Monsters of the Anthropocene Halloween Symposium: Unruly Origins, Strange Futures

What do the futures of monster theory hold? And what stories can we tell about its origins? ‘Unruly Origins, Strange Futures’ explores the pasts and futures of thinking with monsters through art, politics, storytelling and scholarship.

Poster with information on the event "Monsters of the Anthropocene" over an image of a box full of toys.


PANEL 1: Collective voices and manifestos in monstrous times

This panel discussion revolves around community building as well as structures of inclusion and exclusion. In times of crisis (ecological, political, medical, technological, etc.), for whom is something an emergency, whose concerns are recognized and whose are silenced? Who get to belong and who are marginalized and potentially monsterized? We invite a discussion on the politics, ethics and aesthetics of communities and collective voices – such as labs, collectives, and manifestos - in order to explore the promises and limitations of monstrous kinship, family and community in the now, the past and potential futures.

Chair: Aino-Kaisa Koistinen (The Monsters of the Anthropocene Collaboratory)
•    Patricia MacCormack, Anglia Ruskin University
•    Not Lone Wolf (art and research collective)
•    The Monster Network

PANEL 2: The Feeling of a Wild Slug Chewing – art-based methods workshop with artist Katja Aglert. 

Bring your scholarly or/and artistic work in progress and learn some new monster methods! Katja Aglert guides you in an exploration of multi-sensorial experiences with monsters through forms of writing.

PANEL 3: Storytelling and the arts of monsters

We invite a panel discussion on the role of the monster in arts and storytelling practices, with a particular focus on how stories of monsters - as well as the monstrous as an analytical perspective and methodological tool - may (and may not) both challenge our understandings of the past and open up to unexpected and potentially more promising futures. We also ask: what are the limits to the figure of the monster? And what are the challenges when working with the monstrous in arts and storytelling?  The panel can engage with a broad range of art and storytelling, from science fiction to performance, visual arts and tv series, novels and comics, etc.

Chair: Line Henriksen (Monsters of the Anthropocene Collaboratory)
•    Regina Kanyu Wang, University of Oslo
•    Marietta Radomska, Linköping University
•    Susanne Winterling, artist, Trondheim Academy of Fine Art
•    Sami Ahmad Khan, University of Oslo

Tags: OSEH, HF, Environmental Humanities, Monster Studies
Published Oct. 13, 2021 1:55 PM - Last modified Apr. 21, 2022 11:18 AM