Call for Papers: Graduate Symposium "Atlas of the Anthropocene: Critical Geography in Tumultuous Times"

This is a call for papers for the graduate symposium "Atlas of the Anthropocene: Critical Geography in Tumultuous Times", that will take place at Humboldt University, Berlin, June 7-8, 2019. Contributions from masters and doctoral students are especially welcome. Submission deadline is May 1, 2019.

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In 2000, biologist Eugene Stoermer and Nobel-Prize-winning chemist Paul Crutzen published an article claiming that humans had so affected the makeup of the planet since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution that the Earth had entered a new geological epoch. This epoch, they suggested, could be called the Anthropocene - for this was the period in which the anthropos, or human, had overpowered nature. Over the past eighteen years, the Anthropocene-concept and the varying terminology that has been used to refer to it have become subjects of intense debate both inside and outside of academia. As of 2019, in addition to the dozens of academic texts published on the topic each year, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin is entering its sixth year of programming on the Anthropocene, and the German Süddeutsche Zeitung has begun an article series on the topic.

Confronting the Anthropocene requires a profound epistemological shift. Because it denies the Western subject the ability to place herself in front of a neatly separate natural background, the Anthropocene-concept demands that we rethink the long-established axiomatic divides between humans and nature, global and local, living and non-living, and that we form new conceptual relationships with the spaces in which we live and of which we dream, from the manifold landscapes of the Earth’s surface all the way to outer space.

This two-day graduate symposium will offer a critical geographical exploration of the Anthropocene by charting shifts in the ways that humans move through, dwell in, and dream of space and place in a world where our grasp on the nature of nature has been fundamentally shaken. The first day of the symposium will explore and challenge categorizations of extant spaces in light of new forms of consumption, disposal, interaction, and the effects of contamination and weather in the age of the Anthropocene. How must we rethink traditional landscapes, such as the desert, the forest, the city, the ocean, and outer space, in a time of radically shifting topographies? The second day will explore the question of what a critical geography for the future might look like. How can we re-dream and re-chart utopias and spaces of resistance in the context of a changing planet, and what might it mean to create a geography for tomorrow?

In this context, we especially welcome proposals from scholars and artists in masters and doctoral programmes that propose innovative perspectives addressing, but not limited to, the following themes: contamination, waste, flight, non-Western conceptions of space, and outer space.
Participants are welcome to submit an abstract (max. 500 words) of their planned contribution and a short biographical profile (max. 100 words) to atlasoftheanthropocene (at), by May 1, 2019. Presentations should take no longer than 30 minutes.


Friday, 7 June
Room 2070A, 10:00-20:00 Mapping the Present

- Jörg Dünne (HU) | The Desert and Settler Colonialism
- Elodie A. Roy (Glasgow) | The Environmental Toll of Sound Recording
- Benjamin Steininger (MPIWG) | Petroculture
- Tariq Jazeel (UCL) | Postmodern Geographies

Lecture Hall 2097
Keynote: Sarah Sharma (University of Toronto) | Exit for End Times: Power-Chronography for the Anthropocene

Saturday, 8 June
Room 2070A, 10:00-18:00 Theory for the Future

- xtro realm Artist Group
- Petra Löffler (HU) | Resistance to Die? Geopolitics and Media Ecologies of (bio)Degradation
- Catherine Larrère (Sorbonne) | Working with Nature, Thinking in the Anthropocene
- Ramon Amaro (Goldsmiths) | Black Futures, Racialized Ecologies


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