At the school of the Anthropocene- A week long immersion

| January 17, 2021 | Leave a Comment

Alternative living

 ‘At the school of the Anthropocene’ is a week long event of discourse, presentations, debates, interviews, workshops, seminars and more! Hosted by L’Ecole Urbaine de Lyon 

The questions raised during the events will feed into the reflections and discussions on the notion of “global vulnerability”. Guest speakers and presenters from Nigeria, Australia, Bolivia, Argentina and the United States will attend.

Learn more here! 

Guest of Honor:

Nnimmo Bassey (Nigeria) is one of Africa’s leading human and environmental rights defenders and activists. Recipient of the Alternative Nobel Prize ( Right Livelihood Award ) in 2010, he heads the ecological think-tank Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) which is based in Benin City, Nigeria. He is a member of the board of directors of the organization Oilwatch international , was president of the NGO Friends of the Earth International (FoEI) (2008-2012) and executive director of the NGO Nigeria’s Environmental Rights Action (1993-2013) . He is also a member of the Action Research Network for a Wellbeing Economy in Africa (WE-Africa).

Events include:
  • 7 public courses (with biologists, jurists, philosophers, specialists in agriculture, art history)
  • 8 major debates, interviews, round tables with thinkers, artists, representatives of associations
  • 25 workshops and seminars on a wide variety of themes (decolonial, extractivism, education, the city, publishing, etc.)
  • 7 “ portraits of spaces ”: guests talk to us about “inhabited resilience ”From Kabul, Barcelona or Canton, via Carúpano, New York or Lyon
  • A writer’s residency with Camille de Toledo, in partnership with Arty Farty and the Fête du Livre de Bron.
  • A youth programming (bird watching …)
  • Performances and readings
  • Cooking shows : “The Anthropocene in my kitchen”
  • An Anthropocene Radio in partnership with Radio Bellevue Web
  • A Book Club in partnership with Villa Gillet
  • A Night of Ideas on the theme “loved ones”, in partnership with the Center for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona, ​​the French Institute of Barcelona, ​​and Arty Farty.
  • A global Anthropocene manifesto (an event going around the world and the frame): a great global conversation with 150 participating countries to mobilize a network and nourish imaginations, a testimony for future generations.


All the events will be available live on a single page:

Find all events in English here:

The public will be able to interact via social media: #ecoleanthropocene2021 (youtube et facebook, Instagram, twitter).

The following events will be hosted in French and English:

– Monday, January 25, 20:45-22:00 (Paris time, UTC +1): “The Anthropocene from North to South“: what does it mean to grasp globalized issues “from the Anthropocene” from the North and from the South?  An interview with Nnimmo Bassey (Nigeria), Alternative Nobel Prize (Right Livelihood Award) 2010, and Andri Snaer Magnason (Iceland), writer.

– Tuesday, January 26, 20:30-22:00 (Paris time, UTC +1):  “All vulnerable?”: human and non-human, we have all been vulnerable here and there on the planet since the dawn of time. And yet humans tend to forget this. With Frédéric Keck (France), philosopher and anthropologist, Eric Klinenberg (USA), sociologist and director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University and Joy Sorman (France), writer.

– Wenesday, January 27, 20:30-22:00 (Paris time, UTC +1): “Materiality of the immaterial“. With Pierre Charbonnier (France), philosopher, and Jedediah Purdy (USA), jurist.

 Thursday, January 28, 22:00-23:30 (Paris time, UTC +1):  “The dance floor as a political ring“. In the heart of the dance floors of the globe, bodies become primordial tools of individual and collective emancipation through their capacity to connect us: movements, contacts, co-presence; bodies are also the support of the claim of identities and struggles. With Bogomir Doringer (Serbia), researcher, Dave Haslam (UK), DJ and writer, and Vincent Carry (France), director of Arty Farty.

– Saturday, January 30, 19:00-20:30: “What policy for the climate?”. With Mark Alizart (France), philosopher, Holly Jean Buck (USA), geographer, designer and Yasmine Bouagga (France), sociologist, mayor of the 1st district of Lyon.

– Sunday, January 31, 19:00-20:30: “Need for space”: Occupy Mars. Clément Postec (France), director, and Pauline Julier (Switzerland), artist and filmmaker, experiment with different points of view on the conquest of space: that of scientists, rovers and matter. A reading followed by an interview with Alice Gorman (Australia), a major international figure in the field of space archaeology.


– Thursday, January 28, 18:30-19:45 (Paris time, UTC +1):  “Body and pandemic: the social effects of lockdown“. A dialogue between Wendy Delorme (France), writer and performer, and Joana Moll (Spain), artist and researcher.

Let me add, from Friday, January 29, 10:00 to Saturday, January 30, 03:00 (Paris time, UTC +1): the global Anthropocene manifesto (an event going around the world and the frame): a great global conversation with 150 participating countries to mobilize a network and nourish imaginations, a testimony for future generations. The event will be fully bilingual French/English.

Find more information on the event here. 

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