Join us in
Our inaugural academic year began in September 2022 with a full cohort of 26 scholars, who participated in seminars led by the likes of Marina Warner, Assemble Studio, Gargi Bhattacharyya, Robert Macfarlane, Ann Pettifor, Carne Ross, Robin Kirkpatrick, Adam Broomberg, Terry Macalister, Esther Teichmann & Mark Nelson, in addition to working on their own individually supervised research projects.
The NSOTA Diploma in Environmental Humanities has since been augmented by weekly Critical-Creative Seam classes. We're now at capacity for the new academic year, but continue to welcome enquiries from people of all ages, experiences and backgrounds, who might wish to join us both in-place and on-line for 2024/25.
The New School of the Anthropocene offers free places for its one-year diploma to English-speaking refugees now living in the UK, who've had their current university education interrupted by the wars in Ukraine, Yemen and elsewhere, and to care experienced people over the age of 18. This scheme is a collaboration with the Compass Project at Birkbeck College, Counterpoints Arts and Revoke.
Art Critique Experiment
The New School of the Anthropocene is born out of a need. The mainstream university has proven unable and unwilling to engage with the condition of social crisis and the prospect of ecological ruin that characterise the 21st Century.
In collaboration with October Gallery, the New School offers an agile approach to higher education, and a radical alternative to marketisation and arcane specialism. Valuing experimentation and mining the critical-creative seam, we have shaped a trans-disciplinary ethos and a non-hierarchical gathering of academics and students forged in conviviality and trust: the means of addressing the greatest challenge of this, or indeed any, era.
Thinking through making, regenerating organism earth
The NSOTA Symposium pairs leading cultural figures from neighbouring fields with the intention of allowing free-ranging conversation, which is loosely tied into the New School's wider educational enquiry.
Lorna Hackett and Michael Mansfield
Imagining the impossible
Katie Holden and Thrity Vakil
Scales of the human: the macro via the micro
Franc Roddam and Alan Yentob
Education as play and restoring social ambition
Paul Mason and Fintan O'Toole
University as social, not transactional, project
Carolyn Steel and Mark Nelson
Regenerating organism earth
Marina Warner and Rowan Williams
Humane Education and the Democratic Project
'It would be a mistake to believe that the pandemic is a crisis that will end, instead of the perfect warning for what is coming, what I call the new climatic regime. It appears that all the resources of science, humanities and the arts will have to be mobilised once again to shift attention to our shared terrestrial condition.'
Bruno Latour, The Guardian (2021)