Writing Slow Disaster Artifacts

Hello Workshoppers,

As promised, we’re back with more vital information about the ‘Writing Slow Disaster in the Anthropocene’ workshop. For this workshop, you will need to make yourself familiar with the Disaster STS Network website, as this is where we will be keeping (and archiving) material vital to the workshop such as readings and artifacts. In particular, this material will live in the site’s Writing Slow Disaster group.



We have chosen three pieces which are required reading for the workshop: an essay by Gabrielle Hecht on ‘interscalar devices’; a short experimental piece on messages by Lisa Stevenson; and, an essay by Scott Knowles on slow disaster research. They’re in the ‘Readings’ child group, under ‘Artifacts’ (here). Please make sure you find time in the next few weeks to have a good read of these and bring copies (printed or digital) to the workshop.



Ahead of the workshop, we will be placing a sample of our own artifacts of slow disaster and/or ‘the Anthropocene’ on the site. These are simply to get you thinking about materials in advance. They’ll be in the ‘Writing Slow Disaster Artifacts’ child group, under ‘Artifacts’ (here). Take a look around, and start thinking about which artifacts of your own that you want to bring from your fieldsites, though bringing your own artifacts is not a requirement; we will provide plenty! Choose nothing so large it cannot be reasonably easily carried by hand. Choose nothing so fragile you would not mind other people (carefully, respectfully) handling it. You’ll see that we have de-identified our artifacts until after the workshop.



Writing Slow Disaster is first and foremost a writing workshop. We imagine many of you will be planning to use laptops for the workshop, though you are free to use some other digital or manual writing apparatus such as a pen and paper (to share what you write with the group will ultimately require some digital transcription too).



  1. DREXEL, PHILADELPHIA: Drexel’s Social Science and Humanities Lab is located at 3101 Market on the 2nd floor. When you get to 31st and Market, cross the street to the North side of Market where all the construction is. There is a parking lot there too. Look for the blue awning on the far right of the building, just past what would be the MFL entrance, which is currently covered with construction. When you enter the doorway with the blue awning, show your ID to security, turn the corner and see the elevator immediately on your right. Take the elevator to the second floor. When you arrive at the second floor, Suite 250 is directly across from the elevator doors. You will need your ID to enter the lab space. There might be a sign that says Institute for Energy and Environment. If you can't get in, or are lost, call me 518-221-5360.


  1. DEAKIN, MELBOURNE: Deakin Downtown is in Tower 2, 727 Collins St, Melbourne, VIC 3008. For those who have not been there before, it is walking distance from Southern Cross Station. Go into the Tower 1 & 2 entrance, walk through the lobby and around to your right. Then, on your left you’ll see a set of escalators. Go up the escalators and take the lift to Level 12. The whole building is very corporate so, if you get lost, there’ll always be someone nearby to ask for directions. Otherwise contact Tim on +61 422 141635

  2. VIRTUAL: Virtual participants will be asked to dial in via Zoom. A link to connect to the workshop will be sent around to you all prior to the day.