“The Fall Academy: String Figures of the Waste Terrain”
| Date: 11-15 September 2023, Istanbul, Turkey
| Place: Istanbul Technical University (ITU)
Call for the upcoming Circular EELISA Community event, “The Fall Academy: String Figures of the Waste Terrain” is open! Spread the word and Apply!
circular@[action] fall academy: string figures of the waste terrain – a transdisciplinary storytelling of waste through the Mediterranean, 11-15 September 2023, Istanbul, Turkey
We are proud to announce that the Call for the upcoming Circular EELISA Community event as part of the Circular@Action Project is open! Circular@[action] fall academy: “String Figures of the Waste Terrain // Trans-disciplinary storytelling of waste through the Mediterranean” will take place between 11-15 September in Istanbul.
Built upon the success of the two previous events, Circular@[action] series continues with an intensive Fall Academy of “String Figures of the Waste Terrain // Trans-disciplinary storytelling of waste through the Mediterranean” to not only use Istanbul as a key laboratory of trans-disciplinary dialogue between international EELISA programme partners and local stakeholders, but also to transfer the knowledge created during the mobilities into the circular realm of Istanbul. It is funded by the EELISA (European Engineering Learning Innovation and Science Alliance) 2nd Call for Joint Inter-Institutional Activities in Communities.
“String Figures of the Waste Terrain” is an attempt to map the advocative means to circularity within everyday life through co-fabulating the waste terrain of the Mediterranean. 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 String Figures of 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. This 5-day event aims to discuss novel methodologies and mappings of circularity by following the waste trails with a particular spatial focus of associated localities/ terrains and looking at different anthropocentric formations as a medium of negotiation.