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Screenshot of the website, taken on 30.04.2022

Short description

The Anthropocene Curriculum is a long-term initiative that explores frameworks for critical knowledge and education in our ongoing transition into a new, human dominated geological epoch—the Anthropocene. The project draws together heterogeneous knowledge practices, inviting academics, artists, and activists from around the world to co-develop curricular experiments that collectively respond to this crisis of the customary. It does this by producing experimental co-learning situations and research possibilities for transdisciplinary collaboration that are capable of explicitly tackling the epistemic and geo-social dimensions of knowledge that are at stake in this new epoch.
What should a body of “earthbound” knowledge contain that traverses from the global to the local and back? What forms of knowledge transmission are appropriate and lasting in these trans-scalar conditions and mutual interdependencies? Taking into account issues of access and agency, asymmetrical justice, traditional knowledge forms, and ways of inhabiting the Earth, the project accounts for the varied means of experience and seeks to find a common ground for future scholarship and practice

Personal appreciation

I found the information on the Newsletter of the HKW which often contains interesting information or inspirations regarding to the SHAKIN project. This project is a place of many resources and connects artistic, ecological and reflexive practices. Even though it is not subaltern in itself (funded by big institutions in the West and speaking to a very privileged group of practitioners through its design and display of content), the way the contributors present and explain their practices can be interesting for professionals who want to engage in reflection around contemporary crisis. Some project include working with subaltern knowledge, especially regarding human-nature relationships.

Contribution to the "Who knows?" handbook

The project provides curricula, projects and events that address questions related to knowledge production and transmission in the Anthropocene. In the curricula the information is structured in pathway that facilitate the accessibility of diverse resources:
Courses on 4 big topics are proposed as a text with different linked contents, which can be projects/initiatives, essays, texts, sound, video by researchers, artists and activists:
Archiving, consensus building, communicating and sensing. Reflection on knowledge production and transmission, as well as structures of domination are fundamental to the displayed material. There are a lot of resources that resonate with the topics and questions of the SHAKIN project.


Additional Information

Location Online + weeklong educational events
Original language(s) English
Existing translations
Project runtime 2013 -
Institution of affiliation Haus der Kulturen der Welt
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Name of contributor: Sonia Nikitin

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