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S1 2JP, Sheffield

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The second in our series of special online workshops with The Alternative School of Economics, this session will look to deep time to seek out the genesis of today’s environmental and economic crises.  


Part of The Alternative School of Economics' ongoing residency, The End of the Present, this workshop is an experiment in co-research processes, and will include time for individual research and breakout groups, as well as mapping onto an accessible, online platform. During the workshop we will be joined by several researchers who will share their field of expertise and there’ll be time for questions and discussions. 

Continuing the investigation into ‘where does a crisis begin and end?’, we will look to 

both the development of the human brain and the formation of our planet to understand both the physical preconditions and human perception of our environment, its resources and resulting crisis. 

Each person will select a particular event or area of interest from a list provided (or submit their own), and work forwards and backwards to map roots and causes, how they unfold, and the environmental, political, financial, historical and cultural conditions and impacts. For example, researching the formation of minerals now used to make plastics could involve mapping geological processes millions of years ago, and connecting this to the idea of the Anthropocene and the swift changes and developments in the use of fossil fuels in the last 150 years. Looking at human behavior around climate change might begin with looking at the moment when the human brain could conceive of time, or when we developed a fear or scarcity. From the history of extraction, to use of tools, to early counting and debt systems, we will collectively map key moments and gradual changes.

The workshop will build on ideas explored in Time(un)line: Mapping Crises, which was held in July, although participants do not need to have attended the previous workshop. 

It will focus on sharing information gathered individually and in groups, and mapping it onto a time(un)line. The time(un)line will ostensibly chart events in chronological order, whilst simultaneously finding connections, repercussions and convergences, which thereby collapse the idea of singular progression of time. 

All levels of experience and interest welcome. 

Workshops will be conducted via video conferencing software. Detailed instructions on how to join the online meetings will be provided for those participating.  

Places are limited due to the group dynamics of learning online, so please reserve your space by 27 October.

Register here on tickets ignite and then email us a brief response including the information requested below via [email protected]

your name, your area of interest, tell us something about your background, work or interests & why you would like to join the workshop

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S1 2JP

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S1 2JP


This will be an online event (– the venue address stated is just a ticketing necessity).

Please let us know if you sign up and then become unable to attend with at least 24 hours notice so that we can offer your space to someone else in good time. 


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