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Channelling uncertainty into radical
new futures

Talking Uncertainty

Talking Uncertainty is EFC’s online talk series. We feature scholars, artists and practitioners who are collaborating on projects that speculate emergent futures in times of radical uncertainty. This series highlights how individuals and communities are staging, designing, performing and transforming futures.

Upcoming Talks

Focus Areas

New models of collaboration, intervention and activism

Grappling with the ethical and methodological dimensions of conducting research and making art

Mobilizing ideas and solidarities across disciplinary and geographical boundaries

In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, we also seek to understand how - and why - scholars, artists and practitioners are navigating their projects during a time of collective grief and unprecedented uncertainty.

May 28, 2022

Misfits in the World: Crip Futurities and World-making in Disability Arts

Dr. Eliza Chandler, Dr. Carla Rice, Lisa East

In this talk, the speakers speculate upon the anti-assimilationist politics of crip cultural practices within the disability arts sector in northern Turtle Island (Canada). We discuss the ethical and practical complexities of “cripping” our research methodologies and gesturing towards decolonization while collaborating with disability community members.

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March 16, 2022

Multimodal Articulations of Futures in an Afghan-Danish Film Collective

ARTlife Film Collective: Dr. Karen Waltorp, Nilab Totakhil, Asma Mohammadzai Safi, Sama Sadat Ben Haddou, Mursal Khosrawi and Lea Glob

In this talk, Dr. Karen Waltorp and other Afghan-Danish members of the ARTlife film collective will discuss and unpack their multimodal filmmaking collaborations within the context of politically charged media ecologies.

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April 30, 2021

Seeding Happiness: SumArth’s Farmer-led Agri-Models for Rural Development in India

Prabhat Kumar

This talk features 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 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

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

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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