November 23, 2019 – It’s a wrap. A three month long canoe paddle down the Mississippi River from headwaters to the Gulf to research its anthropogenic history.

Mississippi. An Anthropocene River makes the iconic landscape of the Mississippi River Valley legible as a critical zone of habitation and long-term interaction between humans and the environment. The project is a collaborative learning experiment to understand the river as a composite and storied space—emblematic in the way it grounds the global transition into the Anthropocene, the geological epoch of humankind. Through transdisciplinary field explorations and the production of locally situated conversations, the project contours the complex way in which histories, ecologies, technologies, and worldviews collate and collide to shape an entire river system.

(Canoe photo by Joachim Mueller)

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