The Anthropocene Slam: A Cabinet of Curiosities

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Date: November 08, 2014 02:00pm — November 10, 2014 01:00pm
Categories: Exhibitions & Presentations
Location: DeLuca Forum, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 330 North Orchard Street, Madison, WI 53715, USA
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The Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE) at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites scholars, artists, students, and members of the public to join us November 8-10 2014 for The Anthropocene Slam: A Cabinet of Curiosities.

What images and stories can we create that speak with conceptual richness and emotional energy to our rapidly changing visions of future possibilities? At the workshop, an international group of presenters will “pitch” 25 objects that might represent the Anthropocene in a curio cabinet for an epoch conjoining human and natural history. Audience members will critique the submissions and help choose which should be displayed in an upcoming Anthropocene exhibit at the Deutsches Museum in Munich.

The workshop will feature a keynote address by Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History.

The event is free and open to the public, and it will also be livestreamed from our website.

For more details, a schedule of events, and information about the presenters, see

This workshop is co-led by the UW-Madison Center for German and European Studies, the Rachel Carson Center, and the Environmental Humanities Lab at KTH Stockholm. For a full list of co-sponsors, see