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The Anthropocene has been posited as a new geologic epoch, defined by unprecedented human disturbance of the earth's ecosystems. Buildings and cities, politics and law come into view as geological agents mobilising earth materials, minerals and energies, with unintended consequences. Recent philosophical
tendencies, including new materialism, realist ontologies, object orientated ontologies and post-humanist theories try to come to terms with the new reality: they argue that geology, anthropology, nature and culture, animate and inanimate earth systems can no longer be seen as categorically distinct.
For some, this signals the final enclosure of politics and culture within ecology; for others it calls for more planning and management; for others, the unitary human of the anthropocene hides political difference and elevates a particular kind of consumer into a motor of history.
In this, the first of a series of panel discussions between the Faculty of Architecture, Buildings and the Environment (FABE) and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) aiming to open up novel and trans-disciplinary conversations between scholars in different fields working on matters
of common concern, these issues will be debated.
Roland Dannreuther, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Humanities.
FABE: Jon Goodbun, Senior Lecturer in Architecture, Some Notes
on the Anthropocene. Tony Lloyd Jones, Reader in International Planning and Sustainable Development, The Anthropocene: An Urban Question?
SSH: Lucy Bond, Lecturer in English Literature, Memory and the
Anthropocene. David Chandler, Professor of International Relations, Posthuman and
the Anthropocene. Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, Professor of Law and Theory, Responsibility and the Anthropocene.
Discussant: Lindsay Bremner, Professor of Architecture and Director of Architectural Research.