Emergent Futures

A Laboratory for Transdisciplinary Experimentation
and Collaborative Future-Making

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


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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Talking Uncertainty

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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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 explore and map out collaborative, interventionist methods, tactics and ethics.  

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Our Future-Making Practices











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

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.

Dec 2020

Inviting you all to an online book launch and virtual gathering for EFC member Virginie Magnat's monograph 'The Performative Power of Vocality' on Thursday, Dec. 3, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST.

Dec 2020

Mary Bunch will be giving a talk entitled 'Extending Reality (XR) with Disability Worldmaking' at the Toronto Film and Media Seminar at 16:30 on October 23, 2020.

Oct 2020

Alize Arican will be presenting a paper entitled "Figuring It Out in Tarlabasi, Istanbul" as part of the panel, "Politics and Anti-Politics of Care in Turkey" at the Middle East Studies Asssociation conference which will be held virtually on October 6, 2020.

Oct 2020