The Seed Box invites you all to join The Community Garden – an environmental humanities festival!
In the spirit of a harvest festival this five-day, online festival celebrates the work of The Seed Box community and takes stock of the incredible and diverse research carried out during the second phase. Participate in the creative offerings and discussions in the community garden and enjoy the latest research with around 40 different program events, including panel discussions, keynotes, workshops, music, art and live-sessions from our international community in diverse parts of the world. Here are a few samples of what’s happening at The Community Garden Festival: Bridging BordersInequalities related to resources, access and influence have been framed in terms of a number of overarching “divides”, including the “North/South divide”, the “Anglophone/non-Anglophone divide,” and the “urban/rural divide.” What role can or does environmental humanities research play in bridging these divides? A keynote with Lesley Green, Associate Professor at University of Cape Town, Matthew Fuller, Professor of Cultural Studies at the Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London, Shela Sheikh, Lecturer at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London. Moderated by Nina Lykke, Professor emerita, Linköping University.Environmental History and the Environmental Humanities: A Dinner DiscussionA panel conversation and video screening with Stacy Alaimo, Jacqueline Fay, Mark Hersey, Christopher Morris, Ned Schaumberg, and Rajani Sudan. Inspired by the Seed Box festival theme of a Community Garden, we offer a video of a dinner conversation on the Environmental Humanities, from the varying perspectives of scholars of history and of literary and cultural studies. Listening for connections to the worldListening workshop with AM Kanngieser. How we live in the world is always interdependent and situated within environments and place. Listening is a way of feeling into these relations. For this workshop participants will engage a daily listening and writing session, to connect both to where they are and to try to become sensitive to how they relate to their surroundings, and how their surroundings shift and change in relation to them.What comes after the apocalypse?A keynote with Camila Marambio and Max Boykoff, moderated by Astrida Neimanis. In the first proposal for the Seed Box research, written in 2014, we noted the dangers and inadequacies of “apocalyptic framing” in research and writing on climate change. As the ‘safe operating space for humanity’ seems to be shrinking faster than earlier predictions, how should we orient ourselves to ideas of apocalypse – or similar framings of disaster, catastrophe, emergency – now?Entwined: Plants and People, Narratives and Networks WorkshopHow do the stories we tell about plants bring attention to the intertwined nature of human-plant relationships. During these interactive digital plant story workshops, participants will be invited to write (or draw, photograph, sing, or paint) their own plant story and to explore these relationships with a plant that co-inhabits their world. Freethinking, hesitation, weirdness – a panel on literature and the AnthropoceneWhat is the role of literature in the Anthropocene? How can literary history contribute to a reconsideration of how today’s ecological crisis is understood? The participants in The Seed Box research project “Freethinking, Hesitation, Weirdness” discuss these questions with invited guests. Automated Cultures Digestion SymposiumSymbioticA will host an interdisciplinary panel event, “Automated Cultures Digestion” to discuss the future of food. Their project “Sunlight, Soil & Shit” will also be live streamed to the festival website from PS contemporary art space in Fremantle, Western Australia. We hope to see you all and continue our conversations as part of The Community Garden festival!