Environment, Communities

Toxic Bios


Who is behind this?

Marco Armiero

KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory (EHL) in Stockholm



Who is joining forces?

KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory



A Sud



Toxic Bios' third partner is the writer Alberto Prunetti, enhancing an unusual collaboration among scholars, activists, and a storyteller.

Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

Toxic Bios is a Public Environmental Humanities project aiming to co-produce, gather, and make publicly accessible personal stories of contamination and resistance. The project is based on a “guerrilla narrative” strategy aiming at occupying mainstream narratives with counter-hegemonic storytelling of the embodied experiences of toxicity and wasting. Toxic Bios aspires to democratize knowledge production on environmental issues and build a strong European environmental justice network.

Where will your idea take place?

Online at www.toxicbios.eu; in affected communities in Europe; in Naples, Italy, for the final event

Why does Europe need your idea?

Guerrilla narrative democratizes knowledge production by challenging hierarchies between experts and laypeople and by legitimizing storytelling as a source of knowledge. Staging subaltern communities’ voices enhances participation in decision-making processes by recognizing existing inequalities.

What is your impact?

A network of communities trained in guerrilla narrative activism will be established and hold its first meeting. A large repository of toxic stories will be publicly available, empowering communities to democratize knowledge production, foster alternative narratives, reshape collective identities.

How do you get there?

-Expanding the existing online platform through a call for stories (prioritizing countries not yet represented), providing funding for participation. So far this system ensured the collection of 70 stories
-Enhancing autotranslation through peer-to-peer revision
-Organizing Toxic Bios' international meeting in Naples. A. Prunetti will provide training on guerrilla narrative. Communities will share toxic stories and strategize common action
-Dissemination through our well established networks

What is your story?

The collective of Italian writers WU MING once wrote that stories are axes of war to be unearthed. This is what we wish to realize through Toxic Bios. We all come from a history of political and social mobilization, especially for environmental justice. Marco has also the ambition to change academia

Who are you doing it for?

At the center of Toxic Bios are communities affected by environmental injustices in Europe. We will build upon the existing network of 9 Toxic Bios hubs composed of activists and scholars. We aim to reinforce those hubs by reaching new communities and to create new hubs in other European countries.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

Do you think we should already target some specific communities? Or do you think that our idea of an open call for stories is enough? Is it clear the link between guerrilla narrative and the democratization of knowledge production and decision making processes?


marco armiero



Idea created on Jan. 12, 2018
Last edit on Jan. 15, 2018

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