Anne Caroline Franklin
Class of 2017. "Mobilising Humanists in the Face of Ecological Crisis"
Hello! My name is Kei (short for Anne Caroline) and I grew up in the mountains of New Mexico (USA), before moving to Swaziland, and then somehow finding myself in Singapore.
I am most interested in environmental humanities – exploring the sides of environmental challenges that involve questions of culture, values, identity, and power. I appreciate the opportunity that complex environmental problems provide: an opportunity for us to develop robust transdisciplinary approaches to problem-solving, which involve people with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, agendas, and ideas coming together to engage in constructive dialogue. How cool!
I am specifically interested in how artists can play a role in environmental movements, as ‘artivists’, organizers, facilitators, influencers, or instigators of cultural and personal transformation.
Area of Specialisation
Mobilising Humanists in the Face of Ecological Crisis: My work explores the relationship between an individual’s clarity about their core values, and their sense of agency, empowerment, and engagement with environmental conundrums. I am drawn to humanists, whose work provokes reflection on core values and provides opportunities for practicing empathy and imagining alternatives. I consider how values-based humanities can be applied within the context of both trans-disciplinary research processes, and environmental activism, in order to generate more effective, creative, and inclusive solutions to environmental problems