6—7 January 2020

Systems of Social and Technological Organization

Systems of social and technological organization will follow the rationale that territorial, demographic and resource management, trade infrastructures and geopolitical relations are not isolated mechanisms strictly following reason, scientific data, and democratic decision processes. In fact, while often naturalized or invisible, structures such as social conventions, top-down bureaucracy, political power and, increasingly, the social media, descend from historical practices and forms of social organization that complexify our relationship with the world and its co-inhabitants. Participants may choose one of the  three dedicated seminars: Anthropogenic Landscapes of Inequality, Dating Datafication? History, Epistemology and Politics of Big Data and Repoliticizing the Anthropocene.

9—10 January 2020

Perception and Narrative

Seminars under the perception and narrative framework will work towards a reassessment of the available tools for communicating and experiencing, in order to reconfigure the troubled relationship between humans and the world. This reassessment is not limited to media in the strict sense, and will include all the ways in which we change our surroundings and can be said to produce meaning. To thrive in the Anthropocene, we must discard imperialist and anthropocentric practices by sensing and representing our environment and its occupants in ways that are truthful to their eco-social roles. Participants may choose one of three seminars dedicated to perception and narrative organization—Funny Animals, The Sonic Ecology of the Tourist City, and Building, Dwelling, Thinking in the Anthropocene.