State of Nature: Dialogues An Interdisciplinary Conference co-convened by Ravi Agarwal & Ranjit Hoskote produced by Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai (digital + in-person) Conference
The aim of this three-day conference is to bring together a diversity of voices from across such disciplines as poetry, architecture, philosophy, anthropology, linguistics, activism, and art-making. By generating a constellation of perspectives and frameworks representative of the most current, contemporary thought in such domains as ecopoetics, habitat conservation and social justice, State of Nature: Dialogues hopes to invite its audience, not only into a consideration of the ecological and political urgencies at large in our global present, but also into an awareness of discursive, artistic, research and organisational strategies that are being crafted to address them.
Among the themes that form the focal points of the conference are the narratives concerning the interwoven questions of ecology, labour, livelihood, political and cultural representation, power and culture in a multi-species framework; vulnerable landscapes, at risk from human overreach; forms of cultural consciousness being evolved to engage with ecocide, urbanisation, and the marginalisation of communities and locales; architectural and planning reorientations to deal with the impact of runaway urbanisation and infrastructural expansion; and endangered occupations and livelihoods, under threat from anthropogenic interventions that generate alienation, asymmetry as well as social and environmental toxicity.
THIS CONFERENCE IS TAKING PLACE BOTH IN-PERSON AS WELL AS DIGITALLY.
AUDIENCE SPACE IS EXTREMELY LIMITED, SO IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND PHYSICALLY |
PLEASE E-MAIL TO SHOWS@HARKAT.IN
Location: Library MMB, Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai
# DAY 1 (Thursday: 10 February 2022)
2:30 - 3 PM: Welcome | Dr. Berthold Franke, Regional Director, Goethe-Institut South Asia
3 - 3:15 PM: Introduction | Ravi Agarwal and Ranjit Hoskote
3.15 - 4.15 PM: KEYNOTE 1 | Michael Marder
4:30 - 6:30 PM: Panel 1: Narratives
Stories told and repressed/ yet to be told
This panel will reflect on forms of story and storytelling that convey experiences that have been repressed or disregarded, in turn embodying the overridden and overwritten claims of vulnerable groups and species to their lived environments; at the core of our deliberations are the closely interwoven questions of ecology, labour, livelihood, political and cultural representation, power and
culture in a multi-species framework.
Latika Gupta, S. Anand, Amitangshu Acharya, Anvita Abbi
6:45 - 8:45 PM: Panel 2: Habitats
This panel will reflect on vulnerable landscapes, together with the closely interwoven questions of ecology, labour, livelihood, and culture.
Pankaj Sekhsaria, Rahul Ranjan, Arunkumar HG, Heather Davis
# DAY 2 (Friday: 11 February 2022)
4 - 5 PM: KEYNOTE 2 | Ruth Padel
5:15 - 7:15 PM: Panel 3: Transformations
Forms of consciousness
This panel will reflect on artistic responses to the climate catastrophe and on the forms of cultural
consciousness that we must develop to engage with the effects of ecocide, urbanisation, the
oppression of vulnerable groups and landscapes – with implications for the vexed, interwoven
questions of habitat, labour, livelihood, and culture.
Vinita Agrawal, Achia Anzi, Nancy Adajania, Bhrigupati Singh
7:30 - 10 PM: Panel 4: Communities
Reorienting group relationships with place and change
This panel will reflect on how groups and communities re-orient their relationships with place and
change, in the midst of the epic upheavals of ecocide, runaway urbanisation, the infrastructural
monopolisation of vulnerable landscapes –
with implications for architectural practice, as well as the vexed and interwoven questions of
habitat, labour, livelihood, and culture.
Mustansir Dalvi, Anupama Kundoo, Prem Chandavarkar, Ratish Nanda, Parag Tandel
# DAY 3 (Saturday: 12 February 2022)
4 - 5 PM: KEYNOTE 3 | T J Demos
5:15 - 7:15 PM: Panel 5: Livelihoods
This panel will reflect on endangered and shifting occupations, at risk from large-scale anthropogenic
interventions, whether infrastructure, urbanisation, or the amplification of caste and ethnic differences in a contemporary grid of asymmetries.
Vishwajyoti Ghosh, Mukul Sharma, Rajyashree Goody, Kanchi Kohli
7:30 - 9:30 PM: Panel 6: Conclusions & Departures
Amruta Nemivant, Ravi Agarwal, Ranjit Hoskote
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Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai
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