Significance of the Anthropocene

· London


Where: G22 Lecture Theatre, University College London, Pearson Building, Gower St, London, WC1E 6BT
When: Thursday, November 22nd, 2018, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM GMT

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Instituto Cervantes and SRUK are pleased to bring you the Anthropocene. The rise of the Anthropocene is as remarkable as it is a highly contested concept, both in meaning and potential implication, be they philosophical, cultural, or political. What does the Anthropocene say about human beings and their relation with the planet? What does it entail to live on a planet that gradually leaves behind the benign conditions of the Holocene and enters into an unprecedented state? What should we do, and who is “we”? Can we shape a “good anthropocene?” And how does this pressing concern translate into the political and social realm?

These are some of the questions that Manuel Arias Maldonado, an Associate Professor in Political Science at the Spanish University of Málaga will attempt to deal with.

Maldonado has been a Fulbright scholar at Berkeley University and enjoyed a Salvador de Madariaga scholarship in Munich’s Rachel Carson Center and NYU’s Department of Environmental Studies. His latest books are Environment & Society. Socionatural Relations in the Anthropocene (Springer 2015), La democracia sentimental. Política y emociones en el siglo XXI (Página Indómita 2016), Antropoceno. La política en la era humana (Taurus, 2017). He has also co-edited, together with Zev Trachtenberg, a collective volume entitled Rethinking the Environment for the Anthropocene. Socionatural Relations in the New Geological Epoch, which will soon appear in Routledge

The evening will be hosted by Pablo Muñoz Rodríguez, a DPhil Student at Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford and former director of SRUK Oxford.