The festival “Seeds and citizens – an environmental humanities festival” offered a combination of scholarly presentations and citizen-oriented activities. It took place at Linköping University and Östergötlands Museum during 21 – 23 September 2018.
On 21 – 23 September 2018, The Seed Box organized an environmental humanities festival in Linköping for the first time. The aim was to bring the environmental humanities research outside the academic rooms. At the “Seeds and Citizens” festival, there were panel discussions, keynotes, art, music, debates and live action role-playing about environmental humanity and civic activism.
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 21 – Linköping University, KY24 (Key-huset).
09.30 Registration & coffee.
10.15 Welcome to Seeds and citizens, Jesper Olsson, program director of The Seed Box and the festival crew.
10.30 – 12.00 The Future of the Past, Or Making Room for New Natures. Keynote by Dolly Jørgensen, Professor of History, University of Stavanger, Norway. KY24.
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch
13.00 – 14.30 The Seed Box Speed presentations, Speed presentations of state-of-the-art research in the Environmental Humanities.
Marco Armiero & Roberta Biasillo, KTH, Sweden: Undisciplining humanities! Five years of bridging academia and communities with the Environmental Humanities Laboratory. Robert Boschman, Mount Royal University, Canada: The Lesson: The Traumas and Futures of Uranium City, Canada. Camille Dungy, Colorado State University, USA: Black in Nature: an African American Ecopoetic. Simon Pope, Goldsmiths University, UK: Discussion Island: exploring Toronto Island residents’ amphibiotic relationship to Lake Ontario through participatory art. Justin Makii, Linköping University, Sweden: Imploding Prions for the Environmental Humanities. Daniel Andersson, Linköping University, Sweden: The Nature of Technology in an Era of Global Environmental Challenges. Tina Gianquitto: Where can a plant take you? Åsa Ståhl & Kristina Lindström, Linneaus & Malmö University, Sweden: Un/Making Matters. Martin Hultman, Chalmers, Sweden: Are we all climate change denialists?
14.30 – 17.30 Workshop: a serious play with genres, TEM21
Interactive and experimental workshop on communication with Anna Kaijser and guest teachers. Using the same scientific article as point of departure, the participants will explore very different methods and formats, leading up to a discussion about how we communicate, and what we can learn from other genres. The invited guest teachers are Malin Eriksson – author of children’s books, Ida Börjel – poet, Anders Duus – dramaturge and Anneli Sundin – communicator at Stockholm Environment Institute.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22 – Östergötlands Museum
11.00 – 13.30 Artistic workshop. Lauren LaFauci, Tina Gianquitto and Dawn Sanders present their collaboratory project Herbaria 3.0 with plant-related drop-in art activities for children aged 5-12 and their parents (in English and Swedish). Rutan
11.00 – 16.00 Durational Fracture, Video, sound, text and performance by artist Katja Aglert, Kyrksalen.
11.00 – 16.00 The Final Repository: A Macroscopic Exploration, Exhibition and book presentation by artists C-J Erikson and Karin Willén, Nya Galleriet (in English).
11.00 – 16.00 Un/Making Matters, Exhibition with critical design researchers Åsa Ståhl and Kristina Lindström about their ongoing project on mass consumption and drinking straws (in English). Läsesalen
11.00 – 16.00 Forest confessions with Artificial Intelligence, Sound installation by artist Lenam Malmberg (in English). Runda Rummet in Westmanhallen
11.30 – 13.30 Midsommarafton 2019 – ett spel om relationen mellan människa och miljö, Free form role play with Jenny Fornell Hjelm (in Swedish). Östgötarummet.
11.30 – 12.00 Guided tour of the museum collections with environmental theme, with educators from Östergötlands museum (in Swedish).
11:30 – 12.50 Movie screening. ”Les Sauteurs / Those Who Jump” by Estephan Wagner, Wallenbergsalen.
12.30 – 14.00 Hantera din klimatångest, Workshop with psychologist Karin Kali Andersson (in Swedish). Läsesalen
13.00 – 13.30 Movie screening. Short movies on climate change in East Africa by Arghyro Paouri, CNRS-IIAC and Franziska Bedorf, REAL Project. Wallenbergsalen.
13.00 – 14:30 Guidad tur med tema Biologisk mångfald, a walking seminar on biodiversity in the park Trädgårdsföreningen with Rebecka LeMoine och Klas Schlichting, Naturcentrum Linköping (in Swedish). Gather at 13 at Lasarettgatan 1, or at 12:45 at the museum entrance. Naturcentrum Linköping
13.30 – 14.30 Movie screening. Documentaries by Bifrost, an environmental humanities intervention on climate change led by educators and researchers from the Nordic Network for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies working in collaboration with partners from civil society. Presented by Steven Hartman, Guest Professor in English, Mälardalen University. The presentation will also provide a virtual tour of Bifrost Online (bifrostonline.org) as a multimedia platform containing considerable environmental humanities, scientific and sustainability learning resources. Wallenbergsalen.
14.00 – 16.00 En bättre värld är möjlig, Storytelling workshop with author and creative writing teacher Malin Eriksson (in Swedish). Rutan
14.30 – 15.45 Movie screening. “The Free Sea” and “In the Vast Ocean of Air”. Film followed by a presentation by artist Hanna Husberg. “The Free Sea” is about Maldives’s future plans, an island that is expected to disappear due to rising sea levels, while “In the Vast Ocean of Air”, recorded on Svalbard, uses clouds to reflect on material exchanges and transformations taking place in the atmosphere. Wallenbergsalen.
14.00 – 16.00 Midsommarafton 2019 – ett spel om relationen mellan människa och miljö, Free form role play with Jenny Fornell Hjelm (in Swedish). Östgötarummet
SATURDAY EVENING ACTIVITIES AT HAGDAHLS KÖK (NEXT TO ÖSTERGÖTLANDS MUSEUM):
16:00 Vegan mingle buffet and welcome drink
17.30 – 18.15 Mat ur miljöperspektiv – panel talk about food and environment with David Kihlberg, Swedish Society for Environmental Conservation, Emma Lundberg from agricultural community Livslotten, Lennart Bjurström from Food for progress and Växtbaserat Sverige, Tina Schmid Neset from Environmental Science: Linköping University, and Björn Pihl, small-scale farmer (in Swedish).
18.30 – 19.15 Poetry by Ida Börjel (in Swedish).
19.30 – 20.30 Simply Dead, Live music with Per Wistbo Nibell, Janne Boman and Niklas Brännström
21:00 – 22.00 One Fine Day, Electronic music and audio/video experience with the band Nu!
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 23, Café Chocolat, Storgatan 54
10.00 – 11.00 Brunch Panel talk with Jesper Olsson, (Director of The Seed Box), Anna Kaijser (deputy director of The Seed Box), artist Katja Aglert, Robert Boschman (Mount Royal University, Canada) and Simon Pope (Goldsmiths University, UK).
11.00 – 12.00 Environmental Humanities quiz by students from the masters’ program in Science for Sustainable Development, Linköping University.