Emergent Futures CoLab (EFC) is a laboratory for transdisciplinary experimentation and collaborative future-making. Our goal is to mobilize knowledge and build activist solidarities that transcend scholarly and artistic boundaries. This includes mapping out collaborative future-oriented practices, tactics and methodologies adapted by individuals and communities around the world.
This transnational collective emerged in March 2020, after the COVID-19 pandemic instigated the cancellation of Urgent-Emergent 2020, York University’s Theatre & Performance Studies graduate student conference.
EFC members seek to address the sense that
urgent action must be taken in response to events
that are currently emerging and shaping our worlds. As our political, economic and environmental futures become increasingly uncertain, we are concerned with what it means to research, create art and take action in this climate of felt urgency.
In times of radical uncertainty, it has become especially urgent to imagine differently by studying and speculating emergent futures and socialities.
We envision a community of practice that maps out such collaborative methodologies and builds solidarity in order to shift our collective focus towards urgent action.
We aim to learn from and engage with indigenous, ecological, human/non-human, feminist, queer, critical race, ageing and disability theories, ontologies and futuremaking practices.
Our goal is to mobilize divergent ways of knowing, imagining and researching to act now.
We work with people and communities who imagine and speculate emergent futures and socialities. We are interested in collaborative projects that take different forms, such as a digital app, a community website, an accessible and inclusive technology, a stage performance, a video game, a film, a community-led or entrepreneurial initiative, advocacy efforts, and new pedagogies.
We welcome members from various fields to join our collective. Full list of members can be found here.
Research Associate, Accessing the Arts project, Re•Vision Centre
critical disability studies, ageing, music, arts-based methods, performance and imaginative ethnography, participatory design
PhD Candidate & Vanier Scholar, Theatre & Performance Studies, York University
audiovisual ethnography, vocality, folklore, activism, ethno-fiction film, family and end-of-life care
MFA Candidate, Banaras Hindu University
filmmaking, illustration, ethnography, folklore, collaborative design, body in performance
Associate Professor, Theatre & Performance Studies, York University
Imaginative and performance ethnography, research-creation, storytelling, fiction and creative non-fiction, performance theory, critical race theory, ageing, and migration
PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz
Community-led projects, ethnography, creative non-fiction
Canada Research Chair in Care, Gender, and Relationships, University of Guelph; Academic Director, Re•Vision Centre
feminist, critical race & disability studies, arts-informed research, embodiment, social inclusion & justice
Professor, Simon Fraser University
experimental ethnography, performance, voice, imagination
Queen's National Scholar in Anishinaabe Language, Knowledge and Culture, Queen's University
Anishinaabe ontology, epistemology and ways of knowing, phenomenology, critical theory, research creation, art
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen
experimental and collaborative, digital and audio-visual, pedagogy, future-orientation
Canada Research Chair in Vision, Disability and the Arts; Assistant Professor in Cinema and Media Arts, York University
interdisciplinary disability, queer, and feminist theory, critical theory, research-creation, arts-based methods