Humanities and Adaptation

Conference

Encountering the Anthropocene: The Role of Environmental Humanities and Social Sciences

The Banker, Jason de Caires Taylor

'The Banker', Artist: Jason de Caires Taylor

February 26-28 2014
Dockside
Level 1 Cockle Bay Wharf,
Sydney


Human beings now control the very life processes of the Earth; we have moved from being serial depleters of local environments to becoming a geophysical force that shapes the planet. While geologists make their case to formalize and adopt this epoch, the role of environmental humanities and social sciences has become crucially linked with our allies in the natural and technological sciences in seeking to understand and meet the challenges and changes thrown up by the new epoch. Our role is to help interpret the impacts, understand the implications, and engage the public in developing alternative ways forward. How to do all this will be explored and debated in the conference and its related events and workshops.

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