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Course Catalogue WS 2023/24

Multispecies Storytelling II

Specialist seminar
Target group
Main course / Diploma 2
Seminar language: German and English

Dates - place & time

11.04.2427.06.24ThursdayWöchentlich14:00 - 17:00Heumarkt 14, Multispecies Studio
from-to14:00 - 17:00
LocationHeumarkt 14, Multispecies Studio

Seminar description

The edge of extinction is not just a metaphor; system collapse is not a thriller.
Ask any refugee of any species. (Haraway, Staying with the Trouble)

This is an invitation to listen to other(s') stories, to share stories, to care.

How could a shared and carefull telling of stories look like, feel like, sound like? What methods and tools do we need to un/learn to be able to make sense of the complex realities of more-than-human life forms and our interrelations with them? How can storytelling become part of a decolonial ecology?
In Multispecies Storytelling Part II we will focus on stories of extinction – told and shared as fables, myths, multispecies ethnographies, songs, films, installations, and probably a parade. We search for cultural strategies that raise awareness of extinction as not only the death of species but of cultures, pieces of the universe, of sensations that fade away (Despret). We want to meet each other every week to create shared practices and rituals, ways of working and communicating, of un/learning, visiting all kinds of strange, beautiful, troubled, and beastly places. Let us compost.

Guest speaker: Gerard Ortín Castellví


  • Senckenberg Museum Frankfurt; date: n.n.
  • Sensory Ethnographic Fieldwork in the Eifel; date: n.n.

Recommended literature:

  • Chao, Sophie, Karin Bolender, and Eben Kirksey, eds. The Promise of Multispecies Justice. Durham: Duke University Press, 2022.
  • Heise, Ursula K. Imagining Extinction: The Cultural Meanings of Endangered Species. Chicago; London: The University of Chicago Press, 2016.
  • Kimmerer, Robin Wall. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants. Minneapolis, Minn: Milkweed Editions, 2013.
  • Le Guin, Ursula K. The Word for World Is Forest. London: Gollancz, 2022.
  • Rose, Deborah Bird, Thom Van Dooren, and Matthew Chrulew, eds. Extinction Studies: Stories of Time, Death, and Generations. New York: Columbia University Press, 2017.
  • Van Dooren, Thom. World in a Shell: Snail Stories for a Time of Extinctions. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, 2023.

Student office

Karin Cordes

Juliane Schwibbert

Katrin Seiniger

Claudia Warnecke

Heumarkt 14

50667 Köln

Tel.: +49 221 20189 - 194 /

119 / 187 / 249

Opening hours: Mondays + Tuesdays from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m.    -    4 p.m.

For enquiries or appointments, please call us, Mon - Thu 9.30 to 1 p.m., or send us an e-mail.

Summer semester 2024

Lecture period:
​​​​​​​Apr. 8, 2024 until Jul. 19, 2024

Winter semester 2024/25

Lecture period:
​​​​​​​Oct. 21, 2024 until Feb. 14, 2025

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