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Telling Stories: The Humanities in an Age of Planetary Agenda-Setting
July 19 at 9:45 am - 6:00 pm
Telling Stories: The Humanities in an Age of Planetary Agenda-Setting, is a symposium, which takes place on the Unceded Territory of the Syilx People of the Okanagan Nation, considers what Timothy Morton has called “the net effect”: mass extinction and planetary injustice—exploring the Arts/Humanities as method in navigating, educating about, and ultimately creating awareness of what it means to live sustainably in an age of mass extinction. As such, our symposium is situated at the interstices of sustainability and multispecies storytelling no longer limited by anthropocentrism.
This symposium is part of a larger public-facing collaborative initiative between University of British Columbia (Okanagan campus, Canada) and University of Exeter (U.K.), which aims to include Arts/Humanities in local and planetary agenda-setting with respect to ongoing climate crises, rather than situating them as contextual “add-ons” to the concerns of the scientific community.
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].