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Anthropocene Future Memory Conference

Future Memory: Mapping the Anthropocene Conference
Call for Papers

The Utah State University Anthropocene Working Group invites proposals for a series of panels and presentations in the spring 2019 conference titled Future Memory: Mapping the Anthropocene. This one-day conference, on the Utah State campus on Saturday, April 20, 2019, seeks to encourage dialogue across disciplines from the sciences to the humanities, in fields including, among others, ecology, environment and society, landscape architecture, fine arts, history, journalism, geography, literature, media studies, agriculture, sociology, food sciences, and geology. Events will include a series of panels, an undergraduate poster session, and a conference dinner.

Terms such as “anticipatory memory,” “speculative memory,” and “ecosystemic memory” surround much discussion of the human age on Earth and what traces it will leave behind. Studies of existing markers in the geologic record, projected maps of changing coastlines or wildlife migration patterns, and sociological documentation of humans’ responses to climate crisis help to provide clues for imagining the planet’s future with or without us. Across contemporary media, from film and fiction to interactive gaming, more speculative forms of “future memory” add critical insight to Anthropocene discourse. With its paradox of human arrogance and humility in the face of a rapidly changing planet, this discourse can benefit from multiple angles of discussion.

This event is made possible through a grant from Utah Humanities. Additional support comes from the Mountain West Center for Regional Studies, the USU College of Natural Resources, and the Department of Languages, Philosophy & Communication Studies.

Conference Schedule

Saturday, April 20, 2019, College of Agriculture

9:00-10:00 AM

Keynote Dialogue on Indigenous History: Forrest Cuch and Darren Parry

10:15-12:15 PM Panel Discussions I
12:15-1:15 PM Lunch & Student Poster Presentations
1:15-2:00 PM Direct Action Workshop
2:15-4:15 PM

Community Roundtable & Panel Discussions II

4:30-5:30 PM

Film Screening, Paradise, California … CAMPFIRE, Q & A with filmmaker Pablo Tellechea

“The first thing that happens at the end of the world is
that we don’t know what is happening.”
Louise Erdrich