The Quotidian Anthropocene project explores how the Anthropocene is playing out on the ground in different settings. The aim is to create both situated, place-based and comparative perspective, building new modes of collective knowledge and action.
Extending from Eli Elinoff and Tyson Vaughn’s conceptualization of the “quotidian Anthropocene” in work on environmental crises in urbanizing Asia, the project is designed to be global in scope while also fine-grained and local. The focus is on anthropocenics -- the dynamic interactions between scales (local to planetary) and systems (ecological, atmospheric, technological, economic, political, social, cultural and so on) -- that produce the Anthropocene at the local level.
The project is organized around a shared set of questions, addressed through a series of Field Campuses, an on-going Open Seminar and a lively archive project. Field Campuses are experiments in collaborative field research in which local people partner with outsiders to draw out a particular quotidian Anthropocene (in St. Louis, Lisbon, Seoul or Hyderabad, for example). The Open Seminar runs fully online, welcoming participants from around the world to video conference calls and online collaborative analysis. The Quotidian Anthropocene Archive is created by project participants as they collect material about different places, make comparisons and invent ways to share Anthropocene knowledge.
The Quotidian Anthropoene Project is designed in keeping with popular education and participatory research projects of the past, such as those run by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Highlander Research and Education Center, and Paulo Friere. The project is oriented by and continually works to update literacy goals for Anthropocene EcoEd.