co-fabulating the waste terrain – a nebulous guide | a transdisciplinary storytelling of waste through the mediterranean

co-fabulating the waste terrain – a nebulous guide | a transdisciplinary storytelling of waste through the mediterranean

26-28 April 2023, Madrid, Spain

We are proud to announce that the Call for the upcoming Circular EELISA Community event as part of the
Circular@Action Project is open!

“Co-fabulating the waste terrain – a nebulous guide” is an attempt to map the advocative means to circularity within everyday life through co-fabulating the waste terrain of the Mediterranean, from Istanbul to Madrid. By accumulating the transdisciplinary knowledge of its participants, the workshop aims to build up a nebulous – an unpredictable guide to roam within the wasteful terrains of the Mediterranean where waste has multitudes of meanings and demands both anthropocenic and archeological inspections. Thus, inspired by the plural meanings of waste [a(r)tık-il rifiuto-los desperdicios-deşeuri-der abfall], the workshop speculatively fabulates the poetic within the many connotations of waste. Spanning from micro-narratives to the anthropocenic, terrestrial negotiations, our nebulous guide roams within the various faces of waste; such as the illicit toxic waste trade shipments from Europe to the new terrains of consumption of the anthropocene age; the wastelands to the human waste; from the Unswept floor mosaics of the Ancient Roman to the mukbang Youtube videos; the refugee; the garbage collector; the dumpster-diver; the gleaner; the illicit worker; the truck; the carrier-bag – dubiously so-called, the “unwanted”, “unusable” and “overlooked.” The Mediterranean, in this sense, has a particular significance as being one of the leading routes for this never ending mobilities of meanings of waste. “The history of humankind could be told through the history of producing waste” once said, thus Co-fabulating the waste terrain is a call to collectively reimagine the various connotations and meanings of waste by tracing the production and consumption narratives – mapping the uncircular.
Co-fabulating the waste terrain is a three day workshop for transdisciplinary storytelling, hosted by UPM
Spain in Madrid and organised by ITU, Turkey. This is a workshop for students from all disciplines – in fact we are pursuing all scales of transdisciplinary encounters between students of undergraduate and graduate level. It is the second phase of the Circular@[action], an international project of the Circular Community funded by the EELISA (European Engineering Learning Innovation and Science Alliance) Call for Joint Inter-Institutional Activities in Communities. Circular@[action] is a series of integrated activities and students who participate in any of the events could participate in the final event, the summer school in Istanbul. Cofabulating the waste terrain will be finalised with an exhibition of the workshop, and all participants will receive circular EELISA badges and certificates. Partial Funding and support are available for students’ visa processes, travel, accommodation via their Institutions.
Application deadline: 29 March 2023 (11.59 pm UTC) for ITU and 7 April 2023 (11.59 pm UTC) for other
EELISA Partners. Please read the Calls before applying!
If you have any questions regarding your application, please contact Zeynep Gunay, via or Bihter Almac, via

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