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Message posted on 12/06/2018

Berlin - Anthropocene Lecture with Sheila Jasanoff

Dear colleagues,

This is to cordially invite you to the next instalment of the Anthropocene
Lecture Series, in which Professor Sheila Jasanoff (Harvard Kennedy School of
Government) will speak on The Human Imprint: Nature, Time, and Law in the
Anthropocene (abstract below and here

The lecture will be delivered at the Max Planck Institut für
Wissenschaftsgeschichte (MPIWG; Boltzmannstraße 22, 14195 Berlin) on Monday,
25 June, 5-7 pm, and is co-organized between MPIWG, Haus der Kulturen der
Welt, and Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam.

Very best wishes,
Stefan Schäfer, IASS

Human history has been entwined with the history of nature since the earliest
accounts of creation. The advent of the environmental sciences secularized
those histories, postulating new causal and consequential connections between
nature and humanity. The Anthropocene is but the latest of the narratives that
tie the laws of the Earth to the activities of nature’s most interventionist
offspring: the human species. In this talk, I will trace the modern scientific
narratives of human-nature relationships through the parallel lens of
environmental law. I will ask what difference the concept of the
Anthropocene—in particular, its embrace of the geologic timescale—makes to
our notions of responsibility toward a planet that we not only inhabit but
also consume and transform through human enterprise.
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