Specifics of Vulnerability

August 31st, 2020

What can be learned from attuning to the specifics of vulnerability associated with a particular context when artificial realities—such as the norm of “staying dry”—are interrogated?

Exhaustion/Imagination seminar reflection

The Exhaustion/Imagination seminar that took place as part of the Anthropocene River Campus in New Orleans considered how to negotiate the limits of the Anthropocene and how to contend with different modes of exhaustion: of land, water, and the body. In this conversation, seminar conveners Adam Crosson, Monica Haller, and Monique Verdin reflect upon how the approaches taken during the seminar were—and were not—able to apprehend and respond to the various sites and situations encountered. They identify some of the more mundane program disruptions as being the very essence of the seminar, and reflect upon what can be learned from attuning to the specifics of vulnerability associated with a particular context when artificial realities—such as the norm of “staying dry”—are interrogated. Finally, in the face—or rather in the spirit of exhaustion—they ask: what would be the next best step?