film ‘Call Me Back’ (2020), followed by a talk on exploring uncertain environmental futures through creative and collaborative practice. We will explore how projective improvisation in ethnographic film could contribute to the way we relate to scientific predictions of the future.

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Talking Uncertainty

September 30, 2020

The Murmuration of Birds: An Anishinaabe Ontology of Mnidoo-Worlding

Dr. Dolleen Tisawii'ashii Manning

Turtle Island (Canada)

What does a bird actually see when it is part of a large flock? During these times of radical uncertainty, continuing threats of colonialism, capitalism and climate genocide, Dr. Dolleen Manning discussed what we can learn from wading into subtle mnidoo regions to collaboratively imagine new futures and formations.

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Talking Uncertainty

July 15, 2020

An Elephant in the Room: Tracking an Awkward Anthropology

Dr. Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston

Poland & Canada

In her talk, Dr. Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston tracked the feeling of awk­wardness she experienced in an imaginative ethnography project conducted in collaboration with Randia, a Polish Romani woman. She discussed her attempt to re-envision anthropology as an engaged, collaborative and interventionist practice.

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News

We periodically share news about EFC members’ performances, podcasts, workshops, publications, presentations, events and other activities. Read the latest news here.

Jun 2021

Elsa Robinson

Artist and Teacher

Elsa Robinson's exhibition, Sankofa, engages with feminist art, Afrofuturism and Afrosurrealism. It will be held at Latitude 53 between June 18 and September 25, 2021.


Jun 2021

Eliza Chandler

Assistant Professor, Ryerson University

Eliza Chandler, Carla Rice, Chelsea Jones, and Rana El Kadi, along with other collaborators, were hosted on Fady Shanouda's "Disability Saves the World" for a conference-presentation-style podcast on arts, TechnoAccess, and disability livelihoods in Canada.

May 2021

Magdalena Kazubowski Houston

Associate Professor, Theatre & Performance Studies, York University

Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston, Rajat Nayyar, Rana El Kadi, Jared Epp, Carla Rice, Ingrid Mündel, Chelsea Jones and Madeline Donald will be organizing an Emergent Futures CoLab panel ‘Slow Activisms and Collaborative Futures in Urgent Times’ at the Congress of Qualitative Inquiry on Saturday May 22.

May 2021

Karen Waltorp

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen

Karen Waltorp will be a discussant for ‘feeling digital and reimagining fieldwork during COVID time’ - an online workshop to be conducted on 11 May, 2021 and hosted at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). Apply for participation here by Feb. 28, 2021.