25 episodes

Talking Uncertainty is Emergent Futures CoLab’s online talk series. We feature scholars, artists and practitioners who are collaborating on projects that speculate emergent futures in times of radical uncertainty. This series highlights how individuals and communities are staging, designing, performing and transforming futures.

In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, we also seek to understand how - and why - scholars, artists and practitioners are navigating their projects during a time of collective grief and unprecedented uncertainty.

Visit us at urgentemergent.org

Talking Uncertainty Emergent Futures CoLab

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Talking Uncertainty is Emergent Futures CoLab’s online talk series. We feature scholars, artists and practitioners who are collaborating on projects that speculate emergent futures in times of radical uncertainty. This series highlights how individuals and communities are staging, designing, performing and transforming futures.

In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, we also seek to understand how - and why - scholars, artists and practitioners are navigating their projects during a time of collective grief and unprecedented uncertainty.

Visit us at urgentemergent.org

    TU#05 Insight - Iconic images and productive frictions

    TU#05 Insight - Iconic images and productive frictions

    How might multimodal anthropology reconcile the use of iconic images that reinforce racist stereotypes? As a visual anthropologist, when you create a multimodal output such as a film, you often have to balance your desire to attract the stakeholders’ attention with your attempt to challenge and avoid reproducing iconic stereotypes that are perpetuated through the media. Interestingly, the medium of film itself often inherently reproduces many stereotypes. 

    Therefore, it is both difficult and interesting to think within the media industry. For instance, participants of the ARTlife Film Collective state that there is something “with the iconic” that they always have to negotiate and work in friction with. This is often one of the most productive frictions in these kinds of collaborative multimodal projects. Working multimodally and with images allows them to think differently about collaborative filmmaking. At the same time, such films often cut across various genres - including documentary, docu-fiction, hybrid, ethno-fiction, etc. - allowing them to forge new connections and reach a broader audience. Read all the insights here - https://www.urgentemergent.org/talking-uncertainty/artlifefilm




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    • 8 min
    TU#05 Insight - Challenging xenophobic media ecologies

    TU#05 Insight - Challenging xenophobic media ecologies

    How might collaborative multimodal ethnography begin to challenge neoliberal and xenophobic media ecologies? Collaborative, multimodal ethnography can provide under/mis-represented community members with a platform to conduct open-ended, collaborative, self-reflexive, and therapeutic explorations. For example, participants of the ARTlife Film Collective use such multimodal projects to challenge the reductionist representations of Muslim women in the Danish media. Such explorations may include the flow of images through direct messages and social media, auto-ethnography, and co-directing the film. These platforms facilitate the process of  representing themselves on their own terms, in ways that challenge stereotypical portrayals of their communities within xenophobic media ecologies. The collective is critical about using iconic images that reinforce sensationalist portrayals of Muslim women. Read all the insights here - https://www.urgentemergent.org/talking-uncertainty/artlifefilm




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    • 10 min
    TU#05 - Multimodal Articulations of Futures in an Afghan-Danish Film Collective by Dr. Karen Waltorp

    TU#05 - Multimodal Articulations of Futures in an Afghan-Danish Film Collective by Dr. Karen Waltorp

    In this talk, members of the ARTlife Film Collective (Dr. Karen Waltorp, Nilab Totakhil, Asma Mohammadzai Safi, Sama Sadat Ben Haddou, Mursal Khosrawi and Lea Glob) discussed and unpacked their multimodal filmmaking collaborations within the context of politically charged media ecologies in Denmark. The talk highlights how the women in the collective use collaborative filmmaking and social media tools to co-articulate their imagined futures, and what it means to be both Danish and Afghan.

    This podcast also includes audio clips from the videos that were screened by the collective during our online talk. Read the talk insights here - https://www.urgentemergent.org/talking-uncertainty/artlifefilm


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    • 1 hr 15 min
    TU#04 Insight - Building trust through data

    TU#04 Insight - Building trust through data

    How can data and technology help farming communities navigate uncertainty and improve their livelihoods? Farming as an activity has always been filled with uncertainty. Although farmers in Bihar have generations of experience dealing with uncertainty and transforming it into something very literally productive, the agricultural sector has recently been struggling immensely due to many factors. Combining engineering with farming approaches, Samarth’s interdisciplinary model provides fresh perspectives that move beyond disciplinary-specific biases and make it possible to solve complex problems and drive innovation. This model highlights how agricultural data and emerging technologies can be used to inject some level of certainty into the sector. However, technological interventions also run the risk of bringing about unintended negative impacts. It is especially important in these situations to stay on in the community to maintain trust and ensure that the benefits of data-centered interventions emerge in the long term. After all, trust building is usually an ongoing and improvisational process. Read all the insights here - https://www.urgentemergent.org/talking-uncertainty/sumarth


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    • 14 min
    TU#04 Insight - Sustainable interventions towards redundancy

    TU#04 Insight - Sustainable interventions towards redundancy

    How do we approach the training of community members when the goal is to create sustainability? Long-term, in-depth, on-the-ground engagement can help us develop context-specific knowledge that can be turned into effective, critical interventions. For example, Samarth creates one-minute training videos highlighting the processes involved at each stage of the agricultural cycle of crops that are introduced into the Bihar region for the very first time. Consistently sharing such new, sustainable agricultural practices through accessible language and media in the farmers’ Whatsapp group increases the likelihood of farmer buy-in and engagement. Furthermore, such training structures are more likely to succeed when the objective of the interventionist organization is to become redundant and create sustainable, farmer-owned and operated producer organizations. Read all the insights here - https://www.urgentemergent.org/talking-uncertainty/sumarth


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    • 11 min
    TU#04 - Seeding Happiness: SumArth’s Farmer-led Agri-Models for Rural Development in India with Prabhat Kumar

    TU#04 - Seeding Happiness: SumArth’s Farmer-led Agri-Models for Rural Development in India with Prabhat Kumar

    This talk features Prabhat Kumar who has been building holistic models to establish farmer-led institutions, foster sustainable livelihoods, reduce the carbon footprint and provide nutritional security to farmers in Bihar, India. We reflect on the politics and imaginaries of these community-led programs and partnerships, in light of the 2020-2021 farmers' protests in the country. Read the talk insights here - https://www.urgentemergent.org/talking-uncertainty/ethno-science-fiction


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    • 1 hr 7 min

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