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Multispecies Storytelling Workshop
July 21 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
This workshop, in following our earlier symposium, “Telling Stories: The Humanities in an Age of Planetary Agenda-Setting”– will explore the significance of storytelling (in all its human and more-than-human modalities) to agenda-setting, both because stories serve to naturalize certain ways of thinking about and acting in the world, and because in a multispecies world they can invite and inspire meaningful social and cultural engagement and action.
The Multispecies Storytelling event draws together artists, scholars, and thinkers whose different practices of storytelling planetary existence, our own and that which is more-than-human, consider and respond to what Timothy Morton calls “the net effect”: mass extinction and planetary injustice. Situated on the land at Woodhaven Eco Culture Centre, the Unceded and Ancestral land of the Okanagan Syilx people, this event invites academics and creatives at all stages and from across disciplines to engage in story as mediative method: navigating, educating about, and ultimately creating awareness of what it means to live sustainably in an age of mass extinction.
Our event is split into two days:
- Day 1: Wed. July 19, 2023 – “Telling Stories: The Humanities in an Age of Planetary Agenda-Setting” Symposium at UBC Okanagan Campus (Arts and Science Building (ASC), Room 460, 3187 University Way, Kelowna, BC)
- Day 2: Fri. July 21, 2023 – Multispecies Storytelling Workshop at Woodhaven Eco Culture Centre (969 Raymer Road, Kelowna, BC)
This event is supported by a UBC Okanagan-Exeter Excellence Catalyst Grant entitled “Telling Stories: The Humanities in an Age of Planetary Agenda-Setting”, the Faculty of Critical and Creative Studies and is organized by the Post-Anthropocentrism and Critical Animal Studies Research Group [PACAS].