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 Vaughan’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.
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 Freire. The project is oriented by and continually works to update literacy goals for Anthropocene EcoEd.
Archiving for the Anthropocene: Notes from the Field Campus. Platypus. The CASTAC Blog. October 2019.
Tactics for Quotidian Anthropocenes. 4SBackhannels. August 2019.
Quotidian Anthropocenes (Part 1 – 4). Disaster STS YouTube Channel, July 2019.
Tactics for Quotidian Anthropocenes: A Field Campus Report. Anthropocene Curriculum, June 2019.
March through November 2019, we will run the Mississippi River School Open Seminar with Field Campuses in St. Louis (March 8-10) and in New Orleans (September 2-7, interwoven with the annual meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science). The St. Louis Field Campus and Mississippi River School Open Seminar are part of the Mississippi: An Anthropocene River project, organized by Haus der Kulturen der Welt and Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin for the 2018-19 Year of German-American Friendship.
We’re also building cases focused on Austin, southern Utah and Haiti, and look forward to work in Spain and South Korea.
The Quotidian Anthropocene Archive is created by project participants as they collect and analyze material about different places in ways that encourage comparision and movement between different scales and systems.
Participants in the Quotidian Anthropocene project are tracking numerous themes across sites, guided by people and frameworks focused on these themes (thus sharing thematic expertise across sites). Thus far, frameworks have been developed and shared to focus on land use, energy transition, envirnmental education and civic infrastructure.