About us

About us

The first fragment of FICT formed in Osaka in the summer of 2020.

Currently, we are a group of anthropologists of varying backgrounds and experiences based in Japan and the United States.

Atsuro Morita and Asli Kemiksiz conducted a workshop as part of an STS course back in 2017, where the students had to imagine their city, Osaka, half a century later, with the effects of climate change. It was a fascinating experiment to see and prod at the limits of their imagination. Since then they have continued the workshop as part of the course.

Later, in 2019, Asli Kemiksiz and Casper Bruun Jensen co-edited a special issue for the open-access journal NatureCulture, titled “Anthropology and Science Fiction: Experiments in Thinking across Worlds,” which culminated in various different ways of playing with our disciplinary boundaries.

Similar experiments combining social sciences and speculative fiction are being conducted everywhere in the world now. We wish FICT will turn into a recurring event, but it can only be possible if you join us.

Asli Kemiksiz (Osaka University)

Atsuro Morita (Osaka University)

Émile St-Pierre (Osaka University)

Fabio Miranda (Osaka University)

Michael Fisch (Chicago University)

Dominic Boyer, Rice University

Liliana Gil, The New School (FICT x Sing)

Ruchika Goel, FICT x Sing

Dianne Araral, FICT x Sing

Tatsuma Padoan, University College Cork (Cork-Bozen Fragment)

James Cuffe, University College Cork (Cork-Bozen Fragment)

Kieran Keohane, University College Cork (Cork-Bozen Fragment)

Alvise Mattozzi, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (Cork-Bozen Fragment)

Elisabeth Tauber, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (Cork-Bozen Fragment)

Secil Ugur Yavuz, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (Cork-Bozen Fragment)

Clara Beccaro-Lannes, The New School (France Fragment)

Lucas Beccaro, Chapman University (France Fragment)

Margaux Fitoussi, Columbia University (France Fragment)

Miranda Tuckett, The New School (France Fragment)

Alexa Hagerty, Cambridge University (France Fragment)

Edoardo Lomi, Kyoto University (Osaka Fragment)

Chakad Ojani and Samuel Tettner, University of Manchester

Filippo Bertoni, Museum fur Naturkunde Berlin (Berlin Fragment)

Alice Cannava, Occulto Magazine / Technical University Berlin (Berlin Fragment)

Constanza Mendoza, artist and researcher (Berlin Fragment)

Chiara Garbellotto, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (Berlin Fragment)

Sybille Neumeyer; in-ter-dependent artist, designer, researcher (Berlin Fragment)

Sina Ribak, researcher for ecologies & the arts, Berlin (Berlin Fragment)

Martin Savransky, Goldsmiths, University of London (Organiser, London Fragment)

※This project is partly funded by JSPS Grant-in-Aid Kaken no. 20H00047, “Planetary Crisis and Local Change.”