Call for submissions: The Anthropocene, Cabinet of Curiosities Slam * Nov 8-10 * University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Nelson Institute's Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE) and the Center for German and European Studies (CGES) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are pleased to be partnering with the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC) in Munich and the KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory (EHL) in Stockholm to host an international workshop that invites artists and writers, scientists and humanists, scholars and activists, to participate in "The Anthropocene, Cabinet of Curiosities Slam."

The workshop will take place in Madison, Wisconsin from Nov. 8-10, 2014.

In the spirit of poetry/spoken word slams, contributors will be asked to pitch in a public fishbowl setting an object for the Anthropocene that asks us to rethink humanity's relationship to time, place, and the agency of things that shape planetary change.

Based on the audience response at the slam, contributors will be invited to participate in the design of an Anthropocene cabinet of curiosities as part of a larger exhibit on the Anthropocene being planned by the Deutsches Museum in Munich. Presentations will also form the basis of a collected series of short essays to be published as part of the CHE, RCC, EHL collaborative project on Environmental Futures.

To apply, please submit a 200-word abstract of your proposed object and its importance in opening up questions of time, agency, and/or intergenerational equity in the Anthropocene, along with a visual rendering of the object. Please also include a CV or artist profile. Materials should be submitted to Garrett Dash Nelson,, by Friday, April 11th. A limited amount of funding is available to cover the travel costs of participants.

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