Living in the Anthropocene: Rethinking the Nature/Culture Divide

15 May 2015

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CSD workshop series.

CSD is jointly organising a series of workshops Living in the Anthropocene: Rethinking the Nature/Culture Divide (a spin-off from the Materialisms reading group).

The Anthropocene - the geological concept highlighting that humans have had a fundamental influence on the geological epoch, increasingly transgressing planetary limits - is held to mark the end of the nature/culture divide. Nature can no longer be taken for granted, imagined to be fixed and immutable, but is instead understood as an active agent, as ecological threats and risks increasingly dominate our thinking. Culture - human action - is no longer something that operates in a separate sphere but produces the scientific phenomena that it once set out merely to observe. This series of seven workshops aims to explore what the end of the nature/culture divide means for living in the anthropocene.

The first workshop is Critical Approaches to Big Data, 5 June 2015 at London South Bank.

Policing the Anthropocene - convenor Anna Fiegenbaum, 3 July 2015, University of Bournemouth.

De-Naturalising Disasters - convenor David Chandler, September 2015, University of Westminster.

Biotechnology, Biopolitics and the Anthropocene - convenor Paul Rekret, October 2015, American International University Richmond.

Decolonising the Anthropocene - convenor Olivia Rutazimbwa, November/December 2015, University of Portsmouth.

Rethinking Emergence - convenor Tudor Vilcan, January/February 2016, University of Southampton.

Defetishising the City - convenor Rob Cowley, March/April 2016, University of Westminster.


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