Humanities Without Walls Project

Political Ecology in Practice: Fieldworkers Workshop

April 20-21, 2018    University of Illinois at Chicago

Supported by the Institute for the Humanities, Political Ecologies Working Group and the Humanities Without Walls Consortium Grant.

Goal: This workshop brought together the Humanities Without Walls Funded Project “Political Ecology as Practice: A Regional Approach to the Anthropocene” participants and fieldworkers together to discuss field objectives, field methods, and the 2019 Gallery 400 exhibition that will result from them. It will comprise semi-structured presentations of fieldwork that has already happened in Pakistan’s Hunza Valley and Chicago’s urban gardens. Six other field initiative will take place in the Late Spring and Summer of 2018. This is the final chance for the fieldworkers and participants will come together to exchange ideas and compare field research objectives.

Shared Document: Field Guide

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Program  (April 20-21)

Location : The Great Space, Art Building 5th Floor, 400 S Peoria St, Chicago, IL 60607

1. Friday Morning: (10 am – 12: 30 pm)

Semi-structured presentations

  • 10:00 Presentation of progress on the web publication of Latour’s Master Class- emerging ideas. Summary of wine and white board meeting. (Ömür Harmanşah)
  • 10:30 Presentation of the ongoing work on the design of the January 2019 Exhibition and guidelines for fieldworkers (Tamara Becerra Valdez + Pınar Üner Yılmaz)
  • 11: 00 Presentation on Pakistan Hunza Valley field season (Javairia Shahid)
  • 11: 30 Presentation on Chicago urban gardens fieldwork (Molly Doane)
  • 12:00-12:30 Discussion, Q + A

12:30-2 pm Lunch (sandwiches and drinks will be served)

2. Friday Afternoon (2 pm-4:30 pm)

2:00 pm. Break into small groups of 7 different field projects. Each group will be chaired by Field coordinators. The groups work on the goals, objectives and methodologies specific for their fieldwork. Discuss practicalities.

4:00 pm Reconvene: Presentation of the Field Guide (Omur + Tamara + Pinar)

4:30 End of day program.

3. Saturday morning (10 am-12 pm)

9:30 am Coffee and pastries

10:00 Closing panel. Opens with 5 minute presentations of each field coordinator summarizing Friday afternoon conversations. What is innovative and creative fieldwork? Open panel to follow.

12 pm. End of day program and departures