[Keynote Lecture] “Stratum and Stories: The Multidisciplinary Anthropocene” Speaker: Julia Adeney Thomas (University of Notre Dame) — International Symposium on Anthropocene Studies Dec. 11, 2019 @ National Folk Museum of Korea
Lecture Abstract The “Anthropocene” is first and foremost a geological concept, but understanding how human forces and Earth System forcings have conjoined to transform the planet and our current options requires a multidisciplinary effort. This presentation argues that the complexity of the Anthropocene requires new ways of producing knowledge that bring disciplines into conversation with each other. However, multidisciplinarity is not the same as interdisciplinarity. Interdisciplinarity integrates different kinds of knowledge to produce a single, coherent synthesis, but the Anthropocene is far too complex for such an approach. Because the Anthropocene itself is multifaceted, multiscalar, and the product of a recent coalescence of human activities, some having very deep origins such as the mastery of fire by our ancestral species and others, such as tourism, becoming widespread only recently. To assume that the Earth System and human systems operate separately is to misunderstand what’s happening, and yet to suggest that no difference exists between geology’s scales, methods, and questions and the scales, methods, and questions important to social scientists and humanists is to over-simplify the situation and suggest that a single solution to this problem is within reach.
[Keynote Lecture] “The Anthropocene: The Risks of the Human Epoch” Speaker: Will Steffen (Australian National University) — International Symposium on Anthropocene Studies Dec. 10-11, 2019 @ National Folk Museum of Korea
Lecture Abstract The concept of the Anthropocene – and indeed the term “Anthropocene”- arose from the Earth System science community nearly two decades ago. While research in the Earth System science and geological communities has continued to refine and sharpen the scientific definition of the Anthropocene, the concept has exploded onto the scene in the social sciences and humanities, and in the public in general. Debates rage about the origins, meaning and the future trajectory of the Anthropocene. The accelerating changes to the Earth System pose serious risks to the future of human societies as well as to the rest of life on Earth. The climate system is changing rapidly and could tip onto an irreversible ‘Hothouse Earth’ trajectory, while the biosphere is likely headed toward the sixth great extinction event in its long history. With these trajectories threatening to accelerate out of human control, young people are rising up to demand change. The student strikes of 15 March and 20 September 2019 are sending a clear message that the risks of the current Anthropocene trajectory are unacceptable to the next generation. Steering the Earth System onto a safer pathway is clearly our ultimate challenge in the 21st century, and although the challenge is immense and time is running out, the framework for a more equitable, sustainable world is beginning to emerge.
Inaugural Ceremony Lectures Dec. 18, 2018 Daejeon, South Korea
1. “Global Change and Local Knowledge: The Anthropocene in Korea” Speaker: Scott Gabriel Knowles (Drexel University) (스캇 가브리엘 놀즈 교수)
2. “Rethinking Natureculture: Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Robotocene” Speaker: Buhm Soon Park (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Graduate School of Science, Technology, and Policy)