Narrating Disasters in the Anthropocene


December 10-11 2019

National Folk Museum of Korea


Fostering the

Interdisciplinary Studies

of the Anthropocene 

The Center for Anthropocene Studies (CAS) is pleased to invite you to its Inaugural Ceremony. The event will take place on December 18, 2018, at the Chung Kunmo Conference Hall, Academic Cultural Complex, KAIST.

Prof. Scott Knowles (Drexel University) will deliver the inaugural lecture, relating the Anthropocene and his famous concept of slow disaster. Dr. Katrin Klingan (Haus der Kulturen der Welt) and Dr. Christoph Rosol (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science) will share with us the valuable insights from their pioneering projects on the Anthropocene. The Center’s founding director, Prof. Buhm Soon Park, will elaborate on the Center’s scope and current agendas.

A reception will follow at the Sky Lounge, in front of the main venue. Please join us to celebrate the birth of a significant node in Anthropocene studies!



Scott Knowles

Scott Knowles

Drexel University


Prof. Knowles focuses on risk and disaster, with particular interests in modern cities, technology, and public policy. His most recent book is “The Disaster Experts: Mastering Risk in Modern America” (UPenn Press, 2011), and he is a series co-editor of “Critical Studies in Risk and Disaster” (UPenn Press, launch 2014). Presently he is also a faculty research fellow of the Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware. Since 2011, he has been a member of the Fukushima Forum collaborative research community, with which he is currently co-authoring an edited volume on the Fukushima disasters.

Buhm Soon Park

Buhm Soon Park


Buhm Soon Park is Professor at KAIST’s Graduate School of Science and Technology Policy, where he served as the founding director from 2008 to 2015. His ongoing research explores policy issues at the intersection between science, law, and governance from historical and comparative perspective.

Katrin Klingan

Katrin Klingan

Haus der Kulturen der Welt

Katrin Klingan is a literary scholar, curator, and producer of art and cultural projects. She has been the Head of the Department of Literature and Humanities at Haus der Kulturen der Welt since 2011. Currently she is curating a program called 100 Years of Now (2015-2018).

Christoph Rosol

Christoph Rosol

Max Planck Institute

Christoph Rosol studied history of science and media studies in Berlin and Toronto. He is currently working on the analysis of climate records and their operative role as data repository in constraining numerical experiments of paleoclimate reconstructions.



Download the detailed program of the inaugural ceremony via the link below.
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Academic Cultural Complex (E9)

Academic and Cultural Complex (E9)

Daejeon, KAIST

Chung Kunmo Conference Hall

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