Memory, Place and Community in Global Water Systems Working Group

Objectives

  1. To educate and encourage all members of society to transform their behavior to create healthier and more resilient environments and practices.
  2. To generate data about cultural values and beliefs that shape our behavior in relation to water environments.
  3. To assess and evaluate the effectiveness of new forms of public engagement in transforming public knowledge, attitudes, practices, and values about global environmental systems

Activities

In its first year, the team will focus on establishing and organizing the Working Group; identifying topics, themes, and locations for Museum of the Anthropocene exhibitions; developing experimental Museum of the Anthropocene sites and project prototypes; and pursuing funding to support the implementation of the first global Museum of the Anthropocene exhibition during our second year. To achieve this, the Working Group will meet monthly via a videoconference. The members of the Working Group will also be invited to attend a Museum of the Anthropocene Workshop focused on planning the first global exhibition. The Working Group will produce several collaborative outputs through these meetings:

  • Museum of the Anthropocene exhibition guidelines that align with its mission as well as anthropological and museological best practices.
  • Criteria for collecting data about sociocultural change.

A user assessment instrument for constructing a training webinar for Museum of the Anthropocene sites around the globe.

People

  • Chair: Jason Kelly – Director of the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute and Associate Professor of History
  • Aaron Cooke – Cold Climate Housing Research Center (Alaska)/Danish Technical Institute in Greenland
  • Phil Scarpino – Director of Public History Program and Professor of History at IUPUI
  • Fiona McDonald – Postdoctoral Researcher at the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute
  • James Syvitski – Executive Director of the Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System and Professor of Geological Sciences, University of Colorado-Boulder
  • Mark Kesling – Director, The DaVinci Pursuit (Indianapolis)
  • Scott Ashley – Senior Lecturer in History, Newcastle University, UK
  • Nina Elder – Artist and Residency Program Director at the Santa Fe Art Institute
  • Ninad Bondre – Managing Editor of Elevate Scientific
  • Gaia Vince – Journalist, broadcaster and author

Description

Memory, Place, and Community in Global Water Systems will implement the first phases of the Museum of the Anthropocene (a project of the Rivers of the Anthropocene network) which creates experimental and interactive experiences that transform knowledge, attitudes, practices, and values about water and related global environmental systems. This group will create a series of global, networked exhibitions focused on water.

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