Panel: Future-making Methodologies

Jared Epp, Johannes Sjöberg, Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston, Rajat Nayyar, Rana El Kadi

Thu, 18-May-23 10:30 AM

Rajat Nayyar is an anthro­pol­o­gist and film­mak­er who is cur­rent­ly a SSHRC Vanier Schol­ar and a PhD Can­di­date in The­ater at York Uni­ver­si­ty. He is the co-founder of Emer­gent Futures CoLab (EFC) through which he curates Talk­ing Uncer­tain­ty, an online talk series/podcast that fea­tures future-focussed schol­ars and artists from around the world. He is also the cur­rent con­venor of Futures Anthro­pol­o­gy Net­work of Euro­pean Asso­ci­a­tion of Social Anthro­pol­o­gists (EASA) and a co-editor of the Per­for­mance Ethnog­ra­phy sec­tion of Centre for Imag­i­na­tive Ethnog­ra­phy (CIE). His recent arti­cle ‘Gran­u­lar Activisms’ was pub­lished in the fall 2022 issue Visual Anthro­pol­o­gy Review (VAR).

Rana El Kadi holds a PhD in Eth­no­mu­si­col­o­gy from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Alber­ta, Canada. She is a Lec­tur­er and Research Asso­ciate with the Toron­to Met­ro­pol­i­tan University’s School of Dis­abil­i­ty Stud­ies and an Adjunct Pro­fes­sor at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Guelph, affil­i­at­ed with Re•Vision: The Centre for Art and Social Jus­tice. Rana is also Co-Founder and Cura­tor at Emer­gent Futures CoLab (EFC). Her research inter­ests lie in mad/neurodivergent/disability arts, acces­si­bil­i­ty, imag­i­na­tive and mul­ti­modal ethnog­ra­phy, rad­i­cal research ethics, and cripped research method­olo­gies and ped­a­go­gies. Rana is cur­rent­ly Co-Inves­ti­ga­tor on a SSHRC Insight Devel­op­ment Grant on access in the arts and a SSHRC Part­ner­ship Engage Grant on devel­op­men­tal­ly dis­abled people’s expe­ri­ences of neu­ro­di­ver­gence and their artis­tic com­mu­ni­ties of prac­tice within and in the after­life of institutions.

Mag­dale­na Kazubows­ki-Hous­ton  is an anthro­pol­o­gist, per­for­mance the­o­rist, the­atre direc­tor and play­wright. She is a Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor of The­atre, lec­tur­ing The­atre & Per­for­mance Stud­ies and Social Anthro­pol­o­gy at York Uni­ver­si­ty. Her research inter­ests include per­for­mance ethnog­ra­phy, ethno­graph­ic sto­ry­telling, ethno­graph­ic (non)fiction, mul­ti­modal ethnog­ra­phy, phys­i­cal and polit­i­cal the­atre and per­for­mance. She is a Co-Cura­tor of the Centre for Imag­i­na­tive Ethnog­ra­phy (CIE).

Jared Epp is a PhD Can­di­date in social anthro­pol­o­gy from Car­leton Uni­ver­si­ty in Ottawa, Canada. His research focus­es on the inter­sec­tion of place, imag­i­na­tion and pre­car­i­ty in a Cana­di­an urban con­text. He is cur­rent­ly based in Edmon­ton, Canada, fin­ish­ing his dis­ser­ta­tion and work­ing as a com­mu­ni­ty arts facil­i­ta­tor with indi­vid­u­als living unhoused and/or with a con­cur­rence of mental health bar­ri­ers and addictions.


Joshua Ashish Dawson
USA 2022 | 3 Min. | engl. subtitled

Thu, 18-May-23 01:30 PM
Q&A with:
Joshua Ashish Dawson (via Zoom), Rajat Nayyar (EFC), Rana El Kadi (EFC)
“Cli­mate change is the biggest global health threat of the 21st cen­tu­ry.” (Lancet Cli­mate Change Com­mis­sion 2009) This sci-fi short film takes action and drafts a future well­ness par­adise. Taking … read more


Jared Epp
Canada 2022 | 16 Min. | engl. subtitled

Thu, 18-May-23 01:30 PM
Q&A with:
Jared Epp, Rajat Nayyar (EFC), Rana El Kadi (EFC)
A cau­tion­ary tale on the end­less entan­gling of infor­ma­tion shar­ing, social media, mean­ing and daily life, and as well, a satire on the anthro­pol­o­gist as col­o­niz­er of knowledge.  Dr. Carlos … read more


Levente Huszka
Hungary 2022 | 30 Min. | engl. subtitled

Thu, 18-May-23 01:30 PM
Q&A with:
Levente Huszka, Rajat Nayyar (EFC), Rana El Kadi (EFC)
Caused by a dimen­sion anom­aly, mil­lions of people have exchanged places with their alter egos from par­al­lel uni­vers­es. A few years after, the Anom­aly Foun­da­tion was found­ed to inte­grate new­com­ers into … read more


Alexander Abaturov
France, Switzerland 2022 | 88 Min. | engl. subtitled

Thu, 18-May-23 04:00 PM
Q&A via Zoom with:
Alexander Abaturov
The vil­lage of Shol­o­gon is locat­ed in the taiga in north­east­ern Siberia. An extreme heat wave ignit­ed fierce forest fires in the remote region two years ago. At first, res­i­dents … read more

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Hà Lệ Diễm
Vietnam 2021 | 90 Min. | engl. subtitled

Thu, 18-May-23 07:30 PM
Q&A with:
Hà Lệ Diễm
We are in a moun­tain vil­lage of the Hmong, mem­bers of an ethnic minor­i­ty in north­west Viet­nam. For three years, Hà Lệ Diễm has come here again and again, befriend­ing … read more


Shaunak Sen
India 2022 | 91 Min. | engl. subtitled

Sat, 13-May-23 07:30 PM

Thu, 18-May-23 10:00 PM
Q&A via zoom with:
Ben Bernhard, Shaunak Sen
Some days, the black kites lit­er­al­ly drop from the sky—the air pol­lu­tion in Delhi, India, can be so intense that flocks of the birds fall to earth. If they’re lucky, … read more