Jacob W. Frank)

Andrews Glacier, Colorado from the National Snow & Ice Data Center—1916 (Photographer: Willis T. Lee) and 2013 (Photographer: Jacob W. Frank)

In tandem with events and exhibitions across the University of Colorado Boulder in 2018-2019 around the theme “Documenting Change: Our Climate,” Nature, Environment, Science & Technology (NEST) Studio for the Arts and the CU Art Museum will host the two-day cross-disciplinary symposium Anthropocene Resonance: Interdisciplinary Approaches on February 8–9, 2019.  

Our present geologic era, the Anthropocene, has already mobilized transversal and hybridized research approaches by calling attention to the patchy assemblages of our environmental encounters. This symposium celebrates and encourages such cross-pollination, and invites ecologists, technoscientists, environmental humanities scholars, biologists, data scientists, creative practitioners, green economists, ecofeminists, policy scholars, environmental designers, ethicists, and others to explore shared articulations of researching and visualizing the Anthropocene, and to develop concrete modes of working together on common problems.

Specifically, the symposium will engage scholarly and creative approaches to making climate change tangible, whether through data visualization, mapping, media, science communication, art installation, sonification, or other methods. The symposium will consist of short paper presentations, followed by working groups which will concretely address the challenges of working interdisciplinarily. 

We invite a broad range of short paper topics in order to open up space for serendipitous encounter. In addition to presenting papers and participating in the working groups, participants will have the opportunity to have their contributions featured in a working document which will be published following the event.

The University of Colorado Boulder is a recognized leader in environmental research, and is uniquely situated for interdisciplinary dialogue across environmental matters of concern, featuring strong program sin areas such as Earth and atmospheric sciences, ecology, water resources and remote sensing, as well as centers for digital humanities scholarship, environmental journalism, and media and technology-based research practices. The university also benefits from its location, nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in close proximity to sub-alpine and alpine tundras, shrublands, montane forests, prairies, and riparian zones––fostering a multiplicity of human and non-human encounters. 

Submitted abstracts should be 300-500 words, and may address the following questions, among others:

  • How can the environment be documented, visualized, communicated, or presented in ways which are accurate, nuanced, and emotionally resonant?
  • In what ways has environmental change been documented, visualized, communicated, or presented historically?
  • How has the environment and environmental change been presented in mainstream media, and what are the effects of these approaches?
  • How can counter strategies be deployed to address existing problems in environmental depiction, visualization, or communication?
  • What are strategies for facilitating interdisciplinary work between researchers in science and technology and creative practitioners?

Deadline for abstracts: October 15, 2018
Please send PDF abstracts to: maya.livio@colorado.edu

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