The program’s first conversation takes place between two very different regions that are experiencing transformations prompted by the multiple disasters that are the Anthropocene: the Lausitz region of Germany and the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota, in the US.
Artist and researcher John Kim opens a portal on-site in Minneapolis with a discussion on From Emergency to Emergence, a series of workshops and conversations developed in the aftermath of the recent uprisings and protests related to the poly-crisis of racial inequality, a global pandemic and ecological destruction. Focused on activist practices of solidarity and mutual aid, the series seeks to reveal how such activities offer new models and modes of self-governance and political autonomy.
Back in Berlin, sociologist Jeremias Herberg discusses the coal region of Lausitz, which has a long history of post-socialist change, coal extraction and populist mobilization. In light of the government’s plan to phase out coal by 2038, Herberg’s team at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam, has engaged in a critical, facilitative and catalytic role to discuss and collectively transform those legacies in close collaboration with local partners.
Header photo: Meandering Mississippi. Map by Harold N. Fisk, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 1944 / Geological Investigation of the Alluvial Valley of the Lower Mississippi River
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