January 1st, 2019

“The Elemental” served as the analytical focal point of the ACM18. But how does the ACM18’s commitment to questions of matter shape and affect processes of knowledge production and reproduction?


The co-creation of an interdisciplinary curriculum that is apt to tackle genuinely anthropocenic problems and challenges was the foundational predicatment of the ACM18. With this objective in mind, the ACM18 explored the concept of the Anthropocene from the vantage point of “the Elemental.” After four days of engaging in lectures, field trips, and workshops, the following reports and reflections revise how the ACM18’s commitment to matters of materiality inform and inspire novel forms of knowledge-making and collaboration.