Emergent Futures

A Laboratory for Transdisciplinary Experimentation
and Collaborative Future-Making


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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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?

Attending the call for the future

Dr. Dolleen Tisawii'ashii Manning

How can we be attentive to - and care for - this call from the mnidoo self, while being in the (material) world?

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?

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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


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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December 17, 2020

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

Dr. Johannes Sjöberg


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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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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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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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.

Apr 2021

Savyasachi Anju Prabir

Student, University of Muenster

Savyasachi Anju Prabir's MA Visual Anthropology thesis 'MY ROOM AS A COSMOPOLIS – SPATIAL AND TEMPORAL THIRD SPACES' has been temporarily published with Cultureels Ethnographic Film Festival and is available online until the 25th of April.

Apr 2021

Carla Rice

Canada Research Chair in Care, Gender, and Relationships, University of Guelph; Academic Director, Re•Vision Centre

Carla Rice, Eliza Chandler, Rana El Kadi, Margaret Lam, and Chelsea Jones will be co-presenting papers on a panel entitled "Living Online Through the Pandemic: Activist Art, Technology, and Access to Life" at the Society for Disability Studies conference on April 18, 2021. Register here.

Apr 2021

Magdalena Kazubowski Houston

Associate Professor, Theatre & Performance Studies, York University

Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston's co-edited volume, 'In Search of Lost Futures Anthropological Explorations in Multimodality, Deep Interdisciplinarity, and Autoethnography' with Mark Auslander has recently been published with Palgrave Macmillan.