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Friday, September 6, 2019 at 3:00pm to 4:30pm
McGraw Hall, 165
740-750 University Ave, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
Feral Atlas and the More-than-Human Anthropocene
Abstract: As with most things, we humans are unable to do the Anthropocene (in all its terrors) all by ourselves. This talk offers a suite of methods for the study of the Anthropocene as more-than-human. Neither the all-or-nothing vision of a unified planetary imaginary nor the foolishly fantasized safety of local redoubts are our best guides; instead, the talk argues, the Anthropocene is patchy. Anthropocene patches are not like jigsaw puzzle pieces, however: they emerge at incompatible scales; they overlap; they do not cover everything. Imperial and industrial infrastructures show the scale and position of patches. Infrastructures stimulate feral effects, and these feral effects make up the more-than-human Anthropocene.
Anna Tsing is a Professor of Anthropology at UC Santa Cruz.
Research Interests: Culture and politics; feminist theory; globalization; multi-species anthropology; social landscapes and forest ethnoecologies; multi-sited ethnography; Indonesia, Southeast Asia, and the U.S.