press release: Explore the complex relationships between humans and other animals during the book launch event going wild on November 10, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. CT. become-feral is a collection of poetry, visual art, essays and more, all focused on understanding the changing categories of “wild” and “domestic” in a landscape that is being altered by global transformations in climate and capitalism. Co-edited by Nelson Institute and School of Education doctoral candidate Alexandra Lakind, the book features the work of more than 80 contributors from various genres and disciplines.
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The book launch event coincides with the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) to be held in Glasgow, Scotland, from October 31 to November 12. the book launch event going wild will take place online and in person in Glasgow on November 10 at 1:30 p.m. CT. This event will be free and open to the public and will include presentations from a number of become-feral
The creation of become-feral was made possible in part through support from the Nelson Institute Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE). The CHE Research Initiative sponsors working groups engaged in transdisciplinary collaborations that examine the human dimensions of environmental problems. In spring 2021, CHE’s multidisciplinary and multi-institutional working group “Feral Worlds” gathered submissions for the become-feral publication
“What the Feral Worlds CHE working group did with the creation of become-feral is nothing short of amazing, ”said CHE deputy director Rachel Gurney. “The become-feral book is just one example of what can emerge when academics, scientists, artists and others receive support for collaboration. CHE is proud to support these efforts and the collaborative work of our associates in general. “
The Feral Worlds working group was chaired by Alexandra Lakind, PhD candidate from the Nelson Institute and School of Education, and included UW-Madison graduate students Addie Hopes, Emery Jenson and Sabrina Manero, as well as Josh Armstrong (Royal Conservatory of Scotland), Chessa Adsit-Morris (University of California, Santa Cruz) and Rebekka Saeter (independent artist). The Feral Worlds Working Group approached the editorial process from divergent perspectives and interests, which led to the creation of a publication that embodies a diversity of styles and expressions.
“Through a wide array of entries, we have compiled a ‘book of beasts’ that shifts our focus from panic of a coming disaster to a strategy for living and dying on a planet in need of maintenance and repair. “, explained Lakind.
In addition to CHE’s support for the creation of become-feral, The Royal Conservatory of Scotland has offered support through its research and knowledge exchange program, which, along with CHE, helped fund the first book in the BECOMING series, becoming-botanical. This additional funding allowed Object-a Creative Studios, a charitable arts organization based in Glasgow, Scotland, to oversee the production and publication of become-feral, under the artistic direction of Josh Armstrong.
“I was very happy to be able to work with the Center for Culture, History and the Environment,” said Josh Armstrong, artistic director of Objet-a Creative Studio and lecturer at the Royal Conservatory of Scotland. “It was truly fruitful that other voices joined through the formation of the Feral Worlds Working Group, which fostered a deeper and more critical engagement on the topic and allowed us to forge strong links between organizations, institutions and individuals. “
become-feral books, bags, posters, bandanas, postcards and gift boxes are available for purchase now. All the profits contribute to the production costs and the work in progress of the BECOMING series.