——-This is a CIE-supported Event——-


The Emergent Futures CoLab (EFC) invites you to its fifth online Talking Uncertainty session! 

TU#05 – Multimodal Articulations of Futures in an Afghan-Danish Film Collective 


The ARTlife Film Collective (Dr. Karen Waltorp, Nilab Totakhil, Asma Mohammadzai Safi, Sama Sadat Ben Haddou, Mursal Khosrawi, and Lea Glob), Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen


Jared Epp, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University

Date and time: 

Wednesday March 16, 2022, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm EST

Talk Link:



This talk will highlight the collaborative filmmaking activities of Afghan-Danish women and a Danish anthropologist and filmmaker who engage in multimodal experimentations and ethno-fiction. Specifically, they script scenes and film the everyday as a way of exploring and giving form to inner life as well as social and public life. The women in the collective use collaborative filmmaking and social media tools to co-articulate their imagined futures, and what it means to be both Danish and Afghan.

Referring to their chapter ‘Isomorphic Articulations: Notes from Collaborative Film-work in an Afghan-Danish Film Collective,’ Karen Waltorp and ARTlife Film Collective members will talk about their ‘research-through-filmmaking’ project and the experience of incorporating multimodality into the process. They will discuss: a) how the circulation of images in social media becomes part of the knowledge emerging among them; and b) how their work challenges Danish media’s tendency to visually represent young women’s ‘freedom’ in/from Islam in ways that do not resonate with the women in the collective.

The talk will be followed by a discussion led by Jared Epp, where EFC members will explore how multimodal collaborations may navigate a ‘media ecology’ that reinforces xenophobia, nationalism, and audiovisual capitalism, while having the potential of countering these through the circulation of images, words, sounds, and emerging networked publics. Together, we will examine how multimodal approaches might: a) help us challenge uncritical engagements with digital technologies; and b) support our collaborators’ digital/sensorial struggles, as well as their speculative articulations of futures, while resisting the reproduction of colonial histories of image making and archiving.


To participate:

All our talks are recorded and published on our website as podcasts. Kindly register to become an EFC member if you would like to attend and participate in the live talks. We will send you the background reading, and you’ll have the opportunity to share your questions with the speakers beforehand.


About EFC:

Emergent Futures CoLab (EFC) is a laboratory for transdisciplinary experimentation and collaborative future-making. Our goal is to mobilize knowledge and build activist solidarities that transcend scholarly and artistic boundaries. This includes mapping out future-oriented practices, methodologies, tactics and modes-of-being adapted by individuals and communities around the world.


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