Events 23.08.2018

Asia and the Anthropocene

2 October 2017: abstract submission deadline!

The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) is pleased to invite applications to participate in the second of three workshops in its series “Emerging Fields in the Study of Asia” supported by the Luce Foundation. The second workshop, “Asia and the Anthropocene,” will take place August 23-27, 2018 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

The purpose of this gathering is to explore the emerging concept of the Anthropocene through shared readings and collective conversations about how scholars of Asia might best respond to the scientific proposal of a new geological epoch. The selection committee seeks bold ideas and broadly framed research papers that grapple with the challenges posed by this new understanding of planetary conditions. Among the topics of interest, although certainly not limited to these, are the following questions: 

  • How does understanding the Anthropocene as the result of collective human forces change the relationship between the sciences, on the one hand, and the humanities and social sciences on the other?
  • What political, social, and economic forces have led to the Anthropocene?
  • When did these forces emerge and/or become unstoppable?
  • Which cultural, religious, and intellectual constructs have led to the overshoot of earth systems, and which might help us to meet the challenge of our changed conditions?
  • Are there new forms of community, politics, and economic activity in Asia that might bring hope through adaptation and resilience?

Welcome are a broad range of participants to this workshop but they are especially interested in scholars early in their careers (including doctoral students) and scholars based in Asia.

23-27 August 2018


Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

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