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Year-Long Experimental Research Project Along the Mississippi River Culminates in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --A The German Federal Foreign Office (FFO), the Goethe-Institut, and the Federation of German Industries (BDI), announce that next week (Nov. 10-16) marks the culmination of Mississippi. An Anthropocene River, a year-long project that explored the human impact on the Mississippi region and made the historical, social, and ecological transformation of this human environment system tangible. The experimental on-site investigation was initiated by Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) and the Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, as part of Wunderbar Together, the Year of German-America Friendship, which also ends this month.
Year-Long Experimental Research Project Along the Mississippi River Culminates in New Orleans
The project started with five Field Stations dotted along the Mississippi River, from its headwaters near Minneapolis through its delta near New Orleans. Over the course of the year, each Field Station collected scientific data and conducted cultural research with the help of local communities. From September to November 2019, the Anthropocene River Journey traveled downriver collecting research results from five Field Stations along the river. Locally grounded, shared, and developed among a wide and diverse set of participants, the project set an example of how to cooperate and co-learn in challenging times. The journey will culminate in a week-long Anthropocene River CampusA in New Orleans, an educational public event that will bring together German and American scholars, researchers, artists, and activists to synthesize the findings, meeting each other face-to-face, often for the first time. Like a delta, the River Campus will not simply conclude the project, but rather serve as a transformation point that connects the different tributaries of the project into new ways forward."There are many signs that we are going through a planetary crisis marked by climate change, the dramatic decline of biodiversity, severely polluted waterways, air and soils, and a technosphere getting out of control," said Bernd Scherer, Director, Haus der Kulturen der Welt. "This planetary crisis asks for new forms of cooperation and the project Mississippi. An Anthropocene River explores such new forms of solidarity and knowledge production. The iconic river running through the American heartland functions as a symbol for the ways in which human powers have transformed a massive river system: a lifeline turned into a polluted and highly engineered water highway for goods and people connectingA local developments to a planetary transition."
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