Oral Presentation Session
Reviewed by: Anthropology and Environment Society
Of interest to: Practicing and Applied Anthropologists, Teachers of Anthropology in Community Colleges, Students
Primary Theme: Anthropocene
Secondary Theme: Resilience
The anthropocene becomes observable through the concrete experiences of human agents when the everyday enterprise of living is confronted with collapsing ecologies. In the midst of paralyzing uncertainty induced by environmental disasters, life is overshadowed by the prospect of becoming undone. Yet, to lead and remake life, humans harness creativity to take on the work of sensing, knowing, and doing, always entangled within ecological and social relations. New ways of being with human and non-human others are opened up, experimented with, contemplated, and altered. One may say anthropos are “emerging” in this sense. How do humans and non-humans carve out a place, a time, and relations that might gesture toward dreams of living more simply when the specter of ruins loom large? How do the small tasks of (un)making the anthropocene give tangible forms to emerging ecologies and futures? In what ways do cultural practices transform our attachment to the time and space of the anthropocene? In this panel, we call ethnographic attention to the effects, and affects, of environmental disasters by examining the situated practices to (un)make the world, however fragile they may be. What are the futures of Anthropos?