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Socialist Anthropocene in the Visual Arts

This is the first large-scale interdisciplinary research project that institutes the Socialist Anthropocene as a new field of study

This is the first large-scale interdisciplinary research project that institutes the Socialist Anthropocene as a new field of study within the critical corpus concerned with challenging and decentring the West-centric discourses of the Anthropocene, asserting the constitutive role of the twentieth century environmental histories of Socialism in the formation of the new geological age. The research is organised around five thematic streams through which the distinctiveness, epistemologies, relationalities and potentialities of the Socialist Anthropocene will be analysed, namely: the socialist praxis of extractivism, infrastructures of the socialist system, transformation of the countryside, species under socialism and cultures of the Socialist Anthropocene.

The SAVA project was awarded in the ERC Consolidator Grant competition and is funded through a UKRI Frontier Research grant. It will run at the Postsocialist Art Centre UCL from 2022 to 2027.

Socialist Anthropocene in the Visual Arts