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.
Talking Uncertainty Insights incorporate bite-sized podcasts and textual syntheses collaboratively created by EFC members.
Is a shift in reflexivity possible in the short-term ethnographic work that has been recently gaining popularity in anthropology?
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?
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?
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.
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.Learn more...
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.Learn more...
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.Learn more...
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.Learn more...
We periodically share news about EFC members’ performances, podcasts, workshops, publications, presentations, events and other activities. Read the latest news here.
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.
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.
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen