Seminar - Governance and Planetary Crises – University of Kent

Friday, 2nd June 2017 - 10:30 to 13:30

A  half-day conference exploring the concept of planetary governance in an age of uncertainty and human-induced crises​.

Venue: School of Anthropology and Conservation, Lecture Theatre 1, Marlowe Building, University of Kent, Canterbury.

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Dr. Frank Biermann (Utrecht University, The Netherlands), Navigating the Anthropocene: From Environmental Policy to Earth System Governance.

Philipp Pattberg (VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Governing the Anthropocene: Challenges and Prospects.

Dr Rory Rowan (University of Zurich, Switzerland), Governing the Earth: Earth System Governance and the Post-Political. 

Dr. Davor Vidas (The Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway), The Anthropocene: The New Meaning of Change and Stability Under International Law.


About this event

This special event seeks to address a central paradox confronting industrial society, if not humanity, as it heads into the twenty-first century: the collective ability of humans, or of some humans at any rate, to fundamentally transform the earth and its life-supporting capability is not matched by an ability to act collectively and concertedly in a way that supports those capacities over the foreseeable future. Our motivation to invite a select group of scholars who are, each in their own way, directly engaged with this conundrum, emerges from the understanding that the Anthropocene, with its multiple, existential, urgent, cascading and concatenating crises, challenges many of the core categories and assumptions of the various disciplines represented in the School of Anthropology and Conservation, and which shape and guide our research on human-environment interactions. Four internationally-renewed speakers will respond to the provocation that the Anthropocene, formulated in terms of governance and planetary-scale problems and processes, signals not just a new geological epoch, but a new epoch of thought and politics, with its attendant epistemic, methodological, institutional, normative and legal dimensions.