Emergent Futures
CoLab

A Laboratory for Transdisciplinary Experimentation
and Collaborative Future-Making

About

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.

Embodied knowledge v/s Archive

Dr. Dolleen Tisawii'ashii Manning

What does it mean to privilege textuality and the logic of the archive over embodied knowledge systems and oral repertoires?

Community benefit and slow activism

Dr. Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston

How can we go beyond self-reflexivity in our research and deal with our inability to directly impact the living conditions of our interlocutors?

Becoming (not acquiring) knowledge

Dr. Dolleen Tisawii'ashii Manning

How do we practice and teach mnidoo-knowing in the face of dominant western ideologies?

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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

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

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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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.

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.

Feb 2021

Kayla Chambers

Community Liaison Worker, Expressive Arts Therapist in Training, YWCA Toronto, Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association

Kayla Chambers will be doing a presentation-performance-project at the Forum of Original Theatre / Theory / Thought (FOOT) 2021 Conference on Thursday, Feb 25th. Registration is free, click here to attend.





Dec 2020

Shivani Karmarkar

Executive Editor, LILA Foundation for Translocal Initiatives

Shivani Karmarkar has published an article entitled "The Captivating Spiral of Time" reflecting on the fallacies and possibilities of time as a priceless commodity.

Dec 2020

Sanchit Toor

Graduate Student, Ashoka University

Sanchit Toor has published an article entitled "Shangshar Bideshe: Navigating the Spiritual and Material Baazars" about his conversation with Parvathy Baul, a practitioner, performer, and teacher of the Baul tradition from Bengal, India.