When natures become odd or recalcitrant, when they inspire awe or fear, when they elude human perception in the neoliberal planet, they stand out as challenging beings. From nuclear waste to melting glaciers, these entities inhabit spaces and endure in timescales that resist enclosure by global environments and their epistemic infrastructures. Their present is the topology of metamorphosis.

“Unruly Topologies” is an ongoing transdisciplinary collaborative research project at the University of St. Gallen on “earth-beings”. The aim is to encounter these socio-natural multi-layered domains, promote cross-disciplinary conversations, unsettle categories, and envision ecopolitical initiatives not aligned with neoliberal ecologies. 

Research findings will subsequently be recorded and made available within this growing online resource. It will form the basis for a transdisciplinary network, further sub-projects, and public awareness and mobilisation around earth-beings. Stay up to date︎︎︎

︎Obergoms, landscapes