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A chess-like board game developed by University of Michigan researchers helps small-scale Mexican coffee farmers better understand the complex interactions between the insects and fungi that live on their plants—and how some of those creatures can help provide natural pest control.

Participant: Ivette PERFECTO
School of Environment and Sustainability | University of Michigan
Presentation:"Coffee Landscapes Shaping the Anthropocene: A Socio-Ecological Portrait of Coffee Plantations in the Soconusco Region of Chiapas, Mexico (co-authors, M. Esteli Jimenez-Soto) and John Vandermeer"

Becoming Sensor asks what modes of attention need to be cultivated to pay attention to these oak savannah lands that have been paying very close attention to all the transformations taking shape around them over millennia. How could our sensing practices do justice to documenting the beings and doings, not only of an oak tree, but also the vast numbers of creatures rooting, weaving, and winding their ways across these lands? Becoming sensor demands subtle attunements of our always already synesthetic sensoria. It demands cultivating new modes of embodiment, attention, imagination, and new ways of telling stories about lands and bodies.

Participant: Natasha MYERS
Dept. of Anthropology | York University
Presentation:"Unsettling Ecological Restoration in an Urban Oak Savannah"

Moon Ribas, artist, wears sensors on her body that vibrate anytime there is an earthquake in the world. She dances as she feels the impulses in her body and as according to their intensity. Given that I am interested in how one feels the movement of the earth within oneself (sort of like the river is an expression of the movement of the earth upon its surface) this effort to express the earth interested me.

Participant: Naveeda KHAN
Dept. of Anthropology | Johns Hopkins University
Presentation: "Discordance and the Event of the River"